Tuesday, 28 February 2012

True North by Paula Tidman

I love altering wooden boxes, as they inexpensive to buy and you can do so much with them. This one was given three coats of cream matt emulsion then a light sanding down before stamping.

I used the Lynne Perrella Collection 001 Stamp Set and stamped the female image in Archival Ink on the box lid. I coloured the image using inktense pencils, then masked and stamped with the newsprint background stamp. I stamped the additional images then buffed on Distress Inks in Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade. I used some wood balsam to seal the box then a touch of gold wax on the edges of the box. I stamped a sentiment from Whimsy Stamps Sentiments Collection - Treasured Moments Tickets Sentiments and added an Idea-ology book plate to finish.



Monday, 27 February 2012

A Trio of Tags by Deborah

Hi everyone! I am the newest Design Team member for the fabulous That’s Crafty! and my first offering is three tags featuring the Paper Artsy Hot Picks 1111 stamp plate.The manila tags I used are pretty much the same size as Ranger Inkssentials Surfaces Manila Craft Tags #5. I think the Ranger ones are probably sturdier, which is no bad thing when you are painting and spraying.

Plenty More Fish

I began by smooshing Faded Jeans Distress Stain through the Fence Frame 6x6 template from The Crafter's Workshop. I chose it because it made me think of fishing net but here it’s quite subtle, letting the manila tag show through. The way I craft is to try something, see what happens and then proceed accordingly. I stamped the fish with Adirondack Espresso dye ink and lightly coloured them with a Sandstone ProMarker, before cutting them out. I then tucked them into the arms of my bathing belle. I use a matte medium such as Claudine Hellmuth’s to glue things down firmly. Because it is matte, you can use it to seal as well. I’ve been playing with Tim Holtz’s new Kraft Glassine to see what it can do. Here, I tore a strip and rather than crumple it, folded it lengthways and then crossways and flattened it out again. I painted it lightly with an Adirondack Snow Cap Paint Dabber, then stamped on top in Jet Black Archival Ink. I finished the edges of the tag with the Snow Cap paint and Espresso ink and attached a strip of weathered wire mesh that I found in gutter outside my house.

Zeppelfish Poste

I’m very partial to a bit of steampunk, so this Zeppelfish (great name!) really appealed to me. After rubbing Weathered Wood Distress Ink lightly over the tag (direct to paper), I stamped the image and the ‘zeppelfish poste’ words in Adirondack Espresso dye ink. Next I lightly dabbed some Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and left it to dry until the cracks started showing, then zapped it with a heat gun. The cracks aren’t very big because mine is drying up (I’m sure Tim said you can add water, so I’ll try it). The fish has a cog which I covered with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket and Spinner. I rubbed a little Espresso ink around the edges, added a bit of my scavenged wire mesh – and a small washer which I painted with Tim’s Terra Cotta Alcohol Ink.

Seaside Fresh Air
For my final tag I turned again to the Fence Frame template. However, this time I wanted the mesh to show more clearly. I put small blobs of Eco Green acrylic paint (Waterfall, Eggplant and Pistachio) onto a craft mat, spritzed with water and picked up a bit of each colour with some Cut N Dry foam to cover the tag. Then I sprayed a dark colour ink (I used Altered Originals Granite but Adirondack Color Wash Spray would work just as well) onto the template, flipped it and pressed it onto the tag. I pressed a wad of paper towel over the template to minimise coloured hands and help it dry. I picked up some more of the Pistachio paint and dabbed it lightly in patches over the top. More blotting with paper towel. I stamped and coloured the fish as before but this time using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and Yellow ProMarker. I used another piece of my altered Kraft Glassine (see Plenty More Fish) which I stamped using Memento Paris Dusk. The colour has come out lighter and more muted thanks to the Snow Cap paint underneath. My reclining beach babe happened to fit nicely on top and I tied a piece of Dovecraft fibre to finish off the tag.
I don’t think I’ve left anything out but if you have any questions, just leave a comment here or on my blog and I’ll get back to you.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Wot no Fraying?!

When you cut your ribbon does this happen?

