Thursday, 16 August 2018

Altered Coffee Tin for Stamps and Stencils

Altered Coffee Tin with Tim Holtz Gearheads and Quote Chips.
Hi everyone. It is an honour today to be Guest Designer over at Stamps and Stencils. I have a step by step over on their wonderful blog today.
Nikki

Friday, 10 August 2018

Tissue Stamping card

Hi there. We are one week into the new challenge on the Craft Stamper - Blog. As usual it is Anything Goes - as long as there is some stamping! There is great prize up for grabs this month - the new Ranger Alcohol lift ink and reinker.
 It was my good friend Cathryn's birthday recently and her favourite colour is purple! 
I created a multicoloured background with paint on card and added some stamping and stencilling. I then took a piece of tissue paper and stamped the wildflowers carefully in archival ink on the tissue before adhering to the coloured card underneath. I love the subtle effect this achieves.

I added a Wildflower die cut and my greeting before matting and layering.

Nikki x

Friday, 3 August 2018

Resist Technique with 3D Texture Fades and Distress Oxides

Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades with Distress Oxide Resist
Happy Friday! It is the first Friday of the month - and time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey. Amanda is our host and the theme is How can you resist. Here is the description:
There are any different products in mixed media that you can use to do a resist technique - gesso, distress glaze, wax, embossing powder, etc. We would like you to use at least one resist technique on your vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project.

I recently treated myself to one of the (relatively) new 3D Texture Fades from Tim Holtz so decided to use this for my resist technique.

I started with a Distress Oxide background in blues and greens. I then added versamark to the embossing folder and ran it through the big shot so the versamark transfers to the card in the 'flat' areas rather than the embossed areas. I heat dried with clear embossing powder.

Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades with Distress Oxide Resist

This allowed me to add as much Distress Oxide as I liked to the embossed area along with some spritzing and the colour easily wipes away from the background blue/green.

I also used a wax resist on my Distress Paint background layer - but I think I have managed to hide most of this!!!

Tim Holtz 3D Texture Fades with Distress Oxide Resist

Have a great weekend!
Nikki
x

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

More mini books....PaperArtsy

Mini Books using PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps and Fresco paints - by Nikki Acton
This evening (if you are in the UK / Europe anyway!) I am sharing some more mini books - this time over at PaperArtsy - be lovely to see you there for all the details on how I made these.
Mini Books using PaperArtsy Hot Picks stamps and Fresco paints - by Nikki Acton
While I had this stamp set out I made a couple of cards too - stamping onto tissue paper before adding to a grungy background.
Tissue stamped cards using PaperArtsy Hot Picks - Nikki Acton
 Nikki
xxx

Friday, 20 July 2018

Tando Creative Mini Books

Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
Today I am over at A Vintage Journey with a tutorial for these mini books by Tando Creative. The process I am going through is same I used on my Canvas a couple of weeks ago... if you missed it you can see it here.
I made two little books this time - similar but not quite the same colours!
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
I just love these cute litte book - 6cm square!
Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton

Tando Creative Mini Books by Nikki Acton
Some previous versions if you want to see something a little less bright! (Here)

Thanks for stopping by and do head over to A Vintage Journey for all the details today.

Nikki
xxx

Friday, 6 July 2018

Inspirational quotes canvas for A Vintage Journey

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtz stamp sets - Perspective and Theories
Hi all. Today I am hosting the new challenge at A Vintage Journey. The theme this month is Get Sentimental. Time to use those words - be they poems, quotes or other sentiments.

My project is a 10x8 inch box canvas which I added texture to with paper/card scraps and texture paste before adding lots of wonderful colour with Dina Wakely paints. I am not going to go into lots of details on the process as I am back at AVJ in 2 weeks with a tutorial where I will be detailing the same process but on a much smaller scale!

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtz stamp sets - Perspective and Theories

All my background words are from Tim Holtz Theories stamp set - stamped onto tissue paper before adding to the canvas. 

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtz stamp sets - Perspective and Theories

Tim Holtz Butterfly Duo is always a go to item for me! Painted with the same paints and used an oil pastel over the embossed areas for contrast.

Canvas with Dina Wakley paints and Tim Holtz stamp sets - Perspective and Theories

Another favourite for my main Sentiment! Tim Holtz Perspective stamp set - embossed with ink and white powder over a painty background scrap.

If you haven't already come from there - do head over to A Vintage Journey for lots more inspiration!

I would like to play along at:

Nikki
xxx

Monday, 11 June 2018

Journals with friends

Eileen Hull Journal by Nikki Acton
Today I am sharing one of 2 journals I made a couple of weekends ago. Cathryn (for those that know her!) and I had a play day and got very busy with these journals. A bit like when Brenda and I did our Skype journals - the finished 4 projects were very different!

I crackled my main cover and then painted 2 panels for the front and back with various painty techniques. The journal is covered with Tims Holtz tattered florals and word chips. There are lots of pages inside ready for someone to fill!



I would like to play along at:

Have a great week.
Nikki

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