My Dilemma by Fliss Goodwin


Hello! I've had a bit of a dilemma this week which is the reason for my post title as a couple of weeks ago, I created this background on one of the large size white/greyboard tags. I got the best crackle I've ever achieved thanks to our Neil's instructions and I like it so much as it is that it's been really hard to cover it up! I persevered though and you can see how it ended up further down the post.

Step by Step

The first thing I did was to place part of the beautiful mandala stencil over the Size 10 tag and apply texture paste to make a pattern. Once the paste was dry, I brushed Bright Magenta multi surface paint over the whole tag.

I then brushed a thin coat of crackle glaze over the whole surface. If you saw the last Hochanda shows, Neil did a demo with the crackle glaze and recommended only applying a very thin coat, brushing well to make sure the coat is thin. This time, I made sure it was only a very thin coat which I left to go tacky. I then brushed Light Pink multi surface over the top and as it dried the most amazing amount of crackle appeared!

As you can see above, it really has crackled well and I was so pleased with the result I really struggled to cover it up and had to think hard how I could use it without adding too much.

I stamped one of my fanciful flowers on twice white card with Watering Can Archival ink and painted one with Lavendar and one with Light Pink multi surface paints adding a little detail to the centre of the pink one with a deeper pink marker pen. I cut out the whole lavender flower and just the centre of the pink one. I scrunched them up a bit and glued them together.

I stamped the leafy sprig with the same grey ink on a scrap of paper painted lavender and stamped my chosen text on as well, cutting everything out and cutting the text into 2 pieces. I glued everything to my tag and finished off with some torn sari ribbon in toning colours.

 As you can see, I managed to not cover it all up! Hopefully you like what I've done too.


That's Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets - Fanciful Flowers Set 1 and Set 2, Lynne's Affirmations Set 2
That's Crafty! Surfaces - Size 10 White/Greyboard Tag
That's Crafty! 8 x 8 Stencil - TC8014 Mandala
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints - Bright Magenta, Lavender, Light Pink
That's Crafty! Mediums Crackle Glaze
Ranger Archival Watering Can Ink
Extra - Toning Sari Ribbon

Have a really great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

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  1. Beautiful tag - that background really is awesome 💕

  2. It is so beautiful Fliss, and you did right in not covering more of that stunning background - I love what you did- and your lovely lavender flowers, just makes it look gorgeous.
    Hugs, Dorthe, xxx

  3. Fabulous crackle on this Fliss, no wonder you didn’t want to cover it up.
    Amanda x

  4. This is beautiful Fliss, I wouldn't have covered this up either! xx

  5. I can understand the dilemma Fliss, I’m always like that with my backgrounds!! Fab tag, love the textures
    Donna xx

  6. Brilliant texture with that wonderful stencil, love this tag Fliss, beautiful colors too!

  7. A great solution to your dilemma Fliss - and incredible crackle for sure.

  8. It's a fabulous background Fliss you achieved a great crackle there, either way it looks fabulous with or without your fanciful flowers. Beautiful.
    Hugs Tracey xx


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