Friday, 20 January 2017

Seeing Reality Journal Page by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I hope you managed to catch the Hochanda shows on Monday with Neil showcasing the latest new products from That’s Crafty!, as you were certainly in for a treat there. I’m sharing one of the A4 journal pages I made using one of the new inspirational quote stamps which is dear to my heart at the moment as I’m awaiting cataract surgery and have ever changing eyesight because of this!


Baby Wipes


I decided on a fairly clean and simple look for my page and started by applying the orange and pink paints to the white side with a baby wipe, leaving some areas white and smooshing the paint around to give a textured look.

I then stamped the main image on the panel with black ink. Once this was dry, I stencilled flights of butterflies around her head to the top of the panel with the pink ink.

I stamped my chosen text on black card with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with the white embossing powder. I cut the quote out, trimming around the words fairly closely and glued this to the page to finish.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Love and Moments - Journal Page by Nikki Acton

Today I am sharing one of the That’s Crafty! Journal pages featuring both the new word stencils and Inspirational Quotes stamps sets.

This page is one of the large Whiteboard / Greyboard journal pages (A4 size). Being whiteboard the surface takes pretty much anything you want to throw at it – which is great for me – adding lots of paint layers. As with any absorbent surface though it is wise to paint both sides to prevent any slight warping that might occur.

I began with a credit card and a mixture of blue/green/yellow paints – I used a mixture of PaperArtsy and DecoArt chalk paints (colours listed below). I started with one colour- swiping over the surface with the credit card in patches and then moved onto the next colour – making sure I overlap the colours in places. You can see how this looked in the word areas on the page. I also did a similar process on some card stock which I used for the hearts.

I then drew some boxes with a journaling pen – making sure the central one was large enough to fit the LOVE on the stencil. I stencilled the word using DecoArt Phthalo Blue and highlighted with my white journaling pen once dry.

I then took DecoArt Cobalt Teal Hue and painted the page with the exception of the boxes. As the paint is translucent it changes the tone without losing the effect of the paint layers beneath. I added some interest to the page with additional stencilling (Quatrefoil 2 Dinky stencil) and some script stamping. I added further scribbly lines around my boxes in both black and white.

I then took the card I had painted in similar colours and stamped the hearts from Emma Godfrey Love stamp set (PaperArtsy). I cut them out and added a little Phthalo Blue over the smaller ones and some stencilling (Dinky Stencil – Bubble Wrap) over the large ones.

Finally I stamped the quote on white card – cut it up and added some scribbly black lines. I decided the quotes were a little too white so added a little Tim Holtz Vintage Distress Medium to age the paper a little.

Finally I adhered my quote and hearts and gave the whole page a coat of matte medium.

See you next week!



DecoArt Chalk Paint – Interference, Treasure, Keepsake
PaperArtsy Chalk Paint – Banana and Chalk
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Phthalo Blue and Cobalt Teal Hue

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Dreams by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! I love That's Crafty's white/greyboard art journals. They're so perfect if you're into mixed media, as the pages are thick board that take anything. Did you see the fabulous new sizes on Hochanda TV on Monday. I love the A4 one! Anyway, I digress. Today I'm sharing another page of my 5x7inch journal.

Here's what I used...

DecoArt Media Mister - Red, Primary Yellow

Here's what I did...

1. I began by using a palette knife to spread a layer of modelling paste over my page. I applied it from the centre of the page, so that it was a thinner application on the outer edges.

2. I used a heat gun to lightly dry the paste, so that a skin formed, but it wasn't fully dry. Then I pressed the Dreams stamp into the paste. I quickly cleaned off any paste that might have got onto the stamp, then fully dried the page with my heat gun.

3. I sprayed the top of the page with the Red mister, then sprayed with water, holding the page up to let the paint drip. Then I added some Primary Yellow, and also sprayed that with water, until I had the effects I wanted. I love how the misted paint falls into the dips of the stamped texture, and highlights it.

4. Using a small round paintbrush, I painted in the texture of the stamped word 'Dreams' with Carbon Black fluid acrylic. I also painted in the texture of the 'x'.

5. I used Jet Black Archival ink to partially stamp Finnabair's wire net a few times on my page. Then I added some water to a dot of carbon black paint, and used the paintbrush to flick some splatters on the page.

6. To finish, I sponged the edges of my page with the Carbon Black paint.

I hope I've inspired you to get arty today.

