Thursday, 21 September 2017

Happy Birthday to me....

Distress Oxide Ombre birthday card - Nikki Acton

It's true - but just a coincidence that I am sharing this birthday card today over at That's Crafty!
I am blending Distress Oxides to create an ombre effect....
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 15 September 2017

Fly Away

Birthday card with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Wildflower and mini detailed butterfly dies .
Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty and we invite you to Fly Away - a project with birds, butterflies etc. 
I have made this relatively simple 4x4 inch card with a Distress Oxide background with a little sponged paint here and there! 
Birthday card with Distress Oxides, Tim Holtz Wildflower and mini detailed butterfly dies .
Nikki
x

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Eeek - first Christmas Cards!

Dove and Snowflake embellished Christmas Cards - by Nikki Acton

Quite early for me but I have made 2 Christmas cards! All the details are over at That's Crafty this morning.
Nikki x

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

New Stamp Release - PaperArtsy by Alison Bomber

PaperArtsy Eclectica Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
Hello! 
Very happy to be sharing some some projects tonight over at PaperArtsy using NEW stamps from Alison Bomber (Words and Pictures).

There are three new fabulous sets:
EAB03 - Music and Silence
EAB04 - The Autumn Edition
EAB05 - The Winter Edition




I have quite a long post over at PaperArtsy - so I will just post the photos here tonight!

PaperArtsy Eclectica Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB05 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB05 - The Winter Edition

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB05 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB05 - The Winter Edition

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB04 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB04 - The Autumn Edition

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB03  Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB03 - Music and Silence

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB 03 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB03 - Music and Silence

PaperArtsy Eclectica EAB04 Alison Bomber - new stamps - by Nikki Acton
EAB04 - The Autumn Edition

Nikki xxx

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Wildflowers and Oxides

Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Wildflower cards by Nikki Acton

Time for my weekly post over at That's Crafty today and I am playing with Distress Oxides and the wonderful Wildflower stamps and dies (Tim Holtz) - a real go to item these days!
Joining in with Simon Says Stamp challenge this week - Stamp It
Nikki
x

Friday, 1 September 2017

Altered Notebook Version 2 - New Challenge at That's Crafty

Rusty Altered Notebook - with Seth Apter dies. By Nikki Acton

Hello again. It's been a busy 24 hours here at Addicted to Art. I am back with Version 2 of my altered notebooks - this time for the new challenge at That's Crafty - Rustica - use rust techniques in your project.

Version 1 can be found here -  a little more feminine.
And talking of Altered Art and challenges the new challenge at A Vintage Journey is Altered Art and I have used Andy Skinner techniques to alter a coffee tin. Again if you missed it earlier today - here is the link.


So back to the Rusty Altered book!
Rusty Altered Notebook - with Seth Apter dies. By Nikki Acton
Like the first book I began with a coat of black gesso and sealed the surface with varnish. I painted a piece of card with black chalk paint and embossed before sanding to reveal the white areas. I used washes of paint to colour adding Quinacridone gold at the edge to give that rusty effect.

For my embellishments I die cut Seth Apter's Steering Wheel and cut it in half and adhered to his Pathways die. I sponged paint in yellows/reds/brown and black to create the rusty tones. The cog and corner nuts are That's Crafty greyboard embellishments which were treated in the same way and a little PaperArtsy Green Patina added for some contrast.

For the back and spine I took That's Crafty Alphabet stencil and sponged white chalk paint through. Once dry I added a 'dirty wash' - Paynes Grey and Quinacridone Gold.
Rusty Altered Notebook - with Seth Apter dies. By Nikki Acton

I would like to enter Frilly and Funkie latest challenge - A Little Rusty.
Once again thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.
Nikki
x

Altered Art for at A Vintage Journey

Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Today we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey, hosted by the uber talented Alison of Words and Pictures - I am sure she needs no introduction! Our theme for the next 5 weeks is Altered Art.

We'd like you to get creative with recycled objects in a vintage; shabby, mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style, . Turn something unloved and unwanted into a work of art. Try some repurposing - make something new out of something old, or incorporate an unwanted object into your artwork. Think tin cans and jars, old bottles, toothbrushes - the more inventive the better. 

Be warned this is a long post for me - lots of photos!

I decided to alter a tin that used to hold my favourite coffee - and started by giving it a coat of sealer.
I then added some black paint... I knew most of this would be covered but I wasn't sure at this point how perfectly I could achieve my patchwork effect over the curved surface so better to be safe than sorry!
To create my patchwork around the can I measured the height and circumference ( pi x the diameter or just use a tape measure!). So I needed to cover a surface of 23.2 x 12 cm.
I drew this out on some grid paper so I could plan where different colours were going to go - making sure the 2 ends were different as they would meet.

 I was mostly using Andy Skinner techniques and, of course, the idea developed after recently attending one of Andy's workshops. If you missed my Fishy project you can see it here:

I began on my different techniques.
Some I could do as an A5 piece - others I needed to cut to actual size as I was using Andy Skinner's technique or adding hair product around the edges.
These pieces are coated in a base colour, some hair product added to the edges and a second colour over the top. Once dry - scraping away the hair product reveals that chipped paint look. On many of the pieces I added some additional stamping.

Here they are all complete:
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Now the difficult bit! Adhering to the tin in the correct order and hoping I had the correct amount of space. You can see some tiny gaps in places so it isn't perfect..
Once all the pieces were secured I coated the entire tin with varnish just to make sure. I took some That's Crafty greyboard cogs and added a little sand texture paste, some paynes grey, a little raw sienna in places and finally quin gold.
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
and a few close ups:
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
Eeeek I was a couple of mm out!
Altered Coffee Tin with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty embellishments - by Nikki Acton
I hope you like my altered tin! I am back in a few hours with another Altered Notebook so do pop back. In the meantime there is lots more Altered Art inspiration over at A Vintage Journey.

I would like to enter Frilly and Funkie latest challenge - A Little Rusty.

Nikki
x

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