Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Loop de Loop playtime

Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
Hi everyone. I really have not been a good blogger recently, posting only my projects for A Vintage Journey and That's Crafty. So today time for a post for my blog! 

This is a 12 x 9 inch canvas I made a couple of weeks ago - just for fun. Truth is I can't quite remember what I did - but I will try my best.

I started with a coat of gesso and once dry added random circle stamping with Seth Apter / Spellbinders Turnaround stamp set and archival ink. I added watering washes of Seth Apter PaperArtsy limited edition paints - green patina, mahogany and and terracotta. 
Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
I added some clear texture paste randomly through a stencil and Deco Art Sand paste around the edges. I allowed this to dry before adding additional colour and allowing it to drip over the surface.

I die cut the letters and Loop de Loop die (several times to adhere together for dimension) and stippled with black gesso. This creates a wonderful subtle texture - perfect for sponging paint over for a rusty / grungy effect. I sponged with the same colours as the canvas to create a worn / rusty feel. More mahogany on the outer circle, more black inside, green patina to highlight.
Canvas with Seth Apter Loop de Loop die - by Nikki Acton
That's all for now - back later in the week with a project for That's Crafty and then a new challenge on Friday for A Vintage Journey.

I would like to enter Loop de Loop into this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Going Round in Circles.

Nikki
xxx


Friday, 26 May 2017

Feline Fridge Magnets

Today see's the start of a new challenge over at That's Crafty - your chance to win a £20 voucher!
The theme is 'Feline Fine' - your project should include cats. Well this was right up my street and I decided to make some little fridge magnets using the tiny cat stamp off Donna Gray's stamp set - The Quirky Girls Collection - Heather.

The background card is small - around 7x4cm. I brayered using Deco Art paints and added some stamping, stencilling and doodling. (Kate Crane style!). I stamped the little cat directly over the background and added a little colour to add contrast and some stickles for some sparkle. I printed some words on my computer. 
I made a few - but being the idiot I am I had mounted some in the perspex frames before the photos - when will I learn!
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.
Nikki
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

My Happy Place

Tim Holtz Tiny Houses - by Nikki Acton

Time for my regular Thursday post over at That's Crafty! Do hop over for all the details.
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

An old rusty shrine....

Rusty Heart Shrine - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty Surfaces - by Nikki Acton

Rusty Heart Shrine - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and That's Crafty Surfaces - by Nikki Acton
It's Thursday morning which means I have a step by step over at That's Crafty today. Do hop over for more details of this project featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics, Andy Skinner techniques, Tim Holtz Chipboard quote chips and That's Crafty Surfaces.
Nikki 
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Friday, 12 May 2017

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Cards

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Birthday Cards - Nikki Acton
Hello again, back for my second post of the day. I am the guest today over on the Craft Stamper Inspiration post for the May challenge. 

I finally got hold of a few more colours of distress oxides and had a play making lots of backgrounds. I decided to use them to make some birthday cards featuring Tim Holtz Wildflower stamps and dies. My Wildflowers and Sentiment thinlits are cut from kraftcore cardstock. 

These were inspired by the wonderful creations by Richele Christensen on the Ranger Blog

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Birthday Cards - Nikki Acton

Distress Oxide and Wildflower Birthday Cards - Nikki Acton
Nikki
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Back to Black Journal Page

Time for a new challenge at That's Crafty - Back to Black - your project should include a large amount of black. The lucky winner of each challenge wins £20 to spend in the shop - yay!
I created this for one of the recent That's Crafty Hochanda shows featuring the white / greyboard art journals. I painted the surface with black gesso - feathering at the edges. Once dry I flicked silver and gold paint over the surface.
On some card I used a credit card to create a background using PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics. I added some stencilling with That's Crafty word stencils before die cutting lots of circles with some framelits.
I arranged these on my page and stencilled 'Imagine' (That's Crafty word stencil) - first in white chalk paint and then in colours to coordinate with my circles.
I am back shortly with another post!
Nikki
x

