Acrylic Dream ATC by Alison Hall


Hello Everyone! I had my first play with a That's Crafty! Acrylic ATC this week. I can't believe it's taken me so long! If you've got a steady hand, it's quite easy to build up layers of stencilling using the That's Crafty! Dinky stencils. You just have to remember that the first layer will be the top layer you see when it's the right way up.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Raindrops Background, Bubbly All Over, Arrows Background, Moc Croc
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint - Bora Bora, Chalk, Coral, Banana, Zucchini, Copper

Here's what I did...

1. I began by peeling the backing off the acrylic ATC. You could leave this on whilst you add your paint layers if you wish. However, this was the side that I chose to stencil, and have as the back of my ATC.

2. For my first layer, I mixed up some Bora Bora and Chalk Fresco paint to get a light blue colour, then stencilled the Raindrop Background. I gave this a quick blast with my heat gun. The acrylic takes heat pretty well, and I wanted to dry the paint quickly. The Fresco Paint dries quite quickly anyway.

3. For the next layer, I mixed a little Coral into some Banana to get a nice opaque orange shade. I mixed my own orange as the Fresco ready made oranges tend to be transluscent. I stencilled the Bubbly All Over with the orange paint.

4. Next, I used Zuccini to stencil with the Moc Croc Dinky Stencil. The last two layers don't show up a great deal, but they add to the final effect I think.

5. My next layer was with Bora Bora and the Arrows Background. After heat setting this, I painted a couple of coats of Copper Fresco. This gorgeous new Fresco Metallic shone through beautifully behind all the stencilled layers, when I turned the ATC over.

6. To finish my ATC, I very carefully stamped the little girl and the phrase from the Carabelle Studio stamp set, using black Stazon ink. It took me a few tries to get the image perfectly stamped, but it's quite easy to wipe off the ink with Stazon cleaner or Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution and start again!

I hope I've inspired you to try out the Acrylic Surfaces. I love the wonderful depth that they give.

Alison x

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  1. Great atc - not tried acrylic atcs yet either.

  2. A real layered masterpiece Alison and fabulous looking layers. Love it!
    Fliss xx

  3. This looks fabulous - I have used my gelli plate on acetate so this definitely appeals. Thank you for explaining the process so well...the metallic is a great idea! Chrisx

  4. AWESOME! It really looks fabulous. Lx

  5. I love this, Alison, it's so striking and effective! You are so clever at jumping in with new products and techniques and really showcasing them,

    Lucy x

  6. Just fabulous so rich and layered

  7. Love this one and it's really tempting me to be brave and try the acrylic!
    Donna xxx

  8. Looks fab Alison, I'm teetering like Donna at giving this a go. Great inspiration
    Amanda x

  9. Wow looks fabulous Alison love it xxx

  10. Fabulous - and the acrylic gives it such a glow.
    Alison x


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