Well then, a small crafty item from Imaginisce called the i-magicut Ribbon Cutter will become an important part of your crafting. The results are just fab! Here is a sample of the green ribbon, that I used on the Spring Card, when I trimmed it to size:

NO MORE FRAYED ENDS!!! The tool heats up in 3 - 5 seconds and features many types of cuts too.


Friday, 24 February 2012

Steampunk Tag by Mandy C

Cut a large tag size 200mm x 95mm. Using Artist Spackle, scrape through the Crafter's Workshop Template - Mini Time Travel and leave to dry... it takes around 20mins.
Then I used Distress Stains in Forest Moss, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen, direct to the tag. I lightly spritzed with Cosmic Shimmer Mist in Aqua Lagoon and dried the tag with a heat gun and then I used some metallic rub ons to enhance some of the raised clocks.

Next I chose which image I wanted to use... this is one I made up using bits and bobs of bodies to create a Steampunk Zetti girl.

I glued the image in place and then stamped ‘illusion’ from the Creative Expressions Vintage Illusion Stamp Set onto paper and cut it out. I then edged with Cats Eye Chalk Ink Pads in Dark Moss and Creamy Brown.  I’ve also used the large cog and the sentiment from the Creative Expressions Vintage Treasures Stamp Set.

I stamped around the edges with Tim Holtz' checkerboard stamp from the Bitty Grunge set and also some splodges from Tim Holtz' Spills and Splatters set. I then used a white pen to highlight areas of the tag and finally, I added a zipper rose.



Thursday, 23 February 2012

Spring Card by Alan Scott

It's not often that when you hear something said by a manufacturer that when you get the product into your hands, it's what they said and more.
Well I can only recommend that you get your crafting hands on the glue that IndigoBlu produce called FlitterGlu - IT'S JUST ONE OF THE BEST GLUES I HAVE COME ACROSS WHEN IT COMES TO STAMPING. I don't highly recommend a lot of things but this glue is something that I do. I’m looking forward to making a lot more cards using this product. Right back to the card.

This stamp comes from a set of stamps from Artemio called Stitch Work. As you may have guessed, I just love this style of stamps that they produce. So much so, that I will be making some more cards using 2 more stamp sets from this company. 


1 x 8ins x 8ins white card base

1 x 7ins x 7ins black card stock

1 x 6.6ins x 6.5ins backing paper complimentary to your colour scheme

1 x 2.5ins x 5ins white watercolouring paper

1 x 9ins green ribbon

Green ink pad and red ink pad (As I was using ProMarkers, l used Memento Lady Bug and Memento Bamboo Leaves)

Red and green ProMarkers

Dimensional or 3D glue


First take your black card stock and cut out from the middle a 4ins x 6ins extra piece of card stock. It will be covered up by the backing paper, so why waste good card stock?

Then using the backing paper, secure into place with double sided tape or your normal glue. Then while you have your glue out, place this in the middle of your white card stock. Place to one side.

Now this is the fun part - GLITTER!!!

Cover the large flower stamp with the FlitterGlu and stamp the black card stock in a random manner. At this point, you're making a backing style paper. When you're happy that you have covered the card (don't forget to stamp off the card as well - when doing this, place your card stock onto a piece of scrap paper), secure into place on the backing paper. I went just a little off centre, as when l place my stamped layer, it balances out width wise. There is no rule that says you have to build up in exact placements. Just play with your papers and what your working with. If you're not too sure, then do a little sketch or cut scrap paper into the sizes you want and play with placement.

Now then, let's get all glittered up! Take your glitter and cover the glued images. You will be very surprised at how good your stamped image has be reproduced at this point. I then took a soft brush and just brushed off all the glitter that had not been secured onto the card.

Place this to one side and let's get stamping. When the main flower head had dried, I stamped the image using red ink onto the watercolour card. I also at this point stamped onto some scrap paper so l could make a mask.

Then placing the mask on top of the image, I stamped over making a stem using one of the flourishes. Next, I took the smaller heart stamp and stamped twice as this was going to make leaves.Taking my green ProMarker, I just followed the line of the stitched line and filled in the leaves. I did the same with a soft red ProMarker with the flower.

