Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Door #5 - Tando Creative

Grungy Blue Door #5 by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the grungy door I put together using parts from the Andy Skinner Industrial Elements Set for the Steampunk theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. This set features a fantastic selection of chipboard cogs, washers, door plate sets, bookplates, bolt heads, and screw heads.

I started this piece by painting the door plate with blue acrylic paint. I then glued on several raw chipboard bolts, cogs, and screw heads. Once the glue was dry, I painted the raw chipboard pieces, letting the stray brush strokes distress the piece while I worked. I feel like this techniques yields a more natural aged look.

Next, I added a rub-on door number, a metal cog, a rusty metal washer, and a distressed metal key that I tied to the door with a piece of metallic string. I finished this door with a coat of Rock Candy Distress Stickles for texture.

I've created two other doors previously. Follow the links below to read more about each door.

Grungy Yellow Door #3 by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Grungy Door #27 by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative



You can find the chipboard I used for this project, and a wonderful selection of Andy Skinner products, in the Tando Creative Retail Store.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hand-Painted Hamsa Journal - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Hand-Painted Embossed Antiqued Silver Hamsa Journal by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue

Hi! I'm sharing a journal that I altered with ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez today. I picked up this journal at World Market. (I also found this smaller set online.) The beautiful embossed antiqued silver metal front cover caught my eye right away. Both the front and back covers and spine are wrapped in a vibrant purple fabric. The journal pages are blank. The only thing this journal was missing was some color. Here is the journal before ColoriQue.

Embossed Antiqued Silver Hamsa Journal by Dana Tatar

I used the full range of ColoriQue for this project. I only needed a couple drops of each color to paint this entire journal cover, which measures 4x6 inches. I simply applied ColoriQue to the metal with a paintbrush and let dry. This journal will be handled frequently, so once the cover was completely dry (about 4 hours), I added a protective layer of ColoriQue Sealant.

Hand Painted Embossed Metal Journal with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

I'm absolutely in love with the vibrant results. I'm planning on picking up several more journals and coloring those as well! I think they would make great gifts!

There is absolutely no prep work or special tools required to apply ColoriQue to most metal, raw brass being the exception, which needs a quick cleaning with alcohol before coloring. Blend and layer different shades of ColoriQue for unique effects. Distress dry ColoriQue with sand paper for an aged finish. Also, try adding ColoriQue to clay, ceramic, glass, wood and leather. ColoriQue dries quickly and is studio safe. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue.

ColoriQue Painted Embossed Silver Hamsa Journal by Dana Tatar

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wood Slice Photo Plaques Video Tutorial - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Guest Designer

Wood Slice Photo Plaque Video Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Hi! I'm sharing my tutorial for how to transfer photos onto a wood slice on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today. I'm always looking for creative ways to display photos in my home. These wood slice photo plaques are such a fun way to add a rustic accent, with a bit of a modern twist, to any decor. I used 4x6" Adhesive Sheets, a Home and Hobby Dual Tip Glue Pen, and a Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Round Coaster for this project, which only takes a couple of hours to complete.

I'm displaying my photo plaques on small stands, but attaching mounting hardware to the back of the wood slice to create a wall hanging or adding a magnet and sticking it on the fridge are also great ways to display these fun pieces.

The adhesives I used for this project are non-toxic, acid free, and wash from hands and clothes with warm water, which makes this a safe project for school-aged children with adult supervision. Photo plaques make a great gift for family, friends, or a special teacher or coach. The upcoming Spring and Summer holidays and end of the school year gift-giving will arrive much faster that I am ready for, but I'm a little bit ahead of the curve with this fun set.

I'd love to have you stop by the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog to watch my video. I also include full text instructions, a detailed supply and tool list, and some helpful design tips to help make your take on this project a success.

Wood Slice Photo Plaque Video Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Fly Wings Plaque - Tando Creative

Mixed Media Fly Wings Plaque by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the wings plaque that I created for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I created a similar plaque last month, that you can view HERE, and I thought it would be fun to create a 3-piece plaque set with the 3 pairs of wings from the Wings Set.

I started this piece with a Walnut Hollow 6" Basswood Thin Circle Plaque and then added a coat of blue acrylic paint. I then added a layer of gold flowers to the plaque by spreading Faber-Castell Gold Texture Luxe over The Crafter's Workshop Mini Folk Art Flower Stencil. Next, I added a fun print with a strip of floral washi tape, and purple dimensional paint dots.