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Kate Crane inspired Mini Art

Mini Art Kate Crane Style - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics, Thats Crafty surfaces and Rubber Dance stamps - by Nikki Acton

Mini Art Kate Crane Style - featuring Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics, Thats Crafty surfaces and Rubber Dance stamps - by Nikki Acton

I am over at That's Crafty today sharing these and other designs of little wall hangings - completely Kate Crane inspired! Do pop over for a visit for more details.
Nikki

Friday, 5 May 2017

'Be the Change'

Seth Apter Steering Wheel die, That's Crafty upright and lots of rust - by Nikki Acton
 Hello everyone - my posts have been short and sweet of late - but I have a few more details today!

We commence a new challenge at A Vintage Journey hosted by the fabulous Jenny Marples. The theme is to 'Use a Quote'. We are very lucky to have That's Crafty! sponsoring this month's challenge and each of the creative guides has worked on one the That's Crafty! surfaces this month. Do come and play for your chance to win a £20 voucher to spend.


That’s Crafty! are an online retailer and bricks and mortar shop based in the UK. They sell an extensive range of papercraft and mixed media supplies along with a large range of branded stamps & stencils. In addition they produce and sell their own stamps, stencils and surfaces. Surfaces include shrines, tags, hearts, panels, journals, uprights and stacks and come in varying materials - MDF, white/grey board and acrylic.
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For my surface I selected the MDF upright with the rounded top. I wanted to use the new Seth Apter / Spellbinders Steering Wheel die - so based my design around this.

MDF Surface:
Lots of layers went onto the surface and I think some are now completely covered - but here they are!

1. Cover with grey chalk paint 
2. Add some random texture crackle stamping (That's Crafty Texture stamps).
3. Took mermaid lagoon Distress paint on my craft mat - spritzed with water and added randomly to the surface.
4. Added Deco Art crackle medium through 2 That's Crafty! dinky stencils - Cogs and Decorative Background)
5. Once dry added some Deco Art Antiquing medium in black to highlight cracks. Then sealed with matt medium.
6. Took distress paints- rusty hinge, fired brick, ground expresso and aged mahogany and slowly built up colour by dipping my surface onto paint off the craft mat - drying between layers.
7. Created a little patina effect by mixing cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon and twisted citron and repeated. Added a little black soot too.
8. At the end I also added Deco Art Quinacridone gold around the edges of the upright.
9. Seal it all with matt medium.

Seth Apter Steering Wheel die, That's Crafty upright and lots of rust - by Nikki Acton

Steering Wheel and Nuts and Bolts
1. I die cut the steering wheel six times and glued them together - offsetting the X . I thought this made it look a little like a clock?
2. Painted it all with black gesso.
3. Stippled / dry brushed white gesso.
4. Added a combination of Deco Art yellow iron oxide and Quin Gold.
(Nuts and bolts and central cog are Tando Creative)

Seth Apter Steering Wheel die, That's Crafty upright and lots of rust - by Nikki Acton

Cog and quote plate
1. Painted black.
2. Added Deco Art crackle paint - not quite to the edge.
3. Once dry added yellow iron oxide and Quin gold.
My quote is from Gandhi - love this quote! (The stamp is from Clarity stamp). I stamped in black archival and heat embossed with clear powder to make it a little bolder.

Do hop over to A Vintage Journey to see what everyone else has created for this months challenge!

I am entering the following challenges:
Take it Make It
Frilly and Funkie - Put your Inking Cap on
Sandee and Amelie's Steampunk Challenge
We love to Create
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge

Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Dreamy card

I am playing with the gorgeous Lin Brown stamps again today over at That's Crafty - I love these stamps! Do hop over if you would like to see more details.
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Getting bright!

