Saturday, 29 April 2017

Glam Grunge by Donna Gray





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



It's Day 6 of our collaboration and it's Donna's turn on our blog today with a fabulously grungy/glam project.



Hi everyone,

I’m absolutely thrilled to be here today joining in this amazing collaboration with That’s Crafty! and Relics and Artifacts, combining creative forces with some awesome products from both brilliant companies. I decided to go for a sort of glam grunge…..if such a thing exists of course! 

I used an MDF That’s Crafty! upright for this as my base as it will take anything and everything you throw at it! For my main focal point I chose to use this gorgeous heart and flame.

The upright was coated in a couple of coats of Fresco paint and crackle glaze to give the cracked effect. The heart was painted with a coat of DecoArt Crackle Paint and a mixture of Luminarte Silk Paints. The flame was painted with a mixture of Pebeo Iridescent Paints and coated with a layer of DecoArt Glamour Dust Paint.







A close up of the heart so you see the crackle effect.




A close up of the flame so you can see the shimmer and shine on it.






A quick sprinkle of a mixture of Infusions and some spritzes of water resulted in a nice grungy background which is ready to go!






I just had to use one of my favourite Dinky stencils to add some detail with one of the new fab Oxides too.






Some background stamping with a new That’s Crafty! texture stamp to replicate a crackle effect. I also added the script stamp from this set too which you’ll see later on the finished creation.






The gorgeous hand and key were coated in a mixture of Distress Paints with a piece of rusty wire attaching the two together. I also adhered some bling with these beautiful Relics and Artifacts jewels, they really sparkle and catch the light.






Here is my finished piece. I really like the addition of the sparkly bling against the grungy background as it provides such a great contrast I think, hope you all do too ;)

Here’s some close ups for you of the finished creation. I’ve added some Tim Holtz ephemera as I thought they complimented the look I was aiming for ;)








Supplies Used:


Relics and Artifacts – Ancient Heart, Milagros and Regalis
Relics and Artifacts – Dresden Trim and Bohemian Jewels
Luminarte Silk Paints

Now over at Relics and Artifacts Blog, Chrissy has another fantastic project to share with you.


Donna

Friday, 28 April 2017

On Butterfly Wings by Fliss Goodwin





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



Day 5 of our collaboration and it's Fliss's turn today with an absolutely fantastic project.





I hope you’re all enjoying everyone’s creations in our collaboration week with the Relics & Artifacts Ambassadors. I was so excited when I found out about it as it’s taken me out of my comfort zone and given me the chance to work with some amazing craft blanks that I’ve always admired from afar but have never been able to pluck up the courage to use, mainly because they’re so beautiful in their natural state that it seems a shame to do anything to them.

I’ve now taken the plunge and have used my favourite That’s Crafty! substrate together with a Relic & Artifact blank in my favourite shape – I’m sure you know how often butterflies feature in my artwork!


Ingredients:


Archival Ink – Fern Green, Potting Soil
Pebeo Studio Dyna Acrylics – Iridescent Blue Green, Green Yellow, Orange Yellow, Red Blue
Prima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints – Metallique - Green Olive, Black Berry, Steampunk Copper
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Yellow Green Light, Pyrrole Orange
PaperArtsy Infusions – Blackcurrant, Emerald Isle
Tim Holtz Bigz Die – Tattered Leaves (I used this one as the leaves are quite large to balance the butterfly)


Recipe:



The first thing I did is to apply quite a thick layer of modelling paste to the upright section of the MDF blank, making sure not to cover the feet and very bottom as this makes slotting it into the base very difficult. I then used a pointed tool to draw lines in the paste to resemble tree bark. I left it to dry overnight.






For my next layer, I painted the bark effect with the sienna paints, not worrying too much about making it perfect as this is just my under layer.






I then sprinkled on the Infusions and misted them with water, allowing the colours to run down the surface. It may seem a strange combination of colours for tree bark but it does work I promise!






The next layer is the Alchemy Paints. I used all 3 shades lightly to the bark, then misted with water and allowed the colours to run a bit. I carried on until I was happy with the effect.






I glued the finished panel into the base and then painted the base with the Alchemy shades, just dabbing the paint on with a brush in a haphazard fashion.

I die cut some leaves from mixed media paper and coloured them by adding shades of green paint with a bit of copper to a plate, pressing the leaves in, then misting the paint with water and dipping them in. As you’ll see, in some areas there are raised areas of paint and I found that by drying them with a heat gun the paint bubbled a bit adding some lovely texture.






Now came the challenge of decorating my butterfly. I started off by painting with matte orange and blue to give a good surface for my next layer, which was the Pebeo orange, red and blue green. These paints are quite gloopy so I wanted a good undercoat for them. Once they were dry, I stamped on the bubble wrap design with green Archival ink and the double circle image with the Potting Soil ink. I added some jewels in the body cavity.






