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.

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



  1. WOOOOOOWWWWW! Nikki, can you here that cracking sound? That's my jaw hitting the keyboard! What an amazing work of art you have created! Love the grungy/oily (that's a good thing) colors, the supercalefragelistic texture, and your quote sign is rockin'! Can you tell I LURVE this?! Pinned! Hugs!

  2. PS Now you've done it...I NEED that die!

  3. Totally fabulous piece Nikki, - you are so rocking all those paint and rusty effects, stunning!!

  4. On my this is rusty metallic heaven, the layering of the paints and mediums with stencils and stamping have created a magnificent and stunning upright. I loveeeeeeee it xxx

  5. Wow! What a fabulous mix of rust, texture and colours Nikki !!! It really is stunning and just perfect for your lovely quote. Fabulous to catch up with you yesterday xxxx

  6. Yes, a clock like project and wonderful! Will be a great display piece in the home. Your rusty texture is the best I've seen. I adore your stenciled background and love the idea of gluing together so many dies to make your own chippie. Great tip! This is truly remarkable and the quote is fantastic, works so well with the piece. Love love this! Hugs, Autumn

  7. Wow wow wow, Nikki!
    This is absolutely genius! I love the texture, the colours and the design! That stencilling is just divine and your rust too! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing piece with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!
    Hugs, my friend!
    Claudia xxx

  8. Wow! Beautiful. Love the rust and texture.
    ♥ Monica
    Be sure to check out the link up party with lots of prizes!
    My personal Blog - Taylormadecards4u

  9. Just fabulous Nikki - so rusty and crusty looking and the quote is inspiring. Hugs, Sandy

  10. Gorgeous, fantastic colours and textures. This is a delight. Tracy x

  11. I am a bit of a loss for words Nikki - this is a stunning creation with so many wonderful colour tones and beautiful texture - just stunning!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. Absolutely love the colours and fabulous texture on your background Nikki x The rust is right up my street....a real favourite project of yours.

    Sending best wishes and have a lovely weekend
    Annie xx

  13. Wow Nikki I'm really in awe of your fantastic rust effects! Stunning creation :)
    Donna xx

  14. what a great rusty look Nikki! and wonderful repetition of the circle gear in the beautiful stenciled background! Julia xx

  15. This is truly a masterpiece. I'll bet several of us attempt to make something like it!

  16. Rustic amazing magic, Nikki, gorgeous background for your rusty wheel ,and love the quote, too.
    Dorthe, x

  17. My gosh Nikki, this is amazing! Fabulous depth of colour and texture on your background and Seth's Steering Wheel die looks so wonderful, gorgeous rich rusted patina (and yes it does look like a clock offset like that!) Such a great quote as well, love everything about this and thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  18. Wow, that a fab project. Love all the texture and the depth of colour is amazing. Thanks so much for joining us at We Love 2 Create this time
    Claire xx

  19. Gorgeous layers of colour and texture that bring this substrate to life! Great idea to split and layer the wheel that way and so appropriate for a quote from Ghandi. Thank you for sharing and joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx

  20. I stumbled upon this project for a Vintage Journey. It is seriously wonderful. Great imagination with the wheel. And then the quote - we do have to remember that, don't we. Thank you for your inspiration.

  21. WOW! This a real stunner ! Nikki Such rich depth of colour and texture. Fantastic use of Seth steering wheel die - Love how you offset the X and a great choice of quote .
    An Incredible piece x

  22. Incredible rusty surface. And I love how you layered the die cut to make it your own. Definitely going to feature this on my blog!

  23. A jaw-droppingly fabulous piece, Nikki. The layered colours just sing out on the background texture, and the rusted cog wheels are genius - both in the offset layering and the finish you've created with the paints.
    Alison x

  24. Merci de jouer avec Sandee & Amelie's avec ce tag magnifique ,belle texture . à bientôt NATE

  25. Stunning piece!! Everything here is just .... fabulous... layers..rust..texture, colors!

  26. Fabulous!!! Love all that texture!!

  27. WOW, loooove it.
    This is so genius...
    thanks for sharing on SASPC!

  28. WOW! This looks amazing .... love the texture. Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper challenge xx

  29. Love this project such rich colors & textures!


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