Thats Crafty journal page with distress inks and That's Crafty stencils. Nikki Acton
There is a new challenge over at That's Crafty today and the theme is to go Bright! So bright I did. Actually this is one of my Hochanda samples using the white/greyboard journal pages from That's Crafty. 
I blended lots of Distress inks over the surface and then used chalk paint to stencil the dragonflies, butterflies and harlequins (That's Crafty Dinky Stencils). The words are from the That's Crafty Word stencils and again I used chalk paints. 

Do join in for your fortnightly chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty.

Nikki
xx

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Relics & Artifacts / That's Crafty Collaberation

This week we have a collaberation between the Relics & Artifacts and That's Crafty! teams. We are each sharing a project featuring products from both camps. Today is my turn from the That's Crafty team and it is Lynne's over at R&A.

If you would like to see more details of my project do head on over to That's Crafty for lots more photos and a step by step.


Each day there will be a post from a That’s Crafty! Design Team member and a Relics and Artifacts Ambassador and the blog posts will go live every day at 11.00am GMT and 6.00am EST.
We hope you will join in the collaboration each day, as there will be two very special prizes! One lucky winner will receive a Gift Certificate for £25 from That’s Crafty! and the other lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Relics and Artifacts Matte Resin Craft Blanks of their choice, from Relics and Artifacts!

Here’s what you have to do for a chance to win:
1. Visit both blogs each day and leave a comment.
2. Become a follower of both the Relics and Artifacts and That’s Crafty! blogs.
It’s that easy! The winners will be picked at random on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

Nikki
x

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Splat!

That's Crafty MDF Splat painted with Dylusions acrylic paint. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
A quick post to say I am sharing over at That's Blogging Crafty today ... the sneak peak is of one of the That's Crafty! MDF splat uprights I designed for one of the Hochanda shows earlier this year. (Whoops nearly forgot this one!)
Nikki xx

Friday, 14 April 2017

Outnumbered

Today sees the start of  new challenge at That's Crafty - the theme is Outnumbered. Numbers must form and significant part of your project. I used numbers stamps, stencils and remnant rubs on this card. I think I went too far - it looks a little strange!
Apologies for the brevity of some of my posts of late - I seem to be chasing my tail a bit!
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Monday, 10 April 2017

A beautiful thing....

Hi everyone - I am over on the PaperArtsy blog this evening sharing this project featuring new stamps by Emma Godfrey and lots of UTEE! 
Nikki 
x

Friday, 7 April 2017

A trio of butterflies

MDF Tag with crackle background, distress paints, wildflowers and mini detailed butterflies. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
Today we see the start of a new challenge at A Vintage Journey - hosted this month by Annie. The theme is The Magic of Three.
I decided to work on a large MDF tag. This project developed as it went along really although I had seen an image recently on Pinterest - by Zoe Hillman that was influential in the design! 
I started by painting the tag with gesso and then smooshing it around in a mixture of brown distress paints. Once dry I added crackle texture paste through Tim Holtz latticework stencil. Again once dry I added more paint - browns again and cracked pistachio - sometimes off my craft mat and sometimes with my finger.
I die cut three greyboard circles, some wildflowers and mini detailed butteflies and sponged with the same brown and pistachio colours.
Finally I added one of Tim Holtz's new Metallic Quotation stickers.
MDF Tag with crackle background, distress paints, wildflowers and mini detailed butterflies. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
Nikki 
xxx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Motivation 3 - in pink!

MDF Tag featuring PaperArtsy Fresco paints and Tim Holtz Motivation 3 stamp set. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
Time for my weekly post to redirect you to That's Crafty where I am sharing a That's Crafty! MDF Tag featuring Tim Holtz Motivation 3 stamp set.
MDF Tag featuring PaperArtsy Fresco paints and Tim Holtz Motivation 3 stamp set. Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art

Nikki
x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Sentiment Words, Wildflowers and Mini Tattered Florals

Birthday Card with Tim Holtz dies - mini tattered florals, wildflowers and sentiment words by Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
Hello for the second time today! If you missed my earlier post - Tag Friday - for A Vintage Journey, you can find it here.
Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty - where the theme is Foliage and Flowers. I decided to make a birthday card featuring the new Sentiment Words, Mini Tattered florals and Wildflower dies - all by Tim Holtz.
Birthday Card with Tim Holtz dies - mini tattered florals, wildflowers and sentiment words by Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
My background is embossed and sanded kraftcore card.
Birthday Card with Tim Holtz dies - mini tattered florals, wildflowers and sentiment words by Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art
Wildflowers and tattered florals are coloured with distress inks.

