Sunday, 31 May 2015

Bohemian Muse by Lynne Moncrieff



I wanted a slightly ethereal quality to this card so I decided to stamp the woman in Rich Cocoa followed with a gently misting of water. Initially I tried Archival Sepia but the result was too muted. Much will depend on the Kraft cardstock you select so worth trying a few inks.




Brusho Crystal Colour:- Dark Brown, Black, Lemon and Sandstone
Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes:- Precious Gold and Tarnished Bronze
Idea-ology Tiny Attacher
Silicone Glue
Extras:- Lace, rusted fabric




Tear Kraft cardstock into panel. Lightly mist with water, sprinkle selected Brusho colours then mist with water once again. Adhere panel to cardbase.
Stamp woman with Rich Cocoa, (I used a Speedball brayer to ink up the stamp)  immediately mist with water, using a light hand and focusing on the body.

Re-ink stamp, the heart element only and stamp onto scrap piece of cardstock. Edge with Black Soot before layering over the main image with silicone glue.

Stamp sentiment onto a piece of crumpled Tissuestock. Attach to top edge of cardbase. Tearing pieces of lace and rusted fabric, adhere to cardbase then the final touch of sprinkling mica flakes, including onto her hair and lastly sponging Black Soot onto the edges of the cardbase.



Until next time,


Saturday, 30 May 2015

Drawing the Lines by Donna Gray

Hello everyone, 
Donna here today with another one of Jane Davenport’s wonderful face stencils. My first make for the team blog was the ‘side profile’ version, this time I’m using the ‘front facing’ one.


Here’s What I Did:



Using PaperArtsy greyboard, I placed the stencil on top and then used a pencil to trace the lines through the stencil. This gives you the perfect face guideline to follow.
Once that was done, I quickly sketched how I wanted the hair to look and also drew in the pupils etc.
Next, you can start your colouring. As it’s on the greyboard, this will take everything you throw at it. I chose my Copics for this but Promarkers are just as good so are Spectrum Noir pencil’s etc. Anything where you can get a good skintone will do.
Use a Sharpie White Paint pen for highlighting areas of the face, then colour in the hair. Once again I used a cCpic for this but again a Promarker will do. Take a coloured pencil to outline the face, mouth etc. A black micron 01 pen is useful for outlining the eyes and creating eyelashes.
I then stamped over the hair using a new Prima/Finnabair stamp, these little stamps are fab for adding different textures.
For the background, I used one of the Dina Wakley paints….such a lovely, zesty pop of colour!
Next take a butterfly stamp from the Prima/Finnabair stamp set, stamp on thick white card and cut out. For the colouring in of these I used my Promarkers. 
Mount butterflies onto the greyboard using foam pads. Add a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book as the finishing touch.
It makes creating faces so much fun…virtually fail proof!!

Supplies Used: 


Instead of Copics use Promarkers
Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 29 May 2015

Dreaming In Layers by Fliss Goodwin



Hi there, I have a journal page style creation to share this week, which uses one of my favourite techniques to achieve a 3 dimensional look that is actually only one layer by layering stamping. I’ve also used quite a lot of different stamps, which I’ll list below but you could use the texture and script stamps you already own for a similar effect.



Stamps I Used:

 Stampendous Cling Stamp – Glance
 Carabelle Studio A6 Stamps – Libellules et Papillons, Reach For The Stars By Birgit   Koopsen

PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints – China Blue, Blush
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Light Hansa Yellow, Titan Buff
Bottle Lid – I stamped circles with this




I started off by colouring a piece of mixed media paper on the smoother side using the paints applied with my fingers. Very messy but it gave the look I wanted. I applied them randomly apart from adding the pink paint roughly where I wanted to stamp the face. I pressed the paper on to pick up the paint and then misted with water and pulled a couple more prints with some thin card to use on another project.

Once the paper was dry I stamped on the face first with the grey ink. As I used the smooth side of the paper it stamped quite well, only a little misty which fit in well with my plan. If you want to use the textured side of the paper, it’s probably better to stamp the face on tissue paper and tear it out and glue it on with matt medium.

I then stamped on the butterflies using the same grey ink. I find that if you use the same ink for all the stamping and add interest by second generation stamping, it helps to draw the elements together. I next stamp on the journal text image using first and second generation stamping.
The next step was to stamp on some circles with the bottle lid, followed by the honeycomb texture stamp. I stamped the butterfly and dragonfly background stamp in the bottom left corner, then next to the face on the right edge without re-inking.
I stamped the dreamer text near the face and then added partial image stamping with the journal text and the butterfly background using second generation stamping until I was happy with the effect.
I finished off by adding colour to face and butterflies with coloured pencils.
Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Fliss x

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Spread your Wings by Carol Fox


Hello, today I have used Brusho’s to make a tag to share with you.

I started by stamping my bird image using black Archival ink onto my tag. I then sprinkled some dry Brusho around the image and very lightly misted the tag with water, I dried this with my heat gun.

I then put a very small blob of clear gloss gel onto my craft mat and mixed a small amount of Crimson Brusho with this, I used a pallet knife to mix it. I applied this to the tag avoiding my image using the pallet knife. I really like the way this bleed slightly under the stencil but the centre of each dot stayed textured, it gave a slight crackle effect to the outside of each colour dot.


I stamped my quote onto the margin of a book page and added this to my tag, drawing black lines round its border. I stamped a few splotches and splatters using black Archival ink.

I added some stitching and a piece of ribbon to my tag, dragging black acrylic paint around its edges to finish it off.

I used

Feather Bird Stamp from Lost Coast (due back in stock soon)
Kaisercraft Clear Stamp – Stains (still one of my favourite filler stamps)


This is my last post for That’s Crafty as I am cutting back on my crafting commitments for a few months. I may come back later in the year if circumstances allow for it. I have enjoyed my time on the Design Team and I have been honoured to be among some very talented people on here, and I wish to thank Laura for all her support as it has been a lovely team to be part of.
Carol x
"We are very sorry to see Carol leave the DT and I'd like to thank Carol very much for all her hard work and fantastic projects that she has done for us over the years. Hopefully we will see Carol back again later in the year".

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Mosaic Lady by Alison Hall


Hello Crafters. This week I have used some Stampbord pieces and a beautiful PaperArtsy Lynne Perrella stamp to decorate a little wooden box.


Here's what I used... 

Wooden Box - 3.5" square surface by 2" depth
PaperArtsy Stamp Sets - Lynne Perrella Collections 29 & 32
Ranger Distress Ink Pads - Vintage Photo, Salty Ocean, Crushed Olive, Spiced Marmalade, Antique Linen, Spun Sugar
Cotton Buds



1. Cut a piece of Ranger Adhesive Sheet 3" square, peel back one protective layer, then arrange 9 1" square pieces of Stampbord to form a 3" square on it.

2. Use black Archival ink to stamp the face from LPC29 fairly centrally onto the Stampbord, then fill in the edges using the script stamp from LPC32.

3. Use cotton buds and Distress Inks to colour the stamped images.


4. Give the wooden box two coats of black gesso. 

5. Peel back the adhesive on the back of the Stampbord pieces, and adhere to the box lid. Do this very carefully, as the adhesive is very hi-tack.

I hope you like my little mosaic box. As the Stampbord is very light, you could also make a mosaic to decorate a card.


Alison x
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