Seahorse ATC Stack by Anne Redfern


We are absolutely delighted to announce that we have Anne Redfern joining us as a guest designer and we'd like to wish Anne a very warm welcome!

Hello!  My name is Anne Redfern (or Redanne as I am known in blogland) and I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked by Laura to be a Guest Designer for three months. Thank you Laura!

 I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you are getting ready to let the New Year in.

My first project uses a That's Crafty! ATC Stack. I have a few steps to share with you.
The ATC Stack comes in four pieces, three of these are clear acrylic and they have a protective coating which you need to remove before you start.

I painted the base of the stack with Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Paints in Blue Green and Teal Blue. I mixed a little of 13 Arts Magic! Powder into the Teal Blue paint and applied this through a That's Crafty! Dinky Bubbles Stencil to create a bubble effect. The Magic Powder mixes with paint to create a wonderful texture paste, with a hint of a sheen.

Next, I stamped onto the thickest acrylic piece with Black StazOn ink (a nice juicy pad helps) with the Seahorse stamp by Olga Heldwein for AALLandCreate and then used Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paints in Turquoise, Lemon and Lime on the back of the stamped acrylic. Painting on the back means you do not have to be so careful within the lines!

Here is a view of the completely painted seahorse. Using the larger of the acrylic pieces gives an almost 3D appearance to the seahorse.

To finish off I had some random foliage left over from Christmas and I painted these in the same colours of paint as the seahorse, and added one to each layer along with some gold Mica Flakes to create my sea floor.  Finally, I attached all the pieces together with the four bolts that are supplied with the ATC kit.

Products Used:

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencil - Bubbles
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Paint - Blue Green
Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Paint - Teal Blue
Seahorse Stamp Set by AALLandCreate
StazOn Midi Ink Pad - Jet Black
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint 1oz Turquoise
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint - 2 oz Lemon
Dina Wakley Heavy Body Paint - 2 oz Lime
Prima Mica Flakes - Gold Leaf
Die cut foliage from my stash

Thanks so much for your visit, I hope to see you again next Monday.  All that remains is for me to say is, I wish you a Very Happy New Year!

Crafty Wishes,  Anne  xx

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  1. Thank you Laura, for asking me, I am thrilled to be here and look forward to the next three months! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. This is absolutely stunning!! The seahorse looks amazing!! The colors and textures are gorgeous!! A work of art by one of my favorite crafters!! Love this!!

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Gorgeous Anneand lovely to see one of your favourite images, a seahorse for your first post. The stacks look fantastic ❤️❤️

  4. What a fabulous stack, Anne - your seahorse looks amazing, all shimmering and dimensional (a great trompe l'oeil) and I love the sparkly mica seabed too. Interesting to see the magic powder in action - I've got some to play with, but have other stuff on my plate at the moment! Great to see you here as a Guest Designer, and I'm looking forward to more.
    Alison x

  5. An absolutely beautiful start to your Guest Desugner spot with the fabulous That's Crafty! The stack looks amazing - so dimensional and the seahorse is shimmeringly stunning! Hugs xxxxxxxxx

  6. Wow, I love how this turned out! So happy to see Anne as a guest designer, she creates wonderful pieces!

  7. What an enchanting idea to create layered ATC blocks that you can sit on a shelf! You've made a stunning ocean scene to surround this beautiful seahorse, Annie! It must look amazing in real life!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Loving your debut stack Anne and a huge welcome to the team from me
    Amanda x

  9. A really fabulous debut Anne and just love how the seahorse looks so 3D. An amazing creation and looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful artwork.
    Great to have you on the team.
    Fliss xx

  10. So wonderful to see the beautiful artwork of Anne here! What a fabulous stacked ATC with stunning colors and scene! I'm looking forward to seeing Anne's artwork here over the next 3 months!

  11. I would have guessed this was your creation Anne with the stunning seahorse, I know what a favourite it is of yours. Beautiful choice of product layered with perfection.
    You will have lots of crafty fun.
    Creative Hugs Tracey xx

  12. Congratulations Anne!! This is a sensational make! I love its dimensional effects and vibrancy. You are Queen of sea-horses for sure (as well as Halloween and other topics). Happy New Year. Nicola x

  13. wow - this is gorgeous anne - and I simply must have one of these stacks to play with - awesome!!! Hugs rachel xx

  14. Welcome! Anne. Your sea-inspired stack is fantastic. Love the depth you have created with your underwater scene - a perfect setting for your fabulously coloured seahorse . x


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