Sitting Pretty by Alison Hall


Hello everyone, Alison here today with one of the new That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Uprights. You might recognise this, as it was one of my make and take projects at the Crafting at Ally Pally show last month.

Here's what I used...

Carabelle Studio Stamp Sets - 'Joy' and Birgit Koopsen's Layered Strips
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Bubbles, Arrows Background, Reverse Honeycomb Background
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Cadmium Orange Hue, Cobalt Teal Hue, Carbon Black
Old Book Page


1. Start by painting both pieces of the Upright, all over, with white gesso, then paint them with the Cadmium Orange Hue paint.

2. To get the teal coloured bubbles to stand out over the orange, I first stencilled with the DecoArt White Tinting Base, then with Cobalt Teal Hue. Once the paint was dry, I replaced the Bubbles stencil, and used black Archival ink to stamp with the Layered Strips, to add some stamped texture to the bubbles.

3. Use the Carbon Black paint to stencil some arrows, and the White Tinting Base to stencil the Reverse Honeycomb.

4. Use the black archival ink to stamp the base of the Upright with the Layered Strips, then stamp the girl onto the upright part. Lightly gesso a book page, stamp the girl with black archival ink, then clear emboss the image. This will help the black ink to stand out more. Cut around the girl and two balloons, then use matte medium to adhere them over the image on the Upright.

5. Stamp the phrase from 'Joy' a couple of times on the Upright, to finish.

Wishing you a very creative day,

Alison x

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  1. I love these MDF shapes! Great tip about the tinting base! I bought some of that at Stevenage (ha ha - wonder why?) and I've found it really effective when creating blended backgrounds. I need to use it with stenciling now! Lovely project!

  2. Looks fab Alison, great colour combo
    Amanda x

  3. What a fabulous creation this is Alison! One of my all time favourites. Lx

  4. Fab panel Alison and love the bright and cheery orange, it contrasts so well with the blue.
    Fliss xx

  5. Love the zinginess of this, so happy and bright and that jagged shape is fantastic too
    Donna xx

  6. This is really lovely!
    Your color combo choices are striking and WOW!

  7. Brilliant! Love these colours! The little girl is so sweet too! Chrisx

  8. Love the jagged edge plinth - how cool is that? And your stamping and stencilling look fabulous in the bright bold colours.
    Alison x


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