Monday, 31 October 2016

Hallowe’en Tombstone by Moira Sutton

Happy Hallowe’en everyone, hope you are planning lots of spooky going ons. For my make I have a That’s Crafty! Upright which as soon I saw I thought would make a great tombstone for tonight’s festivities.

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Green Gold, Raw Umber, Pyrole Orange, Quinacridone Burnt Orange
DecoArt Media – Gesso, Crackle Glaze, Modelling Paste in white and black, Gel Medium
Finnabair Art Alchemy Metallic Paints – Black Berry and Steampunk Copper
DecoArt Metallic Lustre – Silver and Black Shimmer
Assorted Hallowe’en themed embellishments and chipboard letters from stash

I started with gluing my text letters onto the rounded “tombstone”.  

The date by the way is the death of Edgar Alan Poe, rather appropriate I thought.  Next I added a coat of Modelling Paste leaving obvious palette knife marks to give the MDF an aged stone feel leaving the letters untouched and when dry gave the plaque and the stand a light coat of Gesso and I glued the two parts together.

Next came a coat of Green Gold to the front and back.  

When dry I added a mix of 505 Raw Umber and 50% Glazing Medium and left for 3 minutes and checked how wet it still was. 

The timing is tricky in that it is affected by how hot the room is, how thick the glaze etc. You are looking for it to be so you can wipe it off but need to use pressure to do so, this means it sticks in nooks and crannies and creates shadows. Next I added the cat using the Dinky Stencil and the Texture Crackle poking the crackle while wet to get spiky “fur” kind of look. When dry I painted it with the two shades of orange paint. 

I later drew in eyes, nose and whiskers to complete it. I also added a few bats front and back using the black Modelling Paste and That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencil.
I painted the letters in Steampunk Copper and outlined them in black pen
Now I started on the coffin, again a coat of gesso and then a coat of the Prima paint.  I added the spider web stencil using the black Modelling Paste in three places and when dry brushed a little of the silver Metallic Lustre over. To complete it I added a thick coat of the Clear Crackle Glaze.

I put all the components together and gave everything a coat of Gel Medium and added Micro Beads to the base for added texture. 


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Fabric Tote by Lynne Moncrieff

This week I combined two favourites of mine - stamping onto fabric and stamping with paint, appearing on a mini tote with stamps that are new to me, PaperArtsy Everything Art stamps.


Fresco Finish Paint - Lake Wanaka, Chalk, Little Black Dress, London Night
Sharpie Paint Pens – Black, White
Fabric Medium
Extras:- Re-cycled suede, calico, mini wooden craft spool for mark making


  •  Wherever I’ve used clear Gesso or Frescos, I have mixed them with Fabric Medium.

Apply clear Gesso to tote with foam brush. Once dry, apply Chalk, in a random fashion, followed by Lake Wanaka. Also applying all paints to handles.

Dip end of craft spool into Lake Wanaka and “stamp” onto one side of the tote, adding dots with Little Black Dress into the centres. Once dry, apply Chalk and Lake Wanaka as in step one, this pushes back the “stamping”. 

Stamp paint brush, with paint, onto tote. In surrounding areas stamp the abstract design.

Onto scraps of painted calico, stamp sentiment and abstract design, with paint. Do not adhere any of those to the tote for the moment. Time to work on the rear of the tote.

Apply Lake Wanaka to circles stamp, pushing back the stamping with paints. Stamp abstract design. Add dots of white. Stamp abstract design onto a piece of painted calico, layering to another piece of painted calico. With paint pen, doodle a border.

To complete tote, adhere a band of suede, stamped with design, around top edge of tote. Onto front of tote, adhere the stamped panels prepared earlier, scribbling a border around both panels. Stitch a button to the bag, grunging (!) it up with some messy marks with the white pen.

The bag is ready to be packed with your favourite supplies ready for some art time!



Saturday, 29 October 2016

You are Unique by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with another little monster……for some reason he reminds me of my cat…must be the blue eyes!!

What to do:

Use the 6x6 Gelli plate and Decoart paints in red and blue, apply paints with a brayer, be careful not to mix them too much. Then use a piece of Strathmore mixed media paper to pull the print, put to one side to dry.

Stamp the monster separately onto Strathmore paper, colour in with Distress Markers, fussy cut out and put that to one side too.

Taking the thought bubble stamp from the That’s Crafty! Bentley set and a circle image from Visible Image, stamp with black Archival ink directly onto the print.

Doodle around the ‘thought bubble’ and on the monster with a white pen, adhere the monster to the front of the card. Place a little Washi tape under him with a sentiment then mount onto white cardstock.

