Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A One Layer Card by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone
Thought I would share with you today a one layer card and practice my watercolour techniques. I wanted a simple monotone look for this one.


Here’s How I made it:-

Using Mixed Media Card to work on, I first stamped my image from Carabelle Studio Stamps in black Versafine ink. Once the ink was dry I masked off the whole image with masking gum. Once that was dry, I leave about 10 mins, which gives you ample time to make yourself a cup of tea, I lightly sprinkled grey Brusho Crystals on top of the masking gum. Using Tim’s Distress Sprayer I then sprayed water in outward directions from the centre of my masked image, I also moved the colour around with the Distress Spritzer as it blows the colour around. Once I was happy with the effect that the Brusho’s had made I took a paper towel and mopped up all the water that had pooled on top of the masking gum. You need to make sure that you have removed any trace of Brusho from the masking gum or else when you rub off the gum the colour can contaminate your stamped image. Do not attempt to remove the gum until the Brusho is entirely dried, another opportunity for a second cup of tea.

Once you are happy that the Brusho is dried, rub off all the masking gum revealing your protected image below.

I then coloured my image using a variety of grey/black Distress inks, I’m trying to improve my water colouring techniques. I always pat my Distress inks onto a white tile and apply using a water brush. I chose to add colour, again with Distress inks, to just the eyes and lips adding a little spot of white gel pen for highlights. Finally I stamped the text using Watering Can Archival ink.

It was then mounted onto a piece of grey cardstock.


Items used:-

Distress Inks – Hickory Smoke, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Faded Jeans & Spiced Marmalade
Hope you like it and I’ll see you next Tuesday
Amanda X

Monday, 29 June 2015

Funky Town by Deborah



White Card (folded to make card blank)
PaperArtsy Smoothy Stamping Card


I often make backgrounds and images/ elements in batches and later play around, putting them together in pleasing (pleasing to me, anyway) arrangements. That's how this graphic, somewhat quirky card came about.

When I first bought the City stencil  - which features 6 different cityscapes - I experimented with different media/colours on copy paper. In this case I 'stamped ' with the stencil to use up the excess spray ink - so the spaces and not the line art is randomly coloured blue and red. I glued it onto the square card blank, leaving a substantial white border.

In a separate session I had brayered Mustard Seed distress paint onto my 8" x 10" Gelli Plate, which still had paint residue from previous use, and pressed the stamping card on to it. The slightly patchy effect you get when the plate is 'dirty' is more interesting to me than flat colour. I also used the gelli plate to 'ink' my stamp, using Paper Artsy's Blood Orange. I filled the sheet up with different images - this man was just one of them - for future use. Once I'd cut him out I placed him breaking out of the city into the white frame.

Then I searched through my Tim Holtz sticker book (That's Crafty! stock several) for a suitable  phrase and cut it into pieces before sticking each piece down. I've found that if you stick them on top of paint you can peel them off and move them around, which I find quite useful as I often change my mind.


This is my last Monday with the That's Crafty! design team. After three brilliant years I've decided it's time to let someone else in on the fun. I'd like to thank Laura for giving me an amazing opportunity back in February 2012 and for being a fantastic 'boss'. I shall continue to follow the blog - there' s so much talent here - and the shop (there are exciting things ahead!)
Deb x


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you Deb for all your hard work and fantastic creations over the years. We are very sorry to see you go and wish you all the very best for the future. :-)


Sunday, 28 June 2015

She Dreams of the Ocean by Lynne Moncrieff

A whimsical project this week where I had fun with a Tando Creative Rowing Boat and ocean themed stamps.



Oxford Impressions Stamp Sets The Deep and By The Sea
White Cardstock
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics:- Toffee, Jade (JOFY Limited Edition Set 3), Beach Hut, Space Cadet and Caribbean Seas (Lin Brown Limited Edition Set 3), Nougat and Caramel
Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mica Flakes:- Luna Silver, Precious Gold and Tarnished Bronze
Heat Gun
Extras:- Cork, Star Fish, oyster charm, lace, muslin, pearl bead



Prepare Rowing Boat with Frescos, working with Toffee as the base layer before adding the Crackle Glaze then mixing the remaining Frescos for the top layer.  Assemble the Rowing Boat then lay aside for the moment.

Onto white cardstock stipple Nougat and Caramel. Once dry stamp image from LPC001. Re-ink, stamping once more. Fussy cut shell from the second image and also cut her face on the vertical, layering both pieces onto the main image. 