Taking the Glossy Accents, I flooded the flower making sure I followed the area of the flower.You will have to place this to one side to air dry. When it was dry, I placed the stamped image into the freezer for 15 minutes. Then, I carefully bent the flower head so that the Glossy Accents would break into little lines. Don't worry, it will not fall off the stamped image and this gives the glossy fill an "antique feel".

Now it's time to build the card. The ribbon was secured into place just below centre and then the stamped image was placed on the top layer. You can use the dimension glues that are out there, or your foam tape/pads. Once again I have not put a text layer onto the card, as I did not want it to be just a birthday card. It can be for anything you want. Changing the backing paper and ribbon would give it a completely new feel.


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Final Design Team Member

We are delighted to announce that Deborah
is joining our very talented Design Team. We would like to wish her a very warm welcome and her first project will be posted soon.

Follow Your Dreams by Paula Tidman


I’m delighted to share my first craft project as a member of the That’s Crafty! Design Team. I love stamping and That’s Crafty! has the most amazing selection of stamps, so it was very difficult to choose which ones to use.




I decided on making a small travel themed canvas and used some B Line Design and Paperartsy stamps.

Firstly, I stamped the B Line Postcard Collage stamp on tissue paper and adhered it to the canvas using
Claudine Hellmuth Matt Medium . I painted over a light wash of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint in Ice Blue and stencilled in a darker shade of blue. I painted some thin card in the same Fresco Finish paint and stamped PaperArtsy Hot Pick 1106 and Urban Snap Shots Structures Plate 1 in Archival ink and cut and glued onto my canvas. I added a quote and used Whimsy Stamps Sentiments Collection - Treasured Moments Tickets Sentiments stamps and die.

Finally, I added a
Wendy Vecchi flower and a touch of Inka gold.

Paula xx

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Learn to Pause Card by Mandy C

Using the background, I cut a 6ins x 4ins piece of card. I then stamped this with one of the stamps from the Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamp Set - Papillon inked with Rusty Brown StazOn. I then positioned my image and glued it down. I inked a Tim Holtz sentiment stamp with Ranger Archival ink in black and then glued this onto my card. I finished the card by edging with Cats Eye Chalk inkpads

Mandy C

Friday, 17 February 2012

Audrey and "The Kid" by Mandy C

I've made 2 movie themed postcards. Firstly, "The Kid" ~ a Charlie Chaplin classic. The background was made with Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Misting Inks, The Octopode Factory The Kid stamp and Crafter's Workshop templates. The image was coloured in using watercolour pencils.


The second postcard is Audrey Hepburn in the classic "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The background was misted and stamped with the Kaisercraft Clear Stamp Sheet Music and The Octopode Factory Audrey Hepburn stamp. It was finished by drawing the little circles through a Crafter's Workshop template and the image was coloured in using watercolour pencils.


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Welcome to your new Roost by Alan Scott

This card was made by using another fab set of stamps from Artemio called Picoti Picota.

Please don’t feel you have to have all the equipment to make this card. It's the stamps that are the main focus. Also as a wonderful set of images, you can build up loads of different cards for all occasions. I will be adding more projects using Artemio stamps, so watch this blog for lots more inspiration, tips and tricks.


1 7 x 10 inch card blank

1 sheet of backing paper

10 ins of coloured ribbon cut into 2

I have used 2 layering Spellbinders dies (however if you don't have these, then you can get the same effect by using patterned scissors or if you don't have those in your crafty stash, do not despair. Draw out an oval and just carefully rip round round your drawn outline and then with a soft rubber, just remove your lightly drawn line)

White stamping paper

Coloured backing paper for the topper

Various ProMarkers or colouring medium of your choice. The only rule for this, is make sure you use the right ink pad for the correct colouring in medium. ProMarkers or the like take a PIGMENT INK Pad where as watercolouring medium takes a DYE INK Pad. 

Small hole punch or Crop-A-Dile

A6 silver mirror card

Fancy edge punch

Small corner edger (This is a must have punch. They just soften the corner of a card, so gives you the opportunity to make a different style of card design)

Normal crafty equipment/stash that we have all have and built up over the years of crafting!


