Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Dapper London Gent by Lynne Moncrieff


The project I am sharing this week sees me dabbling in something that was a first for me … hand-carving my own stamp, something I’ve wanted to try for some time.

The Speedball Stamp Carving Kit is perfect for a beginner as it includes everything to get you creating your first hand-carved stamp.  The only extra you need is artwork. My artwork was drawn free-hand but you could easily source copyright free images.  You also have the flexibility of creating the same stamp design as two stamps, one as a positive image and another as the negative.

For this post I also made a card using the hand-carved stamp.

Distress Ink Vintage Photo and Aged Mahogany
Dissolved Walnut Ink Crystals (Distress Re-inker Walnut Stain is a good substitute)
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
Kraft Card Base
Cork Sheet
Ranger Sepia Accents
Ticket Die-cuts
Fabric Scrap
Big Ben Charm
Stained Seam Binding Scrap




·       I have quite a few stamps which have men with moustaches but I don’t actually own a moustache stamp so when the Speedball Stamp Carving Kit arrived it was time to carve my own moustache stamp! 

·       I made a drawing of a moustache and then traced onto the tracing paper supplied in the kit. I then transferred it to the carving block, following the instructions.  The instructions for all aspects of stamp carving are comprehensive. 

·       Have some scrap paper to hand, as it is useful to ink up the stamp as you progress to give you a guideline of how well the image is stamping.

·       Once you have created your stamp, it is time to ink up and have some fun creating with it.

·       Repeatedly stamp the hand-carved stamp onto the card base with StazOn Timber Brown. Overstamp with text stamp from Oxford Impressions London Telegraph with Archival Sepia.

·       Apply a wash of dissolved Walnut Crystals to white cardstock. Stamp man from London Telegraph, tear around image and distress with Distress Inks. Layer onto cork and adhere to card base. Stamp man again, cut out hat only and apply Ranger Sepia Accents. Stamp1880, distress edges, adhere to top hat, then apply silicone glue to hat and layer over main image. 


·       Stamp text onto fabric scrap and ticket die-cut (kindly provided by a friend). Stamp London. Attach with Tim Holtz Mini Attacher then embellish with Big Ben charm.
·       Returning to the hand-carved stamp, I repeatedly stamped onto a length of cork. Adhering to top edge of card base. Finally I stamped the moustache once more onto a die-cut ticket, distressed edges and attached to card with an Idea-ology mini binder clip, embellishing with a scrap of stained seam binding.
*A note about the Speedball Stamp Carving Kit. Replacement carving blocks can be purchased from That’s Crafty. 

Until next Sunday.

Lynne x

Saturday, 29 June 2013

What's New?

We've had lots and lots of new arrivals here at
That's Crafty! and you can see them all here.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Cherish By Fliss Goodwin



Hi there, another card from me this week as my hubby and I have just had our wedding anniversary so I decided to take this opportunity to make something he would like. I’ve chosen shades of brown and blue with some metallic bronze to add shimmer. The design is quite simple as in common with many men, he doesn’t like anything too fussy.


Here’s What You Need:

Distress Stains – Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass, Antiqued Bronze


Here’s How To:

·       Cut 9 squares of white card to fit comfortably on your card blank (mine are 4.5cm square). Apply patches of each colour of Distress Stain to the craft sheet and dip the squares in each colour to build up a marbled look. Add more stain as required until all the squares are coloured.


·       When the squares are dry, stamp the cherish and love bingo cards twice each on to 4 of the squares with the copper ink and heat emboss with the clear powder.


·       Die cut 5 hearts from white card and cover with embossing ink. Sprinkle of the Fran-tage embossing enamel and heat to melt the powder. Rub the gilding wax around the white card edges to cover them up and neaten the finish


·       Attach the squares to the card blank and then add the hearts to the undecorated squares. I stuck mine on with mini glue dots for a firm bond.


Have a lovely weekend.


Fliss x

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Simply Alice by Carol Fox



Hi and welcome to Thursday. 

I have a very simple little make for you this week, can it be called a make - it’s really just stamping and painting lol. 

I brought a few of these little readymade note pads from Paper Chase a while ago as I wanted to stamp some little books to give as gifts. I found these two left in a draw and when I got the Alice set of stamps by Oxford impressions, I realised the images were just a nice size for the covers, so I dug them out and here they are.

I must admit when I have been very busy, I do like to do something very simple like this, as it involves no brain power and you don’t have a ton of mess to clear up afterwards.


