Monday, March 27, 2017

Vacation Photo Postcard Set - FabScraps

Vacation Photo Postcard Set by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

Hi! I'm sharing a set of photo postcards that I created for FabScraps with the stunning new Call from the Wild collection. Before I share some details about these cards, I want to mention that a percentage of the sales of this paper collection will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network, a group that provides independent wildlife conservationists with the tools and funding they need to succeed.

Call of the Wild Elephant Postcard by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

I borrowed some vacation photos from my cousin to personalize these cards. I used faux paper stamps, clear stickers, and washi tape to embellish these cards, which helped keep the design flat so that these cards can actually be mailed.

African Wild Dogs Photo Postcard by Dana Tatar for FabScraps

These African Wild Dogs captured my heart. My African teammates assure me that although these dogs look cute, they are most certainly wild and untamed! All those who wish to not be eaten up very quickly need to steer clear!

If you'd like to create a set of photo postcards I'd love to see your version! Here's my instructions:

Supplies:
Call from the Wild – Vanishing C91 003
Call from the Wild – Extinction C91 006
Call from the Wild – Endangered C91 007
Call from the Wild - Clear Stickers C91 001
2 Blank Postcards
2 Vacation Photos
White Cardstock
Washi Tape
Brown Dye Ink

Directions for the Elephant Postcard:

1. Cut a piece of Extinction patterned paper to fit the back of the postcard. Adhere the patterned paper to the back of the postcard. Cut a piece of washi tape to length and stick it along the bottom of the postcard.

2. Attach an elephant photo to the left side of the back of the postcard.

3. Cut an elephant stamp from the Endangered patterned paper. Ink the edges of the stamp with brown dye ink. Place the stamp over the bottom right corner of the elephant photo on the back of the postcard.

4. Adhere the Clear Elephant Sticker onto a piece of white cardstock. Cut out. Glue the elephant sticker to the right side of the back of the postcard.

Directions for the African Wild Dog Postcard:

1. Cut a piece of Vanishing patterned paper to fit the back of the postcard. Adhere the patterned paper to the back of the postcard.

2. Attach an African Wild Dog photo to the left side of the back of the postcard.

3. Cut a piece of numbered washi tape and stick it to the bottom left corner of the photo.

4. Cut an African Wild Dog stamp from the Endangered patterned paper. Ink the edges of the stamp with brown dye ink. Place the stamp on the top right side of the back of the postcard.

5. Adhere the Clear Wild Dog Sticker onto a piece of white cardstock. Cut out. Glue the sticker to the bottom right side of the photo on the back of the postcard.


DIY Vacation Photo Postcard Set Tutorial by Dana Tatar for FabScraps


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mother's Day Stamped Acrylic Board Tutorial - Tando Creative

Mother's Day Stamped Acrylic Card by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative
The Clearsnap products I used on this project were supplied by Clearsnap and Lisa Marie Jimenez.
Hi! I'm sharing a tutorial for the stamped Acrylic Mixed Media Board I created for the Mother's Day theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I absolutely love experimenting with different mediums on acrylic. I used the new ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez line from Clearsnap to color the stamped images on this board.

How to Stamp on Acrylic with ColorBox Archival Dye Ink by Dana Tatar

Step 1: Stamp a flower pattern onto the acrylic board using black archival dye ink. Turn the stamp while working to create a more interesting design. Use a heat tool to help dry the ink. Note: I was able to use an unmounted rubber stamp for this project because of the clear acrylic base. I positioned the inked stamp on my work surface and then pressed the acrylic board onto the stamp. I avoided overlapping the stamped images easily because I could see through the board.

How to Paint Acrylic with ColorBox ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

Step 2: Apply several colors of ColoriQue to a craft mat. Use a paintbrush to apply ColoriQue in and around the stamped design. Note: Apply ColoriQue to the BACK of the acrylic board. You don't want to paint over the beautiful stamped design you added in the previous step.

Painted Stamped Acrylic Mixed Media Board by Dana Tatar

Here is what the back of my board looked like after painting, before embellishing. You can mix different shades of ColoriQue together on the craft mat or directly on the board to create a more life-like effect.

