Friday, 28 April 2017

On Butterfly Wings by Fliss Goodwin





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



Day 5 of our collaboration and it's Fliss's turn today with an absolutely fantastic project.





I hope you’re all enjoying everyone’s creations in our collaboration week with the Relics & Artifacts Ambassadors. I was so excited when I found out about it as it’s taken me out of my comfort zone and given me the chance to work with some amazing craft blanks that I’ve always admired from afar but have never been able to pluck up the courage to use, mainly because they’re so beautiful in their natural state that it seems a shame to do anything to them.

I’ve now taken the plunge and have used my favourite That’s Crafty! substrate together with a Relic & Artifact blank in my favourite shape – I’m sure you know how often butterflies feature in my artwork!


Ingredients:


Archival Ink – Fern Green, Potting Soil
Pebeo Studio Dyna Acrylics – Iridescent Blue Green, Green Yellow, Orange Yellow, Red Blue
Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints – Metallique - Green Olive, Black Berry, Steampunk Copper
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Green Light, Pyrrole Orange
PaperArtsy Infusions – Blackcurrant, Emerald Isle
Tim Holtz Bigz Die – Tattered Leaves (I used this one as the leaves are quite large to balance the butterfly)


Recipe:



The first thing I did is to apply quite a thick layer of modelling paste to the upright section of the MDF blank, making sure not to cover the feet and very bottom as this makes slotting it into the base very difficult. I then used a pointed tool to draw lines in the paste to resemble tree bark. I left it to dry overnight.






For my next layer, I painted the bark effect with the sienna paints, not worrying too much about making it perfect as this is just my under layer.






I then sprinkled on the Infusions and misted them with water, allowing the colours to run down the surface. It may seem a strange combination of colours for tree bark but it does work I promise!






The next layer is the Alchemy Paints. I used all 3 shades lightly to the bark, then misted with water and allowed the colours to run a bit. I carried on until I was happy with the effect.






I glued the finished panel into the base and then painted the base with the Alchemy shades, just dabbing the paint on with a brush in a haphazard fashion.

I die cut some leaves from mixed media paper and coloured them by adding shades of green paint with a bit of copper to a plate, pressing the leaves in, then misting the paint with water and dipping them in. As you’ll see, in some areas there are raised areas of paint and I found that by drying them with a heat gun the paint bubbled a bit adding some lovely texture.






Now came the challenge of decorating my butterfly. I started off by painting with matte orange and blue to give a good surface for my next layer, which was the Pebeo orange, red and blue green. These paints are quite gloopy so I wanted a good undercoat for them. Once they were dry, I stamped on the bubble wrap design with green Archival ink and the double circle image with the Potting Soil ink. I added some jewels in the body cavity.






I added some micro beads to the leaves and tree bark and then assembled my mixed media panel using silicone glue to stick on the leaves and the butterfly – as the butterfly is quite heavy, you need a strong glue and I found the silicone type works as treat with slightly more bulky items. I finished off with the text, stamped on mixed media paper with the brown ink and cut the words apart before gluing them on.

Now over at Relics and Artifacts Blog, Sherry has an amazing project to share with you.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

MDF Rectangle Hanger Kit by Nikki Acton





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



It's Day 4 of our collaboration with the Relics and Artifacts Ambassadors and it's Nikki's turn today with a really beautiful project. 








Hi everyone. I was so excited to be able to play with some Relics and Artifacts products for this week’s collaboration. I selected one of the Flaming Hearts (which are in a number of kits) and added some Dresden Trim in Gold and some Peridot Bohemian Jewels. My That’s Crafty! Surface is the main oblong from the rectangle kit. It is designed to be used in the landscape formation but I turned it around for this project.


You can probably spot some Finnabair influence here… I have recently attended a Finn workshop so it was great to use her style to create this project.






I began by painting the surface with black gesso and then adding some patterned paper. I ended up covering most of this – although that wasn’t the original plan! I also added some additional stamping with That’s Crafty! Texture stamps.

I then began my arrangement of objects – with the Flaming Heart as the focal point. There is a combination of metal pieces, buttons and paper flowers. These were all adhered with Finnabair’s 3D Matte Gel. I left this to dry overnight and then painted the outside border and ephemera with black gesso.






Once dry I took my Prima Art Alchemy Metallique paints and began painting – blending the colours until I was happy. I added some gilding wax over some of the textured surfaces ad added one more Peridot Bohemian Jewel on the heart.


It’s my That’s Crafty! team mate Lynnes turn over on the Relics and Artifacts blog today. Please hop over to see her fantastic project.



Nikki


Supplies


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Where Dreams Are Born by Alison Hall





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



It's day 3 of our collaboration and we have a fabulous project from Alison to share.


Hi Everyone, Alison here today, with a rusty mixed media hanging. I couldn't wait to see what kind of paint effects I could achieve on the Relics and Artifacts. They take all kind of media beautifully, just like the That's Crafty! Surfaces, and I decided to use my favourite DecoArt Media products.







Here's what I used...


That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Tags - 2 x Size 3, 1 x Size 5
Relics and Artifacts - Visage, Rising Spirit
DecoArt Media - Texture Sand, White Gesso, White Crackle Paste, Ultra Matte Varnish
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Green Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Phthalo Turquoise, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Titanium White
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Jet Black
Rusty Wire
Old Book Page, Cream Lace, Ink Blending Foam


Here's what I did...