Fly Wings Plaque Closeup by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative


I embossed a pair of wings from the Wings Set with Ice Resin Iced Enamels Ivory powder. The Iced Enamels are designed to color metal, but I used these enamels on chipboard all the time and love the effect. The chipboard wings are one of three pairs included in the set, which varies in both wing design and size. I glued the wings to the plaque and then glued a metal charm embellishment over the top. I added the word "FLY" with mini letter stickers and a bright pop of color with some hand-dyed yellow seam binding ribbon.

Plaques 1 and 2 in the Wings Series by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Here are the two plaques together. Be sure to stop by again next month to see the final plaque in this series. You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several chipboard sets available with wings in addition to the set that I used for this piece including a fun steampunk set with cogs, and a whimsical mix of wings and hearts. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bee Keeper Layout - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Bee Keeper Layout by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue

Hi! I'm sharing a layout that I created using ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez in two fun ways today. ColoriQue is a fabulous ink that brings color to metal, but also so much more. I used ColoriQue to color raw brass bees to adorn this layout. I also used ColoriQue to color raw chipboard. ColoriQue is super easy to use and I really love how vibrant the colors dry on all different types of surfaces.

My friend and I took our kids to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Whinchester, Virginia during Spring Break. We always have a wonderful time at this kid-friendly hands-on museum. Much to my delight there was a new exhibit called Pollinator Plaza. I was able to get super close to a live honey bee colony. It was amazing to see, hear, and watch them work. Of course, I took pictures!

How to Color Raw Chipboard with ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez by Dana Tatar

I used Honey Bee (How perfect is this color?!) and Black Diamond ColoriQue to color raw chipboard embellishments. Simply paint on ColoriQue with a paintbrush and let dry. I distressed the honeycomb and loose hexagon pieces of chipboard with brown dye ink.

How to Paint a Raw Brass Bee with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

I used Honey Bee, Poppy, Snow Summit, and Black Diamond ColoriQue to color raw brass bees. Before applying ColoriQue to raw brass it is necessary to clean the metal with alcohol. Once clean, I painted the bees. I used a very light coat of Snow Summit on the wings. The brass is still visible, which creates a great iridescent effect. I used a heat tool to dry the ColoriQue between colors, but you can blend and layer different shades of ColoriQue for unique effects.

Hand-Painted Scrapbook Embellishments with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

Once all the embellishments were dry I assembled the layout. ColoriQue dries quickly to the touch and completely in about 4 hours. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue.


Friday, May 12, 2017

String Art Air Plant Hearts - Walnut Hollow

DIY String Art Air Plant Hearts by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I share the fun tutorial for these colorful string art air plant hearts on the Walnut Hollow blog today. I'm counting down the days until I am officially on Summer vacation. I have a list of projects that I want to complete before long so that I can sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I'm working on a vegetable and herb garden, various annual planters throughout my yard, and some fun decor projects.

I created this set of string art planters in a couple of hours. I {heart} the shape of these plaques! I left the top of the plaques the natural pine so that the air plants could shine, but added a bit of personality to the decorative edge of each plaque, which was perfect for painting. Both the heart-shaped plaques and the air plants are inexpensive, which makes this project a great gift idea.

I used the following varieties of air plants for my plaques: Tillandsia Capitata Peach (Top Left), Tillandsia Ionantha Red (Top Right), and Tillandsia Ionantha Orange (Bottom Right). I have these hearts hanging in my home as shown above, but these hearts also make great table accents. I'd love to have you stop by the Walnut Hollow blog for my quick tutorial, helpful tips, and more photos of this project!


Shop Walnut Hollow today and save 50% on all sale items! There is also a wonderful selection of NEW items that will have you excited about Summer decor projects.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Layers Artist Trading Card - Tando Creative

Peeled Layers Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the Artist Trading Card that I created for the Soak It Up theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. One of the reasons I love Tando chipboard so much is for its strength. There are a lot of great techniques that can be achieved by soaking the chipboard and then distressing the layers. I soaked an artist trading card in water for several minutes, peeled the layers apart, and then let the card dry overnight.

How to Soak, Peel, Distress, and Color Chipboard by Dana Tatar

Next, I primed the chipboard with a white primer spray. Once that layer was dry, I added color with shimmery watercolor paint. Finally, I added a little stamping and some hand-written text.

