Thursday, 30 January 2014

A Waxy Wooden Box by Carol Fox




I had my Melt Pot out this week to have a play with some wax and UTEE to alter a small wooden box.


This is what I did


·       I lightly sanded my box to remove any rough edges.

·       I place my project pan in my melt pot and added wax, I replaced the lid and let it melt. I had my thermostat up at the highest point on my pot.

·       I cut up vintage book pages into small strips, and when the wax was melted I  put these in my project pan and swished them around until they were covered. I removed them one by one with tweezers, laid them on my box and burnished them down with a flat edged bone folder to expel all the wet wax from under them and stick them to the wooden surface, as the wax cools they will set onto the surface. Do this over the whole lid and sides of the box.




·       When the box is completely cool, edge the box with black acrylic paint, let this dry thoroughly and then gently buff the box with a soft cloth to give it a gentle sheen.

·       I let my Melt Pot cool enough so I could remove the project pan without burning myself, and then melted clear UTEE directly in the pot. Once it was melted I poured it into a mould to make a bookplate.

·       When the UTEE was set I popped it from the mould and coloured it with gilding wax and black acrylic paint.

·       I stamped the word Dream onto a piece of paper and encased this in the bookplate, sealing it with Glossy Accents.

·       I put brads through the holes and attached it to the lid of the box using Glossy Accents.

·       I finished the box with some ready made paper roses, that I spritzed with a pink shade of Glimmer Mist, sprinkled on clear embossing powder and heated. When they were cool I added some gilding wax to the petals.

·       I stuck these to the lid using Glossy Accents, adding a few old beads from a broken necklace.




I used 

A Small Wooden Box
Vintage Book Pages
Rubber Stamp (word)
Paper Roses/Flowers

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Introduction to Watercolour Pencils by Alan Scott


This project is a new format for me. I have made a video that introduces you to the wonderful uses that watercolour pencils have and how they can save so much space and £££££$$$$$$£££££$$$$$ if you get my meaning.
The items used are available from That's Crafty! 

So then what have we used?
The shopping list for this is not a very big one and the items used are not just for this project but can be used for a wide range of projects that you may be thinking about starting.

 1. Set of Watercolour Pencils ~ Prang Watercolour Pencils 36 Pencils
 2. Kuretake Water Brushes ~ Large Tip ~ Broad Tip ~ Medium Tip
 3. Ranger Archival Ink ~ Jet Black  
 4. Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Stormy Sky 
 5. IndigoBlu ~ Poppy Meadow Stamp Set (a favourite of mine, so many uses!) 
 6. STIX2 Layer Perfect ~ Imperial or Metric 
 7. Craft Knife  
 8. Blending Mat  
 9. Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool 
10. Double Sided Foam Pads 
11. Tape Gun 
12. Scissors 
13. Ranger Surfaces Watercolor Paper + coloured card for mounting
14. I have used a Spellbinders metal die and the EBosser to cut the phrase out 

Right I think that’s all we need. Like I said at the start, a lot of the things used are staple items that can be bought over a period of time. I had my STIX2 layering rulers when they first came out. I’m so pleased that they are back on the market as there was a danger of them being lost. They will save you so much stress cutting that perfect margin.


I have added a few extra photos here that show you some of the things I did constructing the card.


Here are the tools that we are going to use (the colour pencils are not in shot as there was just too many of them to fit in as I’m a water colour pencil collector. I can’t walk past a set without buying them. I wonder if there is a self help group? As you can see, we constructed a scene using the stamps. This is what I really like about this stamp set. You can use the Poppy on it’s own, in a field like I did here (the stamping is so easy as well). There is a lot of 'dark' spaces at the base of the meadow stamp that you can stamp the flower stem into and it will not look odd.

This is where a blending mat comes into its own. The ink you place on the mat can be used so don’t just think that its the ink on the blending tool that is used. You will see what I mean after you have done your first edging using the mat, blender and your card. They are also so easy to clean up. With some it’s just a baby wipe. Others it’s water and a paper towel, so please read what the cleaning up process is as you can damage the surface so it will not work 100% as it should.

Here you can see how I have used the STIX2 ruler to measure where the cutting lines are. Once you have measured up, as there is a metal edge along the sides, yes metal on the outside as well as the inside, you’re able to cut with the straight edges. The side part ie the ends, are not metal covered so don’t go using your craft knife on those as you will damage them.
The rest of the construction is just a case of layering onto the base layer. Here I have used a soft blue card and then using the STIX2 to cut out the edges, I then with the aid of the tape gun, secured onto my white card. I did use an 8 inch square one but again with the help from the STIX2 I was able to cut it down to size. Then all I had to do was put some mounting foam on to the back of the smaller poppy and secure into place. Oh I forgot to mention... I was not too perfect with the cutting out of the poppy as it didn't matter if I left some white areas. Using the pencil, I just placed a line of, say green, on the outside of the stem and then with the water brush, just coloured the white out. Perfect job done!
There you are a simple card that was made using water colouring pencils - these are the forgotten crafting tool but are just perfect for journeys, crops, or if you’re just sat in front of the telly and want to do some colouring after you have stamped out your imagery.