How To Dye Seam Binding Ribbon with ColorBox Dye Ink Spray by Dana Tatar

Step 3 (optional): Dye seam binding ribbon with dye ink spray. Insert the ribbon into a plastic bag, spray mist into the bag and scrunch to spread the color. Dry the ribbon with a heat tool. Note: If you have a nice bright piece of ribbon in an accent color that coordinates with your chosen paint palette, skip this step.

Dye Ink Stamped Happy Mother's Day Tag by Dana Tatar

Step 4: Stamp a sentiment onto a tag. Add the ribbon and tag to the board.

Stamped Daisy Mother's Day Acrylic Board with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

I'm really happy with the way this piece turned out! You can find the acrylic board I used for this project in the Tando Creative Retail Store. If you'd like more information about ColoriQue, please visit Lisa Marie Jimenez Designs. We'd love to see your creativity! Share your work with us in Tando's Creative Zone on Facebook.

Supplies: Tando Creative Acrylic Mixed Media Board; ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Honey Bee, Moss Landing, Pacific Ocean, Poppy, Snow Summit, Turquoise Mountain; ColorBox Pearl Rain: Cosmic; ColorBox Spritzers: Pinkolicious; ColorBox Archival Dye Ink by Stephanie Barnard: Licorice; Deep Red Cling Stamps: Daisies; Sizzix Lynda Kanase Clear Stamp Set: Mother's Day; Miscellaneous: Tag, Seam Binding

Happy Mother's Day Stamped Acrylic Mixed Media Board with ColorBox ColoriQue by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Friday, March 17, 2017

Shamrock ATC Tutorial - How to Add Color to Embossed Foil Tape with ColorBox Colorique by Lisa Marie Jimenez

Tutorial: How to add color to embossed foil tape with ColoriQue

This project was created with sponsored products from Lisa Marie Jimenez, Clearsnap, Couture Creations and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Hi! I'm sharing a tutorial for how I colored the embossed foil tape and metal shamrock using the NEW ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez line of products from Clearsnap for this artist trading card. I've struggled with finding ink that will "stick" to foil tape and I'm happy to report that my search is over! Not only did the ColoriQue "stick" to the foil without any prep work, I was also able to blend the colors in a beautiful way.

Adding Color to Embossed Foil Tape Supplies

Supplies:
ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Moss Landing, Honey Bee, Turquoise Mountain, Pacific Ocean, Poppy, Snow Summit (not shown)
Metal Shamrock
Rainbow Ribbon
Lace Heart (not shown)
Decorative Chipboard (not shown)
Cardstock
Embossing Folder
Embossing Machine
Multi-Purpose HVAC Foil Tape
Scissors
Paintbrushes
Art Daubers
Hot Glue Gun
Heat Gun
Adhesive

Embossing Prep: Adding Foil Tape to Cardstock

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardstock to fit an embossing folder. Cut strips of foil tape to size and apply them to the piece of cardstock. Fold any overhanging tape over onto the back of the cardstock. Note: Applying the foil tape to a piece of cardstock helps add strength to the tape. Multi-purpose HVAC foil tape is available from hardware stores for about $8 for a 50 yard roll.

Embossed Foil Tape - Damask Print

Step 2: Emboss the foiled cardstock. Note: I used the Large Damask Flourish Embossing Folder from Couture Creations, which is large enough to create two artist trading cards.

How to Apply ColoriQue to Embossed Foil Tape

Step 3: Apply several colors of ColoriQue directly onto the foiled cardstock.

Using Art Daubers to Blend ColoriQue on Embossed Foil Tape

Step 4: Use Art Daubers to blend the ColoriQue. Set aside to dry for a couple of minutes, or speed up the drying process with a heat tool.

How to Use A Sanding Block to Distress Embossed Foil Tape

Step 5: Cut the foiled cardstock to size, 3.5 x 2.5 inches. Use a sanding block to distress the raised pattern and the edges of the cardstock.