Alison x

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

I Dare You by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I got myself, last week, Andy Skinners new stamps produced by Stampendous. So it is no surprise then that my make for you today uses some of those stamps along with some of his older ones.

Here’s What I Did:-

I started with one of That’s Crafty! large MDF uprights, this one being the tag shape design. The first thing then to prepare the MDF. I applied a very thin layer of gesso with a piece of Cut and Dry Foam. 

My next layer was to paint the entire surface and base with DecoArt Medium Grey and dry. I then smeared Vaseline onto the grey in places and then painted over the whole thing again this time with Titan Buff. Allow this layer to dry completely do not use a heat gun as it melts the Vaseline. Once dry wipe off the Vaseline with some kitchen paper and the paint will come off where you applied the Vaseline leaving you a distressed look. I then painted over the surface again with a watered down wash using Quinacridone Gold and then a wash of burnt umber. Again leave this to fully dry, you can use a heat gun for this. 

I then stamped over the entire surface with one of Andy’s Industrial background stamps in black Archival. Final touch on the background was to use a sanding block to further distress the paint.

I stamped the skull onto a piece of tissue paper and then added colour with paint from behind. To cut him out from the tissue I go around the image with a water brush this makes the tearing so much easier and softens the edge to make it less noticeable. I added him to the tag with matte medium.

You will see he is lighter than the rest of the tag as I blended in the edges of the tissue by adding some more wash to the tag, avoiding the skull area. I also had to do a bit more distressing with the sanding block.

I then added some stamping on the background using black Archival. I wanted the statement to stand out so I have heat embossed using a vanilla coloured embossing powder which I have toned down using some of my paint wash I used on the background. The word ‘Laugh’ also heat embossed uses Dina Wakleys stamps.

The toxic logo I stamped I coloured using a yellow coloured pencil. Final touch was some brush flicks of red paint.

This is a double sided piece but I will save the other side for another post but I have used more of Andy’s new stamps on it.

What I Used:-

DecoArt Media Fluids – Medium Grey, Titan Buff, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Titanium White
Andy Skinner Stamps by Stampendous – New launch Skuldoggery & Unexplained
                                                           Also Industrial Backgrounds & Toxic
Cream Embossing Powder
Sanding Block
Kitchen Paper Roll
Tim Holtz Alpha Stickers

Hope you like it and I will see you all next Tuesday, have a fabulous week.

Amanda X

Monday, 16 January 2017

We do not Remember Days by Moira Sutton

Have a very exciting day today at That’s Crafty! with the launch of new sets of text stamps and stencils. All are being launched on the Hochanda channel and the That’s Crafty! website today.  
I am particularly excited as I was asked to select a number of inspirational phrases for two of the stamp sets, one of which is featured today on my make. The stamps have been designed work for journaling, mixed media, home decor, cards, and more. I hope you like them all as much as we do.   


I began by covering the upright with texture paste using the Dinky Stencil. The stencil is designed so that is can be  used alone or matched at the edges to create larger background areas which is what I did here. When dry I gave it a coat of black gesso.
I painted some white card with the Copper paint, and when dry I heat embossed the phrase from the  set in gold and cut it out.

Next I attached my embellishments to the upright and gave it all a dry brushing with the copper paint before attaching my phrase.
A few touches of the glass beads and micro beads and pearls and it was completed. 


Sunday, 15 January 2017

I Believe In Courage by Lynne Moncrieff

This week, the courage stamp which appeared in my project last week, makes another appearance.

I am such a fan of the Uprights That’s Crafty! have designed so don’t be surprised if you see them popping up week after week!


PaperArtsy Stamp Sets Everything Art EEA03 and 04LPC005
Extras:- Mop up/under papers, calico, loose fibres from torn calico, margin from old book page


Apply Gesso to Upright and base, followed with a random application of Grunge Paste, to arch only. Then paint both with Rust metallic paint.

Gather mop up/under papers and previously stained calico and crochet lace – I use various paper/fabric to mop-up, knowing I can incorporate them into future projects. 

Stamp LPC image onto stained calico, do this 2-3 times, stamping onto different size pieces for interest. Now layer the pieces together, aligning the image. Adhere to upright along with torn pieces of the various mop-up/under papers.

Stamp sentiment (courage is from the paint tube stamp) onto margin of old book page.  Adhere to image. 

Insert upright onto base. gather some loose fibres from the torn calico and adhere to base.

Until next week,


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