Tuesday 28 February 2023

Awesome - Deb Stephens

Hi everyone! Have you enjoyed seeing all the wonderful creations this month by the Dusty Team? I know I have. But some days I just want to keep it simple and easy.

I didn't have any patterned paper on hand when I started the layout for these photos of my son with his Marvel Avengers Idol, Iron man. using a 12x12 black piece of cardstock and stencils DA1495 – cityscape and DA1763 – Starry Night
to start using texture paste and paint through for the background.

I then stamped some superhero themes speech bubbles and phrases around the page. Chipboard used was DA2858 Techno Circles- Small, DA2441 – stars #4 and sentiment DA0726- Anyone can be cool. These were embossed and filled with waxed crayon for contrast.
I was pleased with the end result, considering the limited paper options I had, proving you can complete a layout without having to buy out a shop (although, that is fun too right lol?)

DA Products used are shown below:

Sunday 26 February 2023

MDF Card Holder - Amanda Herring

Hello it’s my turn today to share a project and I thought that I would share the Card Holder that I made to store my Altered  tags in.

I used The MDF Card Holder for this project.

To start with,  I used PVA glue to stick the panels of the card holder together, and once totally dry 
I collaged old book paper over the entire outside surfaces of the box.

I have then used rub-on’s from 49 and Market to add the images of birds, leaves and butterflies to 
decorate the panels.

I painted the inside of the Card holder in charcoal chalk paint and when dry i added a broken and patchy layer of Turquoise Chalk paint on top.
After these layers were totally dry I added a thin coat of Paper Artsy crackle medium and let that dry.

I have then painted over the top of all these layers with a light coffee coloured acrylic paint, and once dry all these gorgeous and textured cracks appeared giving the box a really nice old feel.

I have added chippy pieces for extra texture that I have painted with acrylic paint and added a little crackle to and some textured crackle paste in white to random areas on the box.

To finish I have added building wax in gold th some areas and added box feet from the Tim Holtz
 idea-ology range.

I love how my altered tags from my last DT post look in the Card Holder
I might have to make a few more!

Supplies used:

Dusty Attic 
MDF Card Holder DA3386
Sweet Pea Frame set DA0573
Corner Flourish #1 DA0628
Mini Scrolls DA0685

49 and Market Meadow Rub-Ons
Stamperia Mixed Media glue
Stamperia Crackle Paste - White
Prima Chalkboard Paint - Charcoal and Sea Breeze
Pantone Acrylic Paint - Cafe Au Lait

Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Crackle Glaze
Ranger Idea-ology Box Feet
Old book Papers 
Building wax in Gold 

Thanks for stopping by
See you next time

Mandy x


Saturday 25 February 2023

Girls just want to have fun - Rikki G - Sketch and Mood board Inspiration

 Good morning how are you? I am here today with a little hybrid of the two Dusty Attic challenges. Remember you still have time to do either the sketch or mood board or if your feeling extra creative why don't you enter twice, that will give you two chances to go into the draw and what's better than that?

So here's a reminder of the Mood board...

And here is the reminder of the sketch which I rotated so the photos ran down the page.....

Ok where to start... there's a few key Dusty Attic Chipboard pieces that start the layout off and helps work your fussy cut layers in the layout.

Starting off with Door #3, add some foam mount or scrap chipboard to the back so you can add things underneath the door.

Now glue the left hand edge of the Ornate Circle frames to the door it will suspend the frame so you can add things in between the layers.

Add you photo, I used 2 layers worth of scrap chipboard to sit in the frame, this adds another layer.

Now add your fussy cutting.

Add your title to the right hand side of the photo, then add a selection of Grass Clusters around the frame.

Add some Ivy Vines throughout the layers. 

Make a little cluster of Hanging Mason Jars

Add cluster of Broken Bits Honey Comb to your background.

Till next time have creative day.

All you need to do is add your take of the challenge into the comments section on the Dusty FANattics Facebook page HERE for your chance to win one of two amazing $50 Credits to choose any. 

Good Luck and have fun creating.

Friday 24 February 2023

Beauty - Pascale B - Mood Board Inspiration

Hello Sweeties,

Today I'm on Dusty Attic blog with a new mixed media panel, inspired by the February color combo. I must confess that I stick to the purple and the light blue. 

Here is the colorful February color combo. 

I glued some collage sheets on the canvas board. Next, I added a design with paper paste and a stencil.  Finally, I added white crackle paste. When everything was dry, I painted the background with different acrylic paints to match the colors of the photo I have chose. 

I primed all the chipboard with white gesso. I covered the ATC Frame #5 with the Sterling Foundry wax. Then I added Denim Blue wax to give it a blue tone, then Soot Antiquing wax to aged it.