He looks like he’s been exposed to too many cosmic rays doesn’t he?! 

Supplies Used:

I used a sentiment from my stash but try Katzelkraft - Dreamer

Hope you like it

Donna x

Friday, 28 October 2016

Trick or Treat by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a Halloween themed atc to share today featuring one of the fab new PaperArtsy stamps by Elenazinski Art as I couldn’t resist this rather cute image. Hope you like the little witchy too.


Tim Holtz Cling Mounted Stamp Sets – Crazy Talk, Undertaker
Archival Ink – Jet Black, Watering Can


First give the atc a coat of gesso and follow this with a couple of coats of the iridescent paint until the surface is totally covered.

Stamp the text from the Undertaker stamp set on to the surface with the grey ink, then Use the black paint with the stencil to add bats to the background.

Next, stamp the little witch on stamping card with the black ink and colour the image with pencils. Cut the image out and add to the atc with foam pads.

Stamp the trick or treat text on a scrap of white card with black ink and cut the words out separately. Run a black pen around the edge to make the text stand out and glue to the background to finish.

We have a great new challenge today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog and don’t forget to check it out at 8am to see how you can win a fab prize just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x 

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Textured Tag by Mandy Chilvers

We'd like to thank Mandy very much for guesting for us in October
and for all her fantastic projects.

This week, I’ve created a beautifully textured tag using a combination of mixed media products. Using the Lindy's spray and the metallic paint make a beautiful combination which changes colour as you turn the tag side to side.

Items used:

Arrow Die Cut

How I made this texture tag

Take your kraft card tag and using the Dinky brick stencil and texture paste add some texture to both long sides of the tag. Leave to dry.

Once the texture paste is dry, dab some of the Cosmic Shimmer paint over the tag using the Cut and Dry Foam including the texture paste. Don’t add too much…. mainly to cover the texture paste.

Spray with the Lindy’s spray. Dry with a heat tool. Make sure it is thoroughly dry as you will be using embossing powder next.

Turn your tag lengthways. Take your Carabelle stamp and use your Versamark, stamp and emboss with the black embossing powder.

Whilst you are embossing, also emboss the arrow die cut with the black embossing powder and Versamark ink. Set the die cut to one side.

Add some turquoise dots through the CW stencil with Cut and Dry Foam and your Art Alchemy turquoise ink.

Then still using the turquoise paint and your Cut and Dry, add paint to the edges of the tag.

Spray lightly with the Lindy's spray again. Dry.

Next add a some amount of turquoise paint with some water and some ‘splatters’ to the middle of the tag. Dry.

Add some splatters with gesso mixed with water as well. A fan brush does the ‘splattering’ very well.

Add your die cut arrow and the fibres to the hole in the top of the tag.

Finally add a word stickers from the Small Talk booklet.


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Solitude by Alison Hall

Hi everyone! It's Alison here today, with an Autumnal journal page. My son has moved out, my daughter is back at uni, hubby's at work, and I've just ditched my daytime job, so I'm enjoying the solitude.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Bubbles Background, Arrows Background, Raindrops Background
DecoArt Media - White Gesso, White Texture Sand Paste, Tinting Base, Matte Medium
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic - Cobalt Teal Hue, Phthalo Blue
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic - Tango, Captain Peacock, Bougainvillea
Ranger Archival Ink Pad - Jet Black, Watering Can
Painty scrap paper, Book page word


1. Using a page from a That's Crafty! 5 x 7 inch white/greyboard journal, I first applied DecoArt Texture Sand Paste through the Bubbles Background Dinky stencil. I did this randomly in a few places.

2. The next step was to apply white gesso over the whole page. Then I started applying the White Tinting Base and Cobalt Teal Hue, blending it over the page.

3. Next, I did some more stencilling, using Cobalt Teal Hue with the Arrows Background, and Phthalo Blue with the Raindrops Background.

4. I added some background stamping, using the Prima Bubbles with Watering Can ink, and Prima Messy with Jet Black ink.

5. I stamped the Birgit Koopsen leaves three times on a painty piece of scrap paper, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, then clear embossed them and cut them out. The paper I used had some Fresco paint on it, Bougainvillea, Captain Peacock, and Tango.

6. Using matte medium, I adhered the leaves to my journal page. I also added the word 'solitude' from an old book page.

7. To finish, I stamped the Prima Bubbles repeatedly around the edges of my page with Jet Black Archival ink, then used a black journaling pen to outline the book page word.

I hope I've inspired you today,

have fun crafting,

Alison x
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