Thursday, 31 March 2016

Mini Art by Debs Wainwright

Morning everyone, Debs here today to share a pair of canvasses, which are only 4"x4" in size.

 Here's what I did

Using heavy bodied acrylic and texture tools I covered both canvasses using complementary colours. Once dry I added some more colour to make it pop.

The focal point of the canvasses were representational Daisy's, one quarter, on each canvas. Doodles were added in white. 

I added more texture using a stencil and crackle paste in copper across both canvasses.

and for the Sentiment I mixed thickening powder mixed with a black texture paste and stencils. The powder stiffened the paste which a gave a sharp edge to the words.


What I used

Canvasses from my stash

I'm enjoying working on smaller art pieces, as I find I have to use more planning which is a challenge for me. But that's what is all about challenging ourselves. More from me next week

Hugs Debs xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Acrylic Dream ATC by Alison Hall

Hello Everyone! I had my first play with a That's Crafty! Acrylic ATC this week. I can't believe it's taken me so long! If you've got a steady hand, it's quite easy to build up layers of stencilling using the That's Crafty! Dinky stencils. You just have to remember that the first layer will be the top layer you see when it's the right way up.

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Raindrops Background, Bubbly All Over, Arrows Background, Moc Croc
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint - Bora Bora, Chalk, Coral, Banana, Zucchini, Copper

Here's what I did...

1. I began by peeling the backing off the acrylic ATC. You could leave this on whilst you add your paint layers if you wish. However, this was the side that I chose to stencil, and have as the back of my ATC.

2. For my first layer, I mixed up some Bora Bora and Chalk Fresco paint to get a light blue colour, then stencilled the Raindrop Background. I gave this a quick blast with my heat gun. The acrylic takes heat pretty well, and I wanted to dry the paint quickly. The Fresco Paint dries quite quickly anyway.

3. For the next layer, I mixed a little Coral into some Banana to get a nice opaque orange shade. I mixed my own orange as the Fresco ready made oranges tend to be transluscent. I stencilled the Bubbly All Over with the orange paint.

4. Next, I used Zuccini to stencil with the Moc Croc Dinky Stencil. The last two layers don't show up a great deal, but they add to the final effect I think.

5. My next layer was with Bora Bora and the Arrows Background. After heat setting this, I painted a couple of coats of Copper Fresco. This gorgeous new Fresco Metallic shone through beautifully behind all the stencilled layers, when I turned the ATC over.

6. To finish my ATC, I very carefully stamped the little girl and the phrase from the Carabelle Studio stamp set, using black Stazon ink. It took me a few tries to get the image perfectly stamped, but it's quite easy to wipe off the ink with Stazon cleaner or Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution and start again!

I hope I've inspired you to try out the Acrylic Surfaces. I love the wonderful depth that they give.

Alison x

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Together by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone
I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend, for those of us in the UK the weather
was shocking so hopefully a great excuse for some crafty play. My crafty play
for you this week is a card.

Here’s what I did:-

I never seem to be able to throw anything away and have a large box that I just throw allsorts of bits into. The bit that I pulled out of my box was a piece of card that I had used to clean a brayer and paint brushes off on after having used acrylic paints. I liked the colour combination on the scrap. I wanted to stamp on to it using the large A5 Carabelle stamp but as I only had enough of the card for one attempt for a clean perfect stamp of the image I didn’t want to chance it. So to get my image right I first stamped it onto a piece of tissue paper, the tissue paper always takes the image brilliantly and gives a sharp stamped image. I then layered the stamped tissue over the painted background applying it with matte medium. The tissue over the painted background also gives you a lovely soft colour. I then die cut the scribbly heart from pink card and mounted a Chit Chat Sticker onto black card and added to the card with 3d gel to raise it off the card.

Matted onto black card and then added to an 8” x 8” card blank.

What I Used:-

Scrap acrylic painted card piece – PaperArtsy Fresco Paints
Sizzix Bigshot Plus (best A4 machine in my opinion)
Pink Card
Photo Glue
Card Blank

Have a fabulous week and I’ll see you next week

Amanda X

Monday, 28 March 2016

Amore by Moira Sutton

Old Box
That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Moc Croc and Abstract Stones
Art Alchemy Magic Opal Paints – Blue –Gold and Pink-Blue
Art Alchemy Metallique Paints – Light Patina and Vintage Rose
Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst TiffanyLou Blue
Prima Art Ingredients Micro Beads – Blush and Splash
From Stash – Lace, cotton, polystyrene balls, metal embellishments, floral stamp and paper flowers

Happy Easter everybody and today I have a sort of chocolate themed make in that I have altered a box which originally held chocolates. The box measures 5 x 3.5 x 1.5 inches and I liked the way the lid closed which is why I kept it. I’ve gone for a shabby chic feel for my box.