How to Soak, Peel, Distress, and Color Chipboard by Dana Tatar

I found a wonderful quote on Pinterest that reads:

I reveal myself in layers if I deem you worthy.
I peel slowly. I watch your reaction.
One small flinch and I seal.

Not only does this quote pair perfectly with the peeled chipboard, it is also true for me.

Each of the peeled layers above is strong enough to handle more wet mediums, stamping, stitching, embossing, die-cutting, and so much more!
You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. Artist Trading Cards are available in greyboard, white-lined board, 4mm MDF, and 2mm acrylic. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Here Comes The Sun - Clearsnap

Here Comes The Sun ColoriQue Rainbow Layout by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Hi! I share a fun tutorial for a happy layout on the Clearsnap blog today. I started my adventures in art with scrapbooking. While I frequently create art projects outside of an album, I always go back to the page. I have a fair amount of older product that I am doing my best to use. The new ColorBox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez line of ink helped me to add a fresh twist to metal flower embellishments for this layout.

I have to confess that when I purchased these metal flowers back in 2012 I thought I would run out within the week. I ordered more than I thought I would need and also picked them up when I saw them in craft stores. A significant amount of these embellishments are unopened nearly five years later. I hope I’m not alone here!

I love the colorful makeover a coat of ColoriQue gave to the flowers. The vibrant color makes me happy and the coloring process took less than five minutes. The rainbow of flowers was a fun way to compliment the double rainbow my Sister-in-Law saw while she was vacationing in the Virgin Islands.

I find ink arranged in a rainbow of color so pleasing to the eye! I used 12 shades of ColoriQue for my layout. There is also a white (Snow Summit), black (Black Diamond), and clear sealant available. I have a nice mix of shiny, matte, and even a brass piece of metal to color. There is absolutely no prep work or special tools required to apply ColoriQue to most metal, raw brass being the exception, which needs a quick cleaning with alcohol before coloring.

Blend and layer different shades of ColoriQue for unique effects. Easily apply ColoriQue to a variety of metals, both raw and plated; as well as clay, ceramic, glass, wood and leather. ColoriQue dries quickly and is studio safe. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue. I'd love to have you click over to the Clearsnap blog for my quick tutorial. National Scrapbook Day is fast approaching and I hope you have some fun plans to celebrate the craft!

Painted Metal Embellishments with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap


Extraordinary Silliness - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Guest Designer

Extraordinary Silliness Layout by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Hi! I'm sharing an extraordinarily silly layout on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today as the first project of my Guest Design term. My daughter and her cousin are two peas in the same pod and always have a blast when they are together. Over the Christmas holiday these two kids had some fun with an Instax camera. I have created a layout using some of those pictures, some fantastic adhesive, and a mix of supplies in a festive holiday color palette.

The amazing Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L product line made attaching all my elements to the page super easy and fun. I used Gold Creative Photo Corners and Keepsake Envelopes to hold the pictures to the page. I absolutely love how these products are functional and aesthetically pleasing at the same time! The other adhesives I used on this layout are strong and/or clear so I was able to achieve a seamless application that helped my photos and embellishments remain the focus.

I share which adhesives I used for what products and some design notes on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog today and I really would love for you to click over. I'll be sharing a fun off-the-page project in a couple of weeks, so keep a look out for my next guest post!

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Supplies:
Other Supplies: Patterned Paper: American Crafts, Crate Paper, Pretty Little Studio, Studio Calico; Die-Cuts: Heidi Swapp, Pretty Little Studio; Journaling Cards: Pretty Little Studio; Wood Snowflake Buttons: Maya Road; Flair Buttons: Pretty Little Studio; Tattered Angels Shimmers Water Color: Blue/Green, Goldenrod, Yellow/Green

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Grow Floral Mixed Media Board - Tando Creative

Grow Floral Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the Mixed Media Board I created for the Spring Flowers theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I had a lot of fun with masks, Distress Ink, and a favorite quote for this piece.

Layering Masks and Ink on Chipboard by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I started this project by priming a Mixed Media Board with DecoArt White Gesso. Once the Gesso was dry, I sponged the entire board with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink. Next, I applied various colors of Distress Ink over masks, applying heat after each color to set the ink.

