Friday, 21 July 2017

Hello by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a very quick and easy card to share this week as I was very short on time and a hunt through my stamps turned up the perfect image for a simple creation. It’s so delicately drawn it really speaks for itself so a cute sentiment is all you need to finish it off.


White Card Blank


Stamp the main image directly on the card and colour with the pencils. If you haven’t tried the Colorista pencils, I can highly recommend them as if you use them on smooth card as I did, they go on very smoothly too. They’re also quite highly pigmented and I found you can layer colours up to make them stronger.

I coloured her dress by using a blunter pencil followed by a much sharper one, which gave a textile type appearance that I rather like.

I finished off my card by stamping the text in the top left corner (you may have noticed the slight shadow round this – a bit of serendipity here as I stamped it without my glasses – enough said!)

We have a new challenge today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog with a really great theme so do go and check it out to see how you can win a great prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 20 July 2017

MDF Clock by Nikki Acton

Hello everyone. Today’s creation is one I made a while ago for a Hochanda show but realised I hadn’t shared it. The surface is the That’s Crafty! MDF clock – very easy to alter and comes with all the parts for a working clock. I have seen these made into wonderful bright clocks but I chose to age the surface using a variety of DecoArt Media fluid acrylic paints… are the steps I took.

MDF Base

Stencil Matte Medium through That’s Crafty! Cogs and Clock Dinky stencils – dry (to create a slight resist).

Cover with DecoArt Paynes Grey – slightly watered down – add a little salt.

Once dry rub away salt.

Dry brush a little white gesso – vertical brush strokes.

Add Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold – Vertical brush strokes.

Add a little extra Paynes Grey/Quin. Gold around edges of clock face
Once dry add Versamark and clear emboss through the That’s Crafty! Cogs stencil.

Clock hands

I lightly sanded and added a little gilding wax.


I painted with black gesso and once dry added a little gilding wax.

See you next week!



Table Salt

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Time Wall Hanging by Melina Dahl

I had so much fun making this piece with all the new, gorgeous greyboard embellishments. This time I have a little step-by-step photo tutorial for you.

I started by using three 4x4 white/reyboard panels. I added modeling paste through the 8x8 Clock Stencil on all of them. I used bits and pieces from “Clocks and Cogs” greyboard embellishments in the corners and also to join the panels together, using gel medium.  While the modeling paste was still wet I added the TIME and clock embellishments. I also added a tiny bit of mini art stones at the corner pieces for extra texture.

I painted the whole piece with black gesso and then I painted the embellishments with a layer of brown rust paste.

I continued with adding a wash of white gesso on different areas of the three pieces. I then continued with Turquoise and Copper Shimmer Paints which I sprayed with water so they could move a little on my panels. I added red rust paste to the embellishments as well.

I continued playing with my paints and pastes till I was happy. I glued the cogs down with gel medium.

I thought I needed a little more contrast and color, so I picked out the Blue Shimmer paint and the Bronze Metallic paint and added a few splashes here and there. I made two holes through the top panel and added wire, that also got a little coat of rust paste.

Finally I painted a scrap piece of paper with Charcoal Shimmer paint and white embossed the quote. I added some details with the Charcoal paint in the clock and around the word TIME for some more definition and to bring it all together.

I used:

I´m quite happy with my little rusty, shimmery, steam punky piece.
Hope you enjoyed!

Dreamy Lovers by Bev Hilton

Hello everybody. I am here today with a make I made a few weeks back. When I unpacked this stencil and the negative pieces fell into my lap I saw two dreamy lovers so had to see how I could turn that image into a card. This was the result. Very easy to achieve and quick to make.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Hearts TC038, Star Shower TC037, Bubbles TC005
Imagination Crafts Starlight Paint - Silver
Adirondack Ink Pad - Raspberry
Ranger Perfect Medium
Elegant Writer - Black
Glass Pebbles from my stash

Here's what I did...

I began with an A4 piece of water colour card. I wasn't sure how this was going to be once I had my outline completed and it's always easier to trim down at the end.

I took the two negative pieces from the butterfly stencil and placed down the female piece as I wanted her silhouette complete. I took a pencil and drew round the outline. I then took the male part of the butterfly and did the same again making sure I left her silhouette in front. I used the pencil first as the elegant writer would not have drawn around the face of the stencil well. I then took the elegant writer and followed my pencil lines carefully.

Now the fun part...spritz over with a good amount of water and watch the magic. You never know what you are going to get with these pens, they really are magic. The ink disperses and runs in a way all of its own. As it does so you get shades of pink and blue and it looks magical as it dries. Her face if you look carefully actually has an eye which was awesome as it just happened that way.