1. I began by prepping all of the MDF rectangles with white gesso, and applying white crackle paste onto the 3 MDF tags. TIP(to self!)...If you apply gesso under the crackle paste, it shouldn't flake off.






2. Next, I used my finger to apply some Texture Sand around the edges of the three small rectangles, and used a paintbrush to paint the large rectangle with Green Gold acrylic.






3. Once the Texture Sand was dry, I painted the three small rectangles with Phthalo Turquoise Acrylic, adding some Quinacridone Gold on the textured edges for a rusty effect.






4. On the large rectangle, I painted a few age splotches on the edges with Raw Umber, stamped some crackles and script with Coffee ink, then painted with a wash of Quinacridone Gold acrylic.






5. Next, I painted the Relics and Artifacts with DecoArt Media acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Quinacridone Gold, adding detail to the eye with Carbon Black and a dot of Titanium White. I also used Quinacridone Gold to colour the Dresden Trim Halos.






6. By now, the white crackle paste on the three tags was nicely dry and crackled, so I painted them with Green Gold, adding some Quin Gold and Burnt Umber around the edges, then sealing the crackle with a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish. 






7. I stamped the Emma Godfrey wonderful phrase onto gessoed book page, cut it out, then sponged black ink onto the edges. I assembled the tags as shown, using glossy accents to glue the Dresden Trim, Relics and Artifacts, Bohemian Jewels, and words in place, then attached them to the three small rectangles, layering with cream lace, and gluing a large jewel over the rectangle's top hole. I glued the three rectangles to the large board, hiding the three lower holes, then added some curled rusty wire to finish.






I hope I've inspired you today.


Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see some inspirational artwork from their talented ambassador Monica.



Alison x

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Soul: The Immortality of Being by Carol Fox




Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

We've 2 posts today on the That's Crafty! blog. The first is a truly stunning book box from Carol Fox and the second is from Laura Holland, featuring a sneaky peak of some new That's Crafty! items coming soon.


Soul: The Immortality of Being by Carol Fox




There is a legend that if you can manage to capture a piece of a soul as one is dying it can be stored in a ceramic heart until such time as suitable vessel can be found to house it. The ceremony has to be performed at a certain time in the celestial calendar that occurs only every five years. Therefore the heart must be stored in a safe and hidden place. I found such a hiding place when I took over the management of a large library.
As soon as I found it I knew what it was, the hollowed out book with the overly ornate cover and the warning on the front made my heart race as I opened it with trepidation, expecting to find it empty of it’s hidden treasure.



But it was complete, but it had been sealed never to be used for its intended purpose. The heart sealed with a sacred cross so the evil within could never walk the earth again, a blessed jewelled icon added above the hidden heart, and an iron coil added to tether it to the earth forever, further condemning the enclosed the soul to a lonely purgatory.



You can see how I made my Book of Souls in my YouTube video

Supply List


Carol x




Listen to the Waves by Laura Holland



It’s been an absolute pleasure to take part in this collaboration with the Relics and Artifacts team and it gave me the chance to use the Relics and Artifacts for the first time and it certainly won't be the last! They are so smooth and are a joy to paint.







First I assembled the shrine and then gave it a very quick coat of gesso. I then painted DecoArt Texture Sand on the back and sides of the shrine and when this was dry, I used Prima White Sand Paste through the Dinky Fossil stencil. The Prima Sand Paste is nice and thick and holds its shape really well, so was perfect for creating the fossils.






Next I painted the front panel of the shrine with an aquamarine shimmer paint (coming soon!) and when dry, I brushed on some Pentart Crackle Medium. Once the crackle glaze was dry, I painted on a medium to thick coat of an ivory acrylic paint and waited for the cracks to appear!






While waiting for the magic to happen, I painted the shells from the Relics and Artifacts Coquille set. I used black gesso on the largest shell, leaving the inside the natural resin colour and painted the outside edge and back black. I also painted one of the smaller shells with the black gesso and left the other 2 small shells natural. I gave the unpainted shells a coat of Prima Art Alchemy Paint Opal Magic in Violet-Green and the gessoed shells a coat of Pink-Blue. These paints are brilliant for getting a different effect when using the same colour but a different base colour. I then used a patina paint set from Pentart on another of the shells and one of the small icons.








Next I stamped Marina (who is from one of our 2 new stamp sets that will be launched very soon) onto stamping card with Memento Ink and then embossed her with clear gloss embossing powder. I coloured her in with a mixture of Distress Markers and shimmer paints and then cut her out. I cut the seahorse off from her hair and stamped and embossed him again and coloured him in with a mixture of two colours of shimmer paint.

I then moved onto the inside of the shrine. I painted this with the paints from the patina kit, graduating the colours as I moved down the shrine. I spritzed it with water and then blended the colours more. When this was dry, I stamped and embossed the fish and coloured them in with Posca pens. I then stamped and embossed some phrases from the Marina stamp set onto the front of the crackled shrine and then it was ready to add all my elements.





I glued some Prima Art Stones to the bottom of the shrine and added a large pearl to the center of one of the shells. Another two of the shells were glued to the bottom corners of the front of the shrine and the patinated shell and icon were glued to the top. Next I glued Marina to the largest shell and popped her in place in the shrine. The seahorses were added to the front and for the finishing touch, I added some netting to the front of the shrine.








PRODUCTS USED: 


Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints – Opal Magic Pink-Blue, Violet-Green

Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see the fabulous project from Milagros.
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