Ways with Dusty Attic Paint...

Today I would like to share with you a couple of layouts and show you how I have created my backgrounds using Dusty Attic Paints.

My first layout is this one that I created on a sheet of Chipboard...

Firstly, I 'dolloped' some blobs of paint in the region that I wanted my background colour.

Then I laid a small plastic bag (I used a peddle bin liner) over the paint while it is still wet.
Use your fingers to spread the paint around under the bag.
If you can find a clear bag to use, you can see where you are spreading the paint.

Lift up the plastic and voila! You can lay the paint covered plastic back down in a different position to spread the paint further.

After doing this and allowing it to dry, you can repeat with other colours as I did with the yellow paint...

And on to my second technique. Here is a layout that recently appeared in the Dusty Attic Gallery

When I first used Dusty Attic Paint, I was thrilled by how thick it was, perfect for covering that chipboard with. However, sometimes I want to be able to allow my paint to run and splat, which is where I need it to be a little thinner.

To do this, I mixed a little water to the paint...

When it was thoroughly mixed, I used a plastic dropper to drip the colour down my page.
Before doing this I had glued some glass microbeads to my page to act as a mesh that slowed the paint down and allowed it to spread rather than simply run straight down the page.

Once I had dripped and dried my first, lighter colour, I then added a darker shade to the remaining watered down paint and mixed it well again.

I then repeated the dripping again as before.

...and there is my coloured background, ready to embellish!
 You can view and order DA paints from the website here
Other Dusty Attic products used on these pages...
Butterflies #2 DA0842
Floral Corners DA0848
Moroccan Accents DA0837
Vintage Keys DA0392


Papermaze Feb Kit...

This month Vanessa at Papermaze has put together a wonderful kit for you all, and it is now available to buy online!
Here is a page I have created using this kit....

The kit consists of:
5 patterned papers from BoBunny, Crate Paper, October Afternoon and Basic Grey.
Basic Grey Alpha Stickers Sheet
2 sheets of Bazzil Cardstock
May Arts Teal Net Ribbon
2 paper Doilies
Maya Road Wooden Ruler
3 Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tickets
2 Dusty Attic chipboard keys
5 Dark Red Buttons
Tando Creative Chipboard Bunting
1 Resin heart
Small clear crystals

In addition to this, you can also buy a cardstock kit of 4 coordinating colours to match...

We would love to see what you create with yours :-)


Say Cheese...

 The thing I have always loved about chipboard is not only the intricate designs that it is available in, but also the way it looks raw. It is so perfect for masculine, grungy layouts.
This is why I left this Dusty Attic Clock Skeleton chipboard raw on a layout with our boys.

See, I have no problem using flowers on a boys layout, so long as the colours are kept masculine :-)

Thanks for looking x


Docrafts Design Team!

Just recently, Docrafts announced their new Creativity Club Design Team and I am thrilled to be part of this team for then next six months :-D

I love Docrafts products, and it is an honour to be working with them as they were the first products I ever used when I first started crafting! A huge congratulations to these other ladies too...


Beckie Dreyer
Also, I have a Demo for Docrafts arranged for the 16th March At Capture The Magic in Ely, Cambs. It will be my first for them, so if you are local to the area, do pop in and say hi :-)


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For the Girls...

Just a quick post today...a certain new puppy is taking all my attention today!
This is a layout I created for a friend as a commission recently, to document her sister who is now on her own with her precious new Daughter.

Thanks for looking, I promise a bit more chat next time ;-)