To start I gave the front cover a coat of black Gesso and a coat of white Gesso everywhere else. The reason for this is I wanted to test out how the Art Alchemy Opal Magic paints, which are different colours depending on whether they go on over black  white, would in fact work. On the cover I applied white modelling paste through the Moc Croc stencil. 

When dry I painted it with the Opal Magic Blue-Gold which left the white texture areas a soft pearly blue and the black cracks between the texture was gold. 

On the inside cover I used black texture paste through the Abstract Stones stencil and when dry again painted with the Opal Magic in Blue-Gold and this time the black stencil area went gold and the white area the soft blue. I painted the remaining exterior of the box in the Blue–Gold and added smears of the Pink-Blue. I added smears of the Vintage Rose to the edges.
I painted the inside of the box with the Light Patina. I wanted to use the Prima Relic heart but the box was rather deep for this so I made a little cushion using some old fabric glued (not sewn) round the edges with some polystyrene balls packing.
I placed a tiny amount of the TiffanyLou Blue on my mat and added water and dabbed my lace into it to take off the “whiteness” and wrapped it round my cushion.
For the heart I stamped with Versafine using a floral stamp and added the Cosmic Shimmer EP and heat set it. Next I painted with the Art Alchemy Metallique in Vintage Rose wiping away from the embossed area and then dabbed over the Opal Magic Pink Blue. Once the heart was nestled in its cushion I added some microbeads randomly. 

I wanted to use some metal embellishment for the front and in order to get the best effect from the Opal Magic paints I painted them first with black Gesso. And when dry the Opal Magic in Pink-Blue. I also painted some white paper flowers with the Light Patina and Vintage Rose paints and attached everything with Glossy Accents. Finally a little glitter to complete.


Sunday, 27 March 2016

Adorned by Lynne Moncrieff

Let it be known, I have a weakness for Prima Relics and Artifacts!

I generally do not get excited about individual products (other than stamps and vintage/ephemeral items!) which is good in one way because if I announce I like something then rest assured I really do like and there are reasons.

I am in no way affiliated with Prima Relics and Artifacts but if you haven’t worked with them, maybe toying with the idea of making a purchase, here are a few of the reasons I reach for them but this is just my personal view.

They are so smooth and I have found them to accept anything without an application of Gesso:- Frescos including metallic and Crackle Glaze, Crackle Paste, Distress Stain Sprays, Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylics and to a lesser extent mica powders. No doubt the day will come when I might need the aid of Gesso but not so far.

They literally are a blank canvas for you to create to your style:- Mixed Media, home d├ęcor, wearable art, jewellery, wall art, cardmaking, tag art….. and whether contemporary, vintage, shabby, Steampunk, timeless elegance, somehow they seem to morph to whatever style you want.

You can stamp onto them, draw your own art, transfer images, adhere fabric and jewels, layer various R&As together….

Yes, I am slightly obsessed!!!!

I made this piece of wearable art for a friend who celebrated her birthday earlier this year. 


PaperArtsy Fresco Finish:- Brown Shed, Old Gold, Toffee, Claret
Basic Jewellery Tools
Jump Rings (substitute with Idea-ology Jump Rings)
Extras:- Rhinestone chain, strong hold clear drying adhesive, chain* and fastener


Apply paints to R&A, blending the colours as you work, leaving centre area lighter.  Remember to paint the rear. Dry with heat gun. 

Stamp selected LPC image onto tissuestock. Adhere to centre area, removing excess tissuestock. Once dry, highlight with copper, particularly her cheeks. 

I chose to embellish the pendant with rhinestones  but you could use anything.   Once the heart is complete, attach to jump rings and chain, attaching a decorative fastner.

There we have it!

Until next time,


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Focus by Donna Gray

Hi everyone,

Donna here today with a card using the new PaperArtsy Infusions which are brilliant.

What to do:

Use a piece of Smoothy Card for this as you will be using a lot of water.

Sprinkle a little of the Infusions onto the paper (a little really does go a long way) then spritz with water until the colour starts to appear. Now this is entirely random and you never know quite what you’ll get…go with the flow!

