Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Love Autumn by Bev Hilton


Hello everyone. I hope you are all having a great week. I am sharing a very large tag which I made for our recent shows on Hochanda, which featured the new Autumn/Christmas stencils and greyboard sheets. Leonie loved this tag but there was a little confusion as to how this leaf was created. It really is very easy to do so here are the how to's.






Here's  what I used...


Creative Expressions Ivory Card
Hessian
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits & Pieces Greyboard Sheet - Reindeer, Christmas Tree and Christmas Birds
Ranger Craft Metal
Ranger Alcohol Inks - Botanical, Meadow, Red Pepper, Cranberry and Sunshine Yellow
Adirondak Ink - Cranberry
Tim Holtz Die...Alphabet Strip 656623
Ribbon from stash

Here's what I did...


I took the stencil and a piece of the craft metal and ran it through my Big Shot which gave a great emboss onto the metal sheet. Carefully cut out the leaf and drop on the alcohol inks until happy with the look. Set this aside to dry thoroughly. Cut a piece of hessian slightly larger than the leaf, allowing space for the wording. Pull out some of the weave to give a frayed edge. Cut a piece of ivory card a little bigger than the hessian. Take the two texture elements from the stamp plate and using the Cranberry and Vintage Sepia, stamp around the edge of the card. Using a blending tool, blend a little of the Cranberry lightly around the edge. Glue the hessian to the card and then mount the leaf. Die cut the letters from some brown colour core card stock and lightly sand. Glue into place to create the wording.

Take the bird from the greyboard sheet and give it a coat of white gesso. Colour the bird with the Umber paint and Antique Gold paint. Using a fine liner pen, draw in the markings on the bird. Using a cocktail stick and the Antique Gold paint, dip the stick into the paint and lay this on the breast of the bird, covering the breast area to give texture. This paint keeps its form really well. Once paint is dry add some white highlights with the Signo pen. Take the Word Band and rub on some Ruby paint to highlight the letters and glue across the stem of the leaf.

Mount onto another piece of ivory card, punch a whole for the ribbon. Die cut a couple of hole reinforcements and tie on the ribbon.

I hope you like it. 

All for now and hope see you back here next week.

Bev. x

Making Backgrounds with Shimmer Paints by Melina Dahl


We have another brilliant video today from Melina.







Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Mwahahahaaa by Amanda Southern


Hi Everyone


Halloween is creeping up on us and I love that we can make spooky, creepy makes especially as there are so many fabulous new creepy products to play with. I have a wall hanging for you this week that uses some of the stuff released for this year’s Halloween makes.







Here’s What I Did:


I have made my piece on one of That’s Crafty! MDF Pieces, this one is the 4.5” x 9” a perfect size for a wall hanging. To make the background colour I worked on a piece of black card with Distress Oxides picking up the water misted colours from my craft mat. I love that on black card they look even more chalky and that you don’t lose the colour even though they are on black. I die cut, from the background, 3 of the claw mark dies (you have 7 to choose from in the set). Where the claw marks were cut I painted the MDF with red paint and then dulled it down a little by rubbing over a little black ink. From black card, I also die cut the cobweb die. I then glued the background card onto the MDF with That’s Crafty! glue. Once dried I then trimmed the card from around the MDF. I then glued on the webs and trimmed then to fit. I darkened around the edges of the background using black archival ink with a round blending tool.

With the background done on the MDF I started on the characters. I stamped the Elenazinski creatures with Memento black ink as I coloured them with alcohol markers, I used Copics but there are many similar markers. I wanted them to form part of each of the letters of the word FEAR which I had cut out in white card on my Cameo Silhouette. Each letter was then coloured with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Black Soot Oxide and I went around them all with a black Sharpie pen as I don’t like a white edge.  I splashed red ink onto them as blood splatters. I then glued each character to a letter and added them to the hanging using 3D glue gel for some dimension. I then stamped and heat embossed in red, mwahahahaaa from the same set, onto the hanging to finish it off.



here you can see the claw marks die


and here the web die




Here’s What I Used:


Distress Oxides – Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, Candied Apple, Peeled Paint, Black Soot
Memento Ink Pad (use with alcohol markers)
Alcohol Markers (I used Copics)
Die Cutting Machine
Tim Holtz Dies – Claw Marks & Cobweb
Anti-Static Bag
Black Sharpie Pen or similar marker
White Card for die cutting
Die Cut letters using Silhouette Cameo


Have a fabulous week

Love
Amanda X

Monday, 18 September 2017

Make a Wish - It's your Birthday! by Tracey Fairgrieve

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well?

I'm sharing a very quick card with you all today 
created using some That's Crafty! products.

As it's my Mom's Birthday today *Happy Birthday Mom*
there's no better time to showcase a card like this one.







Here's those quick and simple *How to Do's*


I first lay down three Distress Oxide colours and spritzed with water
picking up the colour with a 4x4 rounded corner panel.

Taking five That's Crafty! greyboard Wildflower Surfaces I dabbed on with my finger 
a mixture of That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint, letting the colours blend together 
whilst wet and drying the colours with a heat tool to intensify their pigment.

Bunched together they make a wonderful Bouquet resembling a scene of dried flowers.
Glitter glue adds the sparkle with a partially masked off affirmation quote 
stamped onto ribbon.

Mounted onto a card my *Make a Wish* Card is complete.







Wishing you all a fabulous week everyone
until next time.

