Thursday, 8 December 2016

Wintery Door Hanging Tutorial by Ingrid Kristina V

Hi there!
Another week has passed (rather fast, if you ask me…) and I’m back with another post for That’s Blogging Crafty! Whooohoo…
Today, I am going to share a wintery creation for you and hopefully get you into the spirit of mixed media style.
I am using two large door hangers for this project. I will share a link to the tags down below for you in case you want to make your own.
This is a mixed media project so you will need a fair few supplies, but it is a fairly easy project. I have narrowed it down to a few steps. Let’s get to it…
Step 1: Cover both tags in white Gesso so that whatever else you put on the tags will withstand it. Besides, if you do it at the same time, you can create fun texture by letting them ‘kiss’ and peel back again. Dry the surface using your heat gun.

Step 2: Add dashes of platinum crackle paste. You can use a white crackle paste, if you like. This is when you have to be patient and allow it to dry .. or not… and blast it with your heat gun! Ha!

Step 3: Mix up some Halo effect glitter with some crystal flakes and Gloss Gel to create your own glittery texture gel. I was after silvery/grey stars so this worked brilliantly. You can use a lighter glitter, if you like.

Step 4: Apply through That’s Crafty! Stencil in a few areas.

Step 5: This is when you really must wait and let everything dry. If you try to heat dry it, you will melt your stars and create an almighty mess as glitter is in fact plastic! Don’t miss the tip in the picture…

Step 6: Use Lindy’s sprays to add colour to the door hanging and heat dry in between layers. Do this until satisfied with the coverage.

Step 7: Use an archival ink like Stazon (I used black) for stamping here and there to add interest.

Step 8: Sponge around the edges. Sponge some corners darker than others. This will create a better balance. Add a dash of that dark ink onto the stars and here and there to highlight the fab textures you achieved in the process.

Step 9: I manage to lose all shine on my stars in the process, but fear not! I added some Diamond Stickles and it looked even better!

Step 10: Die cut, decorate and arrange embellishments. When happy with the arrangement, adhere to the tag using hot glue. I used gauze, snowflakes covered in various embossing powders, pearl, Tim Holtz Holiday die cuts and more!

Here is the pic of the finished project…

… and, of course, a few close ups to check out…

I hope you like today’s post. Maybe you can let me know in the comments below or just say hi! I will be back next week with another fun project.

All the best and stay creative!
Ingrid xxx

Supplies list:

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Steel Shimmer
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Azure Sea Asters
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Pearlescent
Wow Embossing Powder, Clear Sparkle
Tim Holtz, Thinlits, Hoiday Greens Dies
Tim Holtz, Distress Ink Pad, Wilted Violet (used around the edges of the doily)
Sizzix, Thinlits, Hello Doily Dies
Spellbinders, Nestabilities, Labels 4

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Cogs Hanging by Alison Hall

Hi everyone, Alison here today, with my cogs hanging sample that I made for the recent That's Crafty! Hochanda TV show.

Here's what I used...

DecoArt Media Paint Misters - Yellow Green, Orange, Primary Magenta, White, Turquoise
Seth Apter Spellbinder Dies - Coffee Ring, Splatter Proof
Book Page
Black Soft Pencil
Yellow String
Circle Punch - 1 inch

Here's what I did...

1. I began by sponging black gesso all over the panel and cogs.

2. Next, I sprayed the panel and cogs with Yellow Green, Primary Magenta, and Turquoise, finishing up with a light spray of white.

3. I die cut a few of the Seth Apter circles and splatters, then embossed them with the Aged Gold Frantage.

4. I painted a thin layer of white gesso on a book page, then stamped a few of Dina's Boxed Faces. I punched out the eyes with a circle punch. I also die cut a face with Seth's Coffee Ring die.

5. I glued the circles in place on the panel and cogs, linking them as I went, and adding the punched eyes and die cut face.

6. I finished off with some splatters of orange and black paint, and some sprinkles of Aged Gold EP, then used yellow string to hang my pieces. I also added some shadow around the face, eyes and circles with a soft black pencil.

I hope I've inspired you today, 

Alison x

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Follow the Light by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

Today I would like to share with you the 2nd of my two pieces that I made to support
 That’s Crafty! recent shows on Hochanda to launch several new products one of 
which was this MDF lightbulb hanging.

Here’s What I Did:-

As this hanging is all MDF I first gave everything a coat of gesso, to get a really smooth finish I applied the gesso with a piece of Cut & Dry Foam. I then selected several PaperArtsy Fresco paints selecting a mixture of opaque and translucent colours starting with the lightest is the centre I built the colours up applying and blending in again using Cut & Dry Foam, I kept re-working all the colours until I had achieved the result I was looking for. I then added the darkness around the top piece using DecoArt Paynes Grey and a little black. The darkening on the edges of the lightbulbs has been created using the Paynes Grey diluted down and blended in using my finger. I then wanted to add a little more interest so using one of my favourite texture stamps I stamped on the crackle effect.

