Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Prince Charming by Alison Hall

Hello Everyone! Alison here today with an acrylic triptych, with features my favourite Carabelle Studio guy.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Enchanted, Brick Background, Clock Background
Carabelle Studio Stamp Sets - Follow your Heart by Birgit Koopsen, Man and Bird, Couture et Damier
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint - Primary Magenta, Pyrrole Orange, Green Gold, Cobalt Teal Hue, Carbon Black, Primary Cyan

Here's what I did...

1. I began by laying out the pieces of the Castle Triptych, then peeling off the protective film on one side. I worked on the back of the triptych first, and this is the background which will show through to the front.

2. First, I used the Stazon black ink to stamp the border from 'Couture et Damier' along the bottom of the three pieces. Dry this and every other layer with a heat gun, before going onto the next layer.

3. Then, using the 'Enchanted' Dinky stencil, I stencilled the words with Carbon Black and Primary Cyan paint. Remember to stencil the words back to front, so that they show up the right way round when the triptych is turned over.

4. Using the paints, I mixed a brick colour, and randomly stencilled the Brick Background. I then used Green Gold paint to stencil the Clock Background in between the bricks.

5. To finish the background, I mixed some Cobalt Teal Hue with Tinting Base to get a pale turquoise colour, then painted this all over the triptych back. 

6. One last step before turning the triptych over, was to stamp the Birgit Koopsen hearts with black Archival ink, then paint them with primary magenta and green gold.

7. I turned over the triptych pieces to the fronts, peeled away the protective film, to see my background revealed. Then, using the black Stazon ink, I stamped the man, phrases, and hearts. 

8. I painted all the hearts on the front with Primary Magenta, then joined the triptych pieces with the silver jump rings.

I hope you are inspired by my triptych. If you are worried about stamping on the acrylic, Tim Holtz Alcohol Blending Solution is great for removing any mistakes and trying again. 

Have a creative day,

Alison x 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Keyhole Album by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

If you regularly follow this blog you will have seen the team share their fabulous projects that we all made for That’s Crafty’s recent appearance on Hochanda TV to launch yet more new products within their alterable substrates. One of the recent additions is a fabulous range of MDF covered acrylic paged albums, you get 2 MDF covers and 3 acrylic pages. There has been some fabulous post recently of what the team have done with them and I would now like to share mine with you. I got the chance to play with the Keyhole album and decided to make it into a nature themed collection. This post is bit longer than my normal post due to sharing all the pages with you but I hope you like it. 

Here’s What I Did:-

For the covers of my album I wanted to create the effect of a leather bound look and to do this I firstly gave both of the MDF covers a coating of white gesso. I then stencilled texture paste through the Moc Croc Dinky stencil, drying and repeating until it was fully covered. I then used several brown colours of Fresco Finish paints to create the brown I wanted, there is a mixture of opaque and translucent paints used. When fully dry I covered it all with a gloss gel medium. I added the word band, my initials with metal letters and rusty pen nibs and the last touch, a feather from one of my own chickens.

For the inside cover I covered it with a piece of designer paper from my stash and stamped onto it. I have also aged it slightly using Distress inks.

For this first acrylic page I started by working on the reverse first by stencilling the blue Prima Alchemy paint through the Moroccan Dinky stencil, then painted over with PaperArtsy old gold paint. On the front I then stencilled texture paste through the Floral Background Dinky and when dry sprinkled with Infusions and lightly misted. It is then very easy to just wipe off the colour from the acrylic leaving it only on your paste. I then stamped the dragonfly onto a torn tag and sprinkled with the same infusion colour. To finish I added the stamping to the acrylic with Stazon and added a word token that I had wiped paint over so that it coloured the engraved text.

For the second page, the reverse of the first, you will see that I am working on the gold that peeps through onto the first page. To break up the gold I have stamped text randomly all over it. I then stencilled using texture paste through the Dinky Fleur stencil. I lightly coloured this when dry with Distress inks. I had stamped and coloured the butterfly onto water colour card and cut out. I then covered it in clear crackle gel and added to my page. Final touch to add the sentiment.

Here you can see the fabulous crackle that the gel produces.

For this acrylic page I have first stamped the butterflies on the front with black Stazon and then these have been coloured from behind with Fresco paints. I have then stencilled through also on the front using Honeycomb Dinky stencil and Stazon ink applied with Cut & Dry Foam. I then added a page from an old nature book to the reverse.

On this side I have simply stamped and coloured with coloured pencils onto the book page and then aged slightly with Distress inks.

Again with this page I started with the reverse colouring the acrylic page with a selection of browns of alcohol inks applied with the alcohol ink blending tool and a little alcohol blending solutions to lighten the colours. On the front I then stencilled texture paste and coloured as per technique on a previous page. I stamped the  flower onto watercolour card and coloured with Distress inks, distressed the edges and wrapped with jute, I added that on top of a piece of bandage that I had coloured with Distress inks. Text to the image has been added using Remnant Rubs. 

My final acrylic side is on top of the alcohol inks that pops through the stencilling of the other side. I stencilled the flight of Butterflies Dinky stencil with texture paste, coloured with Infusions when dry and then covered with Glossy Accents which really makes the butterflies shine. I love how the design of the stencilling from the other side shows through. I then heat embossed my sentiment on in white and added some Remnant Rubs. 

and finally the back inside cover and the back on the album.