I sprayed the Floral Corner with Open Arms Amethyst, then covered it with UTEE. The ink make like bead of color under neath. I sprayed again the ink, then heat the UTEE one more time. The result is a marble effect. 

I painted the branch with a mix of Aubergine Impasto and Burnt Sienna liquid acrylic paint. For the Tea Leaves, I used Aubergine and Titanium White, then Old Silver wax. 

I select a few Nature's Bounty flowers that I colored with the Open Arms Amethyst. I want them to be darker as they were in the shadow side of the photo. I used the White Pearl wax to add some light and dark brown liquid acrylic to add shadow.

To finish, I added glitter.

Dusty Attic products:

Floral Corners

     ATC Frame #5

     Small Tea Leaves
Branch #4 Small

Other products:
  • Spray inks - Lindy's Gang (Open Arms Amethyst);
  • Embossing Powders - Ranger (UTEE);
  • Foundry Wax - Ranger (Sterling);
  • Stencil - Stencil Girls;
  • Floser - 49 and Market (Salt Nature's Bounty);
  • Art Ingredients - Finnabair Prima (Winter Glitter Set);
  • Art Alchemy Liquid Acrylic - Finnabair (Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Violet, Ink Black, Burnt Sienna, Titanium White);
  • Art Alchemy Impasto - Finnabair (Linen, Aubergine);
  • Art Alchemy Waxes - Finnabair (Denim Blue, Soot, Old Silver, Withe Pearl);
  • Art Extravagance - Finnabair Prima (Paper Paste, White Crackle);
  • Art Basics - Finnabair Prima (White Heavy Gesso, 3D Matte Gel, Soft Gloss Gel).

Thursday 23 February 2023

Magic Frost Flowers - Kerstin Filou - Mood Board Inspiration


Welcome creative friends!

Our monthly Moodboard is an absolutely wonderful natural inspiration, 

Love the color theme, it reminds me on sunsets by the sea
 it has so much harmony and peacefulness for me.
So I was inspired to create a new magical layout in mixed media style, 
  I chose the delicate variation of this Moodboard colour palette
 to match an icy frosty winter morning.

 The chipboards were primed with white gesso and partially decorated 
with a little silver glitter paint. I reassembled the pearl pendant and
 added an ornate pendant.
Extra tip:
I turned all the paper flowers into ice flowers by first dipping them
 in liquid white acrylic paint and then sprinkled with synthetic snow 
to give them a quick and easy frosty look.


some close up's 


 used Dusty Attic chipboards


Star Banner 
 Elegant Pearls
Christmas Berries #1
Ornate Pendants #1
Pine Sprigs #2
Snowflakes #1
Flower Buds #1

We are looking forward to see what you come up with this months challenge.
 Just put your own take of the challenge in the comments section
 of the Dusty FANattics facebook page HERE 

Tuesday 21 February 2023

Find beauty in the Everyday - Kim Arnold - Mood Board Inspiration


Hi everyone! Some inspiration using the beautiful February moodboard.

I was totally inspired by the colour palette of the moodboard – but I did add some gold in which I felt worked well with the sunrise image. I pulled a heap of papers and embellishments in the colours and then selected my Dusty Attic chipboard and coloured it to match. I will take you through what chipboard I used and what techniques I applied.

I started with the background so that it could dry. I used a heavy weight mixed media cardstock and painted it with blue watercolour. Once that was dry, I used the Rainbow stencil and inked with oxide inks and a sponge over the watercolour.

With the title, I coloured the cursive part of the title in matt blue wax and then added an opal wax over it to give it some shine.

For the word “EVERYDAY” I used a plum wax, and once that was dry, I dabbed gold wax on the bottom half of the letters to give an ombre effect.

I then painted the dandelions with gold ink. I use Kuretake Brilliant Gold Mica Ink which works so well on raw chipboard to give an incredible gold finish in one coat. I used one large and two small dandelions.

For the Scrolls, I wanted to do another ombre effect, but in purple, so I used three different purple waxes to go from a light to dark purple.

I then layered the chipboard under and on top of the various elements that I used on the layout.

There is a process video if you would like to see exactly how I made this layout: 


I hope you have a chance to get some creative time in soon.

Happy scrapping
Kim x

Dusty attic products:

Find Beauty In The Everyday – Dusty Attic – Australian owned and operated Laser Cutting business

Dandelions – Dusty Attic – Australian owned and operated Laser Cutting business

Scroll Set #2 – Dusty Attic – Australian owned and operated Laser Cutting business

Rainbow #1 Stencil – Dusty Attic – Australian owned and operated Laser Cutting business