Sunday, 31 July 2016

Keeper of the Castle by Lynne Monrieff

You might have managed to watch the HOCHANDA shows on Monday when Lauren Hatwell not only showcased new That’s Crafty! products, she also carried out some amazing demos.

Over the next four weeks, I’ll be sharing one of the samples I worked on. This week I am sharing the fabulous MDP Triptych Castle. I know I might seem biased but in all honesty, the quality of the products are incredible – smooth edges and the MDF will take any media. I applied Gesso, water, heat, texture paste, Gel Medium and there was no sign of warping.

The supply list might look lengthy but many of those pieces were extras I happened to choose to add, bits ‘n’ pieces lying around. 


That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Abstract Stones, Distressed Harlequin Background
Infusions:- Black Knight, Violet Storms
Gilding Wax – Treasure Gold
UHU Solid Glue Stick
Copper Satin Fabric
Rusty Tin Wire
Rusted Fabric Scraps
Sari Ribbon – Stained with Infusions
Prima Dresden
French Book Pages


Prepare the MDF with Gesso. Adhere torn pieces of book text to the panels. Apply clear Gesso followed by applying the Frank Garcia powders and a hint of Infusions, misting with water, allowing to drip down the panels. Ink up text stamps from Castle Keep, stamping onto the panels in random patches. Stamp LPC stamps onto tissue paper, tear and adhere with a UHU stick (or favoured adhesive). Apply, again, in random patches Grunge Paste with stencils, building up texture and applying more of the powders and Infusions.

On the rear, follow the above steps except don’t stamp any images onto tissue paper, stamp only text.

Returning to the front panels. I happened to have a piece of stamped paperclay (an LPC) which I simply painted and trimmed with Dresden which had been “painted” with the Frank Garcia powders then rubbed with Gilding Wax. Adhere to one of the doors. I also happened to have a piece of rusted fabric. After staining a piece of cardstock with the Frank Garcia powders, I stamped a sentiment from Castle Keep, this was layered onto the rusted fabric pieces and adhered to the front door. Rusted tin wire coiled and placed over the O of the Once. 

Attach the doors with rusted tin wire threaded through the holes. Copper fabric torn into strips and seam binding stained with the Frank Garcia powders were also thread through the holes.

Final touches - Rusted Paste was applied to Dresden Trim and used to embellish the main stamped image along with two torn pieces of the copper fabric.

Until next week,



Saturday, 30 July 2016

I'm Different by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a wonderful new cat shaped acrylic stack, isn’t it just great for all you cat lovers out there?!

What to do:

Like all the acrylic stacks, you have an MDF base and then 3 acrylic layers to work on, so we’ll start on the MDF base first.

Paint the base in a layer of Fresco paint in nice marmalade/ginger tones for the cat. Draw the features on with a black fine line pen then colour in the eye, ear, nose etc with more Fresco paints. Add the stripes with Gelatos, they’ll smear and blend nicely on the paints.

The first acrylic layer is where you take the paw prints Dinky stencil and pounce through some black Fresco paint, this makes it look like the cat is wearing a little paw print collar.

Second acrylic layer is where you use the fish bones stencil and pounce white Fresco paint through. Stamp the little Katzelkraft mouse around the cat’s tail area and proceed to start painting the back of the image with grey and pink shades of paint.

Final acrylic layer is where you stamp the two sentiments; remember to use only Stazon for all your stamping on acrylic.

Assemble the stack together with the nuts and bolts provided.

The possibilities are endless for this one, how about putting treasured pictures of your pampered puss in the stack too?


Supplies used:

Katzelkraft Stamp SetsLes Chats Russes and Dreamer
Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 29 July 2016

Steampunk Album by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I’m really thrilled to be able to share with you all my album that I made for Monday’s Hochanda shows and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed creating it. There was quite a bit of work involved but it’s something that you can really treasure so it’s definitely worth it. My tutorial is also a bit picture heavy so you might want a cuppa before you look!


Carabelle Studio A6 Stamps – Femme Neoromantique, Background Horloges
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Medium Grey Value 6, Burnt Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Metallic Gold, Cobalt Teal, Metallic Silver
DecoArt Media Antiquing Cream – Patina Green, Medium Grey
Extras – Metal Key, Small Kraft Envelope (such as a wages one)


For my album I chose to use 2 of the acrylic stacks for front and back covers to protect my decorated MDF inners but you could also use these separately to make another album or book – even as covers for an art journal with loose leaf pages.

I first gave both MDF pieces a rough coat of the grey acrylic, both front and back. I then used the cogs stencil and grunge paste to add a cog pattern in the corners of the front cover and randomly over the whole of the back cover.

When the paste had dried, I swiped on some ink with the ink dabber – the ink is quite thick and takes longer to dry – and heat embossed the areas with the bronze embossing enamel. I next sponged on the paint colours, using all except the silver on the front and back covers. 

I then die cut some cogs and the cog corner from the die set twice from stamping card. I swiped the corners with Versamark ink and added random heat embossing with the gold detail powder. I added further colour with the teal paint.

I glued some of the altered cogs on to the front and back covers, blending them in by adding a little extra colour paint and antiquing creams. I added some to the reverse sides of the covers and adjusted the colours of these with the gold and silver paints.

I then made some pages using the Tim Holtz substrate sheets. I chose the kraft sheets and used these by folding up the bottom to form a pocket as I thought it would be good to be able to add photos, mementoes etc. in them. I stamped the clock background on the folded areas with the brown ink and then stapled the flaps down. I punched 3 holes in each to match those in the covers.