I added some micro beads to the leaves and tree bark and then assembled my mixed media panel using silicone glue to stick on the leaves and the butterfly – as the butterfly is quite heavy, you need a strong glue and I found the silicone type works as treat with slightly more bulky items. I finished off with the text, stamped on mixed media paper with the brown ink and cut the words apart before gluing them on.

Now over at Relics and Artifacts Blog, Sherry has an amazing project to share with you.


Thursday, 27 April 2017

MDF Rectangle Hanger Kit by Nikki Acton





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



It's Day 4 of our collaboration with the Relics and Artifacts Ambassadors and it's Nikki's turn today with a really beautiful project. 








Hi everyone. I was so excited to be able to play with some Relics and Artifacts products for this week’s collaboration. I selected one of the Flaming Hearts (which are in a number of kits) and added some Dresden Trim in Gold and some Peridot Bohemian Jewels. My That’s Crafty! Surface is the main oblong from the rectangle kit. It is designed to be used in the landscape formation but I turned it around for this project.


You can probably spot some Finnabair influence here… I have recently attended a Finn workshop so it was great to use her style to create this project.






I began by painting the surface with black gesso and then adding some patterned paper. I ended up covering most of this – although that wasn’t the original plan! I also added some additional stamping with That’s Crafty! Texture stamps.

I then began my arrangement of objects – with the Flaming Heart as the focal point. There is a combination of metal pieces, buttons and paper flowers. These were all adhered with Finnabair’s 3D Matte Gel. I left this to dry overnight and then painted the outside border and ephemera with black gesso.






Once dry I took my Prima Art Alchemy Metallique paints and began painting – blending the colours until I was happy. I added some gilding wax over some of the textured surfaces ad added one more Peridot Bohemian Jewel on the heart.


It’s my That’s Crafty! team mate Lynnes turn over on the Relics and Artifacts blog today. Please hop over to see her fantastic project.



Nikki


Supplies


Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Where Dreams Are Born by Alison Hall





Each day we have a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:

1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of the That’s Crafty! blog.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.



It's day 3 of our collaboration and we have a fabulous project from Alison to share.


Hi Everyone, Alison here today, with a rusty mixed media hanging. I couldn't wait to see what kind of paint effects I could achieve on the Relics and Artifacts. They take all kind of media beautifully, just like the That's Crafty! Surfaces, and I decided to use my favourite DecoArt Media products.







Here's what I used...


That's Crafty! Surfaces MDF Tags - 2 x Size 3, 1 x Size 5
Relics and Artifacts - Visage, Rising Spirit
DecoArt Media - Texture Sand, White Gesso, White Crackle Paste, Ultra Matte Varnish
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Green Gold, Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Phthalo Turquoise, Raw Umber, Burnt Umber, Quinacridone Gold, Carbon Black, Titanium White
Ranger Archival Ink - Coffee, Jet Black
Rusty Wire
Old Book Page, Cream Lace, Ink Blending Foam


Here's what I did...


1. I began by prepping all of the MDF rectangles with white gesso, and applying white crackle paste onto the 3 MDF tags. TIP(to self!)...If you apply gesso under the crackle paste, it shouldn't flake off.






2. Next, I used my finger to apply some Texture Sand around the edges of the three small rectangles, and used a paintbrush to paint the large rectangle with Green Gold acrylic.






3. Once the Texture Sand was dry, I painted the three small rectangles with Phthalo Turquoise Acrylic, adding some Quinacridone Gold on the textured edges for a rusty effect.






4. On the large rectangle, I painted a few age splotches on the edges with Raw Umber, stamped some crackles and script with Coffee ink, then painted with a wash of Quinacridone Gold acrylic.






5. Next, I painted the Relics and Artifacts with DecoArt Media acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Quinacridone Gold, adding detail to the eye with Carbon Black and a dot of Titanium White. I also used Quinacridone Gold to colour the Dresden Trim Halos.






6. By now, the white crackle paste on the three tags was nicely dry and crackled, so I painted them with Green Gold, adding some Quin Gold and Burnt Umber around the edges, then sealing the crackle with a coat of Ultra Matte Varnish. 






7. I stamped the Emma Godfrey wonderful phrase onto gessoed book page, cut it out, then sponged black ink onto the edges. I assembled the tags as shown, using glossy accents to glue the Dresden Trim, Relics and Artifacts, Bohemian Jewels, and words in place, then attached them to the three small rectangles, layering with cream lace, and gluing a large jewel over the rectangle's top hole. I glued the three rectangles to the large board, hiding the three lower holes, then added some curled rusty wire to finish.






I hope I've inspired you today.


Please hop over to the Relics and Artifacts blog to see some inspirational artwork from their talented ambassador Monica.



Alison x
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