Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Dylusions/Octopode Giant Tag by Mandy C

What I used:

The Octopode Factory ~ Alice words 2
Doodly flower stamps ~ similar to the Autumn Leaves single stamps.

      Make the background using white card, the masks and the sprays. Dry with the heat tool.

      Cut out a large tag.... mine is the whole width of the A4 page (around 8cm) x 3.5 cm.

      Stamp Doolally Dorris’s body and Alishba using black archival ink, heat set and colour with watercolour pencils.

      Cut Alishba’s head off and attach it to Dorris’s body. Stamp and cut out one of the hats on the Dorris set of stamps. Attach it at a jaunty angel on Alishba’s head.

      Using the doodly flowers stamp onto the tag... you could even draw some flowers. Colour them with watercolour pencils.

      Adhere the Dorris/Alishba hybrid.

      Stamp the words ‘I knew who I was when I woke up this morning’ onto card, cut and glue onto the tag.

      Do some black pen work around the edge of the tag and the words.

      Edge the doll in olive pencil.

      Edge the whole tag with charcoal cats eye chalk ink.


Saturday, 28 July 2012

Age of Steam by Deborah

I coloured a square of white card with a Lime Zest ProMarker, then inked over it with Walnut Stain Distress Ink using a piece of cut n dry foam. After drying it with a heat gun, I stamped the train and words from IndigoBlu Grand Tour III plus the clouds from Creative Expressions Create-A-Scene Coastal in Jet Black Archival Ink. I coloured the train with a Berry Red ProMarker and Spiced Marmalade Distress Stain. The clouds were coloured with a Tea Green ProMarker, topped with Faded Jeans Distress Stain. Then I went over the Lime Zest with Wild Honey Distress Stain. Lastly, I edged the card with a Black ProMarker.

I mounted it onto light card that had been run through an embossing folder and coloured with Bundled Sage and Barn Door Distress Stain and Black Soot Distress Ink. I then mounted this onto a black card that had been spattered with paint when I’d been painting something else. I folded and cut it into a card blank.

I attached two tickets from Tim Holtz At the Movies Stamp Set, that were coloured with Distress Stains, with a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Mini Fastener. They looked too big for the card, so I tore them and glued the torn parts on separately.


Friday, 27 July 2012

Vintage Fleuriste Box by Paula Tidman


Hope you are all basking in the gloriously sunny weather we are having at the moment, still finding time to craft of course.
I decided to pack away my sewing machine and get out my paintbrush for my DT project. I used a plain wooden box and gave it a few coats of Fresco Finish Snowflake Paint. Then I gave it a light sanding to make the surface ready for stamping.
I inked up the gorgeous JustRite Cling Mounted Stamp - Fleuriste Newsprint Background with black Archival ink. I find it easier to lay the stamp on a hard flat surface and press the box directly on to it. I lightly tinted and painted with Distress inks and sealed with a thin coat of Satin Glaze. A gold knob and tassel completed the project.


Thursday, 26 July 2012

A Friend is like an Owl Card by Alan Scott

This card was constructed using 3 stamps from the stamp set Hocus Pocus by IndigoBlu.

A4 card blank
Print out of the backing sheet (this is available for download by clicking here)
Dull gold/metallic coloured card stock for layering the words on
Martha Stewart Leaf Strip Punch - if you don't have this punch, then any leaf/branch embellishment will do
Corner Rounder
Normal items from the crafting cupboard: scissors, heat gun, metal edge ruler, craft knife etc.

