Friday, 24 November 2017

The Only Way Is Art by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a mixed media art panel to share this week that came about because I painted the panel black as a background for another project but in the end didn’t use it as it wasn’t quite right for it. It does make a great under layer though, as you’ll see here.


That’s Crafty! Clear Stamp Sets – Textures Collection Set 2, Inspirational Quotes Set 2
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Circles Background, Harlequin Background
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paints – Black, Purple, Teal, White, Yellow
Old Store or Credit Card


As I mentioned, my panel was painted black. I then used an old store card to swipe on some Teal paint in a rather haphazard fashion as my main aim was grunge!

Once the Teal was dry, I repeated the swiping process with the Purple paint. Some of the paint went over the Teal layer and as you can see, it covered it up really well.

I then took the Harlequin stencil and applied a random pattern with Yellow paint. I followed this up with the Circles stencil to add a pattern with White paint, again at random.

I diluted the remaining White paint with a little water and flicked this on the panel with a paintbrush to add some interest. I stamped on various texture images with the black ink until I was happy with the balance. Here’s a photo so that you can see the layers detail.

I dry embossed my chosen butterfly with an embossing folder from my stash – mine is a Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations one. I painted the embossed butterfly Yellow, giving it 2 coats. Once it was dry, I swiped the Distress Oxide ink over the raised areas and heat embossed them with clear powder. I glued it on with silicone glue for a little added dimension.

I stamped my chosen art quote on some scraps of painty paper from a previous project using black ink. I always save the scraps, as you never know when they might come in handy. I cut the quote up into word tiles and glued onto the panel with the glue pen to complete my project. 

We have a new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so don’t forget to check it out to see how you can win a great prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Give Thanks Thursday by Tracey Fairgrieve

Happy Thursday and Thanksgiving to friends and family celebrating.
Here is another quick card created using off cuts and odds and ends

to celebrate the day.

Onto a Gelli print off cut edged in machine stitch I attached string 
coated in Green paint using mini staples creating a circular wreath shape.

Left over greyboard leaves from a previous project painted in That's Crafty! paint 
worked perfectly as decoration layered around the string wreath.
With a Tim Holtz Small Talk sentiment to mark the day
this completes my Thanksgiving Card.

A very simple card to create with both sentiment and wreath 
decorations easily adapted for all occasions.

Whatever your day I Wish you all a day full of health, family and friends
and especially to those across the pond..
*Happy Thanks Giving*

Warm Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:

That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard Leaves
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints
Tim Holtz Small Talk Sticker Book
String/Backing Paper Print

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Autumnal Art Journal Page by Melina Dahl


It´s Melina here today with a step-by-step on how I made this autumnal art journal page.

Here´s what I did:

I started by drawing a tree shape and glued down some buttons to make the tree crown more dimensional. I cut it out and coated the whole tree with That's Crafty! White Gesso. I then added That's Crafty! Texture Sand Paste on the tree trunk and Light Texture Paste on the tree crown.

While the tree was drying I started on the background. I stamped the script stamp from That's Crafty! Textures Stamp Set 1. I then took That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints in Red, Green and Yellow , diluted with water to get a watercolour look and painted/splashed onto the page. When dry I stamped the birds from Lynne's Affirmations Set 2.

I painted the tree with That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints in Brown, Green, Yellow and Red. I adhered the tree to the page with That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive. Once again I diluted the paints and painted a ground for the tree to stand on. I stamped my sentiment directly on the page using one of the quotes from That's Crafty! Inspirational Quotes Stamp Set 2.

Here I was not too happy about how dominant the black birds looked, and wanted to push them a bit to the background. I diluted some white gesso and went over them to make them softer. Finally I used brown Distress ink and a waterbrush to outline the tree and my page was finished.

Product list:

That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paints: Brown, Green, Red, Yellow

Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Journal by Amanda Southern

 Hi Everyone

I have been playing this week by making my own journal using Eileen Hull’s Journal die.

Here’s What I Did:

Using Eileen Hull’s Journal die, temporarily out of stock in the shop but back in stock soon, I cut the covers using mountboard - you could also use sheets of That’s Crafty! white/greyboard. 

