Friday, 7 December 2018

Christmas Greetings!

Hi! Today we welcome a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and a wonderful Christmas (or not!) theme of Star Light - Star Bright. Our host is the lovely Julia - here is her description:

This month we are asking you to to create with stars. Fill up the dark winter sky with them or use one really big one as your central focus. Stencil them, stamp them, emboss them or die cut them. Make a card, make a star box, make a canvas, create a journal page - remembering to create in the vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial or steam punk styles.

A couple of weeks ago Brenda (Bumblebees and Butterflies), Alison (Words and Pictures) and I had another of our Skype crafting sessions and we decided to to each create a project for this theme. For those that haven't seen our previous Skype Craft - we
all connect up via Skype and take it in turns to chose a step which we all need to follow. Sometimes we work on the same substrate but this time we each chose our own.

Brenda kindly recorded the steps - so I have added a quick summary of what I did to each of the steps.

1. A - Use paper to start the layers. - I covered my substrate with black and white patterned paper

2. B - Use the monoprint method to add any colour medium of your choice - I used watercolour card to transfer white paint randomly across the surface (it was too black!)

3. N - Add a wash or washes of a colour medium - I added blues!

4. A - Use a stencil any way you wish. - I used a star stencil, added versamark and added Baked Texture to the surface before heat embossing.

5. B - Use asemic or dynamic writing to add a layer of visual texture. - I took a silver metallic pen and scribbled! It is there if you look for it!! As it is silver it shows up when the light catches it.


6. N - Add a bit of texture. I added more Baked Texture around the edges of the plaque.

7.  A - Determine and prep the focal point of the design. I die cut my 'Christmas' several times and adhered together before using the same embossing powder again. Texture was added to the 'Happy' (a precut greyboard piece) before paints sponged.

8. B - Find elements to bring the composition together. - Stars - more stars!

9. N - On one or more of the elements use two different mediums of the same colour. I went for my blues and silvers on my die cut stars and 'Happy' - using embossing powder, foiling and glitter!

10. A - Add some words - Well I was ahead of the game now - already did that!

11. B - Add some sparkle - Ditto - so I cleared up the glitter I seemed to have got everywhere!

12. N - Assemble and add whatever you need to finish off your design. - I added Snowtex around the edges and on the words to enhance the winter feel.


It was a fun day!
If you havent already head over to AVJ for lots more Star Light, Star Bright Inspiration.
Nikki

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Coffee Time - Guest Designer Frilly and Funkie

Tim Holtz Tea Time Bigz Die with Snarky Small Talk - by Nikki Acton
Hi everyone. I am thrilled to be Guest Designer today at Frilly and Funkie. The challenge this month is 'In the Kitchen'. I decided to include a kitchen theme as well as using a kitchen item - salt.

My panel is around 6inches square with a slight recess and frame. I decided to work directly on the frame but worked on measured heavy card stock for the central area. For both I started by creating some texture using stencils and texture paste and allowed to dry. For the centre panel (card) I added watery washes of Deco Art Media paint in Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey - allowing them to merge together a little and then sprinkled salt on, leaving it to absorb the moisture and pigment before wiping away once dry.

Tim Holtz Tea Time Bigz Die with Snarky Small Talk - by Nikki Acton
I also used the same technique on the border with 2 blue tones - but with less salt to create a more subtle effect. I also dry brushed gold paint over this surface to reflect the colours inside the frame.

I die cut the tea cups (coffee in this project!) from Tim Holtz’s Tea Time Bigz die and sponged with blue paint. before returning to my stencil and added gold paint. I added blue archival ink around the edges of the cups to make them stand out a little more.
Tim Holtz Tea Time Bigz Die with Snarky Small Talk - by Nikki Acton
I reached for the quirky quotes from Tim Holtz Snarky Small Talk and decided this coffee one was perfect! A little sponged paint toned down the white card.
Tim Holtz Tea Time Bigz Die with Snarky Small Talk - by Nikki Acton
I think there are days when this quote is very appropriate for me!
Nikki
xx

Friday, 23 November 2018

Festive Overlays and Shifter Stencils - Christmas cards

Christmas Card with Tim Holtz Layering Stencils, Layering Shifter Stencils and Festive Overlays stamp set.
 I am over at A Vintage Journey today for our Creative Card feature this month. I have been busy making cards using Tim Holtz shifter stencils and the Festive Overlays stamp set. For all the processes and a lot more photos do head on over to AVJ - here.
Christmas Card with Tim Holtz Layering Stencils, Layering Shifter Stencils and Festive Overlays stamp set.
Nikki
xxx

Friday, 9 November 2018

Mini Books and Tissue stamping

PaperArtsy Hot Picks HP1802 and Tando Creative Mini Books
Hi everyone. Just a brief post to redirect you over to PaperArtsy this evening - where I am tissue stamping!
Nikki
xxx

Wildflower Silhouettes and Distress Oxides

Tim Holtz Wildflowers and Distress Oxides and Inks
Happy Friday!
It is time for an inspiration post at the Take It Make Challenge blog for this months challenge - a few more of us providing a few ideas for the Anything Goes (with stamping) challenge. As usual there are fabulous prizes up for grabs including a Christmas bundle from Kaisercraft incorporating stamps and stencils plus the chance to be selected to feature in Craft Stamper Magazine!




I was inspired by a birthday card I received from a friend to use my acrylic blocks and blending tools to make some colourful cards. I used both Distress Oxides and Distress Inks and stamped Tim Holtz Wildflowers in black archival.

Back later with my latest offering for PaperArtsy.
Nikki

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Embossing Fun

Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
I recently treated myself to the Lumbar 3-D Texture Fade and finally found a bit of time to play. The canvas is 9inches square and I built up a textured background using lots of layers of torn, embossed card.
 Then I got to work painting. I have one work in progress shot...yes it really did look this bright at one point - I wanted colour but knew it would be knocked back quite a bit!
I used washes of Distress Paint in Festive Berries (centre) and Mermaid Lagoon (outside) along with some white to knock the colours back. Once I was happy I highlighted all the embossed surface with black oil pastel.
Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
I repeated the process on an MDF circle for my central piece and also cut and embossed one the Butterfly Duo butterflies. The embossed butterfly was treated in a similar way and a little sparkly matt medium added.
Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
Canvas featuring Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fades  - Lumbar and Butterfly Duo.
I would like to enter the latest challenge at Frilly and Funkie where we are being asked to 'Impress Us' and Simon Says Stamp - Take Flight.
Have a lovely day
Nikki xx


Friday, 2 November 2018

Getting festive with Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper and Festive Overlays

Tim Holtz Festive Overlay stamp set and Christmas Worn Wallpaper
Is it too early for Christmas cards? Sorry!
We have a new challenge today at A Vintage Journey with the theme of Paper Stash - our host is Sandy and this is what she says...

I am sure we all have them, those endless bits of beautiful scrapbook papers we have hoarded over the years. Create a project of any kind using them in creative ways in our preferred vintage, shabby, mixed media, art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk styles.

I have started my cards using some new products from Tim Holtz - Festive Overlays stamp set and the Christmas Worn Wallpaper collection. I love the overlay idea - did I hear Tim Holtz say it was Paula Cheney's idea? A good one, whoever it was!

The cards above are A6 size. I was on a roll so made some 4x4 inch and A7 too!
Tim Holtz Festive Overlay stamp set and Christmas Worn Wallpaper

Tim Holtz Festive Overlay stamp set and Christmas Worn Wallpaper
I am back at AVJ later in the month for our Creative Cardmaking post - where I am using the same stamps but lots more texture and ink!

Nikki
xxx

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