Now then, for me this is a simple card to build up, as it's only built up using our stamping skills to rely upon.
Taking the spiders web stamp, ink it up with the Smokey Gray ink and just stamp. You're not after a masterpiece on this, as it's just the backing sheet. Stamp off the edges aswell - overlap a little. No one is going to go ‘OH LOOK THEY HAVE MADE A MISTAKE AND IT'S TOTALlY RUINED THE MASTER PEICE!’ So relax, enjoy yourself and just stamp away.
I know some crafters find random the hardest thing in the world to do. So if you're not comfortable right away, then try it out on scrap paper first, until you're happy with the direction you are going. Then remember the golden rule - a quick blast from a heat gun, not only drys it but also fixes it.
The next part of the card is the owl. Ink it up well with the Espresso ink and just make an impression onto your card. Another quick blast with the heat gun and we are ready for the last stamping part - the wording. That again is also stamped using the Espresso ink pad.
Now then, we have to decide what size of margin we are going to leave around the inked images. I have not said you must do it this size or that size. This is YOUR CHOICE. Some crafters like a small margin around their work, some a larger one. So you decide and then trim. Remember to allow for the corners - I would practice on some scrap paper first.
Taking your DInk Blending Tool and the Tea Dye ink pad, start to build up colour onto the edges of the spiders web, owl and wording stamped images. By using a craft mat, this helps hold the ink and helps you move the ink onto your card. If you just laid it on some paper or a green cutting mat, the ink would hold and it would not help you in the movement of the ink. When you're happy with your edging, a quick blast once again ..... (need I say any more? lol).
The next project we need to do, is make our leaf embellishment. It's not a problem if you feel you can't do this because you don't have that particular punch - there are always ways round such problems and we have a leaf download here.
We now have all the components to make our card! Secure the backing paper onto the card followed by the spiders web. As you can see, it's at a ‘jaunty angle’, so for those who can't do this for the fear that it's not a straight line, please try it. Relax and let that side of you that always says ‘IT'S GOT TO BE LEVEL!’ take a holiday. I'm not mocking, as I know from experience that some artists don't like random. We can relax a little with the main owl image, as that's going to be secured into place level with the whole of the card. This then kind of dictates as to where we then place the text. Place a layer of double sided foam pads onto the back of the wording and then place onto the card.
Now then, all that's left is the leafy embellishment. When you secure this into place, make sure that when you do place it, it brings together all the elements. This is a way of anchoring the whole thing.
Any questions please send me a message and I will do my best to help you.
Happy Crafting,


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Mini Frida Page by Mandy C

Please see here for details of my flip book.

What I used:


  • Make a background using your craft mat and the new Summer Tim Holtz inks. Cut out a piece that will fit onto the study card.
  • Using black Archival, stamp frida onto a piece of white card, colour with watercolours and cut out. Stamp the heart stems up the sides of the card, using the music stamp, stamp a border at the bottom and then stamp diagonally across the top of the card.
  • Colour the stems in with a green pencil.
  • Stamp the phrase onto a piece of coloured card, cut out, arrange on the card and glue down.
  • Add white pen highlights.
  • Add stickles and leave to dry.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Penny Farthing Card by Deborah

I began by tearing strips of masking tape and sticking them randomly to a card blank, making sure to overlap them in places. I then swiped Weathered Wood and Scattered Straw Distress Ink lightly over the top, highlighting the edges.

I stamped Kaisercraft Vintage Love twice onto cartridge paper in Memento Paris Dusk. After applying Scattered Straw ink with cut n dry foam to both images, I tore roughly around one of them. I used double sided tape to stick this to a torn and crumpled piece of blue vellum before machine sewing around the edges in blue cotton. I glued the sewn pieces to the card blank with Modge Podge.

Then I stamped the bunting and the arrow border – both from My Mind’s Eye - Follow Your Heart – Be Amazing, in Memento Paris Dusk and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink.

I cut the wheels from the second image and découpaged them on top, using foam tape, for added dimension. I inked over the wooden embellishments with Scattered Straw and glued them onto the card with Modge Podge.


Sunday, 22 July 2012

London's Calling by Laura

I'm the host this week over on Sunday Postcard Art and the theme this week is London.

What I Used:
Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Barn Door/Faded Jeans/Picket Fence

Firstly, I stamped the Stampendous London Stamp onto the Ranger paper with VersaFine Vintage Sepia ink. I then made a mask, covered the image and stamped over it using the IndigoBlu Jack stamp, which I had coloured with the Faded Jeans Distress Marker.

I then coloured in the London image, using Distress Markers and the Marvy Embossing Markers. I then inked most of the London image with a VersaMark Watermark Pen and covered this with the WOW embossing powder and heated with my heat gun.

I then covered the whole image with Antique Linen Distress Stain and finally, I added 2 strips either side that I coloured with Distress Markers.


