Wednesday, 13 July 2016



Hi All....

Am I excited.....YES I AM!!!!  I was chosen to be one of the PaperArtsy 3UP team. Once I had finished dancing on my craft mat, woohooing and generally scaring the cats and neighbours I got to work.

Now I have to be a bit of a sycophant here as I adore PaperArtsy and their products and have been using them ever since I began crafting as well as going on various workshops by the PaperArtsy team which I so recommend. I always learn a new way of using their products and come away with yet another gorgeous item to find a home for.

I was sent a lovely selection of products to use and supplemented this with items from my own stash.

So here goes...lets get messy!!

Magical Ingredients

Orange County
A Bit Jaded
Violet Storms
Are You Cerise

Fresco Paint

Grunge Paste
Satin Glaze
Crackle Glaze

White Embossing Powder
Black Archival Ink
A selection of PaperArtsy Stamps

The infusions are a new product which I have not used before so I was really looking forward to having some fun with them and experimenting with different applications. For this project I used the infusions in four different ways and I am sure there will be lots more from my fellow 3UPers which I'm looking forward to trying.

I used a cardboard plaque as my base which I painted in bubblegum. When dry I applied a very thin coat of crackle glaze. I dried this with my heat gun after which I added a thin coat of nougat paint. I was careful to apply this layer very lightly and to not over brush it so that I would not get a patchy crackle. There are some good videos on the PaperArtsy YouTube channel showing how do do this which helped me.

Next I did some stamping on the plaque which I then embossed in white.

I mixed some of the A Bit Jaded Infusion with some Grunge paste and applied this through one of my PaperArtsy stencils. I really liked the result. A great matt finish and the colour was quite vintage which I love. The products were easy to mix and an advantage was that by adding the infusions it did not alter the consistency of the grunge paste.

As the photo above shows I like to cut up my stencils! I find them easier to position where I want them

While the paste was drying I painted several pieces of white card with the satin glaze. I then sprinkled on  some infusions....and here less is best (boy do I find this hard to do!) which I then brushed through the glaze. This gives a lovely striated effect, showing the variety of pigments in each of the infusions as well as producing a subtle translucency. When this was dry (I let this dry naturally) I stamped the flowers and stems on top using black Archival ink and the cut them out.

I then sprinkled some are you cerise infusions onto some surgical gauze and spritzed with water. This gave me a fabulous vintage look and a luscious pink shade.

To add a bit more texture and depth and to knock back the crackle base I sprinkled on some violet storms infusions directly onto the plaque and spritzed with water, wiping back some areas , leaving it to dry naturally.

Finally I added all the elements to the plaque, adding a lot of bling!



In the above photo I've shown a few examples of playtime with the infusions. On the larger piece I had made a spritz of two infusions....the Are You Cerise and Violet Storms and sprayed this through a couple of stencils. This resulted in a lovely soft, misty effect.

On the tag I I used the metallic glaze over a grunge paste and infusions background and this brought out the walnut stain in the infusions quite nicely, giving an aged effect to the background.

On the last piece I was quite liberal with the infusions. I sprayed a piece of card with water, applied the infusions, spritzed with water and then covered with clingfilm and left it to dry. Love the effect!


This was such fun to do. A huge THANK YOU to PaperArtsy for this opportunity. A massive HUG to Darcy Wilkinson who has had to deal with my panicky emails and wonky photos!!

In all the excitement of being picked for this project I forgot I was going on holiday. I thought there would be no problem doing my blog on holiday....WRONG!! For some reason my tablet wanted to write it all in I only know three words, please...thank you and !!?!....this did not help. So I had to write this on my return which was a bit of a rush so my apologies for any mistakes and photo quality. Actually I might have been better writing it in Balinese !!!

Anyhoo, thanks for visiting and happy messiness to all xxx


  1. Fantastic Tricia, I love it.
    Carol xx

  2. Well done on being picked and I love your project.

  3. Great project - I've found less is more with infusions too! :-)

  4. Great project - I've found less is more with infusions too! :-)

  5. You did a great job, I am thankful you didn't email in Balinese lol fab experiments and great to see you having so much fun with the Infusions.

    1. Thanks Darcy. Flippin frustrating trying to do this there!!Thouroughly enjoyed this and thanks so much for the opportunity xxx

  6. Lovely project Tricia, and a great tutorial!
    Alison x

  7. Smashing project, must try infusions with grunge paste, must remember just a little infusions, they sure go along way!!. Thanks for sharing your experiments.

    1. Thank you. I love the matt effect it gives. xx

  8. Love this project Tricia xxxxx

  9. Great project Tricia. Well done you! Xxx

  10. wonderful work - love what you have done - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

  11. Fabulous Tricia, and great to see you on the blog, well done xx

    1. Thanks Deborah. I was so chuffed to much talent out there!!

  12. This was lovely! I have the crackle medium, but I've never used it... Got to give it a go before it dries :)

    1. Thanks Kristiina. The crackle glaze is fab, I love it! x

  13. Great dimensional project! All of your details are lovely!

  14. Lovely contribution to #3Up week over on the PaperArtsy blog. Love what you created with the stamps and other PaperArtsy products.

    Lesley Xx