Friday, November 20, 2009

Nativity Tile

Do you remember a few years back when these tumpled tiles were all the rage in the stamping world? They were everywhere!! Well, with our new Shimmer Paints, they are back! I am sorry that my pictures are just not doing this tile justice! I will work on getting a better picture...

I got the idea for this tile from fellow demo, Andrea Walford. She posted a similar tile made with the Angel stamp. She also posted how she used the shimmer paints mixed with re-inkers to paint it. Well, I knew when I saw that, that I had to do it! So, into my basement I went, to find the tiles, I knew I had!

To make this tile, I wiped the tile with a cloth (a.k.a. my jeans) to get off any dust or residue. Next, I took out a paper plate to use as my paint palette. You DO NOT need a lot of paint to get good coverage. I worked with one drop of Frost White Shimmer Paint (item #116854) for each color that I needed. Then, I mixed in 1 drop of Re-inker to the paint. For the darker colors like Bravo Burgundy, i used 2 drops of Frost White to 1 drop of reinker. Otherwise, it would looked too dark. Then, I simply painted the areas on the tile carefully and used a very little bit of paint. Also, when I finished painting the picture, I used the Champagne Mist (item #116806) to paint around the outside of the picture.

The classic reinker colors I used were: Blush Blossom, Barely Banana, Bashful Blue, Bravo Burgundy, Always Artichoke and Summer Sun. I also used a little of the Platinum Shimmer Paint (item #116807) mixed with Frost White and Bashful Blue for the Baby Jesus' wrap. If you paint something that you do not like, you can wipe it away with a little water. One part of mine came out a little too dark to start so, I just added some water to the brush and lifted some of the paint off. Make sure that you seal these coasters with some clear sealant spray that you can find at one of those big craft stores or a hardware store. You can finish the back by glueing on some felt to protect your table.

I think a set of these coasters would make a great Christmas gift!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Color Challenge 11-17-09

So I finally had the chance to participate in another color challenge! It felt so good to do this again! It was like seeing an old friend again after being away for awhile. I know corny... but ya know it is the little things in life right!!!

The colors for this week were Blush Blossom, Ruby Red and Close to Cocoa. I find that I never use Blush Blossom unless it is in one of these color challenges and when I do, I actually like the way comes out! Who Knew?!

For this card, I started with a Close to Cocoa card base. Next I added the Ruby Red Layer. For the top layer, I used Blush Blossom. I stamped this piece with the flower from Season of Joy (item #110384) in Blush Blossom ink, followed by Ruby Red, and then Close to Cocoa. I tied the White Satin Ribbon around it. Don't you love that Satin ribbon?? Next, I punched out the Five Petal Flowers - 1 from each color of Card Stock. I layered these together and added 3 silver brads in the center. The flower is attached with Dimensionals. Finally, I stamped "Merry Christmas" in Close to Cocoa on Ruby Red and cut it out. Then layered it on Close to Cocoa and cut it out again.
I hope you like it! I am so glad to be back into doing these color challenges. Hopefully, I will be able to stick with it again!
Also, I have a few more posts that I am setting up right now so check back again soon to see a great gift idea!