Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Enchanted Castle by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! Alison here today with another That's Crafty! Triptych. This time it's an MDF Castle.

Here's what I used...

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint - Cadmium Red Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, Green Gold, Carbon Black, Metallic Gold
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Enchanted, Arrows Background, Circles Background, Quatrefoil 1 Background

Here's what I did...

1. I began by painting both sides of all three pieces of the triptych with white gesso, then I randomly brayered them all with Cadmium Red Hue, leaving plenty of white showing.

2. I used Cobalt Teal Hue to stencil the Quatrefoil 1 Background in a few places, then Green Gold to stencil the Circles Background. I then stencilled the Arrows Background with Gold Metallic. I finished off my stencilling with some words from the Enchanted stencil, using Carbon Black paint.

3. I added some background stamping with Finnabair's Messy mini and some diamonds from Femme & Oiseau with black Archival ink, then stamped the woman onto the centre piece of the triptych.

4. As the Carabelle stamp is so detailed, and didn't stamp very well on my painted MDF, I stamped the woman and bird onto white tissue, cut them out then used matte medium to glue the woman over the image on the centre triptych piece, and the bird on her right. 

5. I stamped the phrase from Femme & Oiseau as shown. I've cut up my stamp so that I can split up the lines of the phrase. I need a bit more practice to get it straight! Lol!

6. To finish, I sponged Gold Metallic paint around the edges of each triptych piece, then used the silver jump rings to attach each piece together.

I hope I've inspired you to create some art today!

Alison x

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Gelli Plate Play by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone
I hope that you have all had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend. I have been playing with the Gelli Plate, I love creating backgrounds so I have a “go to” stash when I need one quickly. So I created this card from a recent play where I was replenishing my stash. My card uses a matching stamp and die from Carabelle Studio and I cannot take the credit for my tutorial this week as I am recreating a tutorial that I saw on Birgit Koopsen’s blog who is a very talented designer for Carabelle Studio as well as a fabulous mixed media artist. I just had to give it a try so thought I would share it with you.

Here’s What I Did:-

The first I did was to make myself a foam stamp out of the Carabelle die. To do this I die cut it out of adhesive foam sheets but any thin foam would work you could also use Styrofoam plate or similar. I cut mine using a Sizzix Bigshot. I then stuck that to a piece of acetate. That was actually too thin so I stuck that to a couple of layers of corrugated card and even made myself a handle for it.

With my stamp made I then brayered acrylic paint onto my Gelli Plate I blended yellow at one end into pink at the other end. I then took the handmade foam stamp and stamped into the paint before laying on my card to pull the print from the Gelli Plate. I then stamped onto the print the coordinating stamp in black Archival ink. I then stamped the flower again onto a post it, cut it out and lay on my stamped flower to act as a mask before I then stamped the Balloon Flowers, in Archival Magenta Hue, so they appeared to be behind. I then added further coloured shading to my stamped flower using coloured pencils.

To add even more detail to the flower I coloured in some of the small dots with a white gel pen and added some dimension using white and coordinating colours of Enamel Accents which give it some texture.

I stamped my sentiment in black Archival ink and with my sewing machine stitched all around the outside and added some splatters of white paint. To finish I have matted onto black card and added to a card blank.

I also, whilst I was at it, made more foam stamps from a selection of Carabelle dies to use with the Gelli Plate at a later date, you could however do this with any dies in your collection.

What I Used:-

Archival Ink Pads – Black, Magenta Hue
Ranger Enamel Accents – White, Wild Orchid, Cheese Puff, Lemon twist, Pink Gumball
Self Adhesive Craft Foam or Similar
Corrugated Card
Sentiment (From my stash)
Sewing Machine
Black Card

I know it’s not a new idea but a great alternative way to use your dies

See you next Tuesday
Amanda X

Monday, 29 August 2016

Flowers in the Rain by Moira Sutton

Pitt Brush Pens

I started with applying 3 colours of alcohol ink onto the back of the ATC using felt, and pouncing the colour till the whole surface was coloured.  
I lay the That’s Crafty! stencil over the alcohol ink and dabbed through it with the blending solution to create clear rain drops.

I stamped the flower head from the stamp set using Versamark and heat embossed in black three times then coloured the flowers using the Pitt Artist Pens and cut them out.

Finally I applied the flowers to the ATC using the silicone Glue so they were dimensional.