Once this was completely dry (a better look if left to dry naturally), I began blending from the outside in with the Chipped Sapphire until happy with the look. I trimmed my card down at this point. I then took the star stencil and blended through with the Starlight paint. I did a few stars with the Raspberry Adirondack and then took the hearts stencil and dabbed through with the perfect medium. I sprinkled on the embossing enamel and heated with a heat gun. I stamped my wording and added the glass pebbles and mounted onto pink card stock, then mounted onto my white card base.

Two dreamy lovers in the night sky. Hope you like it. Enjoy the rest of your week and see you next time.

Much love, 

Bev. x

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Soar by Amanda Southern

Hi everyone

I have a card for you this week and here’s what I did to make it.

Here’s What I Did:

Starting with a piece of mixed media card, or you could use watercolour card, I spritzed on several colours of Dylusions sprays. Over the top of that I stencilled the Sunburst stencil using black Archival ink applied with an ink blending tool. 

I then mounted my background onto black card and left quite a wide black border as I wanted the additional stamping to flow off the page. I then stencilled several more elements using Dylusions paint, these were stencilled using a mixture of Dina Wakley and That’s Crafty! Dinky stencils.  

I then stamped Dina Wakley’s Scribbled Elements over the stencilling. Onto a separate piece of white card I stamped the bird from Dina Wakley’s woodcuts stamp set. I added it to my background using 3D foam to raise it up from the background. 

The final touch was to add the sentiment which I heat embossed in white using one of the sentiments from Lynne’s affirmation set 2.

All was then mounted onto a card blank.

Here’s What I Used:

Black Archival Ink Pad
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Punchinella, Numbers, Half Circles
Dina Wakley Stencils – The Basics, Spinner
Dina Wakley Stamps – Scribbled Text Elements, Woodcuts
Card Blank

Hope you like and and I’ll see you all next week

Amanda X

Monday, 17 July 2017

Dreamy Feeling!! by Dorthe Hansen

Hi all, hope your weekend was wonderful !!
For this Monday, I decided to, at last, give one of the beautiful Acrylic Uprights a try. I have been almost afraid of trying, but when I started I think it was not as difficult as first thought!!

I started stamping the crackle pattern from Texture Stamp Set – Set 2 all around the edges of the Upright with Archival Ink, on what was to become the backside. When dry I stamped the Catherine Moore Angel stamp, directly onto the acrylic surface, also with black Archival ink. I don`t think this is available in That`s Crafty shop, but you can always ask Laura and she will be happy to order it for you.

Then came the play with the Leaf  Green and Coffee Archival inks, around the lower part of the Upright – also I used the circle from Stamp Set 2 to add interest, stamped with Leaf Green too. 

Maybe you can see it here under the butterfly!

It was then time for stamping the lovely birds from Motivational Words Stamp Set - Set 1, above the head of the Angel. And when dry a light watery coat of Panduro Acrylic Matte Light Blue paint, around her head and breast. As you can see, I tried to keep the transparency look visible, almost all over the surface, by only adding light coats of both paints and inks.

After dried I stamped with the bubbles from Texture Stamp Set –S et 1 around the head and also painted the halo, using Turquoise Shimmer Paint.

Below the the woman, I then stamped the script stamp from Stamp Set 1, using black Archival Ink to make it show on the front. Even though the ink layer was added first, it was no problem seeing it clearly on the front. Also I added a piece of paper napkin, showing some leaves, also to cover up all the stamping and painting behind. The angel was painted with Panduro Acrylic Matt, skin colour, to achieve a little face colour.

Then it was time for some working on the front. First I stamped the butterfly wings from Lynne`s Affirmations - Set 1, twice - also in Black Archival Ink. They were then painted with the beautiful Turquoise Shimmer Paint, in the little white spots and I painted the butterfly body,using the Charcoal Shimmer Paint.

The last thing to do was give her wings, from the gorgeous embellishments wings sheet. I first added Golden Coarse Pumice Gel to them, to add some texture, and when dry I painted with Dark Blue Shimmer Paint and a little Charcoal in between, to show more interest. Me, being an old doll maker, felt something was missing, so I had to dress my angel with a lovely tulle collar, to which I also added a bit of beautiful Shimmer paint.

The feet for the upright, I gave a coat of Leaf Green Archival Ink, before adhering real bark and dried mini leaves, found on one of my tours, in nature.

Materials I used:

That's Crafty! Shimmer Paints - Turquoise, Dark Blue, Charcoal 
Character Constructions Stamp Set - Angel
Archival Inks - Jet Black, Coffee, Leaf Green
Panduro Acrylic Matt Paint - Light Blue and Skin Colour
Golden Coarse Pumice Gel
Green Tulle from the stash
Piece of Paper Napkin
Nature - Dried Bark and Leaves

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