Thursday, 31 December 2015

Bring on the Rust by Debs Wainwright

Hello everyone I hope you are all well and enjoying the festivities  as well as getting some crafty time. I have been fortunate to play with some of That's Crafty’s new stencils and substrates. 

Here's what I did

Using an MDF board and black craft paste I stencilled the cogs where I wanted them. As I lifted my craft knife I stippled the paste to create a rough surface. Once it was dry I gave it two coats of acrylic paint, making sure that the colour sat in the grooves as this added more colour creating the rusty look I was after. I put this to on side to dry.

I used two ATC's one with a frame and one without. On the frame I applied craft sand and  painted it black. Once it was dry I gave it two coats of the same colour as the board.

The ATCs, I painted both with white crackle paint and once dry, I applied Red Oxide antiquing cream which just highlighted the cracks a little more. I blackened the edges and stencilled my words. I took a tiny bulldog clip and heat embossed it with Frantage powder in ochre and then added the rust paint.

For the heart I added a thin layer of craft paste which I stippled. I gave it two coats of paint and then highlighted it with Metallic Lustre in copper.

To finish I added a rose made from Sculpy polymer clay in a mould. I used the Metallic Lustre here and there to give a few highlights.

What I used

That's Crafty! MDF Panel (to be released soon)
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils (Cogs to be released soon!)
White Clay – Sculpy

Watch out for more new products from That's Crafty! who now have a fabulous collection of substrates using a variety materials.

See you all soon 

hugs Debs xx

Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Live The Life You've Imagined by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! I'm getting organised with birthday cards for January, and this one is for my teenage nephew. I find cards for boys a bit tricky, but Tim Holtz's stamps came to my rescue!



PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Blue Oyster, London Bus
6x6 inch White Card Blank
Large Bubble Wrap



1. I created a print, using my Gelli Plate, the Blue Oyster paint, and a bit of corrugated card for the pattern. I painted a piece of large bubble wrap with London Bus Fresco, then stamped it on the print to add some contrast colour.

2. I used the black archival ink to first stamp the diamonds, then the umbrella man and the quote, then I filled in some gaps with the messy circles.

3. To finish, I mounted my artwork onto black card, then attached it to the card blank. 

A very simple card! All I need to do now, is to pop some money in and send it off!


Wishing you all a very happy and creative 2016!

Alison x

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Follow Your Heart by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and received lots of
crafty goodies for Christmas.

Today I have a tag to share with you made with one of the new That’s Crafty! MDF tags.

Here’s what I did:- 


I first applied a thin layer of gesso to the MDF tag, once dried I added a combination of acrylic paints blending each colour whilst the paint was still wet. Once the paint was dry I stamped the heart stamp with black Archival ink. I then stencilled the arrows using crimson Archival ink and cut and dry foam through one of the That’s Crafty! Dinky stencils. I then stamped the heart again onto white paper and cut out the heart and laid over the previously stamped image adhering with matt medium. I then coloured the heart using Spectrum Noir pencils. Finally I added the sentiment, again stamped in black Archival ink and a few splatters of red ink.

What I used:- 


Archival Inks – Crimson & Black
I have only managed a quick crafty play over Christmas so hope you like it.

Can I also take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and here’s to a crafty year ahead.

Amanda X

Monday, 28 December 2015

Live by Moira Sutton

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starbursts in Marigold Yellow Orange, Sweet Violet Purple Teal, Bling y Blonde, Hottie Pattootie Hot Pink, TiffanyLou Blue, Hi Maintenance Magenta, Mad Hatter Mint, Funky Frakenzlime
Archival Ink – Magenta Hue, Tiger Lilly, Watering Can and Black
Basic Grey Euro Edge Rub Ons in white

I hope you had a fantastic Christmas, that Santa was generous with the crafty goodies and you ate and drink lots of lovely things, oh and survived the Boxing Day  sales. Now with 2016 looming and the thought of resolutions in my head I was drawn to this text stencil, in reality every day is filled with intentions – to clean the house, do some ironing, lose weight, do exercise etc but rarely do those intentions survive. As a person with a chronic health condition, pain and low energy those things just don’t sound fun enough, hence the choice of cheeky looking birdy who is whistling into space having been caught not doing what they should!  The purpose of this page was to try our various techniques with the Lindy’s Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays. Don’t you just love some of those colour names! 
I started by randomly spritzing colours all over my journal page. I was not too worried about mixing colours as Lindy’s are made with a different type of dye to most sprays so it is pretty difficult to make a mud colour. I also spritzed water to get the colours to move and run. I had not put gesso on the page as I wanted to see how they would work, this did of course mean the paper got very wet but it survived.  