Cheap Trick: Cereal Box Artist Trading Card Base

Step 6: Attach the foiled cardstock to an artist trading card base. Cereal boxes work great!

How to Paint A Metal Shamrock with ColorBox ColoriQue

Step 7: Paint a metal shamrock with ColoriQue. I used Moss Landing for all over color. While that base coat was still wet, I applied Honey Bee and blended with a paintbrush to spread a lighter shade of green to the petals. Set aside to dry, or speed up the process with a heat tool.

Use a Sanding Block to Sand Inked Metal Charms

Step 8: Use a sanding blog to remove the ColoriQue from the raised areas and edges of the shamrock.

Embossed Foil Tape Shamrock ATC Embellishments by Dana Tatar

Step 9: Attach embellishments to the card with hot glue. Note: I painted the piece of decorative chipboard shown above with Snow Summit ColoriQue.

I also created a short video of this process:



Embossed Foil Tape Shamrock Artist Trading Card Closeup by Dana Tatar


ColorBox® ColoriQue 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.

How to Add Color to Embossed Foil Tape with ColorBox ColoriQue

St. Patrick's Day Mini Printers Tray - Tando Creative

St. Patrick's Day Mini Printers Tray by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I'm sharing the Mini Printers Tray I altered for the Anything Goes theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. This set comes with two more trays and a cover. I used just one tray and the base for this project.

I painted the tray with DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic Paint, first with Holiday Green, and then with Light Antique White. Between coats of acrylic paint, I spread on a layer of crackle effect to produce a weathered finish.

Bleeding Art Tissue Dyed Muslin with Hand-Stitched Embellishments

I filled the tray with cotton backed muslin that I dyed with bleeding art tissue paper for added dimension. The tissue paper was a fun way to color fabric. I love the shades of greens, blues, and yellows that spread into the fabric with just a spritz of water!

Weathered Wood Crackle Paint Effect on Chipboard Printers Tray

I filled the tray with lace, a bottle cap embellishment, a bright orange paper flower with hand-stitched stem and leaves, plastic letters to spell "lucky" that I colored with a gold paint pen, and a stamped number 17.

Green and Gold Weathered and Embossed Chipboard

I finished the edge of this tray with Stampendous Spoonful of Gold Dust.

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wood Slice Garden Stake with ColoriQue - Clearsnap

Wood Slice Garden Stake with ColoriQue by Dana Tatar

Hi! I'm sharing a fun tutorial for a colorful wood slice garden stake on the Clearsnap blog today. I'm super excited about this project, not only because I created a cute piece of yard art to help brighten my garden, but because I used the NEW ColoriQue line by Lisa Marie Jimenez. This product is designed to color metal, but also works on a variety of other surfaces, like wood. I applied ColoriQue directly to metal embellishments and the formula dried beautifully. I mixed the colors for a more life-like finish. I really love the iridescent look I created on the beetle. The Lisa Marie Jimenez team is sharing projects featuring ColoriQue on the Clearsnap blog all week long. We'd love to have you stop by to check out this inspiring new product line and the variety of surfaces on which it can be used!

Add color to metal and wood with the NEW ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez line from Clearsnap. Fun wood slice garden stake tutorial by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Natural Bark Edge Tablet Stand - Walnut Hollow + StencilGirl Blog Hop

Natural Bark Edge Tablet Stand Colored with PanPastels by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I'm participating in the Walnut Hollow and StencilGirl Blog Hop, which starts today and runs until Friday, March 17th. I share a fun reverse resist stencil technique that I used to add color and pattern to this Walnut Hollow Natural Bark Edge Tablet Stand. I also altered a Walnut Hollow Natural Bark Edge Phone Stand! To see that, and to learn this quick and fun technique, stop by the Walnut Hollow Blog.

Walnut Hollow + StencilGirl Blog Hop March 2017

Leave a comment on the Walnut Hollow blog, the StencilGirl blog and on each participating designer's blog for your chance to win $25 Gift Certificates for StencilGirl and Walnut Hollow products. The two stencils I used and the two stands I altered are less than $25 total, so you can really get a lot of goodies if you're the lucky winner!

