Friday, 31 March 2017

Running Away With Art by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have another of my Hochanda samples to share today, this one showcasing some of the fabulous new texture stamps which I know are going to be my go to sets in the future as I so love making my own backgrounds – as you’ll see, they’re just perfect for that.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Textures Collection 1, Inspirational Quotes Set 2
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics – Bubble Gum, Lavender, Lilac, Orchid, Pumpkin Soup
Ranger Archival Ink – Cactus Flower, Cobalt, Plum, Jet Black
Old Credit or Store Card

I added colour to my page using my current favourite method, which is to scrape the paint over the surface until it’s roughly covered. I used all of the colours and left some white showing to add to the grungy effect. I then added a few more scrapes in contrasting colours to make a line mark pattern.

I then began to add layers of stamping with the texture stamps, starting with the squiggly lines image, which I stamped with the Wild Orchid dye ink. I followed up with the screw heads and circular images which I stamped with the coloured Archival inks until I was happy with the effect.

I used the word stencil to add the text to the page using white gesso. The end result was not quite strong enough so I went over the top with the white paint pen, then doodled on circles with the white to add a bit of texture. I outlined the letters with a black fine marker.

I stamped the art quote on the panel with black ink, then added a little more texture stamping to pull everything together. The page is really easier to make than it might appear and it’s one where you just have to go with the flow!

We have a new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so don’t forget to check it out at 8am to see how you can win a great prize just for entering. 

Fliss x

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Metallic Clock by Nikki Acton

Today I am sharing another journaI page using the the new 8x8” whiteboard/greyboard journal pages and one of the new wonderful 8x8” stencils.

I started by by decoupaging some paper scraps to the surface of the journal page and, once dry, took some clear texture paste and used a pallette knife to add through the cog/clock stencil. Once dry I reached for Finnabair’s acrylic paints – Metallique and painted the entire surface in a mixture of gold, copper, bronze and blackberry.

I added Discover (another in the collection of word stencils) using DecoArt Gold paint. Once it was all dry I added a little gilding over the textured surface. 

Finally I had a few cog die cuts in my scraps box so I painted these and added some clock hands.

See you next week



Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Dare To Dream by Alison Hall

Hello Crafters! It's Alison here today with a journal page I made using some of That's Crafty's fab new stencils.


That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Flowers, Lotus Flower, Leaves
That's Crafty! Word Series Stencils - Time, Happy, Journal, Discover
Dylusions Paint - Calypso Teal, Black Marble, Cherry Pie, Crushed Grape, Fresh Lime, Polished Jade


1. To create a background on my journal page, I adhered torn pieces of Gelli Plate printed tissue that I made with Dylusions paint and That's Crafty! Dinky stencils. To add some coherence to the background, I stencilled some Dinky Stencil Leaves with Calypso Teal paint.

2. Using Black Marble paint, I stencilled 3 Dinky Stencil Lotus Flowers, and used a black pen to extend the stems. I added some leaves with the Leaves Dinky Stencil, some circle lines with the design element from the Time Word Series Stencil, then stencilled the word 'JOY' using individual letters from the Journal, Discover, and Happy Word Series Stencils. To make my stencilling pop, I used a white pen to add outlines, dots and doodles.

3. On a piece of white card, I stamped the phrase from Lynne's Affirmations Set 2, cut it out, sponged the edges with black ink, then adhered it to my page.

4. To finish, I sponged the edges of my page with Black Marble paint.

I hope I've inspired you today,

Alison x

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

It’s Always the Small Pieces by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

I have a wall hanging for you today created on my favourite That’s Crafty! substrate their 8” x 8” MDF square.

Here’s What I Did:

The first thing is to prepare the MDF with a coating of gesso to prime the wood but also as I knew that the background colour would be visible on the finished piece.

Next was to create some gelli prints onto tissue paper as these would create my background. I wanted plain bold colours and chose 4 colours of PaperArtsy Fresco Paints and one of the new larger PaperArtsy stencils by Kim Dellow. I brayered a single colour onto the Gelli Plate (I used the 8”x10: one) laid the stencil over the paint and then pulled the print onto a piece of tissue paper. I did this 4 times with 4 different colours yellow, blue, red & black, I wanted the stencil to leave a clear space as the white of the gesso would show through or the colour that I overlaid the piece onto. 

I then cut the tissue up into different sized pieces and layered them up onto the MDF using matte medium. I love how switching the pieces around really makes for an abstract look.

I then stencilled over the piece using several Seth Apter Stencils, all black stencilled has been done using black Archival ink and Cut & Dry Foam. I then outlined the stencilling with a white paint paint pen and added a Tim Holtz Small Talk saying.

Here’s What I Used:-

Seth Apter Stencils by Stencil Girl - 6” x 6” Urban Insiders Bar, Text and Texture,
Seth Apter Stencil – Inside out (From my stash)

Thanks and I’ll see you all next Tuesday

Amanda X

Monday, 27 March 2017

Progress by Moira Sutton

Give the pages a coat of gesso.
Paint the page using all four paint colours.
Using the same paints stencil words from the Journal and Time stencils using contrast colours over whatever is in the background.
Using the Sharpie draw around the inside of the squares from the Journal stencil, the hexagons from the Imagine stencil and the bricks from the Discover stencil.
Doodle in black pen.

Stamp the Inspirational Quote onto paper, cut out each word and glue on the page. Use the black pen to doodle around the words.


Sunday, 26 March 2017

Art Girl by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I am sharing a project featuring some of the newer products on sale at That’s Crafty, combining a few Character Constructions Paris Flea stamps, a frame from a That’s Crafty House Shrine and an Affirmation from Lynne’s Affirmations (I will have more to say on this in an upcoming post!)

If you are interested in any of the Character Constructions stamps not displayed on the website, contact Laura with your enquiries.


Character Constructions Stamp Sets - Paris Flea Stamps No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 8
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics - Cherry Blossom, Antarctic, Hint of Mint, French Roast
Palette Knife (or old credit/gift card)


Cut white/greyboard to suitable size as backing for house frame, applying Gesso to both before applying Fresco paints.  

Once dry, onto the frame, stamp various stamps such as text, paintbrush, paint tube, markings, etc. I stamped all with second, third generation stamping, stamping off onto scrap paper. 

Continue stamping by stamping a paint tube at the lower corner and edging frame with one of the EAA stamps. Edge frame with white paint pen.

With French Roast, stamp the words, art girl, using the EAA alphabet stamps. Edge with white paint pen.

For the white/greyboard panel, stamp paintbrush, text and stars and Affirmation. Create drips with paint pen. 

Layer frame to board with silicone glue.

Onto smoothy cardstock, apply the various paints before stamping the following:-

Paris Flea No. 1:- doll, largest heart 
Paris Flea No. 2:- ink up arms only and paintbrush (stamp paintbrush several times)
Paris Flea No. 3:- skirt
Paris Flea No. 4:- beret, bow
PaperArtsy EEA04:- painttube

Fussy cut all the stamped elements.  

For the skirt, create dots by “stamping” end of handle from foam brush into French Roast paint. For her pendant, adhere rhinestones around edge of heart. 

Begin to assemble the doll. By tilting the elements at slight angles, you bring character to the paper doll. 

Before adhering the doll to the frame, stamp paintbrushes onto frame, to give appearance they are poking out from her beret. 

Layer fussy cut paintbrushes for dimension. Attach paintbrush to her hand. 

Finally, adhere stamped paint tube and paintbrushes to lower corner.

The Art Girl is cosy in her home and ready to have some artsy fun!

Until next time,
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