I'm excited to tell you That's Crafty are adding to their range of acrylic items and I've been asked to make some pieces for the shop. Acrylic is fast becoming a staple item in my crafty stash. It will take lots of different mediums and you can just keep on layering to your heart's content. The tags and ATC's are already a firm favourite so I'm really looking forward to working with the new pieces in the range.
Of course, there are lots and lots of things you can do with acrylic but lets start at the beginning and do what I think will naturally come to mind when dealing with a clear material like acrylic. For my first piece I wanted to build a scene through an album so that when you look at the front you get a sort of 3-dimensional picture.
Below are the individual pages photographed in front of white paper. I've kept everything really simple to illustrate how easy it is to build an effective scheme, but there's plenty of scope to add colour, drips, anything you like really.
I've used some of my favourite Halloween stamps by PaperArtsy (Hot Picks HPHW02 and HPHW03) and Tim Holtz (The Undertaker). They mix and match beautifully.
And when you put them all together they look like this
Unfortunately, what you lose with the photograph is dimension but take it from me, it really is very effective when you're actually holding the book in your hands.
I've mostly used black archival ink and black embossing powder. I deliberately didn't use an embossing pad because I wanted a slight bloom around the images to give them a more distressed look. Where I wanted paler shades, on the cobwebs and the trees, I've used black archival ink with clear embossing powder. You get a lovely contrast that way and it adds a sense of depth.
The album I've used was 6x6 and I enjoyed making it so much I've already started another one with a winter theme.
Tomorrow I'll be sharing an acrylic votive from the new range using one of my favourite Mini stencils and some black flock...
Don't just take my word for it, Mark Gould ( has been doing some amazing stuff with acrylic ATC's and I'm really looking forward to his upcoming workshop at That's Crafty on 7th November.