Saturday, 21 July 2012

Dress Form in Brights by Alan Scott

I decided to revisit a stamp that I had used for one of the first cards I ever did for That’s Crafty! I wanted to bring a whole fresh new look to the stamp, proving it wasn't just a ‘Steam Punk’ style image. The stamp is called 'Large Dress Form' and is made by Lost Coast Designs. It also gave me the opportunity to use the new ink pads I had received by Tim Holtz!


8” x 8” white card base
Gold Line Peel Offs
Alcohol Pens in soft pastel colours (or water based pens)
Adirondack Pitch Black Ink Pad. If you're using water based colouring mediums then you will need a Versafine Ink Pad
2 lengths of ribbon in contrasting but complementary with ink colours
Small dress makers pin


This card is made by using two elements. The first is the card front. Using the Dylusions Mask, start to build up a layer of ink using your blending tool. I used the Squeezed Lemon first, being careful to keep the mask in position. A quick blast of the heat gun helped fix the ink.
The next layer was the Peacock Feathers ink - once again being careful not to move the mask. The latter ink was used mostly at the edge of the card and not covering the yellow already worked down. When I was happy removing the mask, I once again gave the card front a quick blast.
The next part of the card is the Dress Form. Using the right ink pad for the colouring medium will save you a lot of trouble later. With ProMarkers, you need to use a DYE BASED ink pad like Adirondack. If you're using water colouring mediums, then it's an OIL BASED ink pad like Versafine. After you have stamped, give the image a quick blast with your heat gun. I have started to do this all the time, as I found by fixing the ink, there was less chance of the lines bleeding into the colouring medium.

Let's select our colours and start colouring in. Pick your colouring medium alcohol pens or water based pens and start to build up layers of colour. Keep it soft and don't let it become heavy with deep layers of colour. After the image has been coloured and fixed, it's time to cut out the aperture on the front card, so that we can fix the stamp image behind it. I find this a lot cleaner than trying to build up a card and then making slight positioning errors that cant be fixed.
Use a scrap paper cut to the size of the finished stamped image and start to look at placements. When you're happy, just make a small pin prick on the front of the card. This will give you the 4 corners to then mark out and cut the aperture out.
When this has been done, using good double sided tape, secure the stamped image facing FRONT in the REVERSE side of the card front. Using the gold peel off's, you can hide any slight imperfections with the cutting out and this will also frame the stamped image.
Last thing to do is secure the two ribbons into place. I will be making a short video soon on a perfect ribbon cutting unit .... it's small and very easy to use!
There you have it, a bright and cheerful card that lIthink would look great on any shelf.
Any questions, please send a message and l will do my best to get back to you a.s.a.p.
Happy Crafting

Friday, 20 July 2012

Jolee’s New Shoes by Mandy C

What I used:

TPC stamps ~ Fleur de Lis
StazOn ~ Olive Green
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ~ Tumbled Glass  
White crayon

      Take a piece of 6 x 4 white card and swoosh the Distress colours on top. Once dry they are much lighter.
     Stamp the swirls from the Eco Green set randomly. Colour the circles with a white crayon.
    Stamp Jolee and Alishba from The Octopode Factory onto some thick paper (I use 160gsm) with black Archival. Colour and cut out.
     Cut both sets of legs off the girls and put Alishba’s legs onto Jolee’s body. Set to one side.
     Using Olive StazOn, stamp the script across the card. Also stamp 3 Fleur de Lis ~ 2 on the left size and 1 on the right.
     Stamp 2 Fleur de Lis onto old book paper and cut out. Glue over the top of the stamped images. Colour with watercolours.
     Attach Jolee with her new legs.
     Edge firstly with the olive pastel colour and then the charcoal chalk ink.
     Using pencils, edge around Jolee to define her.

*these Eco Green stamps are on sale atm and a bargain price! Such a versatile set to have in your collection!

Mandy x

Thursday, 19 July 2012

There Are Plenty More Fish In The Sea Tag by Mandy C

What I've Used:

A rock salt background (I’m using the green one I made earlier)

§      Cut a tag to size.

§      Stamp the flower from Hot Pick 1109 onto the background of the tag.

§      Stamp the bottles from HP 1109 and the fish and words from HP 1111 onto some card. Colour and cut out.

§      Adhere cut out images on to tag.

§      Highlight with white pen.

§      Add stickles. Leave to dry.

§      Add a piece of ribbon.

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