To create the top of the lightbulbs I first masked off leaving just the top that would be the screw part and smoothed on some DecoArt Texture Sand which I marked with the screw lines and then let it dry. Once dry I painted with the Paynes Grey and highlighted the screw grooves using a Liquid Chrome pen. The words on each of the light bulbs have been die cut and applied with matte medium.

Using a piece of mixed media card I brayered onto it the same colours I had used for the piece along with a couple of darker shades. On to that I repeatedly stamped the moth and the fussy cut them all out. I stamped the moth onto the MDF as well, this meant that I didn’t need to cut around the legs. The cut out moths were then glued over the stamped images. I then stamped the words onto the top piece, along with the little light bulb which the moths are all flying around. To make the little lightbulb stand out I stamped it onto white paper and just cut out the bulb and added it using matte medium along with a little bit of colour. The final touch was to cover it all with Glossy Accents. All was hung using black paper string.

Here’s What I Used:-

Black Paper String

Hope you like and see you all next Tuesday
Amanda X

Monday, 5 December 2016

Shimmer Wall Hanging by Moira Sutton

Word stamps from stash

Last week Leonie Pujol premiered two new That’s Crafty! Acrylic shapes on her “Let Leonie Loose” programme on Hochanda. I was lucky enough to make a sample using a pack of the rectangle and a pack of the square Wall Hanging. This is fantastically easy to make.
First a coat of clear gesso on one side of each panel to give it some “tooth”. When fully dry, using a damp paint brush pick up a tiny amount of one of the Magicals powders and dab it on the panel. Keep repeating with different colours until the panels are filled in.  

On the other side stamp your word in black Archival and highlight with the white gel pen. 
Link the panel together into a hanging. 

For more ideas of what you can make with these versatile panels do visit and watch Leonie’s show on rewind, she does some amazing things. 


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Reminder To Self - Be Bold, Be Brave! by Lynne Moncrieff

Recently, That’s Crafty! had two shows on HOCHANDA where they announced new Upright designs in acrylic and MDF, alongside other new items. I had the chance to play with the fabulous Torn Notebook MDF Upright – oh the possibilities are endless with this design!

An insight into what might appear as a “right ole jumble” (!) – the inspiration was the actual Torn Notebook Upright where I thought about writing notes and reminders to do this and this. This a reminder, a note, for an artist to be bold and be brave with the Relic and Artifacts eye representing the eye of an artist. Tying thread onto the torn notebook element is a representation of when people tie a piece of thread/string to their finger as a memory aid. The pearl beads symbolize the sentiments that appear on the Upright, pearls of wisdom.  The movement of the threads, the pearl beads spilling onto the base, this represents the mind of the artist, over-flowing with ideas.

If you have not created on any of the MDF Uprights then it is worth pointing out that they are such great quality, you can freely add layers and layers and even more layers – just as I did for this project!


That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils:- Numbers TC060, Arrows Background TC006, Triangle Ovals TC014
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish:- Antarctic, Stone, Nougat, Slate, Little Black Dress, Lake Wanaka
Extras:- Old book pages, black thread, calico scraps, mop up paper, button, pearl beads, resin paper scraps, baby wipes, old credit card


Apply Gesso to upright then adhere a full book page to the upright. With old credit card apply paints. Begin to stamp with paint the Scribbled Text and Everything Art elements then apply paint through stencil with fingers. Before the paint dries, smudge the paint here and there to create texture. 

Apply paints onto another book page. Stamp hand. Adhere to upright, curling up the edges. Watch out for bubbles forming beneath the book page, smooth any out with credit card or brayer. Continue to add more stamping, paint or stencilling. You’ll know where your eye wants you to add any extras onto the substrate!

Onto a piece of under/mop up paper, stamp the moth, adhering to upright but only partially, you do not want it to lie smooth onto the Upright.

Apply paints (I used leftover paint on the baby wipe) to the eye, adhering with strong adhesive. 

Onto calico, stamp sentiment and onto a smaller scrap, apply paints and once dry stamp a second sentiment. Adhere to upright. Embellish upright with a button stitched to scrap of calico, allowing threads to hang loose. Adhere more threads to pane, tying around the notebook edge. Adhere resin paper scraps (I had those to hand, leftovers from other projects)and a scattering of pearl beads. 

Along the way I would now and then, spray Picket Fence and would also add more stenciling. 


Apply paints then stamp with paint and add stencilling with Distress Ink Black Soot.

Adhere pearls, as though they are rolling off the base.

The Upright is now complete.

Until next time,


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