Bark Edge Stands for Phone and Tablet Reverse Resist Stencil Technique with PanPastels by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow and StencilGirl

Monday, March 13, 2017

Anchor Marquee Light - FabScraps

Altered Anchor Marquee Light by Dana Tatar for FabScraps - Journey In Time Collection

Hi! I'm sharing a fun off-the-page-project that I created with the Journey In Time Collection for FabScraps today. This collection is perfect for travel/vacation themed projects. I love going to the beach, so when I found this anchor marquee light, I immediately thought of this line.

Anchor Marquee Light - Aged Finish with Brown Acrylic Paint and a Patina Antiquing Set by Dana Tatar

I used brown acrylic paint and a patina antiquing set to age this anchor. I has a fabulous rust-like finish in real life. I added several clear stickers to the side of this light. 

Patina Antiquing Solution on a Metal Ship Wheel Charm by Dana Tatar

I used the same patina solutions on this silver embellishment.

Patina on Chipboard for an Anchor Marquee Light by Dana Tatar

I finished this piece with a chipboard word. The coordinated paper and embellishment collections from FabScraps really makes designing easy and fun! If you'd like the full supply list and/or instructions for this project, please stop by the FabScraps blog.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bark Edge Tablet Stand with Gold Accents - Walnut Hollow

Wood Burned Bark Edge Slide Together Tablet Stand with Gold Accents by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Hi! I'm sharing a tutorial for this rustic glam tablet stand and coaster set today on the Walnut Hollow Blog. If you'd like to add some functional home decor pieces to your space, you won't want to miss this fun project. I used the StencilGirl Segments Stencil as a guide for my wood burning and am so happy with this design, which reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright. The natural bark and the sparkly paint makes me happy!


You can pick up a similar tablet or phone stand from Walnut Hollow on sale right now!

Wood Burned Bark Edge Slide Together Tablet Stand with Gold Accents Tutorial by Dana Tatar for Walnut Hollow

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Through the Window Tag - FabScraps

Throught the Window Spring Floral Tag by Dana Tatar for FabScraps - Shabby Rose Collection

Hi! I created this tag using the beautiful Shabby Rose Collection (C85) from FabScraps. I built up layers of patterned paper, flowers, leaves, lace, and chipboard to make a layered tag with an interactive element.

Chipboard and Patterned Paper Window that Opens on a Spring Floral Tag by Dana Tatar for FabScraps - Shabby Rose Collection

The small door that I created in the center of the window chipboard opens to reveal a bird! I can hear the birds chirping away in their nests. It won't be too long now before I will be able to open my windows and celebrate Spring!

Here's the full supply list and instructions.


Supplies:
Fresh Vintage (C85 005)
Vintage Panels (C85 006)
Windows x 2 Chipboard (DC85 013)
Silver Chain Embellishment (E7 119)
Kraft Tag
Kraft Cardstock
Bird ClipArt Collage Sheet
Acrylic Paint (Aqua, White)
Dye Ink (Brown)
Jeweled Brad (Pink)
Flowers and Leaves(Assorted Colors and Sizes)
Butterfly
Decorative Pin
Paper Doily (White)
Lace (Cream)
Organza Ribbon (White)
Scissors
Paper Piercer
Hot Glue Gun

Instructions:
Step One: Cover a Kraft tag with Fresh Vintage patterned paper. Distress and ink the edges of the paper with brown dye ink.

Step Two: Use a hot glue gun to attach a colorful mix of flowers and leaves to both sides of the tag.

Step Three: Cut a small rectangle from a piece of Fresh Vintage patterned paper to slightly overlap the flower petals. Glue this piece of patterned paper over the flowers and leaves, creating a second layer.

Step Four: Use a hot glue gun to attach more flowers to the sides of the tag onto the second layer of patterned paper. Add a decorative pin to the flower cluster on the left side of the tag.

Step Five: Glue a paper doily and piece of cream lace onto the back of the tag. Cut a tag-sized piece of Kraft cardstock and glue over the paper doily and lace to create a smooth backing for the tag.