I added cog corners to 2 of the pages and then made decorations for them. I stamped the woman image on stamping card with the brown ink, coloured her then cut her out and glued her to one of the cog pages. I stamped the clock background on the black tag and heat embossed it with gold powder, then stamped the clocks on the kraft envelope with the brown ink. I added these to the remaining 2 pages.

Once you’re happy with all the elements, all that’s left is to assemble your book with the rings included in the kit. I added a key to the top ring but you could add a charm if you prefer. I added some letter stickers to both sides of the inner acrylic panel to spell steampunk. I also brushed gloss varnish over the front and back covers for some added shine.

Keep an eye out for some more fabulous creations from the Design Team as we continue to share our samples – they’re sure to inspire you!

Have a great day and a lovely weekend.

Fliss x

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Snow Globe by Laura

We released some brand new products this week and among them are some new acrylic stacks. When we were designing the vase/fish bowl stack, I knew straight away that I'd like to make it look like a snow globe and this is the result!

I started by penciling in the circle at the top of the mdf piece of the stack (I just used the side of the stack as a template). I then painted all of the mdf piece with PaperArtsy paint in Mermaid, avoiding the top that was going to be the globe shape and the bottom which I wanted to look like a wooden plinth.

Next I stamped the tree line from the Tim Holtz set. I didn’t want to use the bottom of this stamp, so I used one edge of the Clarity mat as a mask and stamped the image using StazOn in Olive Green. This was a double whammy, as the edge of the Clarity Mat is shaped like hills, so I had a nice edge to paint my snow up to which I did with the PaperArtsy Fresco Paint Snowflake (rather apt I thought J). I added a few very small blobs of paint to the sky, again using the Snowflake paint and covered the snow with Mod Podge Sparkle. I then painted the round area in at the top using DecoArt Media Carbon Black Paint. I used the Carbon Black on the bottom of the globe too, then painted it over with PaperArtsy Fresco Chocolate Pudding to make it look like wood.

The next layer is acrylic. I used a couple of the single stamps from the Tim Holtz set and stamped on the back of the acrylic using a layer of StazOn Spiced Chai with StazOn Olive Green on the top, as I wanted the trees to be quite a dark green. I then turned the acrylic over and painted snow highlights on the trees, again using the PaperArtsy Snowflake paint.

For my next acrylic layer, I simply used a Sharpie Extra Fine Marker in white to dot snowflakes on and then I turned this over and covered the whole of the back with Mod Podge Sparkle.  

My final acrylic layer features the deer, which was stamped with a mixture of Jet Black and Spiced Chai StazOn and then for some colour contrast, I painted the back of the deer using PaperArtsy paint in Fawn.

Products Used:

Mod Podge Sparkle 


Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Floral Stack by Alison Hall

Hi Everyone! Here is my tutorial for the floral vase stack that I decorated for That's Crafty's show on Hochanda TV.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - TC027 Flight of Butterflies, TC080 - Flower, TC069 Moroccan
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Lake Wanaka, Orchid, Tango, Guacamole, Zesty Zing


1. First I base-coated the MDF bottom layer all over with black gesso. I then used Lake Wanaka Fresco to stencil the Moroccan design, moving and matching up the stencil to get an all over pattern.

2. On the next layer, which is acrylic, I used Orchid Fresco to stencil the Flight of Butterflies. The acrylic is heat stable, so you can use a heat gun to dry the paint.

3. On the next acrylic layer, I used Guacamole, Tango, and Zesty Zing to stencil five Flowers.

4. On the top acrylic layer, I used black Stazon ink to stamp the quote from ESN20.

5. I finished off by using the screws to attach all the layers together.

I hope you are inspired to make some stacking art yourself. 

Until next week,

Alison x

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Acrylic House by Amanda Southern

Hi everyone
Yesterday That’s Crafty! were again on Hochanda TV with a range of exciting new lines, hopefully you caught some of the shows but if you missed them you can watch them on the Hochanda website and they will be there for over a week HERE.

I would like to share with you one of the pieces I made for the shows using one of the brand new acrylic shaped stacks, The House.

The acrylic stacks feature 3 clear acrylic layers and an MDF back so 4 layers in total.

Here’s What I Did:-

The first is deciding how you are going to layer up your pieces as you will create a feeling of depth. So having chosen the stamps I wanted, I stamped onto the 3 acrylic layers with Stazon, before I added colour to any of them I layered them together to check that it worked any mistakes can easily be removed with Stazon cleaner or similar and then you can stamp again. I then coloured my images with Posca paint pens from the underside.

Here are the layers before they are stacked apologies for the reflection.

I have heat embossed the word ‘Imagine’ onto the top layer. These will take some embossing but it takes a lot longer than normal to get the embossing powder to react so you just have to keep your heat gun moving.

The MDF back piece I just painted with a dark blue PaperArtsy paint and heat embossed an image as my sun.

You then just stack them all together with the bolts that are supplied with the kit.
There are several new designs of acrylic stacks so check out the website they are fabulous.

What I Used:-

Posca Paint Pens
Carabelle Studio Stamps designed by Azoline – Zinouk des Petites Notes, Zinouk des Marais, Ville d’ailleurs Zintenkia, Ville d’ailleurs Urbania, Ville d’ailleurs Lutinia

Hope you like it and see you next Tuesday

Amanda X
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