Sunday, 28 August 2016

Flying Free by Lynne Moncrieff

Today I am sharing two ATCs which were made at the beginning of the year when the That’s Crafty! ATC storage units and That's Crafty! Surfaces were showcased on HOCHANDA.


PaperArtsy Stamp Sets - JOFY 12, 13 and 14
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Abstract Stones (TC017), Hole In Wall (TC066)
Gesso White and Clear
Rusty Tin Wire



Apply Frescos and Frank Garcia powders to ATC. Stamp dragonfly with Gesso (working on craft sheet I applied the gesso to the stamp with a foam brush before stamping). Loosely paint over the stamped image and highlight with white paint pen. Stamp mesh with Gesso and small circles with Fresco chalk paint, highlighting with white paint pen. Apply Grungepaste to Abstract Stones stencil. When dry, after mixing a Frank Garcia powder with Gesso, apply to the stencilled area. A final touch, create coils from rusty tin wire, adhering to ATC with Gel Medium.


Stamp butterfly onto ATC. Loosely, highlight with white paint pen and Fresco chalk paint.  With paint pen, again in a loose fashion, scribble lines. Apply clear Gesso to panel. Apply Grunge Paste to Hole in Wall stencil. When dry, apply Frescos to the bricks, I worked with Antarctic, Lake Wanaka, Toffee and Caramel. 

Until next time,

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Thinking of You by Donna Gray

Hi everyone, 

Donna here with a quick card for you today.

What To Do:

Use a piece of PaperArtsy Smoothy card for this and apply Distress Inks in a random fashion. I used a couple of the green shades but of course any colour would work too, depending on your preference.

Once you’ve done that, spritz a little water over the background, wait a few seconds, dab with a piece of kitchen roll and then heat dry.

Now take some of the PaperArtsy stamps (aren’t they just wonderful….I’ve become a flower fiend) and stamp them using black Archival ink.

Take one of the That’s Crafty! Dinky Bubbles stencils and using a dark green Distress Ink, pounce through the stencil using whatever applicator you’re comfortable with.

Once that’s done, do a little doodling with a white Sharpie pen (add a little bling bead to the centre of the flower if you have any) and then mount onto black card and then white cardstock.

A quick card to add to the stash in case of ‘emergencies’ ;)

Supplies Used:


Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 26 August 2016

Summer Meadow Triptych by Fliss Goodwin

Hello everyone, it’s Fliss here today to share the first part of my nature themed triptych which I’ve made double sided so that I can turn it round sometimes to show the reverse which I’ll be sharing next week. This side is soft and gentle as I was thinking of a meadow on a balmy summer evening and is just the ticket for some chilled out thoughts.


Archival Ink – Olive, Plum, Fern Green, Wild Orchid


First paint all the panels, back and front, with the gesso and allow them to dry. Next sponge the top half of each panel, back and front, with a mix of blue and white paint, then dry brush with white and deep pink to give the effect of a sky turning to dusk. Sponge the lower half of the panels with a mix of yellow and green paints and dry thoroughly.

Now for the stamping. I started at the left hand panel working in a sort of sweep from left to right across the panels. I stamped first with the small grass like image, using olive and plum ink. I stamped the images higher up on the edges, lower across the centre to form a gentle dip in shape.

I carried on stamping with the fern green ink and added in some wild orchid using another of the wild flower stamps. I then stamped on the dandelion type image with Versamark ink and heat embossed the images with white embossing powder.

I stamped the tiny asterisk style images from the PaperArtsy set on the panels with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with white powder. I think they look just like dandelion clocks drifting in a gentle breeze.

I stamped the tiny butterflies on stamping card with the olive ink and coloured them with watercolour pencils then cut them out. I glued these to the panels as you see. As a final touch, I added some detail with the bubbles stencil and some deep pink paint. I then assembled the panels with the jump rings provided with the triptych set.

Have a great weekend and see you next week for part 2 of my triptych.

Fliss x

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Distressed Tag by Katy Leitch

The latest challenge theme over on the Challenge Blog is Get Cracking! and I’ve created a distressed tag using the fantastic crackle paint from DecoArt. This is a great crackle product, it’s really sturdy and cracks really well. The secret is to get a nice even coverage that isn’t too thin and to use a darker colour on your base layer which will show through the cracks.

This video shows you how to do create the distressed crackle background used on my tag - hope you enjoy it!


DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Yellow Iron Oxide, Primary Yellow
Embellishments: Keychain, Light Bulb, Mini Brads, Photo Turn
Scrap of Chipboard

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