Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Rusty Love Heart

Hi everyone. I have the week off work so a little craft room playtime for me - along with the normal list of chores to catch up with.
So I thought I would have a play with some Andy Skinner techniques I learned at a workshop I did last year (or was it the year before!) - seems a long time ago now but am heading off to the Mixology workshop in April so hoping to learn some new stuff!

Here is a quick summary:
I recycled a canvass I had on my desk as my base and cut my hearts from some packaging that arrived (with one of my crafty orders!)
1. Layered embossed card onto a canvass and added texture sand paste around the edges. When dry  I painted black and again once dry dry brushed white gesso over to catch the embossed areas. 
 I forgot the photo at that point but once the gesso is dry I added translucent paints as shown. 
2. The big heart was die cut and deco art crackle paint added and then again painted with translucent colours.
3. For the smaller heart I added some little pearls to by die cut and texture sand paste to the edges. Again I painted black before adding gesso and colouring.
Here a are a few close ups - I wonder if I might have gone a little crazy with the texture!
 My central panel was cut from foam board to which I adhered some book pages ... making sure they were a little torn around the edges. I stamped LOVE all over it and painted with translucent paint.
 I would like to enter the following challenges:
Thanks for stopping by today- have a lovely day.


  1. Terrific. The heart looks just like metal and I wanted to touch it.

    Love Chrissie xx

  2. Beautiful...loved the grunge and layering. The embossed card ttechnique is great.

  3. Gorgeous textural piece, love the rusty tones and the heart is fabulous. Tracy x X

  4. Now this is rusty fantastic Nikki, I'd love to go to an Andy Skinner class,lucky you
    Oh and thanks for joining us over at MMW too of course ;)
    Donna xxx

  5. Wonderful piece of steampunk, good tutorial and close-ups.
    Thank you for participating in SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges.
    Hugs, Susan

  6. Fabulous ! Nikki Love all that texture so nope ya haven't gone overboard imho . Thanks for sharing how it came together ya make it look so easy . An inspirational piece x

  7. I don't think you can ever have too much texture, I love the gorgeous background you created and the heart is fabulous!! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. One can never have too much texture. ;) So needless to,say I love this piece!! May I ask what heart dies you used? I like that they're stackable sizes. Enjoy your week off! Thanks

  9. I agree with Anne Nikki that you can't have too much texture. You have made great use of the techniques you have learned and used to create that background as it looks fabulous. Love the idea of using the pearls on the heart to give it a riveted look too. Love, love, love it. Mo x

  10. Have already said how much I love this on facebook, but have to say it once again: awesome texture and colours! LOVE it! lol
    Thank you for sharing this with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

    Claudia x

  11. Love all the techniques on this Nikki what a fabulous make. I need to get myself on one of his workshops. Thanks for sharing with us at MMW.
    Amanda x

  12. Love it!! Great colors and techniques..... lucky you to have had an Andy experience in person!! And you've carried out the lessons beautifully!! xx Lynn

  13. Oh, Nikki, this is just love on top of love! That torn paper background is amazing in itself, but your hearts piled up are gorgeously grungy..and I think a lot of texture is a good thing! Great tutorial too! thanks for sharing your process! Pinned this lovely piece of art!

    Thank you, too, for joining our Grungy Love Challenge at Anyhthing But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  14. Fab card, thank you for joining in the fun at The Artistic Stamper - Debs DT

  15. Fabulous Valentine and oh so grungy. Love the variety of textures on the hearts and the base is such a fabulous backdrop for them and the Love panel. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  16. Nikki, this is stunning! The heart with pearls is my fave!
    Thank you for joining our Grungy Love challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT
    Paper Talk with Samra

  17. Wow this is fabulous! I love all the texture xxx

  18. Grungy yumminess meets great texture and a Steampunkish design! Awesome sauce, and I don't think you can have too much texture as this is fantabulous! Great idea on the stackable hearts and the edging you have used around it. Wowzers design!

    Thanks for joining us at SanDee&Amelie's Steampunk challenge and thanks for joining in our "Grungy Love" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  19. Gorgeous Nikki and you can never go too crazy with texture, it looks wonderful! Deb xo

  20. Love your gorgeous creation. The colors and texture are awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  21. This is crazy awesome! Totally rocks, love every last detail! <3

  22. Wow Nikki, this is freaking awesome!! I really want to reach into my screen and touch this bad boy, because your textures look amazing!! I love how you created the top heart and what a treat to get some insight into your process!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Grungy Love' challenge, you nailed this one! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  23. STUNNING! just STUNNING! Love all the textures and faux rust. Really love it. Thanks so much for joining us for the "Love is in the Air" challenge over at Frilly & Funkie.

  24. This is fantastic! Too much texture? Never!! :) you've done such a great job with the pastes and paints! Love, love! Thank you for sharing it with us at Mixed Media World! Ingrid X

  25. Absolutely stunning Nikki. Your project is absolutely delicious and you have inspired me to give this a try as well. Thanks so much for joining us at Mixed Media World and we hope you will join in our next challenge.
    With smiles
    Laine Kammeraad
    MMW DT

  26. Gorgeous panel, I LOVE the texture and the colours look amazing, Cathy x

  27. Beautifully done - I love it!! Congratulations on your win!!
    sandy xx

  28. Congrats on your wins with this fab piece, Nikki! Well done!


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