Always Believe by Donna Gray


Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a mixed media panel for you.

What I Did:

I used a That's Crafty! white/greyboard panel, this comes with the hanging holes already done for you so you don't need to go hunting for your Crop-A-Dile for it!

I covered the panel with a mixture of blue and purple That's Crafty! Multi Surface paints. These were applied with a brayer until I was happy with the result.

The next step was to use a mixture of yummy That's Crafty! stencils for the tree and the stars, I used some of the new That's Crafty! texture pastes for this. The black stars were stamped with a stars stamp from the same set the sentiment comes from (Lynne's Affirmations Set 1) using black Archival ink.

I added a little bit of sparkle to the stars with a Spectrum Noir pen, the glitter you get off these pens is incredible.

The finishing touches were to add a sentiment which I embossed with white embossing powder. I doodled a little heart to hang from the tree with a white Posca pen and coloured in with a red multi surface paint.

I used a black Distress Ink pad to edge along the panel and a black charcoal pencil to provide a little depth to the tree. I also used some twine to hang the panel with but you can use anything you have to hand.

I'm quite pleased with the way this turned out as it has a real bleak Wintery feeling to it which is just perfect for this time of year ;)

Supplies Used:

That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard Panels
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints
That's Crafty! Mini Stencils
That's Crafty Clear Stamp Set - Lynne's Affirmations Set 1
That's Crafty! Texture paste
Spectrum Noir Pens
White Posca Pen
Black Archival Ink Pad
Black Distress Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder

Hope you like it
Donna x

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  1. This is wonderful! A fantastic panel!

  2. This is really gorgeous Donna. Love the starry background and the tree is so striking against it. Love that heart detail too.
    Fliss xx

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  4. Great panel, love the solitude it evokes, beautiful
    Amanda x

  5. Beautiful, wintery feeling, I love the tree almost surrounded by stars , the cold blue and white making me think of cold fingers, and fresh cold air in my lungs . A wonderful and fantastic creation, lovely friend.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  6. Love everything about this 😍

  7. Gorgeous colours Donna and lovely quote! I have been absent for a while - love the new look blog!

  8. A very tranquil Wintery piece, love that background and the tree looks fab under the shadow of that sentiment.. Perfect.
    Hugs Tracey x

  9. Fantastic panel Donna, love the colour and the splash of red on the heart.
    Gill xx

  10. This is really lovely Donna xx

  11. Donna, This is wonderful and also love the heart, the pop of red is glorious.
    Lynne xx


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