A homemade gift from New England...A complete gift package September 28 2016, 0 Comments

"Hello" from New England. That's what my Godmother received today in the mail from my father, fellow Tamm's artist, Dick Kiley and I. We thought it would be nice to send along a homemade gift and brighten her day. 

Knowing how much she loves the ocean and the New England home she had here for years, a lighthouse was painted oceanside upon a rocky cliff. The rock was hand selected by my mother Marj Kiley when she visited Rye Beach, NH earlier this year.

A butterfly card glitters with its sparkly message of "hello" with the front and back side of her gift tag pictured below.  


The butterfly embellishment was made using my new "ticket" punch from Epiphany Crafts, which I stuck onto a piece of Washi tape then dotted iridescent gold 3D fabric paint along its sides to make it look like a riveted belt. The "Just for You" square was raised off the surface using a pop-dot and also edged with alcohol ink.

A "hello" is stamped with Studio G alphabet rubber stamps on the back side of this gift tag. The edges are rubbed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink, as well as the flower stencil in the middle. 

My father has been painting ocean and lighthouse scenes for years and has mastered adding in details like three-dimensional rocks and wisps of water spraying up into the air.

Modeling paste and sparkling paste are used to build up the rocks, making them look and feel real. The clouds are also three dimensional and glitter with flecks of silver.


The lighthouse with its red roof and black windows and doors has a glowing yellow light in the tower. Some of these fine lines were painted with a paintbrush having only a few bristles.

To properly seal his artwork, my dad will apply varnish over the acrylic paints in between colors. This means each of his painted rocks have been sealed 3 to 4 times. It also gives it that glossy shine.

Here's a view of the front and back of the butterfly card. So many different mediums went into making this 5"x7" card.

The butterfly was taken from a DCWV "Color & Create Projects" coloring book. After coloring in the butterfly with Stabilo Point 88 Fine 0.4 markers, a NUVO glue pen was used to outline the lines and glitter applied. Scribbles Silver iridescent 3D fabric paint was used to make the four dots seen above. They look like metal rivets through the card. Alcohol inks are stenciled on and edged along the entire card.  

This black "hello" and the two black corner designs are made using Krazy Kreations vinyl outline stickers. I recently learned various techniques of applying these into my mixed media projects by owner and designer Kara during a couple of classes taken at the 2016 Scrapbook Expo in Marlborough, MA. This particular "hello" is stuck to Krazy Kreations patterned glitter paper and closely cut out with an exacto knife. The corner designs are a negative cut-out (outline/background of an outline sticker) that was applied using transfer paper. Kara taught me how to use every bit of her product, which as someone who loves to upcycle things, I truly enjoyed learning from her. 

The back side had been stamped with my signature stamp in a location I thought it would blend in. The butterfly wing and stenciled design add so much to the back and complete the card.

Her envelope was dressed up to match the card and includes the same leaf stencil that is seen on the front of her card. The brown edge is my favorite color of Tim Holtz Distress Inks...Vintage Photo.

A cork heart sticker is placed on two strips of Washi tape in the upper right corner to look like postage markings.

"Donna" is stamped using Recollections alphabet 1" rubber stamps with green marker lines squaring around each letter to give them more depth and character.


We've since heard from Donna and she's reported officially loving her New England gift. We are so happy to make her smile. If you'd like something like this made up for a loved one, let us know.  We are happy to specialize your next homemade gift in a complete package like this one.

Thanks for reading my blog. Hope you've been artistically inspired. Enjoy your day.

Written by Jennifer Quilty for Tamm's Marketplace on 9/28/16.