I used the Leaves Masks Set of 2 to add green leaves to opposite corners of the board and flowers down the center. I dabbed Festive Berries Distress Ink over the flower mask and then traced around the edge of the mask with a black marker to accent the flower pattern.

I also used the Poppy Mask with orange and purple Distress Inks to add larger blooms to the top and bottom of the board.

Lastly, I used the Trees and Leaves 3 Part Mask with blue, purple, and pink Distress Ink to add the colorful small circles and ovals to the board.

Layered Distress Ink Spring Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I added a quote with black marker to the bottom third of the board. I finished this piece with a seam binding ribbon bow.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project, as well as a lovely selection of masks and stencils, in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several different sizes of mixed media board available, including acrylic, which is my new favorite. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cherry Blossom Arch - Tando Creative


Hi! I'm sharing the arch I created for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I have a gorgeous cherry blossom tree in my front yard. I wait all year for the couple of weeks that this tree is in bloom. The beautiful flowers are beginning to open up and I just can't stop looking out my window. The view from my front windows was my inspiration this week.


I started this project by gluing together 4 outer cuts from the Arabian-Style Layered Arch Frame. Then, I painted the frame with a layer of Gesso. Once the frame was dry I added color by brushing on Tattered Angels Espresso Bean Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint. I decided to only use the outer frames, no inner cuts (backing) for this project to create a cool see-through window effect.


I gathered some small branches from my yard, trimmed several of them to fit inside the frame, and then secured them with hot glue. I used Tattered Angels Leaf Plain Jane Baseboard Mist to color a segment of Grass Flexistrip. I dried the chipboard with a heat tool and then secured the ends of the grass strip to the bottom of the arch. This flexible chipboard is super fun to work with! Attaching only the ends of the strip created a narrow gap between the base of the frame and the grass border, which helps this arch to stand.


Next, I glued pink flowers and white leaves to the branches. Finally, I added a glass blue bird and a metal bird cage stick pin to complete the design. To finish, I lightly splattered the arch with white mist.

You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several different styles of arches available. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Cross Artist Trading Card - ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Easter Cross Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar for Lisa Marie Jimenez

Hi! I'm sharing an Easter themed artist trading card for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez today. I started this card with a manila artist trading card blank. Then, I embossed the card with a sunburst embossing folder. Next, I painted the embossed card with Turquoise Mountain and Honey Bee ColoriQue. Once that base layer was dry, I added White Summit ColoriQue splatters. After that layer was dry I misted the card with ColorBox Cosmic Pearl Rain spray, which added an iridescent shimmer. Finally, to help define the edge of the card and add an accent color to the rays, I applied ColorBox Harvest Chalk Ink to the ends of the rays and the edges of the card.

Painted Brass Victorian Cross by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez

I painted a Victorian Large Cross Pendant for the focal point of this artist trading card. I used a raw brass cross, that I cleaned with rubbing alcohol before painting. You can purchase a similar pendant from Lisa in a matte brass ox finish HERE. I used Snow Summit ColoriQue for the flower petals, Honey Bee ColoriQue for the flower centers, and Avocado ColoriQue for the flower stems.

Hand-Dyed Seam Binding Ribbon with Grape Vine ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

Lastly, I hand-dyed a piece of seam binding ribbon with Grape Vine ColoriQue and threaded the ribbon through the decorate holes of the cross. I used clear double-sided tape to secure the ends of the ribbon to the card.

ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez brings artistic color to metal, wood, glass, clay and more, and is available in 14 different colors plus a clear coat. Visit Lisa Marie’s Etsy Shop to purchase ColoriQue.

Supplies: ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Avocado, Grape Vine, Honey Bee, Snow Summit, Turquoise Mountain; ColorBox Cosmic Pearl Rain Spray, ColorBox Harvest Chalk Ink; Raw Brass Victorian Large Cross Pendant; Manila Artist Trading Card Base; Sunburst Embossing Folder; Seam Binding Ribbon

Friday, April 14, 2017

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art - Walnut Hollow

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art with Test Tube Vase by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I'm sharing the photo tutorial for this piece of wall art made from a Rustic Pallet Tray on the Walnut Hollow blog today. My backyard is my favorite place to escape to during the Spring and Summer evenings. I love to enjoy a cold glass of iced tea, tend to my herb garden, and observe nature. After a hard days work I often invite friends over to relax. Last year I created a wonderful patio ensemble and I wanted to add another colorful piece to the collection. I transformed a Rustic Pallet Tray into a fun piece of wall art with a splash of paint and a test tube. I'd love to have you stop by the Walnut Hollow blog for the step-by-step. If you're looking for a quick weekend project, this is a great one, and you can pick up this tray for less than $10!