Continue stamping, this time the crab and starfish from The Deep stamp set. Fussy cut then ink the edges with Distress Ink. More stamping, this time stamping the sentiment onto cork. Then cut the sentiment into sections, once again inking the edges. Now, moving onto another different surface, this time the cream Tissue Stock, stamp seaweed and coral. By stamping onto the Tissuestock it lends a lovely floaty texture to the stamped seaweed and coral especially as they waft when a breeze catches them. 


Now to begin the composition. For a touch of whimsy I added the crab to the woman’s head, creating a spectacular headpiece for her!


Embellish the artwork with scrap pieces of muslin painted with diluted paint. Along with the various mica flakes I also added an oyster charm, tucking a pearl bead inside and a lovely little starfish embellishment. Finally adhere the sentiment.



Until next time,


Saturday, 27 June 2015

Pretty Poppy by Donna Gray

Hello everyone, 

Donna here today with a tag for you all using one of Tim Holtz’s flower garden stamps’.

Here’s What I Did:

I took a size 8 tag and scraped some DecoArt white crackle paint (tinted with a red DecoArt paint to create the pink shade) on it and put to one side to dry and crackle.

Then I scraped a light blue shade of DecoArt paint onto the tag background, dry again.

Next, taking a letter based stencil, just pounce some white paint through it lightly, then dry.

I used a Prima stamp to randomly stamp on the background using black memento ink then slightly wiped it back as I wanted it to fade into the background more.

Stamp your poppy and stem onto white card (using black Memento ink) I coloured mine with ProMmarkers. Adhere to the tag and then go around image with a black Stabilo or charcoal pencil to create some depth.

To add a finishing touch, I added a sentiment from the Tim Holtz Small Talk sticker book, edged around the tag with black Distress ink and outlined the sentiment with a micron pen.

I love this flower set, it’s so pretty and perfect for any type of project.

Supplies Used: 


Black Stabilo Pencil
Hope you like it
Donna x

Friday, 26 June 2015

The Scenic Route by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a little piece of nature to share this week, which was inspired by the routes our Sat Nav took us on last year on our holiday to Wales. Some of them were somewhat hair-raising but the views were worth it.




Archival Inks – Jet Black, Fern Green
Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic Paint – Geranium, Green Olive
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint – Blush, Haystack, Guacamole
Mixed Media Paper
Old Credit Card or Store Card
Tim Holtz Small Talk Stickers




I cut a piece of mixed media paper approximately 18x21cm and a piece of greyboard the same size. The flower stamps are quite large so you need something fairly large to balance them.

I used an old store card to apply the Paper Artsy paints to the mixed media paper, spreading with my fingers where necessary. A bit messy but I was aiming for a fairly textured, grungy look. Allow this to dry.

The next thing I did was to build up a meadow scene, which I created with the Martha Stewart acrylic paints applied with the side of the store card, swiping the paint down the lower half of the painted paper.


As you can see, this is how it started out and I just carried on swiping with the green then the red paint, adding smudging (with my fingers again) until I was happy with the effect. When the paint was dry I stamped the script image on the top half using mostly second generation stamping for a softer effect.
I then stamped 6 poppy images on the thin, white card as I wanted to do some decoupage to make the poppies more dimensional. I painted them with the watered down remains of the red and green paints and cut them out when they were dry. I cut out just part of 3 of the images to use as the extra layer.


I assembled the panel by sandwiching a piece of green ribbon between the painted paper and the greyboard. I stamped some stalks on the panel and then added the layered poppies. I finished off with the scenic route small talk sticker.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Fliss x

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Masterboard Card by Debs Wainwright

Hi everyone Debs here with my weekly project which today is cards.

I first made a master board which was then cut up to provide the background for the card.


I applied the paint to the page and brayered the colours around, then stencilled with the same colours.

I mounted the card onto plain white paper which in turn is mounted onto a matching colour.

I stamped a flower which I then painted. Once dry I picked out the areas on the flower and embossed with silver powder. I then applied clear UTEE over the whole flower.
I stamped my sentiment onto white card and mounted it on the matching blue card. I applied a blue gem to the middle of the card.




Fresco Finish Paints Blue Glass, Stone and Smurf
From stash
White Paper
Blue Paper
That’s it for me see you soon

Debs xx

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