Next I used the Journal du Jour and Collage nid d’arbeilles stamps randomly to create some background interest using the Magenta Hue, Tiger Lilly and Watering Can archival inks. The Starburst sprays being packed with shimmer leave a slightly slick surface so I was interested to see whether the Archival would work but it did perfectly, I probably would not recommend using a pigment ink though.

Next came Rub Ons, not all surfaces will accept rub ons so I wanted to test the Lindys. Now I did struggle a bit with these, but as I had had these rub ons for ages (as in years) I checked them on black card and they were a bit of a struggle and on other Lindy’s sprayed paper I tried Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs and they worked like a dream so in conclusion older rub ons may not behave as well as newer ones!

Next came the black texture paste through the stencil. Now this was tricky, partly as I was going over the spine in the book but it was OK. 
Finally the Katzelkraft bird was stamped onto spare card, coloured with Pitt Artist Pens, cut by hand and stuck it on. Some doodling and random splashes of white paint and all done. 


Monday, 21 December 2015

Holiday Break

Our very talented Design Team have a well deserved break this week and our daily blog posts will resume on Monday 28th December. :-)

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Woodland Adornments by Lynne Moncrieff

For my final post for 2015 I am sharing a trio of ornaments with a rustic, woodland theme, all featuring the fabulous greyboard stag heads. They are so speedy to make and would be fun to decorate a complete tree to this theme.



MDF Baubles (substitute with Oval Plywood or die-cut That’s Crafty! Surfaces)
Distress Stain Sprays:- Tarnished Brass, Picket Fence, Antique Linen, Ground Espresso
Distress Ink Black Soot
Gilding Waxes (I used Treasure Gold but That’s Crafty! stocks several substitutes)
Burlap (substitute with Idea-ology Textured Surfaces)
Extras:- Tartan ribbon, wooden star buttons, brass jingle bells, bark panel



Spray MDF baubles, the Stag Heads, wooden buttons and jute twine with the Distress Stain Sprays. For the baubles and Stag Heads aim for an aged wood appearance. Ideally leave to dry but if pushed for time, dry with heat gun.


Mist wooden buttons with Picket Fence and the fragments of bark with Tarnished Brass.  Roll the jingle bells around the remainder of the sprays left on the craft mat. 

Simply layer the Stag Heads with the bark and bulap to the MDF baubles, embellishing with tartan ribbon, jingle bells and wooden star buttons.

Randomly apply the Distress Glitter Dust here and there onto the MDF baubles, including to the Stag Heads, buttons and bark. 

Finally thread the stained/unstained jute twine for hanging. 


Now the baubles are ready to adorn a Christmas tree or if your gift packaging has a rustic, woodland theme, the baubles could add that extra something to the gift presentation.


To end this post I want to say heartfelt thanks for the comments filled with support and encouragement that have been left here over the past 12 months. My next post for That’s Crafty! will be on 3rd January so all that remains is for me to send you all Seasons Wishes and Here’s to 2016 being a wonderfully creative year for all of us!

Lynne x

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Cracked by Donna Gray

Hello everyone, 

Donna here today with some Brusho fun with a straw.

What To Do:

Take a piece of Strathmore Mixed media paper, sprinkle your chosen colours of brushos and spritz with water. Use a straw to blow the colours around, dab with kitchen roll, dry with heat gun.
Stamp a Lost Coast Designs image (isn’t this one lovely) onto the background with black Archival ink.
Next, take the Tim Holtz crackle stencil, apply black Distress ink through it for the cracked glass effect.
Lastly, stamp a word from the Crafters Companion Texture set.
Adhere to black card, then mount onto white cardstock and you’ve got an easy but very atmospheric card.
As this is my last post before the Christmas festivities begin, I’d like to say a Happy Christmas to everyone and thank you all for the lovely comments you leave me each week, I do really appreciate it ;)

Supplies Used:

Hope you like it
Donna x
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