Any questions please leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.



p.s. Oh and if there is anything else you would like to see demonstrated from That's Crafty.... LET US KNOW and we will see what we can arrange for the future.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Torso Tag by Mandy C

Dylusions Spray in Funky Fuschia and White Linen
Grey StazOn 
Glitter Paint

·       Cut out a torso shape from your white card. Apply the Seedless Preserves Distress Paint and blend with some tissue. Add some Funky Fuschia spray and dry. Lastly add a tiny bit of White Linen spray. Dry with a heat tool.

·       Using the script stamp and the grey StazOn. Stamp over the background of the torso. Add some interest using the Crushed Olive paint and the stencil. Just randomly is great.

·       Stamp the Lynne Perrella image out onto stamping paper using the black Archival, cut out and position onto the torso.

·       Then take the image away and stamp the top of the torso with the beading stamp from the Lynn Perrella set.

·       Adhere your focal image into place using the Cosmic Shimmer Glue. Colour using watercolour pencils. Edge some of the lines with a black fineliner.

·       Add some foliage stamping  around the bottom - this would be a good stamp to do this.

·       Stamp the sentiment and adhere to the torso.

·       Edge with brown chalk ink and grey StazOn.

·       Finally add some Stardust Stickles.

For the wings….

I’ve die cut mine but you could stamp out a large butterfly and cut it out to adhere to the tag.

I’ve coloured it with Dusty Concord paint and then used glitter paint on top of it.

Edged with some brown chalk ink as well as grey StazOn.

Mandy C

Monday, 27 January 2014

Chinese New Year Artist Trading Block by Deborah


Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy: Chinese Lanterns
My Mind's Eye - The Sweetest Thing: Honey Happiness
Artemio Clear Stamps: Chinese Herbs; Chinese Vases
Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade; Fired Brick; Mustard Seed
Distress Stains: Spiced Marmalade; Barn Door; Mustard Seed
Distress Paints: Mustard Seed
Fresco Finish: Blood Orange
Archival Ink: Jet Black
Adirondack Dye Ink: Pitch Black
Watercolour Pencils
Ranger Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool
White Card (the heavier the better); lightweight white card
Double Sided Tape (for the tabs)
3D Foam Tape
Glue Stick
Sizzix Dies:  XL Block 3-D; Tattered Floral; Tattered Floral Mini
Scraps of painted paper from my stash

If making your own ATB: Bone Folder, Craft Knife and Ruler or Paper Trimmer

Artist Trading Blocks look like being one of the new trends of 2014. The great thing about them - as well as the face you have more sides to decorate is that they are made of card and can be sent flat for assembly by the recipient. I chose a Chinese New Year theme as the Year of the Horse begins at the end of this week.

You can buy the Sizzix dies in various sizes or make your own from one sheet of A4 card (mine has 3" x 3" sides). Made in two parts, each part is basically 3 squares of equal sizes in a row with tabs at either end (see photo) Make sure you used a bone folder if you are making your own.

This is my first attempt at making and decorating an ATB and I should have used heavier card (even better, mount board) for sturdier construction. I apologise for the slightly rickety appearance but, look at it this way, I'm making the mistakes first so you don't have to :-).

I applied the Distress Inks with a blending tool to both pieces, then used the same inks, plus black, to stamp. I stamped the lanterns and vases separately onto a lightweight card and coloured with a mix of Distress Stains, Blood Orange and watercolour pencils. Some I glued on, others I raised slightly with 3D foam tape.

I die cut my flower for the top from scraps of inked and painted paper from my stash, adding more colour with Distress Stains where necessary.

The only thing you have to watch out for when decorating is to ensure that the image on the middle square of the second strip faces the same way up as the three images on strip one - because it is this middle square that forms the fourth upright side of the cube (I hope that makes sense!).

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Her Beautiful Heart by Lynne Moncrieff



With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I thought it was time to share a heart, in the form of a fabric padded heart with the use of a photo real stamp and Lesley Riley’s TAP.


Archival Jet Black  
Various Beads
Extras:- batting/wadding, lace, lace flowers, cotton fabric (I re-cycled curtain backing), thread and feather



We all have our own ways and techniques but for me, when working with photo real stamps, it is worthwhile investing in a Speedball brayer. This brayer I keep aside for only inking stamps, I don’t allow paint (for my Gelli Plate) to go anywhere near it!

Cut heart from batting. Layer various pieces of lace and handstitch (or machine stitch).  Trim the heart’s edge with lace. I hand-stitched the lace but you could adhere with Gel Medium.

Ink up Lily Elsie (Oxford Impressions) with Archival ink with a Speedball brayer and stamp onto Lesley Riley’s TAP. Follow the instructions to transfer to cotton fabric. 

Adhere to heart with Gel Medium and trap a feather behind the image.

Edge the image with lace.

Only ink up the word ‘beautiful’ from the sentiment stamp with StazOn ink and stamp onto scrap of cotton fabric and adhere to the heart.

Stitch lace to the heart to create a hanging. Embellish the heart by stitching beads or adhere with Gel Medium. Decorate further with fabric flowers.



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