Step Six: Cut a chipboard window from the frame and paint with white and aqua acrylic paint. Back the chipboard window with paper cut from the Vintage Panels patterned paper.  Leave the center square of the window empty. Apply brown dye ink to the edges of the chipboard window.

Step Seven: Cut a hinge from the Vintage Panels patterned paper. Attach a small square of patterned paper to the hinge and fold a seam up along the hinge to create a door. Glue the hinge to the right side of the center square of the chipboard window.

Step Eight: Use a paper piercer to punch a small hole in the right edge of the chipboard window, centered with the chipboard square. Insert a jeweled brad and a piece of decorative hinge cut from the Vintage Panels patterned paper through the hole to create a clasp to hold the door closed.

Step Nine: Glue a small clip art image of a bird into the window behind the door.

Step Ten: Glue an organza bow to the top of the chipboard window.

Step Eleven: Glue a butterfly to the bottom right corner of the tag.

Step Twelve: Attach the chipboard window to the tag with a length of silver chain.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Persist Artist Trading Card - Tando Creative

Persist Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar for Tando CreativePersist Artist Trading Card by Dana Tatar for Tando Creative Featuring a Crackle Stamp and Cracked UTEE Top Layer

Hi! I'm sharing the artist trading card I created for the Cracks and Crevices theme this week on the Tando Creative Design Blog. I started this card by adding pale blue and brown Distress Ink to an artist trading card blank. I then pressed a crackle stamp covered with black archival ink onto the card to add a base pattern. Next, I applied watermark ink over the entire card and added two layers of ultra thick embossing powder. Once the embossing powder cooled I bent the card in several areas to produce the cracked glass effect. I used my Dymo tape label maker to create a sentiment for this piece. Lastly, I glued this card onto an Artist Trading Card for added support to prevent further cracking.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Elephant Tag - FabScraps

Elephant Tag by Dana Tatar for FabScraps - Call From The Wild Collection

Hi! I'm sharing a tag I created for FabScraps today. The new Call from the Wild collection is amazing! This line is a great way to celebrate your favorite wild animals that may be unfortunately endangered, vulnerable, protected, vanishing, and/or threatened. A portion of the sales from this line will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network. This tag shows my love for elephants.

Elephant Mixed Media Tag by Dana Tatar for FabScraps - Call From The Wild Collection

I had a lot of fun incorporating different materials and textures on this tag. I share the full supply list and detailed instructions for this tag on the FabScraps blog.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Grow - Pion Design

Grow Spring Herb Garden Scrapbook Layout by Dana Tatar for Pion Design - Easter Greetings and Scent of Lavender Collections
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Hi! I'm sharing a layout I created last year for Pion Design today. One of my favorite ingredients to add to my meals is fresh herbs. I have a couple more weeks before I will plant my own herb garden, so this layout will serve as an inspiration to me while I gather some new recipes and gardening tips.

Herb Garden Scrapbook Layout Featuring Inked and Glazed Chipboard by Dana Tatar

I've used patterned papers from both the Easter Greetings and Scent of Lavender collections for this page. There are several lovely shades of green in both lines and, as you can see, they blend beautifully!

Stenciled Texture Paste over Distress Ink Scrapbook Layout Background by Dana Tatar

I applied Distress ink and a whipped spackle brocade pattern to the background of the page before adding layers of patterned papers, ribbon, and chipboard. I stamped and cut some paper leaves to pair with the chipboard variety. I colored half of the chipboard on this layout with Distress ink and stain, and then a top coat of glaze for a bit of shine. The other half of the chipboard I left untreated.

Rub-On SubTitle on a Spring Herb Garden Scrapbook Layout by Dana Tatar

I added a glossy title, a rub-on sentiment, and a pair of butterflies to finish the layout.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you to cook up something delicious either in your art studio or your kitchen!

Pion Supplies:
Easter Greetings - Lily of the Valley - PD7012
Easter Greetings - Borders - PD7016
Easter Greetings - 6x6 Lily of the Valley - PD7108
Scent of Lavender - French Country - PD7206
Scent of Lavender - Small Leaves - PD7203