Thursday, 19 January 2017

Seth Apter - PaperArtsy - new product launch today!

Hi everyone - a special welcome if you are new here and have arrived from Seth Apter's blog or PaperArtsy. I was very honoured to be asked to make some samples using the new Seth Apter / PaperArtsy release of stamps, paints and wood chips. 

If you haven't seen the release details you can find them over on the PaperArtsy blog tonight as well as Seth's - The Altered Page (links below), but here is my quick summary. 
There are two new fabulous stamp sets which not only work with Seth's Stencil Girl Insider Outsider stencils and Spellbinders dies but also the new Wood Chips. I love it when things work together - allowing for layers and textures and great composition.
And then there is the new paint colours which work wonderfully with Seth's first PaperArtsy special edition paints and - wow - I love these colours - just perfect for grungy effects and faux metallic finishes!
Here are the wood chips - which fit the stamps - but also include frames which work in conjunction with the main element or on their own.

Do check out the video showing all the new products and some samples:

One of the first things I did when I received the stamps was to stamp and cut out all the shapes and played around with how they might work together. Then I started with the paints - creating different backgrounds and effects. Here are a couple of my designs.

The Time is Now 
(using stamp set ESA04, Wood Chips, Seth Limited Edition Paints - plus Spellbinders Drip Drop die)
Seth Apter PaperArtsy ESA04 New Release Nikki Acton
The background and tags have paint backgrounds using Mahogany, Midnight, Buff and Smoked Paprika paints - building up the layers firstly randomly then using watercolour card to monoprint the paint onto the surface. I did two versions using the same colours so that complemented each other.
I stamped the text tag (ESA04) onto the bluer of the two and cut out - before adding black paint around the edges.
Seth Apter PaperArtsy ESA04 New Release Nikki Acton
The star was stamped (Star text stamp - ESA04) from another background I made where I used crackle glaze and midnight, buff and mahogany paint. By doing the process twice and wiping away some of the paint you get the wonderful peeled paint effect. 

I painted another piece of card with buff paint and stamped the square text stamp (ESA04) - I selected certain words and cut them to make the sentences / words I wanted. Using the same card I die cut  Seth's Drip Drop die (4x). I sponged with a bit of black and then added mahogany.

I used the star frame from the wood chips and stippled black gesso over it to create some texture. Once dry, I dry brushed with white gesso and then painted with midnight before adding mahogany around the edges.
Seth Apter PaperArtsy ESA04 New Release Nikki Acton

Create with Colour 
(using stamp set ESA04 and ESA03, Wood Chips and Seth Limited Edition Paints)
Seth Apter PaperArtsy ESA03 New Release Nikki Acton
My second design is a little more colourful but still a bit grungy! I started with the top layer and stamped the Create stamp (ESA03) in black archival ink on white card and embossed with clear powder. This allowed me to paint over it with the rainbow of colours - Mahogany, Smoked Paprika, Terracota, Key Lime and Green Patina. I cut this out and added a little black to the edges. This was later adhered to the wood chip.

I also painted some die cut circles with the same colours before adding random text from the oblong text stamp (ESA04). I stuck these together - overlapping them so they would frame the oblong wood chip. I then took the same colours and added some splatters and black paint to the edges with my finger.
Seth Apter PaperArtsy ESA03 New Release Nikki Acton
On this design I used both parts of the wood chip. The main part was gessoed with white before being dry brushed with black, Once dry I added Key Lime paint. The frame had black gesso stippled to create texture, I dry brushed with white gesso and once dry added mahogany. I added a little more black before adding some metallic glaze in places.
Seth Apter PaperArtsy ESA03 New Release Nikki Acton
Finally the base layer - I wanted this to be very much a background. I cut my card to size and painted with Mud Splat before stamping the colours from the oblong text stamp (ESA04) with buff paint. Once dry I swiped my black archival ink pad over it to grunge it up a bit and and added a layer of the translucent terracotta paint.
I have also created a video featuring one of the paint techniques I used in these samples. I aim to do some more - watch this space!

Textured Rust Video

I will do another couple of posts with my step by steps for the other projects - otherwise this post will become very long! So do pop back tomorrow for the details of project 'X' including metallic effects using the paints.
In the meantime here are the links you need for more information on the Seth Apter / PaperArtsy new product release including more inspiration from Seth himself and Hazel Agnew.



  1. Stunning creations, looks like you had lots of fun!!

  2. These pieces rock! I am probably biased because I love Verdigris (even more than rust)but Iadore your X piece! I'll have to come back tomorrow to see how it's done!

  3. Nikki absolutely fabulous makes with Seths designs and paints, love them all.
    Amanda x

  4. Fantastic work Nikki, love the samples...amazing! Love the circular splat one especially on the video. Going to watch your technique one later and enjoy at leisure. Hugs Ruth xxx

  5. brilliant rust effect Nikki! love your samples.

  6. Super fab makes! Nikki You have done a sterling job of showcasing Seths New realeases. Congrats too on the honour . Kudos to you my lovely talented teamie x

  7. Simply fabulous samples, Nikki. Those rust effects are stunning, and all those layers and complex paint combinations look wonderful. Looking forward to seeing even more soon! Off to watch your video now...
    Alison x

  8. Love the new releases. And wow Nikki, the rusting technique is fabulous and you have done a brilliant job on the video, I look forward to seeing more! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Wowser! What a treat to see your stunning samples Nikki. Lx

  10. Wowser! What a treat to see your stunning samples Nikki. Lx

  11. Wow simply fantastically wow Nikki!!
    Donna xx

  12. Some fab samples, love the paint effects you've achieved! Congrats on some stunning samples to help Seth with his launch Xx

  13. You did a fantastic job on the samples. Looks so much like real rust. Paper Artsy video samples are awesome.


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