Taking my scrap paper, l started to build up my scene. Like l have mentioned before, this way you can find out if you have to make any masks. When l was happy with the composition, l transferred the draft scene onto my good quality white paper.
Then using my selected ProMarkers (or what ever colouring medium you are going to use), I built up the image and gave it some colour. Now, if you
don’t have any colouring mediums like ProMarkers, you can use your Distress inks as these are water based and can be used as a painting medium. Just put some ink onto a glossy surface and using a water colouring brush, colour in.

Tip No. 1: To find an eye line to ground your image, just take a pen in an earthy colour and just draw a few lines and dots across the paper, missing out the image. This will just give you an impression of ‘3D’ so to speak.

Then taking my Spellbinders die, l selected the area that l wanted to use. I cut it out and then taking a larger die, l cut out a topper.

Tip No. 2: Take a smaller die and put it into the centre of the larger dies, so that after you have cut out the base for the topper, you have an extra topper to be used at a later date. I personally don't cut out a large topper and then use it whole - I always cut a centre out and put aside.

The backing paper l choose to use to back the white card, fortunately had a small border at the base. By careful placement, l was able to trim of the banner and then re use it as a ribbon on the card.

The sentiment was again made by picking out a type face on my computer and typing out what l wanted to say. If you are struggling to do this, please email That's Crafty! and l will put something similar onto the blog in various sizes, so you can download, print and then cut out.

The text was then placed onto the mirror card. To make this secure, as it's a clear sealed surface, you need to use a good strong clear glue. When the glue dried, I took my  Crop-A-Dile and punched two small holes at each corner. Then I threaded half of the ribbon into each hole. I tend to go in from the front - this way it covers up the hole and makes the knot a lot better (it's just my own personal preference).

The next stage is building the card. Again, just play with placement and try different angles. When you're happy, secure the components to the card base.

There you have it - a fun welcome to your ‘New Home’ card.


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Steampunk Card by Alan Scott

This card took a bit of thought as to what I wanted to do. I had taken delivery of a GREAT stamp set along with a set of dies that l know will be used so often. The stamps and dies are by Whimsy Stamps and they are some of the best ticket style stamps that you would wish to find. There is also a set of bottle cap stamps with a matching die too. As you can see by the centre of the flower on the card, it looks just like a bottle cap - a perfect embellishment!


1 A4 size card blank (this can be made by yourself or one that has been bought) - you could reduce to 8ins x 8ins but it would feel a little cramped, so this is a BIG card project

Whimsy ticket stamps of your choice, along with the matching die

Whimsy bottle cap stamps of your choice, along with the matching die

1 A4 print out of the provided paper that’s free to download here

Light brown paper to do the stamping tickets on

Small off cut of gold mirror card

Packing string and pure cotton bias ribbon

Large darning needle

Good strong wet glue/good strong clear glue

Stazon ink (for the mirror card)

Old tea bags and coffee grains

Normal crafty items ie tape, glue pens, metal edged ruler etc.


Once you have printed out the backing paper (which is one of my own designs made for this project, so please read the angel policy on my blog), secure it on to your A4 card front and put to one side. As the paper has already been given an edge treatment, you don't have to worry about edging the card. Saying that, if you wanted to take a dark brown Ink pad and run round the edge then that's the only edging you need to do.

Now then this is the getting messy bit - it's also a good part! Put the kettle on and boil some water. Then, in an old container, pour in some of the boiled water and add some tea bags, followed by the pure cotton ribbon and string. Don't forget to make yourself a cuppa at the same time! As the ribbon and string are cotton, they will take the tea dye and then become re-coloured. Leave them for an hour or so or even over night. When you're happy with the colour, take out and place into a plastic tray or in an empty washing up bowl. DO NOT WRING DRY!!!!!