Take Care & Stay Safe

Crafty Hugs
Tracey xx

Crafty Supplies:


That's Crafty! Surfaces White/Greyboard: 4x4 Rounded Corner Panel
Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Salty Ocean - Peeled Paint - Wild Honey
That's Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Small Wildflowers
That's Crafty! Multi Surface Paint: White - Chestnut Brown - Green - Purple - Yellow
Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue: Lavender
That's Crafty! Multi Purpose Glue Pen
That's Crafty! Clear Stamps: Lynnes Affirmations Set 1

Fly Ever Upwards by Dorthe Hansen


A new week, a new Monday,  meaning  I’m here with my Monday blog post for That’s Blogging Crafty! I wish you all a wonderful new week !!








For this I reached for one of the larger white/greyboard tags and used Distress Oxide Frayed Burlap directly on the grey side !!

Then I adhered a piece of musical node paper to the bottom part of the tag. I used the Dinky Stencil Harlequin, first with Iced Spruce and then both on the top and buttom of tag, with texture paste. I let it dry completely before I smeared Stazon Spiced Chai to the top of the stenciled layers, and also all around the edges of the whole tag. A piece of fabric was also dapped with Spiced Chai and adhered to the music paper.

Then I adhered a skeleton leaf to the upper part of tag and carefully painted it with Shimmer Paint Turquoise.

Time to use some of my favorite embellishments - greyboard Bits and Pieces. I chose one of the beautiful birds, a big snowflake and a bough of mistletoe. Every piece was first painted with Metallic Paint Pearl and left to dry. The snowflake was then put inside an embossing folder and run through my Big Shot. Then I added a layer of the Frayed Burlap and on top of that, I painted with Green and Turquoise Shimmer mixed together.








The bird was also painted with a bit of Dark Blue and Charcoal and I added details with a black Sharpie and Metallic Pearl, to show head and wings . Then it was all painted with the beautiful Metallic Gold, both little accents to the bird, the leaves on the mistletoe and the snowflake were decorated with this amazing and lovely shining paint. The berries on the Mistletoe were naturally painted with a white acrylic.








All was adhered with Multi Purpose Craft Adhesive to the tag. I folded an elongated piece of fabric to form a flower, added a piece of lace, a flower from my stash and another fabric, torn to very thin ribbon, was adhered under the flower. Lastly I stamped words from Lynne’s Affirmations on to a piece of tissue paper, torn them ou and adhered to the skeleton leaf. A Sari silk ribbon was attached to display the tag.

Dear friends, I hope your Monday will be a good and safe Monday, with laughter and joy.

Hugs and love

Dorthe


Materials used :


That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard: Christmas Snowflakes, Christmas Birds and Holy and Mistletoe
That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paint: Green, Turquoise, Dark Blue, Charcoal
Distress Oxides: Frayed Burlap, Iced Spruce
Sari Silk
Fabric scraps - dyed with paints and inks, artificial flower, skeleton leaf 

Sunday, 17 September 2017

She Hath Wings by Lynne Moncrieff


GiganTAGs are perfect for those of us who like assemblage, there is just so much room for you to tell your story and as I’ve said countless times before, That’s Crafty! substrate stand up to lots of abuse. You would only need to spend time with me when I craft to realise that I put substrates through their paces with the layers, scraping and water that I throw at them. All of that, plus for this assemblage, I added quite a bit of extra weight with the R&As Imperial Egg.

Why is there no bird in the egg?  She Hath Wings so she has flown, leaving behind one delicate feather (stamped fragment of handmade paper) and a darker feather representing that she has found her strength.






Supplies


That’s Crafty! Acrylic: Antique Gold
Relics & Artifacts Imperial Egg
Fresco Finish Paint: Chalk, Lake Wanaka, Chocolate Pudding

Extras:

Tree Branch
Handmade Paper (Thanks Dorthe!)
Birch Tree Bark
Golden Titanium White Fluid Acrylic
Copper Chain (substitute with Idea-ology Tim Holtz Chain)
Rusty Tin Wire


Instructions

Preparing GiganTag


Apply Gesso followed with Grunge Paste, randomly applied. Once dry, apply Frescos and before they are dry, apply Infusions, misting generously with water. Just before this dries, apply the Fluid Acrylic, again misting with water. Scrape colour off and build up more colour – in other words, play!!! I probably repeated this 3 or 4 times.

Stamp the beautiful ESN quote onto the tag, considering placement of the other elements that will be added to the assembled tag.


Preparing Egg, Feathers and Birch Tree Bark


Egg:- Apply base coat of Lake Wanaka and Chalk before applying Infusions. Only mist lightly with water, using hands to create pattern onto the egg.  Leave to dry.

Feathers:- Stain with Rocky Road before applying Frescos, apply in a way that will  create texture and pattern to the feathers. Lightly apply Antique Gold, as though sunlight is hitting the feathers. That’s Crafty! greyboard is of such quality that it allows you to create movement whether it be feathers, leaves, etc – it makes the finished item look more natural than if they are left flat.






Birch Tree Bark:- Apply Frescos to pieces two pieces. On smaller piece, highlight by dry brushing Antique Gold.





Assembling


Suspend the egg from piece of tree branch with chain, wrapping with rusty tin wire to secure to the branch. Only adhere branch to panel, not the egg, this allows the egg to suspend freely. To the screw eye fitted into the egg, slip feather and piece of torn handmade paper which has been stamped with the ESN quote. 






Adhere largest tree bark panel, having the feathers cascade down the panel as though floating down, place more stamped handmade paper fragments here and there.

Finally, to lower corner, layer words stamped onto a piece of Infusions stained book text, layered to the prepared smaller panel of tree bark and piece of previously, Infusions stained vintage crochet lace. 









Thanks, always for your support for my That’s Crafty! projects.

Wishes

Lynne
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