Saturday, 30 September 2017

Spooky Time by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with something a little bit spooky for you.

What I did: 

I used a piece Clarity Silk card for this which is really lovely but you could use any other coated card but not too glossy as it will stick to the Gelli plate and you really would not want that!!
Scribble onto the Gelli plate a couple of colours of Distress Markers, then press the card down, you’ll  end up with a lovely mottled and subtle effect for a background.

Next I used one of the fab new Thinlits dies from Tim Holtz to cut the house, moon and bats from the set. These were cut from a piece of Gelli printed paper that had been left over from using DecoArt paints.

I adhered the die cuts to the background (I added the little face in the window looking out of the window before doing so of course) and started colouring in the windows with a black marker and added some doodling with a white Posca pen.

I added the little boy from Tim’s Ancestors Dolls after colouring him a green shade with a Distress Marker.

Final touch was to add some spooky text from Tim’s Halloween’s Clippings Stickers, mount onto black and then white cardstock.

I can’t think of any reason why they wouldn’t have lots of visitors knocking on the door……can you?!

Supplies Used:

Clarity Card

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 29 September 2017

Dreaming of a White Christmas by Fliss Goodwin

A bit of wishful thinking from me this week as I have a Christmas card to share (can I hear groans lol). This is one of the images from Donna’s gorgeous new Christmas sets and the oxide inks have come out to play again.


Distress Oxide Inks – Faded Jeans, Broken China, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Fossilised Amber


Cut a piece of mixed media paper to fit your chosen card blank (mine is a square kraft card) and as you’ll see, I’ve used the bit torn off the pad as I love the shabby look it gives the card.

I then added patches of the 2 blue shades of Oxide ink to my craft mat, misted them with water and pressed on the paper to pick up the ink. I carried on with this until I was happy with the effect.

I next stamped on the cottage scene with the sepia ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then painted the image using the other shades of Oxide ink. I find if you pick up the colour with a damp brush and paint, it gives really good coverage on top of the underneath colour of ink.

I used the Poinsettia Tree stencil, which has some handy snowflakes, with the embossing dabber to stencil on some snow which I heat embossed with the white embossing powder.

I added the panel to my card blank and finished off with my chosen text sticker.

We have another great new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so do hop over to see how you can win a fab prize just for entering. It’s a lovely theme too!

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Christmas Shadow Box by Nikki Acton

We're very sad to be saying goodbye to Nikki today. Its been fantastic having you as part of the team Nikki and we wish you well in your new job. Thank you for all your fantastic projects over the last year.

Hello, Nikki here with my final post here on the That’s Crafty! blog. I am so sad to be leaving the design team but I recently started a new job and unfortunately I need to focus on that for a while. It has been a pleasure and an honour to work with Laura and Graham at That’s Crafty! and the rest of the DT. One of the highlights has been using That’s Crafty! own range of surfaces, paints and stencils and creating samples for the Hochanda shows. So I thought I would leave with the large shadow box I created for the August Christmas shows.

I would be lying if I said this project was quick! I made it over several days – so I am not quite sure how long in total. Here is a quick summary of what I did:

MDF Shadow Box Background

Coat with white gesso
Painted with Dylusion Blue paint (After Midnight)
Once dry add matt medium and scrunched tissue paper – adding additional matt medium on top
Allow to dry and dry brush with That’s Crafty! Metallic Silver paint

MDF insides and outside

Coat with white gesso
Sponge That’s Crafty! Blue Shimmer paint
Sponge That’s Crafty! Pearl Shimmer Paint


Add white gesso
Sponge  with That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Green paint
Add a little dark blue to the green paint (I used DecoArt Prussian Blue) and sponge a little more for darker highlights
Continue adding colour – I used a little That’s Crafty! Multi Surfacee Yellow and finally some white gesso for snowy effects


Add white gesso
Sponge That’s Crafty! Multi Surface paints in Yellow and Brown – drying between colours
Sponge a little white gesso
Edge with Cut and Dry Foam and brown ink


Add white gesso
Add That’s Crafty! Metallic Silver paint
Add a little brown ink to the edges


To create the effect of depth in the shadow box I took some thick greyboard, cut to fit and scored to enable me to create little stands for the reindeer and trees to be secured to. I covered in white gesso before adding That’s Crafty! Metallic paint – Pearl to create the look of glistening snow! (The front piece is made from the scrap card from the trees bits and pieces greyboard sheet).