Thanks for stopping by.
Nikki
x

Crackle and Distress Crayons for Tag Friday

MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Wildflower stamps and dies, distress crazing medium and distress crayons. By Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
We are having a Tag Friday at A Vintage Journey - yay! This happens when there are 5 Friday's in the month and we each share an anything goes tag
This is a No 8 MDF tag from That's Crafty - a great surface to work on. I started with a coat of grey paint - chalk paint (white and black mixed together). I then stencilled the squares in white  - bold in places, more subtle in others - using a sponge. Once this was dry I added washes of Mahogany and Terracotta Paper Artsy paint. There is a little background stamping before the bolder wildflowers were stamped in black archival.

For my little house I gessoed and then dry embossed the card with a bricks embossing folder before swiping archival ink over the surface to catch the texture. I saw a project by Anna - Karin (Layers of Ink) recently that I loved where she used the Distress Collage medium - Crazing and distress crayons on Tim's Tiny Houses - you can see her post here.

I took inspiration from this and covered by house in the crazing medium and let it dry. I then added various distress crayon colours and worked into the cracks. I added brown paint around the edge.
MDF Tag with Tim Holtz Wildflower stamps and dies, distress crazing medium and distress crayons. By Nikki Acton - Addicted to Art.
I embellished the project with a flower made from Tim H - mini tattered florals, some of the wonderful new design tape and some die cut wildflowers.

Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Finnabair Metallique Paints...Yum!

My regular Thursday post to redirect you to That's Crafty to see more! New That's Crafty Stencils and Finnabair paints - my new crafty crush!
Nikki


Thursday, 23 March 2017

Abstract Journal Page

Journal Page with PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics and Thats Crafty stamps and stencils
Today I am sharing one of the journal pages I completed for That's Crafty on Hochanda last week - featuring lots of new stamps and stencils. Do hop over to see all the details.
Nikki

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Home Sweet Home - PaperArtsy

#4 - Windows, Doors and Architecture - PaperArtsy Stamps, Paints and Wood Chips - by Nikki Acton
Hello - tonight I am over at PaperArtsy with this project for the current topic - Windows, Doors and Architecture. Do pop over for more details.
Nikki
xxx

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Embossed Hearts - Part 2

Last week I shared a heat embossed heart using Frantage Encrusted Jewels. You can find details here. Today's heart uses Frantage embossing enamel - a little less sparkly today! All the details and a step by step can be found over at That's Crafty.

I am back on Saturday with a project for PaperArtsy - something a little different - back to my darker palette!
Nikki
xx

Friday, 10 March 2017

Embossed Love Heart

Today we have a new challenge at That's Crafty - the theme being 'Bling it Up'. You are invited to take part by using glitter, gems etc in your project. As always there is a chance to win a £20 voucher to spend at That's Crafty.
I decided to have a play with a Stampendous Encrusted Jewel kit - full of sparkly bits and glitter! I added lots of layers of clear powder too to create depth on the heart. (The heart is a That's Crafty MDF one). When I had heated my final layer I stamped into the molten surface with LOVE which was 'inked' with metallic silver paint.
The 6x3 MDF panel it sits on was painted with PaperArtsy Midnight Fresco paint and then DecoArt metallic silver sponged over the surface.
The little heart was painted blue, glossy accents added and then some glitter and allowed to dry.
While the embossing powder was out I did another version which I will share next week.
Nikki
xxx

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