Friday, 23 June 2017

Nature Tiles by Fliss Goodwin

Hi there, I have a nature themed mixed media creation to share this week which was one of my samples for last week’s Hochanda shows but has yet to be seen so it has it’s debut here! Anyone familiar with my artwork knows how much I love nature so I was thrilled to bits with the sell out wild flowers set of greyboard embellishments and couldn’t resist the gorgeous poppies for this one.


That’s Crafty! Surfaces Bits and Pieces Greyboard Sheets – Small Wildflowers, Small Butterflies & Dragonflies
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paints – shades of Green, Orange and Red, Cobalt Teal Hue
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks – Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade
Ranger Archival Inks – Watering Can, Olive, Fern Green, Potting Soil
Soft Graphite Pencil


I hit upon the tile idea when I saw something on Pinterest that had a painted tile effect in the background but I decided to make actual tile shapes for added texture. I cut a piece of mixed media paper into 2x2 squares to fit the size of my panel.

I coloured 10 of my 16 tiles by adding dots of green paint to my craft mat, spreading the colours with the brayer and pressing the tiles in to pick up the colour. Some of the paint was quite thick so I dried it with a heat gun, which caused some of it to bubble a little and add texture.

I then coloured the remaining tiles with the Oxide inks, pressing colour to the craft mat, misting with water and pressing the tiles in to pick up the inks. I dried with a heat gun and carried on until I was happy with the inky effects.

The next step was to add some stencilling which I did with the grid stencil using darker green paint to 4 of the tiles. I stamped the script from the textures set on 4 of the yellow tiles with Fern Green ink. The remaining yellow tiles were stamped with the woven texture stamp using brown ink.

I then added feathers to 3 of the green tiles using a 3 step process to give them a 3D look. I stamped first with the Fern Green ink, layering stamping with olive green on top slightly offset. I then dipped the stamp in white gesso and lightly pressed this over the ink stamping. This gives added depth to the image and really makes it pop.

The remaining green tiles were left as they were as they all had quite a lot of texture from the paints I added and I didn’t want to cover it up.

I painted my poppy with the red, orange and green DecoArt acrylics as the colours are highly pigmented and came out looking really bright. The butterflies were painted bright blue for added contrast. When the paint was dry, I used a graphite pencil to add details to the poppy to make all the elements stand out and give them life. I doodled on the butterflies with a black Sharpie pen, practising my rusty drawing skills.

I then placed the tiles on the panel in a chosen arrangement to check that the poppies stood out on them and made some minor adjustments to the placement to do this. I can recommend this step as it ensures that the focal point will pop before you’ve stuck down the tiles and then can’t remove them if you don’t like the placement!

Once happy with the arrangement, I glued on the tiles and when everything was firmly stuck down, turned the panel over and trimmed the excess off with a craft knife. At this point you can sand any rough edges to smooth them down if you wish (I did this with an emery board as these are ideal for small areas)

To finish off my panel I glued on the poppies and butterflies with my trusty silicone glue so that the embellishments stood out a little to make them even more 3D.

We have another new challenge for you today over at That’s Crafty! Challenge Blog so do check this out to see how you can win a voucher for the online shop (a mouth watering array of goodies) just for entering.

Have a great weekend and see you next week.

Fliss x

Thursday, 22 June 2017

GiganTAG and More by Nikki Acton

Oh wow - have you seen all the new That’s Crafty! goodies that were launched on Hochanda last week! Today I am sharing one of my designs for the show and it is one of the very large MDF tags – GiganTags. These fabulous surfaces are 15 x 7.5 inches. I decided to add lots of embellishments and layers so there are quite a few steps involved. I have primarily used three of the new Shimmer Paints – Aquamarine, Copper and Orange.

Background Tag (Top left)

·         Cover the surface in PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk paint

·         Once dry add texture paste through the 8inch square clock stencil and also the Dinky grid stencil

·         Add some watery washes in places of black and ultramarine paint - separately, drying in between to provide a little contrast to the Shimmer Paints

·         Sponge Shimmer Paints - Turquoise and Copper (That’s Crafty!)

·         Sponge a little white for contrast


·         Stipple black gesso to create some texture - dry

·         Sponge Copper and Turquoise (That’s Crafty!)

4x4 inch panels, small butterflies and corner pieces

·         Stipple black gesso to create some texture - dry

·         Sponge Copper, Orange Shimmer Paints (That’s Crafty!) and I also added a little Rusty Red (Art Alchemy)

·         Butterflies were embossed first

 Large Butterflies

·         Emboss butterflies with embossing folder (I used a Big Shot and ONE plate – as the greyboard is thick)

·         Painted with PaperArtsy Chalk paint

·         Sponged with Turquoise and then Copper to highlight the texture

Once everything was dry I adhered it all together and added some words from Tim Holtz Metallic Stickers.

See you next week!



That’s Crafty! Greyboard Embellishments - Butterflies, Clocks and Cogs
That’s Crafty! Shimmer & Metallic Paints - Orange, Turquoise, Copper

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Art Journal by Melina Dahl

I´m an art journaler. I have like ten journals that I currently work in already, but I couldn’t resist this MDF/acrylic Book from the That’s Crafty! Surfaces range. So, now I've got eleven ;)

Today I´m sharing how I made the cover.