Dry with a heat gun then stamp the tree, house and birds using black Archival ink. For the ‘sun’ use a Versamagic inkpad in Pumpkin Spice colour.

Add a Tim Holtz sentiment and then mount onto black card then white cardstock.

When you get the Infusions, pierce a little hole through the top of the bottle and always remember to shake the bottle before use to distribute the powder as the ‘browner’ grains are heavier and sink to the bottom. These powders are perfect for the more grungy look I’d say, a cross between Brushos and Bistres. 

Supplies Used:

Birds stamp from my stash

Hope you like it


Friday, 25 March 2016

Birds Of A Feather by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a tag to share this week made from one of the fab That’s Crafty! substrate surfaces, in this case a white/grey board large tag which is perfect for mixed media as it’s very sturdy. I’ve also managed to fit no less than 5 stencils on here too!


That’s Crafty! Dinky Stencils – Bubbly All Over, Chevrons Background, Enchanted, Feathers, Numbers
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints – China, Lavender, Purple Rain
Brusho Crystals – Yellow, Purple, Violet, Turquoise
Scrap of Blue Ribbon


Apply small blobs of the China and Lavender paints to the Gelli Plate and spread with your fingers, add some streaks of white gesso and press the white side of the tag on to pick up the paint. If the paint ripples, spread on the tag with your fingers until smoother. You’ll find that it will only ripple if you’ve put on slightly too much paint.

Mist the paint left on the Gelli plate with water and press on some tags to pick up the remaining paint – I like to have some ready as even a pale print comes in handy, especially for layering with darker shades.

When the paint has dried, stencil feathers in the top left and bottom right corners with white gesso, then use the numbers stencil with the Purple Rain paint to add numbers over the feathers and randomly over the painted tag.

Use the chevron stencil with white gesso to add a pattern in the opposite corners and then use the bubbles stencil with the grey paint to add bubbles at the top and bottom of the tag and just below the centre.

Stamp the bird directly on the tag with the Archival ink and then stamp him on stamping card. Colour the image with the Brusho Crystals, sprinkling a little of each colour on a plate or acrylic block, misting with water and then painting as you like. I used some yellow to provide a good contrast to the painted tag.

Cut out the bird except for the feet and glue the image directly over the one on the tag. Use grey paint to add grounding round the image. Stencil on the dream text with white gesso to finish and tie some ribbon through the top.

Have a lovely Easter and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Playing in my Journal by Debs Wainwright

Morning everyone, Debs here with a journal page for you this week. I used different colours than my usual palettes as I wanted to challenge myself. I do this occasionally as I think you can get stuck using colours that you like, and forget there are so many different colour combinations that work well together.

Here's what I did

Working in my large journal I scraped some heavy bodied acrylic across the page in two colours and with a baby wipes and stencils, took off some of the colour.


Over this with a word and number stencil and a dark complementary colour, I stencilled randomly over the page. 

I also added more stencilling with a metallic colour to added some interest to the page as it shimmers.

Next I stamped my focal point using black Ink. I added three bottles, as our eyes like to see odd numbers. I stamped flowers as if they were in the bottles, as well as some fallen seed heads. 

Dried this off with a heat tool and I painted some areas with a shimmering watercolour paint. I chose a colour opposite on the colour wheel to make it pop. Added some script too here and there.

With a black water soluble oil pastel I added some shadow. I did this lightly as I didn't want it to stand out too much.

I edged the page with a water soluble crayon in a brown to age and distress the page which also acted a little as a frame. This was blended in to give a subtle look and finished the page with a sentiment. Once completely dry I added a seal with Matte Medium which as a vintage tint.

What I used

Dylusions by Ranger Large Journal
Dina Wakley by Ranger Heavy Bodied Acrylic (new colours, Blushing and Cheddar)
That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils (new release, Bubbly All Over, Enchanted, Numbers and Moc Croc)
PaperArtsy Stamp Sets HP1203, HP1505, EEG15

I was pleased with the result especially how the shimmer from the purple colour worked against the background and the stencils being such a fab size to work with and store. They are so versatile as I was able to take a large bunch of them on my hols and they took no space at all. Their fab size meant I had plenty of variety to choose from.

Well next week my post will be coming from home as I return from my hols on Saturday. So I'll wish all of you who celebrate it a Happy Easter.

Hugs from Debs xx
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