Getting Messy with Dusty Attic...

Oh how I love the new releases from Dusty Attic, and this Flower Buds piece is probably my favourite of all!
I used an awful amount of paint and ink on this layout, but it was so much fun!
I have discovered that when I want to use a lot of wet medium on my pages, it is best to use a piece of raw chipboard as my base, rather than cardstock This way there is no warping, and this is what I used for this layout.
I covered the base in white acrylic, firstly with a brush, and then when this was dry, I stippled another coat on with a sponge. I love the texture that I got.
When dry again, I spritzed blue mists in one section and allowed them to drip down, then when dry, I did the same above with a yellow mist. This way there was minimal colour mixing :-)
I also added a bit of masked white paint under the photo, and some small flicked dots of ink.

This page is really quite simple, but I think it needs to be to focus on the beautiful Dusty Attic Chipboard piece. I just dabbed some white paint on this, leaving the edges raw so as to make it stand out on the page.

You can find loads more inspiration using DA products HERE on their site.


Dusty Attic Acrylic Paints & Crackle Varnish...

We all know that Dusty Attic is well known for its beautifully designed chipboard pieces, but did you know that you can also buy Dusty Attic Paints, Glosses and Blooms too?

I had so much fun playing with the wet mediums on this layout, so I decided to do you all a little tutorial on how I used DA products to create this weathered, distressed background.

Firstly, I began by marking where my main layers would be covering the background up. By doing this you avoid using your precious paints in places where they will not be seen...such a waste!

 I chose to not cover my whole background, but just have the centre of my page distressed, so I thickly painted on some Dusty Attic Acrylic in Alabaster with a brush.

The next step was to paint on some of the DA Clear crackle varnish over the top of your dried White acrylic. This should be really thick for good big crackles, or thinner for smaller crackles.  

The next step is the most important for this technique. You must WAIT!!
If you can stand it, preferably overnight, but otherwise at least a couple of hours. Once you start to see crackles appearing you can use a heat gun to finish the crackling process but NOT BEFORE!

When it is finished it will look something like this...

Now to add some colour, tone down the shine and emphasise the texture.
I have watered down two different coloured Dusty Attic Acrylic Paints, Hot Chocolate and Denim.
To do this a squirted a little in a small cup (an egg cup is ideal) and mixed in the same amount of water.

To emphasise the crackles, I used a sponge applicator to gently rub some of the Denim watered down paint into the crackles. Some of the clear varnish may flake off, but don't worry. This just adds to the distressed effect!
I then used a small paint brush to flick and splatter some of the Hot Chocolate watered down paint around the page. Some of this will also settle into the crackles.

After allowing it all to dry and stitching a zigzag border, I constructed the rest of my page on top of my weathered background.

I also used my Hot Chocolate Acrylic Paint to edge my corrugated cardboard sections, and with a sponge over a mask for the wood grain affects on the edge of my page.

Dusty Attic Products used:

Acrylic Paints:
On Butterflies - Denim DA0914, Faded Denim DA0913, Alabaster DA0902.

On Floral Piece - Bisque DA0921, Pesto DA0918, Crushed Olive DA0917, Forrest DA0919, Faded Denim DA0913,

On Background - Hot Chocolate DA0923, Denim DA0914, Alabaster DA0902.

Clear Crackle Varnish DA0900

Dusty in Bloom - Cornsilk DA0806, Blue Bonnet DA0807

Chipboard - Flutterbiies DA0389, Floral Corner piece & Small Butterfly *COMING SOON*

Corrugated Cardboard DA0830


Scrapstars Retreat...

The weekend of March the 1st-3rd this year is one of the biggest in my diary! It is the weekend of the Scrapstars Reteat at a beautiful Hotel near Leeds, UK.
 I will be teaching two layout classes, and there are will also be the wonderfully talented Emma Trout, Penny Kafai and Kathy Rogers teaching over the weekend too!
There are still a few spaces left, and this is what is included in each persons booking....

Registration 3:30pm on Friday.
2 nights accommodation
on a full board, single occupancy basis.
Unlimited refreshments.
Your own designated cropping space.
Your own designated classroom space.
7 fantastic classes.
Goody bag.
Make and takes.
Challenges and prizes.
Free use of Hotel leisure facilities including indoor pool and gym
Check out the website at www.scrapstars.co.uk for all the details!


My creative Scrapbook January Kit

Once again My Creative Scrapbook have revealed another stunning collection of kits! I am lucky enough to have worked with their Limited Edition Kit again, packed full of Prima blooms and New Basic Grey papers & stickers!

So here is what I created this month...


Thanks for looking, and don't forget to take a look at the current sketch challenge over on the MCS Sketch blog!