If you have a little more time, this patio ensemble may be what you are looking for! I created these colorful pieces last year and I'm so looking forward to bringing them out of storage and onto my back deck. I created three video tutorials. I transform Walnut Hollow Hexagon Wall Decor Boxes into a mosaic table and a trio of vertical succulent planters. I also share how to paint and apply mosaic tiles to a Walnut Hollow Hexagon Serving Tray. Admittedly, these projects took a fair amount of time, but I think they were worth it!




If you try any of these projects, I'd love to see your take. Leave me a link in the comments section!

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art Photo Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Rustic Pallet Tray Wall Art with Test Tube Vase by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

DIY Mosaic Serving Tray by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

DIY Mosaic Table by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

DIY Vertical Succulent Hexagon Planter Trio by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Easter Blessing Arch - Tando Creative

Easter Blessing Easter Bunny Arch by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing an arch I created for the Happy Easter theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I started with an inner cut arch from the Arabian-Style Layered Arch Frame. Next, I covered the arch with a piece of pastel plaid patterned paper from the Pretty Little Studio Hopscotch Collection. I pull out this older line every year for Easter crafting. I just love the prints and vintage ephemera!

Chipboard Easter Egg Grass Border on Arch by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I embellished the bottom of the arch with a piece of Grass-Flexistrip that I colored with green acrylic paint. I added some "eggs" to the grass, which are some leftover circles from the Round Grid that I also colored with acrylic paint.

Glittered Easter Bunny Die-Cut and Stamped Sentiment on Arch by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

I added an Easter bunny die-cut from the Pretty Little Studio Hopscotch Collection to the top of the arch. I embellished the bunny with a gold bow, (the die-cut has a black bow, but I wanted something a bit more fun) and some pink glitter glue for the cheeks and ears. I stamped the "Easter Blessing" sentiment with a stamp from the Paper Wings Productions Easter Cling Stamp Set and purple chalk ink onto a piece of white cardstock, and then cut it out and glued it across the widest section of the arch. I added some dimensional peach paint dots and a decorative looped trim around the edge of the arch to finish.

I think I'll leave this arch out for the Easter bunny. My daughter created a special card for the Easter bunny with some super cute fingerprint stamped chicks and rabbits. Maybe we'll both get an extra piece of candy!

You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several different styles of arches and grids available. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dad and Kids Craft Mother's Day Card - Clearsnap

Dad and Kids Craft Mother's Day Cards Tutorail by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

Hi! I'm sharing a fun tutorial on the Clearsnap blog today that was fun for the whole family. My husband and kids joined me in my craft room to create Mother’s Day cards using the My First ColorBox range of products from Clearsnap. After gathering the necessary supplies for them, I stepped back and enjoyed watching them work together. I really love crafting with kids. Children are not encumbered by “rules” and they really enjoy the creative process. Their use of pattern and color is definitely fearless. This fast-paced card making session was super fun. I'd love to have you stop by the Clearsnap blog for the full supply list, tutorial, and fun video!

Handprint Name Tag Tutorial with My First ColorBox by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap

I created another project with my daughters using My First ColorBox ink pads, stamps, and markers to create handprint name tags that are perfect for the first day of school or any event where a simple craft project will help break the ice. The handprint design makes a great keepsake. This project was just as much fun and is great for children ages 4 and up. You can view the photo tutorial at SplitCoastStampers.com, or click on the photo above to watch the video tutorial.

If you're not familiar with the My First ColorBox range from Clearsnap, here's some more information:

The My First ColorBox Mini Stamps are sets of 5 themed stamps packaged in a hinged tin box. The stamps are made from high quality red rubber. For first use, break the stamps apart and apply the enclosed stickers to the foam backing. The foam backing allows small hands to hold the stamps easily.

The My First ColorBox Dye Ink Pads contain fast-drying, kid-friendly, washable ink. The cases are stackable and have a raised edge that makes them spill-resistant. The recessed inkpad ensures that the work surface says ink-free in the event the inkpad flips over. Clearsnap offers 18 fun single color inkpads and 3 2-color inkpads.