I simply did this 

Stamp your image in black Archival ink and heat set. I dotted a very small spot of Fresco Paint on my craft mat in my chosen colours, then using a water colour brush, picked up the colour and painted the images. You do have to be careful with the water flow, if it is too fast it can wet the card too much and make it go “fluffy” but I have found the best way to avoid this, is to keep a piece of kitchen roll handy that I blot my brush on during use, also handy to clean your brush between colour changes. I do especially like the look you get with the white paint on the Rabbit.


I used 

2 purchased pads
PaperArtsy Fresco Paints: Snowflake, Sky, Haystack, London Bus, Chocolate Pudding

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Marilyn Canvas by Alan Scott


For this project, I took my inspiration from the 'POP ART' Period of Art. It's a very expressive period, where artists tried different approaches to art and some looked at the 'Modern World and Environment' for their inspiration. This project looked towards Andy Warhol and Piet Mondrian. I have linked them to a Wikipedia page so that you can look further into their work, if you're interested.

Right back to the project.... The main stamp is from a NEW collection of rubber stamps from Deep Red that are available from That's Crafty - but be quick as they are very, very popular.



12 inch Square Basic Cheap Canvas
Basic Red - Green - Yellow - Blue and Black Acrylic Paints (there is a wide selection of paints available from That's Crafty)
Low Tack Masking Tape
Metallic Silver Paper
Indian Ink Sprays - Red-Green-Yellow-Blue (made up using Indian Inks and a Mister Bottle)
Measuring/Positional Ruler



For a change, this time we don't have to Gesso the the canvas, as we will be using block colours. In hindsight, maybe I should have, as when I removed the tape, there was a bit of paint under the tape. I don't know if Gesso would have helped, maybe if you try this project and use Gesso you can let us all know for reference.

So after deciding where the blocks of colour were going to be, by layering down low tack masking tape we can in theory leave a 'sharpish edge' to the lines.

We can split this project into 3 parts. Part 1- The Canvas, Part 2 - The Stamped Image,  Part 3 - Construction.

Selecting the colours that are going to be used. Here I have tried to keep it to basic 'block' colours.
Using low tack masking tape, areas of colour were marked out. If you don't have this type of tape, then just remove some of the glue on normal tape by pressing it down onto a pair of jeans or the such like, just to make the glue less tacky. Cheap tape is easier to do this kind of thing with.

Blocks of paint were painted into the squares and before the paint cured (by this I mean the paint had dried and become solid), the tape was removed.
As you can see from the picture on the right, the paint bled under some of the tape - some of the lines are crisper. Maybe the surface of the canvas, as it was not smooth enough, also compounded this situation.

This part was not something I had planned to do. Taking some silver metallic paper and the ruler (with a metal straight edge) and a sharp tipped crafting knife, I used one of the lines on the ruler to give me a straight line as well as the width of the silver paper. This was going to be just wide enough to cover the over spill but not wide enough so that the spaces between were going to made to small.


After the paper was secured, a layer of Mod Podge was placed first over the colour blocks. This was done to make sure that the Mod Podge did not re-wet the paint and cause the paint to be smeared over the other colours and the white borders. When this was dry, I then laid a layer of Mod Podge over the whole canvas to seal it. While it was left to air dry, I started Part 2.
The first thing to do is to decide on what size your stamping card will be. This saves a lot of time later as pre-cut once you have decided where the stamp lays on it, you're able to judge where to stamp over a few card bases. Using the base of the stamp we are able to judge where the final image will be placed.


As the surface of the card base is glossy, it gives us a little time to then place the stamped image into a tub of fine clear embossing powder and then cover the card with the powder using an old spoon.

Once all the cards had then been heat set by melting the powder, using the ruler and a waterproof pen, I drew a box around the image using the edge of the card as a guide. This measurement was used on all the cards to uniform them. 
Once the pen mark had dried, using the Cosmic Shimmer Black Pearl PVA Glue, I placed a dot at each corner.

I filled some misters with Indian Inks. I wanted to use this form of medium, as it holds much better on a gloss surface as well as being able to hold its own colour hue when each layer is dry. The inks were not expensive - I keep those for when I'm dong fine lines and lettering.

I opted to use a strong double sided tape (I also used a strong clear glue just for added strength!). I wanted the stamped imagery to be as permanent as possible and the wet glue enabled me to position the card.

By using a ruler that enables me to position items, I was able to glue the cards in a uniform grid. 
There we have it, a POP ART project that can be done using any stamp that has a figure as the image. You can also maybe look at birds, dogs, cats etc. It's just a fun project that can be taken apart and used in other projects and not just this one.
If you have any questions, please contact me and I will get back to you a.s.a.p.
Happy Crafting,
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