I then painted the covers front and back in black gesso and then again with black Dylusions paint. I then took a piece of card that I had used to clean paint from my brayer on and cut it up into randomly sized square shapes and then added them to the front and back covers, overlapping them and applying so it gave me random finished edges. Taking a black Distress crayon I ran it around all the edges of each square and then blended this is using a slightly damp baby wipe and that best of all tool that we all have the finger. I then needed to seal this surface so gave it a coat of matte medium you have to apply this in quick brush strokes as the matte medium moves the Distress crayon around.

Once that was dry I stencilled on the flower, one of my favourite stencils from the ever growing That’s Crafty! own brand range, however I masked off some of the stencil with tape before I used it as I only wanted the flower part.

I blended from yellow in the centre to orange to red applying Finnabair Impasto paints with Cut and Dry Foam. I let that dry and then added the Jade Impasto paint through another stencil. I then sealed it all again with matte medium. The back cover was made to match. 

Onto a scrap of white card I blended from red to yellow using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens but you could do this with any water based pens or inks and onto this I stamped the sentiment from one of Lynne’s Affirmations stamp set. I then put the journal together following the instructions of the die.

I then filled the journal with a selection of different sorts of blank pages that take a variety of art mediums, I also included some designer papers.

I’m thinking it might make a little gift for an arty friend.

Here’s What I Used:

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
Scrap paint covered paper from my stash
Finnabair Impasto Paints – Lemon Peel, Pumpkin, Poppy Red & Jade
Istencil - Patti Tolley Parrish from my stash but similar available
Black String Elastic
Black Button
Selection of artist papers
Designer papers from my stash

Have a fabulous day

Amanda X

Monday, 20 November 2017

Colour your Magical World by Dorthe Hansen

Welcome to my turn to post, as Monday has luckily showed up again.

I started this winter wonderland creation, using a greyboard panel. It was painted with Multi Surface paints -Teal mixed with White and Metallic Ice Blue. After dry, I stenciled the Bare Tree stencil, using Distress Oxide Iced Spruce, left to dry and in between, run the butterflies through my Big Shot using Sizzix Embossing Folder Paisley. 

They were painted with the mixed Teal and White, dried and Ice blue gave the detail of shine. The wild flowers Bits and Pieces, were also painted with Ice Blue all over  and then I added Crackle paint to the center of them and also to the background panel, in a few places to create texture. Onto the tree, now dry, I also smeared crackle paint to the trunk. 

After dried, I added the Teal paint to the background crackle, wiped it off, added again and repeated till I was satisfied with the result. The flowers and tree trunk had a drop of Antiquing Cream added to the crackles, which also after some seconds, was wiped away with a damp cloth.

White glitter was added to the butterflies and flowers, using the Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive as binder and left to dry

Onto the tree - I added details with both white paint and thinned Chestnut Brown to create a shadow effect. I love the Snowflake stencil and it was used to create light spots onto the panel in some places using the new Texture Paste.

After all had dried, butterflies and flowers were also given detail using the brown paint and a fine liner. They were adhered to the panel, with the Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive.  I used two “berries” from my stash and wound metallic flower thread around to form the feelers to the butterfly. Lynne’s Affirmation was stamped onto a piece of brown paper bag from my stash, cut out and the perimeter lined with the brown fine liner.

To create a winter landscape to the bottom panel, I found a piece of white old lace, cones I glittered with silver and another silvery “branch” all from my stash. If you don`t collect cones like I do, you can also create texture and winter landscape, using the remnants from the Bits and Pieces sheets. The tiny rests from flowers and leaves, look amazing after having been painted white, glittered and stacked along the bottom panel.

A piece of Sari Silk finish the creation, after making a hole in the top, to maybe hang the panel.

Thank you friends, for visiting and for being with me to the end of my post –
To all of you a wonderful new week.

Hugs and love


Materials used:

That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Embellishments: Small Wild Flowers, Large Butterflies
That’s Crafty! Multi Surface Paint: Metallic Ice Blue, Chestnut Brown, White, Teal
Distress Crackle Paint Picket Fence
Fine Liner Brown
Sizzix Embossing Folder Paisley 

From my stash: Paper bag, lace, cones from the wood, berries and stem, flower metallic thread, white and silver glitter
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