Now then, while it's still wet, take a few grains of coffee and just sprinkle along the ribbon. The coffee will become wet and then soak into the ribbon giving it a deep brown flecking. After an hour, pick up the ribbon and scrunch up in your hands and then squeeze as much water out as you can. To dry, place on some old tea cloths that you're not to worried about and then iron dry. Take the string and also squeeze dry and iron as is. You want the string to be creased and crumpled as it's got to look old and used. While your waiting for the ribbon and string to be dyed, you can do your cutting and printing.

Taking the brown paper and the ticket die, cut out 16 ticket blanks and then stamp using the ticket stamps of your choice. Then, taking a small piece of card trimmed to an approx. 2ins circle (you could use a punch but don't worry if you do not have one), start to build up the flower. This flower is built up in layers of 4 and just build up each layer with the wet glue, following the diagram below.


When the flower has been layered place aside. Now then, this bit is a little tricky as you're going to be stamping onto a shiny surface. StazOn is the best ink for this kind of stamping. Tape the bit of gold mirror card onto a surface with easy lift tape. Then swipe with anti static bag and stamp the mirror card with your chosen image. Try to stamp from above and try not to move sideways, as the mirror card will slide about. Clean your stamps right away with a StazOn cleaner to protect the stamp and give longevity to them if your using this ink. Then when the stamped card is dry, using the bottle cap die, cut it out.

Now for the building up. Secure your cotton ribbon onto the card - you want to cut the ribbon so that it's flush with the card. Don't wrap round the card, as if you do, the next part will be very hard to do. Unfold the card and then on the centre edge, punch 5 holes using the width of the ribbon as the overall distance. Then pick up your string and thread it through the darning needle. Thread into the card from the front and pull through leaving 8ins on the front. Wrap round the front of the card and stitch through the next hole. Continue until all holes have been used. Bring to the front center and trim so that you have 8ins left on both ends ofthe string. Bring to the centre and wrap the right end under the string. The left side is also brought under the string but from the base. Carefully tie a knot and bring all the string into a bunch so that they look like they are ‘fanning out’ from a centre point. Secure and then measure to the base of the card and trim. You want to unwind the string so that it looks frayed. Using a good strong clear glue, place the ticket flower over the centre of the knot and you can also place some glue to give support to the flower top and base. Place onto the card and leave flat to dry. There you have it, a card you can give to any man!


Monday, 13 February 2012

New Design Team Member

We are very pleased to announce that Paula Tidman aka
Ephemera, is joining Mandy, Alan and Laura on our Design Team and we would like offer her a very warm welcome.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Hope Ewe Will Be Feeling Better by Alan Scott

This was a VERY fun card to do. The stamp set is called Farm from Artemio. There is another stamp set from Artemio called Picoti Picota and these stamps fit in so well together. This means you can mix and match making new stamping scenes all the time.


Colouring medium of your choice. Here, I used AquaMarkers along with dual tipped pens. You can use anything from paints to watercolouring pencils
1, 8ins x 8ins card completely constructed (you can change this to fit in with your size).
Simple phrase (I did this in my design program. However, if someone is going to struggle with this, send an email and I will try to make the same text saying again and post it out as a freebie on the That's Crafty! blog)
Complementary backing paper
Plain backing paper to make a topper for the painted image
Spellbinders die - again, this is something that is personal. You may just want to leave it square or you may have another fav die shape
Normal crafty equipment and materials
Plain white paper
Water brushes and a old white tile (l bought mine from the local tile shop - it was a damaged one and I paid 25p and it's an 8ins x 8ins tile, so l can get a lot of paint onto it)


Here is a tip that l try to pass on to everyone who l help in stamping. We all have some plain scrap paper laying around our crafting space. When it comes to making up a scene, I first take my stamps and ink and just play with placement of the images. This way I know what masks l have to make, so that l am not over printing. When l am happy with the layout and here is another tip (oh this is so clever), take your scrap paper that you have been using and just cut out the stamps that need a mask making. Then all you do, is place just a little bit of not too sticky glue on the back and there you have it - a mask that’s been recycled so to speak. When you're doing this, don’t throw things away you might need in future, keep them in the stamp bag you keep the main stamps in. Oh and Tip 2 -use a very fine black waterproof liner to fill in those little areas that have not quite been stamped in.