I took a little bit of greyboard and added vertical brush strokes of white and brown paint. I added a remnant rub – Happy Christmas, but any stamp would be fine. I used my finger to add a little gesso to the top for snow and once dry secured to the top of the shadow box using clear wire.

Once again, thanks to That’s Crafty! for having me here over the last year.



That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paint – Dark Blue and Pearl
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint – Green, Yellow and Brown

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Boo by Bev Hilton

It's Bev's last post for us today and we would just like to thank her very much for all the fantastic projects that she has done for us over the last few months and we wish you all the best in your new job Bev. :-)

Hello everyone. Sadly this is my last post on the blog. It is with much regret that due to work and family commitments I don't have the time needed to carry on any longer. I will still be crafting of course, but without deadlines. I thought I would leave with a fun quick and easy Halloween make using the fab MDF Upright, Greyboard Tree and Dinky Stencils. 

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Scaredy cat and Spiders Web
Creepy Crawly Stamp Set - Make unknown
Shrink Plastic...White
Stazon Ink Pad - Stone Grey
Alphabet Die - make unknown but any would do
Googly eyes from stash
Plastic spiders from stash

Here's what I did...

I began by applying the Distress Oxides over the Upright and base. I didn't bother giving a coat of gesso as these inks cover so well. Once happy give it a blast with a heat gun and set aside. Take the Greyboard Tree and give a good coat of the Peeled Paint and Black Soot until happy. Take the Dinky stencil and Black Soot and blend through to create the cobweb and also the bats. Take the Starlights paint and dab through the Dinky cat stencil. Blast with a heat gun and then replace the stencil and go over with the Fresco Little Black Dress to tone down the sparkle. I neither wanted sparkle or flat black so this gives a good in between. I took the creepy crawly stamps to create the spiders, caterpillars and snail using Versafine ink. Take the Posca pen and draw in the lines to hang the spiders and also to add to the stenciled spiders Web. 

Take the shrink plastic sheet and stamp the small skull four times and the large skull once using the Stone Grey StazOn. Heat these carefully until they have shrunk and glue them to the tree. Take the large skull and glue to the base of the tree. Glue the eyes onto the cat and the plastic spiders to the base. Die cut the letters to create boo out of orange and black card and glue theses into place. A nice easy Halloween upright. 

I do hope you like it. I can't say hope to see you next week but I'm sure you will all still be here to see all the amazing creations by the rest of the team. Happy crafting all.

Much love, 
Bev. xxx

Art Journal Page by Melina Dahl


It´s Melina here today with an art journal page.

I had so many scrap pieces of monoprinted paper that I could not throw away, so I decided to use them for a ”scrap page”.

I started by glueing down bits and pieces of scrap paper on my page using That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Glue. I then used my spatula to add That's Crafty! White Gesso here and there on the page.

I then used grey and black watercolour to outline some of the lines and squares for some contrast.

I stamped the crackles with one of the stamps from That's Crafty! Textures Stamp Set 2.
I painted one of the That's Crafty! greyboard Large Funky Flowers with That's Crafty! Black Gesso.

Once dry I doodled the patterns using a white Posca pen.

I stamped the quote from That's Crafty! Inspirational Quotes Stamp Set 2, cut them out and glued down on my page. Finally I outlined the quote with black watercolour, glued down the funky flower and my page was finished.

I used:

Hope you got inspired to use your scraps :)

Thank you for stopping by today!
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