Brenda says, “There are many quotes about home, but wherever we live, whatever type of abode we have, it’s the place we settled in, be that for a short time or a long time. It’s the place we’ve chosen to live our life and to create our ‘story’. Home is where the heart is!”

Materials list:

Stamps Brenda used... 

Tim Holtz by Stampers Anonymous: Dapper cms267; Entomology cms328; Classics #2 scf02; Inventor 3 cms342; Merchant cms331; Cracks and Specks cms186; Andy Skinner by Creative Expressions: Distressed Wallpaper; Enigma


Other materials...

DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics: Raw Umber; Titan Buff; Cerulean Blue; Burnt Sienna; Titanium White; Yellow Oxide; Yellow Green; Pyrrole Orange

DecoArt Mediums: Media White Gesso; Black Gesso; Texture Sand Paste; Clear Crackle Glaze; White Modeling Paste; Raw Umber Antiquing Cream; Gloss Varnish; Americana Acrylic Sealer (spray)

Ranger Archival Inks: Coffee; Black; Watering Can

Tim Holtz Ideaology: Compass; Paper Dolls

Punched stars; Hand cut houses


Step-by-step: Mixed Media Background

1 After sealing the base with a coat of white gesso, paint a palette of colours with a rag and when dry glue on some torn self-stamped tissue paper.

Add some more colour with the rag (see bottom board) and dribble some watery white and cream paints to lighten the effects again (see top board). 

Add texture with stencils and modeling paste coloured with some of the acrylic paints. Leave room on the top board for the lettering.


Dribble, puddle and drip watery white paint over the board, spritz with water to help the paint move around and heat dry.

Next, scrape white gesso randomly over the surface with a palette knife. When that is dry, repeat with clear crackle glaze.

6 Rub and buff antiquing cream over the crackle areas, and blend watery brown paint around the edges to age them. Add your quote.


7 Take the little wooden houses, scrape texture sand paste over them and then seal them with a coat of black gesso. Heat dry.

Sponge with white acrylic paint, leave some of the black showing through. Distress the edges and walls with brown paint.

Brush crackle glaze all over, leave to dry then rub and buff with antiquing cream. Make windows and doors from card and stick on.


To finish the project: Paint a piece of card (or use some left over painty card) and cut  doors and windows. Use the same piece to make a strip for the houses to stand on, grounding them. Use your printer to create a quote on tissue paper, collage paper or deli paper. Decoupage the quote onto the top board, and add some paint washes around the edges to blend it into the background. Take some punched stars, finger rub a little white paint randomly over them and wash over with watery paint. Assemble and glue all the pieces onto the boards.

This project first featured on page 14 of the February 2020 issue of Craft Stamper magazine.


The February 2020 issue of Craft Stamper is
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