Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit + a Tutorial‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have several cool new goodies in the shop for you this week! I'm especially excited about the New Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit! I had a blast designing this kit for you, and I think it may be my favorite to date. The kit perfectly holds our Mini Santos Doll Kit as well as several of the RELICS & ARTIFACTS line by Sandra Evertson! It's a nice, large kit, which makes it extra fun!
You can check it out HERE.

Inspiration By Sandra Evertson!

 I hope you're enjoying the RELICS & ARTIFACTS line by Sandra Evertson as much as I am! I just can't get enough!




Art Time!

I had a blast playing with the new Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit and of course, more Relics! I love the larger size of this shrine, and the cool design! Since I went for more glitz and glam last week, I decided to do something a bit more primitive. Of course this kit would look great with tons of bling too!
 

Supplies Used Large Exquisite Antiquity Shrine Kit, Relics and Artifacts Flaming Hearts Ex Votos II, Black and Sepia Archival Ink, Matte Mod Podge, E6000, Red Stickles, Copper Beaded Chain, Brass Jump Rings, White Fancy Scalloped DresdenColor Dusters, White Sharpie Paint Marker

I absolutely love the way my Shrine turned out! It's even more striking in person.

I started by removing the eye screw from my Relic heart. Simply give them a few twists with some pliers, and you can unscrew them very easily! Initially I was going to glue my pieces to the back of the shrine, but then I had an idea! So I left the eye screw in the flame.

I gave everything a quick coat of acrylic paint using sponge brushes. I purposely let some of the Masonite show through on the shrine since I was going for an aged look.

I wanted stamping on my heart and flames, however they have amazing texture making stamping difficult, so I did the next best thing. I stamped on a piece of vintage sewing pattern tissue. White tissue paper would work just as well.

Coat the back of the tissue with Mod Podge, and GENTLY smooth over the heart. The tissue is very fragile, and can easily tear. Cut or tear the edges to remove the excess.

Coat the top with Mod Podge as well. This will make the tissue more transparent.

I did the same tissue technique to the flame, and then glued the two piece together with E6000. For fun, I added some Dresden around the seam and added some decorative dots to my shrine.

To give my Shrine more of an aged look, I brushed on some Sepia Ink around the edges using a Color Duster.

I decided to hang my heart from a bit of vintage chain. I simply drilled a small hole in the top of my shrine and added the chain, using a jump ring on the end to hold the chain in place!

Finally I attached my heart to the chain with another jump ring. I LOVE the look of the suspended heart, and it was super duper easy!

I can't wait to see what you guys make with new new Shrine Kit and of course the Relics & Artifacts. I know I'm having tons of fun! xoxo

If you prefer more bling, the tutorial from last week might be more up you alley!




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

A stunning set of ATCs by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! The finishes are absolutely gorgeous Cat! 
Stop by Cat's blog for the full tutorial and supply list:
http://inthelightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2015/04/revamping-atc.html




Inspiration By Marie Garot!

We are completely over the moon about this fabulous shrine by Marie Garot! The details are fantastic! So magical Marie!
Moon Shrine Kit (with charm holes):
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_3817/Moon-Shrine-Kit.htm
She Also Used Our Brass Wings, Brass Crown, Brass Hands, Star Cut Outs






Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A beautiful journal page by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! The house and the doll are just adorable Amy!
Hello Dollie Bodies Collage Sheet:
http://www.retrocafeart.com/item_673/Hello-Dollie-BODIES-Doll-Collage-Sheet.htm
She Also Used Our Gelatos




Inspiration By Luci Brito!
 
These two incredible pieces were created by the talented Luci Brito. Luci has an amazing eye for color and phenomenal patience when it comes to applying her jewels! Gorgeous!
Large Steampunk Gear Shadow Box Shrine Kit:
http://ow.ly/LJ1BU
Sandra Evertson's RELICS & ARTIFACTS: http://ow.ly/LCx39
VerDay Paint and Patina Set: http://ow.ly/LJ1Ep 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Majestic Shrine Tutorial + More Relics and Artifacts‏ By Sandra Evertson


Happy weekend everyone! We have several cool new goodies in the shop for you this week! Two fabulous new Altar Shrine Kits, NEW Tim Holtz Stencils (and lots of others restocked), Collage Sheets, and a restock of the gorgeous RELICS & ARTIFACTS line by Sandra Evertson!
You can check it out HERE.


Inspiration By Sandra Evertson!

Sandra generously sent me even more beautiful photos to share with you, featuring her AMAZING art samples! All of the samples below were created by Sandra herself, using her incredible RELICS & ARTIFACTS line! Stunning samples and amazing photos! Thank you Sandra! xoxo







Art Time!

Of course I couldn't wait to play with the new RELICS and ARTIFACTS, just like all of you! I also knew from the very beginning how perfectly they would go with all of the Retro Café Art Gallery goodies. After designing the new Majestic Altar Shrine this week, I had to play with it too! I used the Ancient Soul Relics and Artifacts set, but so many others would work just as well! I think a heart would also be SO gorgeous!
 

Supplies Used Majestic Altar Shrine Kit, Relics and Artifacts Ancient Soul, Silver Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, Inka Gold Turquoise and Graphite, Black and Sepia Archival Ink, 3mm Tiny Brass Circles, Matte Mod Podge, E6000, Medium Unfinished Wood Spool, Antique Damask Collage Sheet


I absolutely love the way my Majestic Shrine turned out! It's even more sparkly in person!


