Saturday, 10 June 2017

I'm different because...

Hello and welcome. It's challenge time over on the blog at That's Crafty and the theme this fortnight is Dog Eared. Your project must contain dogs and you could be in with a chance of winning a prize if you enter. So go on and have a go. Here is my DT inspiration for the challenge, the products used and how it was made. I hope you like it 😊

Here's what I used...

That's Crafty MDF upright...Torn note page. 
That's Crafty Dinky stencil...Numbers TC063.
That's Crafty Dinky stencil...Star TC031.
That's Crafty Dinky stencil...Bubbles TC005.
That's Crafty Dinky stencil...Arrow TC005.
That's Crafty 8x8 stencil...Cog Clock.
Carabelle Studio stamp...Folly SA60277E
That's Crafty stamps...Inspirational Quotes Set 1.
PaperArtsy stamp...Elenazinski Art ZA08.
Pebeo Acrylics white gesso.
Dina Wakely Heavy Body Acrylic Paint...Lapis, Ocean, Ruby and White.
Decoart crackle Paint...white.
Imagination Crafts Starlights paint...Silver.
Tim Holtz distress oxide ink pad...Vintage Photo.
Tim Holtz cogs.
Posca Pen...White.
Red Gel gloss pen.
Pentart Varnish mist.

Here's what I did...

I began by applying a very thin layer of gesso over whole upright. I then sponged on the paints beginning with the Ocean, then adding some Lapis in small small amounts at the same time as blending in the white until I was happy with the look. I then added to this by blending on some vintage photo oxide ink very lightly. Once dry I took the dinky stencil and added the numbers with the ruby paint. I did a couple of lighter numbers as well as darker. I repeated these steps on the upright mount too. I made sure I covered all visible parts of the surface. I then took the dinky star stencil and dabbed through with the starlight paint. I wanted to add a few circles so I used the bubbles dinky stencil and white posca pen to do this. I took the 8x8 cog clock and place it over the upright. I wanted a white shadow look so first I sponged through with the white paint. Once this was dry I placed the stencil back over making sure it was directly in place over the white and then nudged it. I then blended through with the vintage photo distress oxide ink. I then decided I needed something more. I took the dinky Arrow stencil and the crackle paint and added some arrows, I did this on the base as well. Once this was all dry I stamped all the wording with Black Archival ink.Now my upright is complete it was time to add my image. I had already stamped him with black versafine and intended to colour him, but having placed him several times throughout the background process I decided I liked him just as he is in black and white. I did however feel he needed some colour on his glasses. I went for red to pick up the colour of the numbers so used a red gel pen to colour them. It was at this point I found a problem...The distress ink that I'd heated and set was still reactive, gasp, I needed to fix that. I had some varnish mist in my supplies so I gave the piece a mist, another gasp...The distress oxide reacted in all the places I'd put it. Nothing I could do at this point so just left it to do its thing. The result, well not as bright as it was originally but I actually quite like the grungier look it gave. Time to mount my grumpy guy. I didn't want him totally flat on the surface so I gently shaped him with a ball tool and sponge mat. I squeezed on some Pinflare glue gel into the middle of the image and some Cosmic Shimmer glue around the very edges and placed him down. I needed something more so I added some small Tim Holtz cogs that I had in my stash.

Thanks for stopping by.

Much love, Bev. xxx



  1. Great design Bev!Love how you have composed this with the off centre clock and crazy hound! xxx

  2. Oh Bev, this is a scary dog , lol very punk, with his red sunglasses -love your clock background and numbers, it looks so wonderful!! xx :-)

  3. Great minds and all that!! Love this.
    Amanda x

    1. Indeed Amanda. I do love him. Its a great image. Thank you. xxx

  4. This is wonderful Bev, a brilliant creation for your debut challenge too ;)
    Donna xx

  5. Love these uprights they are so versatile, that hip dog is such a great stamp reminds me of a couple of family members ha haa!! Super creation for the Dog Eared Challenge Bev.. Hugs Tracey xx

    1. Thank you lovely. You made me smile there lol. He is a great image. Not finished with him yet :-). xxx


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