What I Used:-  

All Stamps used are Tim Holtz from either the Stamper Anonymous Classic range or Tim Holtz Cling rangeLedger Script, Wildflowers, Handwritten Thoughts, Flower Garden, Perspective, Bird Feather, Classics 17, Classics 11, Classics 1
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Moc Croc, Honeycomb, Moroccan, Floral Background, Flight of Butterflies
Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Word Bands, Muse tokens
Anything Else I haven’t listed came from my stash

Sorry for the lengthy post but hopefully you have enjoyed looking through the pages that I have created.

I’ll see you all next Tuesday, and I promise, with a shorter post!

Amanda X

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Girl with Green Hair by Moira Sutton

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals – Assorted Colours
Gelatos – yellows and greens for hair, neutrals for the face
Stickles in 2 shades of green
Pitt Artist Brush Pen Black
Phrase stamp from stash

Today I have a card to share. My intention was to try and alter the stamp so I produced a different image to the original stamp which I’ve done with masking and doodling.
Cut a piece of Mixed Media paper to 6 x 6. 
As I did not want the rose on the stamp I covered that part of the stamp with masking tape and inked, removed the tape and stamped. I used my Fude Ball pen to complete the top of the hairline.
Magicals are water based which means that like watercolours they will flow into a part of the paper that is already wet. Using a soft paint brush dip into water then place a small “puddle” on the paper around but not over the face then pick up some Magical and let it flow into the water. Dry carefully with the heat gun so that it does not dribble, unless you want it to. Continue with mixed colours till all around the face has colour but the face is still plain. Dry thoroughly. 
Next add colour to the face and hair using Gelatos, applying the Gelatos directly to the paper and then lightly working with a wet brush.
Next I doodled lines in the hair with the Fude Ball pen and added streaks of Stickles. 
I stamped my phrase in black Archival.

To complete I flicked a few drops of Lindy’s Starburst spray and gave the card a faux black mat using the Pitt Brush pen and layered it onto a 7x7 card blank. 


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Through The Arched Window by Lynne Moncrieff

Today I am sharing my fourth and final MDF triptych. Any of you who have previously purchased any That’s Crafty! item:- stencil, storage units, white/greyboard, plywood, etc will know that all are great quality, the MDF triptychs are of the same high quality – smooth edges, perfect alignment and sturdy MDF that will take all the abuse from various media you choose to apply to it.


That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Church Window TC065, Quatrefoil 1 Background
Infusions – Violet Storm, Blackcurrant, Black Knight
Treasure Gold (That’s Crafty! stock a range of Gilding Waxes)
UHU Glue Stick
Extras:- Sari Ribbon, Copper Fabric, Rusty Tin Wire, Prima Dresden Trim, Deli Wrap, Handmade Paper


Apply Gesso to all panels followed with Frank Garcia powders and Infusions Black Knight and Violet Storm, misting with water, allowing colours to blend. Then randomly stamp text stamp from Castle Keep. 

Stamp LPC stamp onto handmade paper. Adhere with UHU to the middle panel. Now, onto all panels, apply clear embossing paste to stencil, I worked in my favourite way, randomly. Leave to dry naturally. When dry, areas can be darkened with Frank Garcia powders and Infusions Violet Storm and Black Knight. 

Stain various papers with Infusions and also some sari ribbon. To a piece of Dresden Trim apply the Prima Rust Paste. Adhere all those prepared elements around the stamped focal.

Apply Infusions, Frank Garcia Powders and Old Gold to Relic and Artifact. I leave it to dry naturally but you could use a heat gun. Adhere to top of main panel with Gel Medium.

Now to focus on the front of the triptych. Working on craft mat, lay the two front panels side by side. Apply Rust Paste through stencil. Once dry, highlight areas with Treasure Gold, also applying to edges of panels, etc. Bind the panels together with rusty tin wire along with threading through some of the previously stained sari ribbon and some beautiful, torn copper fabric.

I had so much fun working on all four MDF triptychs, so thank you to Laura for this opportunity to play with some of That’s Crafty’s latest designs.

Until next time,



Saturday, 20 August 2016

Not my Circus by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a funky monkey from Katzelkraft, isn’t he just a cutie?!

What to do:

Apply a thin coat of Gesso to the larger That’s Crafty! MDF heart, dry thoroughly.

Stamp the monkey onto the heart using black Archival ink and then proceed to smear a selection of Gelatos around the monkey.

Place a Dinky stencil over the Gelatos and start removing some of the colour via a moist baby wipe gently dabbed through the stencil.

Next step is to colour in the monkey using a selection of Distress Markers, add some Stickles to his belly for a little bit of bling.

Stamp randomly on the background with some Carabelle stamps.

The 2 smaller hearts were painted with a red Fresco paint, stamped with a Katzelkraft circles stamp, edged with Stickles and the fab Tim Holtz sentiment added…..appropriate I thought!!

Mount the smaller hearts to the larger one, stamp the Carabelle stamp under the monkey so he has something to ‘sit on’, then draw a couple of black lines so it appears he’s holding the small hearts, use a white pen for the little highlights.

Love this little Zen monkey, peace and love with attitude!

Supplies Used:

Katzelkraft Stamp Sets – Les Jungles and Les Rondes
Carabelle Sudio Stamp Sets – Follow your Heart, Bloom and Dancing in the Rain

Hope you like it

Donna x
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