I started by removing the eye screws from my Relics. Simply give them a few twists with some pliers, and you can unscrew them very easily! Sweet!


I gave everything a nice basecoat using Krylon spray paint in silver. TIP: Spray your pieces outside in a box for easy peasy clean-up. The Relics took the paint perfectly!


Next I added some copper acrylic paint here and there (applied with a sponge brush), followed by Inka Gold Turquoise and Graphite (applied with my finger) to the high points of the Relics. The intricate detail of the Relics makes them perfect for Inka Gold! Finally I darkened the pieces a bit by added some black archival ink.


Attaching some bling was my favorite part!


Tip: Use a small paint brush to move the tiny brass circles into place after adding a tiny dot of glue.


To create dimension with my Relics Skull, I attached a medium spool to the back with E6000, and then attached it to the back of my shrine.


The cool wings were attached to the back pillars of the shrine using E6000. The wings have a flat back, making this really easy.


I finished things off by adding more bling, attaching the Relics Skull, and finally attaching the Relics Crown to the top of my shrine.


I almost forgot to mention, I attached the image from the new Antique Damask Collage Sheet to the back of my shrine. I love the little pop of yellow, especially with the purple rhinestones!


I hope you enjoyed this project! As always, feel free to use any of our tutorials while creating. I can't wait to see what you make! xoxo




Inspiration By Brenda Harris!

A spectacular collection of Primitive Angels created by Brenda Harris! I especially love the bright, happy, springtime colors found on "Plant Dreams". Beautiful Brenda!
(She Also Used Our Fairy Head Paper Cuts, Music Sheet Heart Paper Cuts, Word Paper Cuts)




Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!

A super sweet Easter tag by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! How perfect is her little bunny!
(She Also Used Collage Sheet SC38, Tiny Plastic Blue Eggs, Stickles)




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A beautiful, inspiring journal page by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! Just loving the pops of black and white! And of course the way she used her Finnabair Stamps!
(She Also Used Our Heart Washi Tape and Gelatos)




Inspiration By Linda Cain!
  
It's time for Design Team Member Linda Cain to ruffle your feathers! Hop on over to Linda's Blog to see her lush Mica Feathers! My favorite is the feather she covered in GLITTER! 
Check it out HERE.
(This technique would look GORGEOUS on the RELICS & ARTIFACTS!)




Inspiration By Tristan Robin Blakeman!

A fabulous Shrine by Tristan Robin Blakeman! So many incredible details Tristan! WOW! He certainly took the Regal Altar Shrine to new heights! Gorgeous!
(He Also Used Our Black Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, Tim Holtz Mini Chain Tassels, and Pink Chandelier Garland)

Friday, April 3, 2015

RELICS & ARTIFACTS by Sandra Evertson Are Here‏


Happy weekend everyone! We have lots of cool new goodies in the shop this week! Ornate Flourishes, New Stencils, Cut-Outs, and more. But what I'm most excited about is the stunning new RELICS & ARTIFACTS line by Sandra Evertson! The pieces are amazingly detailed, and the sky is definitely the limit with these little works of art. I don't think I've ever found a line that will work more beautifully and perfectly with our Shrine Kits and Dolls! I had to grab up every single set that was available now, and I'm so excited to offer them to you!
You can check it out HERE.
 
Inspiration By Sandra Evertson!

I had the pleasure of chatting with Sandra yesterday, and she generously gave me permission to share some of her beautiful photos with you, featuring her AMAZING art samples! All of the samples below were created by Sandra herself, using her incredible RELICS & ARTIFACTS line!














Thank you dear Sandra Evertson for allowing me to share your creativity and RELICS & ARTIFACTS line with the art community! I can't wait to see what everyone creates!
 




Inspiration By Cat Kerr!

"Bonjour", a gorgeous Victorian Dollie assemblage ornament by Design Team Member Cat Kerr! Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all visit Paris in the Springtime? Beautiful Cat!
 (She Also Used Our Word Paper Cuts and Laurel Wreath Cut Outs)
You can find "Bonjour" in Cat's Etsy Shop!




Inspiration By Amy Nieman!
 
A stunning Ornament full of brilliant color and texture by Design Team Member Amy Nieman! This is such a gorgeous piece Amy! The "rusty" cupids are so lovely!
I can absolutely see the new Relics and Artifacts by Sandra Evertson worked into a piece like this!
(She Also Used Our Double Cupid Cut Outs, White Sharpie Paint Marker, Gelatos)




Inspiration By Gerri Herbst!
  
 A fabulous Butterfly Stick by Design Team Member Gerri Herbst! She brilliantly added beads to the stick for dimension! Super base too! Awesome ideas Gerri
Anyone else thinking about those Relics and Artifacts by Sandra Evertson again? I could definitely see them going beautifully with the Stick Stand-Ups!
(She Also Used Collage Sheet SC28, Valentine Word Paper Cuts, German Cotton Spun Fairy Mushrooms, Paper Flowers)





Inspiration By Danie May!

We're loving this gorgeous Sweetheart Fairy created by Danie May! "Love Lives Here" indeed. The collage and sentiment is perfect! Beautiful Danie!
(She Also Used Our Santos Head Paper Cuts)
And of course I'm thinking about using the Relics and Artifacts by Sandra Evertson with one of these Fairies. I think the Figureheads would be awesome!