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2015 Desk Calendar

Hi! Dana Tatar here today sharing a 2015 desk calendar that I created with some of my favorite Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft products. I'm especially excited to show how I used the NEW Gold Texture Gems! Texture Gems are liners that are great for embellishing and are sold in a 3-count set of Gold, Silver and Pearl, and as a single count Texture Gem in Ice, which is a clear liner. If you missed the CHA Updates you're going to want to go back and read up on all the fantastic new releases!

Step One: Gather two Square Journal Boards for the front and back covers of the calendar. Apply chipboard numbers to the front cover and then cover both boards with a coat of Gesso. Let dry.


Step Two: Use a spatula to add a layer of Whipped Spackle to each board. Note: The spackle is a fun medium to use to build up texture, but it also helped to ensure that my chipboard letters will stay put!


Step Three: Once the spackle is dry, add color to the boards with Gelatos mist. Use a mister full of water to help spread the color over the boards. Note: I'm partial to the Tangerine Gelato, so I used my Gelatos Mist Maker Set to create a bright orange mist.


Step Four: Use a paintbrush to apply Gelato watercolors to the boards. Note: I used a paint palette, Gelatos and water to mix up a small batch of watercolors in Raspberry, Black Cherry, Blood Orange, Banana and Watermelon. Drying the boards between color applications will prevent the Gelato colors from blending into a muddy color.


Step Five: Use Gelatos to add tints and shades to the board edges and chipboard numbers. Blend the color with your fingers or a Dot Dabber. Note: I used a Coconut Gelato and a Squid Ink Gelato.


Step Six: Apply Glass Bead Glitter Gel to the chipboard numbers to add dimension and sparkle to the calendar cover.


Step Seven: Seal the boards with Glaze.


Step Eight: Use a Gold Texture Gems to write the word "twenty" onto a piece of wax paper. Let Dry. Note: I printed the word "twenty" using a word processing program and traced over the text as a guide. If you have great handwriting and control, skip this step and write directly onto the calendar cover using the Texture Gems!


Step Nine: Carefully peel the Texture Gems word from the wax paper and apply over the chipboard numbers using Gel Medium.


Step Ten: Add the calendar pages to the album and tie together with a piece of ribbon.


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope I have inspired you. If you'd like to see more of my work, please stop by my blog, They Call Me Tatar Salad.

Steampunk Gelatos (#770164)
Gelatos Color - Yellow (#770157)
Gelatos Designer Colors - Tropical (#770162)
Gelatos Designer Colors - 50's Diner (#77063)
Square Journal Boards (#770314)
Gesso (#770302)
Gel Medium (#770303)
Glaze (#770304)
Glass Bead Glitter Gel (#770317)
Whipped Spackle (#770318)
Gelatos Mist Maker Set (#770311)
Texture Gems - Gold

Dana Tatar I am a stay-at-home mom currently living in Virginia with my husband and two daughters. I started paper crafting about 8 years ago and have expanded from scrapbooking and now create a little of everything, including cards, tags, ATCs, arches and small gift and home decor items. I frequently find inspiration in music, poetry and pop culture.

I'm an active blogger and I like to share my tips and ideas. When I'm not creating art, I enjoy cooking and baking, reading, listening to music and spending time outdoors with my family.


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Carla  Hundley

How wonderful! Love
all that texture and
thanks for sharing
the instructions.
Carla from Utah


I love this! The texture, colors....Wonderful!

Jean Marmo

Love the texture and details!

Amante del Papel

this covers are amazing, with beautiful colors!

Brandi R

Gorgeous! Love all the textures ♥


Beautiful, Love all that great texture and the colours are so pretty!


Gorgeous project Dana!!! :)

Karen Bearse

Awesome colors! Great tip on how to use the texture gems!

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