I used:

Cogs and Washers (the greyboard ones are a good alternative to real)
Distress Inks different red and pink colours
Distress Ink Pads - different brown and black colours

I started by applying modeling paste through the Art and Journal stencils and let that dry. After that I did the same thing with the brick and cog stencils. I covered everything with white gesso.

Then I started to play with the red and pink shades of Distress inks and water, lighter in the middle and darker towards the edges.

I placed the Art and Journal stencils again and this time added rust paste on top of the modeling paste. I used all three, brown, red and yellow. On the cogs and bricks I randomly went over with some rust paste as well.

I went over the cogs and bricks with brown and black Distress ink and added some Evergreen Bough Distress paint here and there. I added the real cogs and washers using gel medium.

I outlined the words using a black Posca pen and finally added some splashes with black and white using the Posca pens.

Now I can´t wait to start playing with the acrylic pages in this book!



Flowers are Little Smiles by Bev Hilton

Hello everybody. Bev here today with this week's DT project. I was extremely lucky and very excited when this piece got a big WOW from Hayley who presented the afternoon show on Hochanda last Friday so I thought I would share it with you here.


Here's what I used...

That's Crafty! Dinky Stencils - Flowers TC093, Leaves TC086, Honeycomb TC002
Creative Expressions Texture Paste - Gold Pearl
Newton and Windsor Drawing Inks - Purple, Brilliant Green, Vermillion, Deep Red, Sunshine Yellow
Posca Pens - Yellow, White, Black

Here's what I did...

I began by taping down Denyse and blended through the stencil with the Weathered Wood Distress Ink. Once I had the depth of colour required I took the negative part of the stencil and covered her. I then covered the rest of the tag with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink and spritzed with water. I didn't get much of a reaction sadly but went ahead anyway.

I then took the Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet and blended randomly until happy. I removed the negative part of the stencil and replaced my stencil back over Denyse and taped in place with low tack tape. I then covered that with the Random Stones stencil and spread though the texture paste. I set this aside to dry.

I stamped multiples of all the flowers and leaves from the stamp set with black Archival ink. I decided I wanted added texture on the texture paste so I used a heat tool to create the bubble effect. Then the task of fussy cutting all my flowers and leaves...yes that took a while but it's worth the effort. I coloured all the elements with the drawing inks, making sure I did both sides as I didn't want to see any white showing once glued onto the tag. I felt my flowers and leaves needed something more so I added some highlights with the Posca Pens.

I then did some random stenciling with the Dinky stencils over my background until happy, and added some rings with various lids I have. Once happy with the look I shaped the flowers and glued all my pieces into place with glue gel.

I then stamped the wording on left with black Archival and the other with Hydrangea. At this point I felt my background needed something else so took my white Posca pen and dotted on some highlights.

Thank you for taking the time to drop by. I do hope you like it and I look forward to sharing some more creativity with you all again next Wednesday. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Much love,

Bev. xxx

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Funky Flowers by Amanda Southern

Hi Everyone

If you are regular followers of this blog you will have already seen posts from other members of the design team using many of the new That’s Crafty! products that launched on Hochanda TV last Friday. You can currently still catch the 2 shows aired last Friday using the Rewind facility on Hochanda’s website, 

That’s Crafty! have launched a fabulous range of grey board products and the Gigantags in MDF and grey/whiteboard. My make for you this weeks uses the MDF Gigantag and the greyboard Funky Flowers.

These GiganTAGS are just that, Gigantic!!!! Measuring 7.5” x 15”, see I told you they were huge.

Here’s What I Did:

The first thing I did was cover the MDF tag with a light coating of gesso, That’s Crafty! also have just launched their own gesso in black and white, this started with a coat of white gesso. 

I then wanted to create quite a funky background to work with the feel of the funky flowers so created a marble swirled paint effect background. 

I started by pouring cheap bottled water based paint (I think they are kids ones) in large pools onto the tag. You would normally do this pouring technique with acrylic fluid paints and pouring mediums but this was just me experimenting. The water based paint has a very dull finish so to add some sparkle I poured in some of the new shimmer paint in purple again launched last Friday by That’s Crafty! This paint has a wonderful shimmer finish which sadly the photo doesn’t show up. The paints have all been swirled together using a cocktail stick and then left to dry, the drying took 3 days.

Hopefully you can see the purple shimmer better here before I covered it up.

I then painted a selection of the funky flower shapes, including the waste parts which I painted in contrasting colours, the stems were coloured black and white which adds to the funky look I think. 

I added one of the greyboard butterflies that I also gave my paint swirl treatment. I added a sentiment to my tag which is from Lynne’s Affirmations Set 2, stamped each word cut out and added to the tag.

Here’s What I Used:

Coloured paints from my stash
Cocktail Stick

I hope you liked it and that you’ll check out the rest of the new launches on the website, there are some fabulous new things that you’ll not be able to live without!!

Until next time

Amanda X
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