The My First Mini Markers are 8 classic colors in a small size perfect for a young hand.

All of these products are manufactured in the USA and are safe for children ages 4 and up. I love that this range is packaged to look like the art supplies that I use. My girls feel more grown up when they can craft alongside me with their own supplies and I feel good that they can use these products without supervision.Visit Clearsnap.com to view the entire range of My First ColorBox products and crafting kits.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Patriotic Denim Flower Pin

Patriotic Denim Flower Pin by Dana Tatar
Some products for this project were supplied by Clearsnap, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Canvas Corp, and Walnut Hollow.
Hi! I'm sharing the quick tutorial for how I turned a denim flower into a patriotic pin today. My husband goes all-out in the wardrobe department for patriotic holidays. While he feels comfortable wearing stars and stripes patterned pants and a top hat, I'm much more comfortable wearing a small piece of flair with a bit of sparkle. I altered a plain denim flower with some of my favorite craft supplies to create this pin.

Supplies:
Canvas Corp Canvas Flower - Denim
Paper Wings Productions Flourish Fun 1 Clear Stamp Set
ColorBox Feisty Red Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins
ColorBox Clear Embossing Powder
Clearsnap Sapphire Glitter
Donna Salazar Designs with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Stars Runner
Hot Fix Rhinestones
Rhinestone Pin
Pin Back
Walnut Hollow HotMarks Tool
Heat Tool
Hot Glue Gun

Embossed and Glittered Patriotic Denim Flower Pin by Dana Tatar

Step 1: Apply red pigment ink onto a flourish stamp. Press the stamp onto the denim flower. Repeat this process until the petals are covered.

Step 2: Sprinkle the stamped flourishes with clear embossing powder. Shake off the excess powder and apply heat to set.

Step 3: Apply E-Z Stars to the flower. Sprinkle blue glitter over the stars. Press the glitter onto the adhesive stars by hand to help with adhesion. Shake off the excess glitter.

Step 4: Use the HotMarks tool to secure hot fix rhinestones onto the flower. Note: Hot fix rhinestones are great when you want a permanent hold. If you don't have hot fix rhinestones or a hot tool, rhinestone embellishments can be glued on instead.

Step 5: Add a rhinestone pin to the flower center.

Step 6: Use a hot glue gun to attach a pin back to the back side of the flower.

This project could be easily adapted into a hair tie or hair clip by swapping out the pin back for a different backing. I'm ready to celebrate the Memorial and Independence Day holidays. If you, a friend, or a loved one is or has been in the military, thank you for your service!

Patriotic Denim Flower Pin Tutorial by Dana Tatar

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Believe Wings Plaque - Tando Creative

Believe Mixed Media Wings Plaque by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Hi! I'm sharing the wings plaque I created for the embossing theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I had a lot of fun creating this piece of altered art. I've been saving some supplies for a while and it feels good to use them on a colorful project with a positive message.

I started this piece with a Walnut Hollow 6"x8" Basswood Rectangle Plaque and then added a coat of blue acrylic paint. Once the paint dried, I added a layer of Dr. Martens tissue paper that I saved from a boot purchase. (After spending a significant sum on the boots, you bet I kept every scrap of tissue paper and the box!) I like the tissue paper for crafty projects because I just love the black cross pattern on the paper. I added a layer of gold crosses over the tissue paper by spreading Faber-Castell Gold Texture Luxe over the Crafter's Workshop Mini Positive Stencil. Next, I added color with a strip of bright yellow washi tape, hand-dyed pink seam binding ribbon, iridescent sequins, and purple dimensional paint dots.

Believe Iced Enamels Embossed Wings Mixed Media Plaque by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Happy with my base, I embossed a pair of wings from the Wings Set with Ice Resin Iced Enamels Ivory and Silver Glitz powders. The Iced Enamels are designed to color metal, but I used these enamels on chipboard all the time and love the effect. The chipboard wings are one of three pairs included in the set, which varies in both wing design and size. I glued the wings to the plaque and then glued a photo charm embellishment over the top.
 
Believe Wings Plaque Closeup by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative


You can find the chipboard I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. There are several chipboard sets available with wings in addition to the set that I used for this piece including a fun steampunk set with cogs, and a whimsical mix of wings and hearts. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.