Now the fun bit! After you have stamped and masked out your scene, just start to paint away. You just go for it. Don’t worry about making an error, after all it's just PAPER and you can re-stamp the image. When it's dry, you then cut it out using your die or a ruler and craft knife.

Then the next step is to make the backing paper for your painted creation. Oh and don’t worry about how it looks before you cut it out. Once it's been trimmed and backed it will look just perfect.

Now for your text. You may have a text stamp you want to use or like me, you like to play on words with what the topper is. So you can make the text topper on your computer or why not write it out onto card, cut it out and then add some peel offs? It's your card, you don't have to follow line by line. It's what your comfortable in doing. The next stage is picking out your backing paper for the card. Once you're happy, secure onto the front of the plain card and trim to size. Once again, if l can mention the tip from the other day. When you have placed your double sided tape onto your card, just go over with some glue stick, just a thin layer. This will give you the opportunity to make minor adjustments before you secure firmly into place. Now that you have trimmed the card, place it face up. This is now where you decide where to place all the images and embellishments. You may want them on an angle and not just face up like l have done. Once you're happy with the layout, start to build up the card. Secure the main topper first, then the ribbon. Speaking of ribbons, l will be doing a special on a small fab crafting item that's going to save you a lot of stress and ribbon! IT'S A FAB BIT OF KIT!!! It's called i-magicut Ribbon Cutter by Imaginisce and it will become a very active part of your crafting equipment.

The Text was printed out from the computer, so l backed it onto some old scrap white paper from my ‘white card scraps bucket’, trimmed to size and then using sticky backed pads l secured into place.

There you have it - a simple card that’s been built up using a fab set of stamps. Hope you like it and it might inspire you to get your watercolouring pens, pots or pencils out and start to play.

Have fun and Happy Crafting


Thursday, 9 February 2012

Artemio Picoti Picota by Alan Scott

This card was made by using just the flowers that are in this glorious Artemio Stamp Set Picoti Picota.

All you need is some black card stock, some 9 inch x 5 inch black and white backing paper, some silver ribbon or other threadable material you have and a ribbon hole punch. I also used a Brilliance Dew Drop Ink Pad in Moonlight White and Spellbinders dies (I used the Bumble Bee and Small Butterfly).

Cut the black card to approx 7 inches x 3.5 inches, then starting in the middle with the flower stamp, stamp your impression. Then using the other flower stamps, make an equal impression either side of the main flower. When dry, take your ribbon hole punch and punch a few holes along the bottom of your card. There is no set distance - just use your judgement and at the end of the day it's what you as a crafter are happy with. Thread the silver ribbon or any other thread you have through the punched holes and add the embellishments of your choice to finish off the card.


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Lost Coast Designs by Alan Scott

This Lost Coast Designs Stamp - Large Dress Form, was inked with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink onto watercolour paper. It was then coloured in using Tea Dye and Walnut Stain, as well as the Vintage Photo Ink. The front of the card was built from an old package that contained a cartridge for my electronic die cutting machine. All l did was to attach with a strong clear glue, some antique coloured lace to act as a 'curtain'.

To make the card front, I placed the plastic front onto a flat surface and used 4 strips of paper make a template [see photo]. This will give you the correct opening for the card. Place this on the front of your card and cut out the middle. Remember when you're finding the centre of the card front, you have to allow for your fold or flap to secure the backing card onto the front. Mark out and cut out.

Then, taking the backing paper of your choice, cover the front and again remove the centre. Secure the front card onto the backing card.

This is now the fiddly bit - securing the plastic cover onto the front card. Open up your card and push the plastic through your opening. If it's a tight fit, look around your card and taking a crafting knife just make small adjustments, checking after each slight adjustment. When you're happy with the fit, place a thin layer of clear strong glue around the lip of the plastic container and then secure into place. Don't worry if you have small gaps around the card and the plastic lid, as you can cover these up with peel off's or some ribbon glued into place.

There you have it, a novel way to use those plastic containers that we just throw away! This trick can be applied to any plastic packaging - just make sure it's clean and not damaged too much.

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