Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hot Summer Ombre

Distress Ink Ombre Emma Godfrey Stamps Nikki Acton
Happy Tuesday! Are you playing over at Country View Crafts this month? The theme is Hot Summer Days and I have created an ombre effect for this card using Distress Inks - lots of blending and avoiding finger prints!
Having created my background I heat dryed and stamped Emma Godfrey's flowers in archival and removed some of the ink with a water brush.
I then added ink back using the same three colours.
I added some highlights with my white pen, a little dragonfly from my stash and mounted my card.
Distress Ink Ombre Emma Godfrey Stamps Nikki Acton
Nikki
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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Happy Cat!

I spent the day recently with Brenda Brown (Bumblebees and Butterflies) doing some art journaling. One of her techniques is to use an acrylic block to create a sort of controlled watercolour background. I have used this today on three cards.

You can see the process and other two cards over at Country View Crafts. The mdf cat is from Calico Craft Parts. This version will be heading off to my niece who recently qualified as a vet and has just secured her first job and is looking for a new home too. Not sure whether it is from me or Frankie (my cat) who is also very happy to have a vet in the family!
Nikki
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Friday, 5 August 2016

Bird Silhouette Journal Page

Bird Silhouette Journal Page - Addicted to Art
We start a new challenge at A Vintage Journey today - our host is the lovely Amanda and the theme is Stencil It. Shouldn't be too difficult should it? I use stencils all the time right. But when the ideas don't come, the ideas don't come! Time to do something different... so I reached for my journal - the one I say I am going to fill but never do and just started playing with paints.... and then stencils... and then I had an idea.
Paint with a credit card - no plan!
Paint through various stencils
Add a little stamping with archival inks
Die cut bird silhouette and use the negative space as a stencil
Add versamark and clear embossing powder through the bird 'stencil'
Add watery wash of prussian blue deco art fluid acrylic and wipe from embossed areas
Outline the birds
I then added a little more paint through stencils, some more stamping and some doodling with my white pen.
Bird Silhouette Journal Page - Addicted to Art

Bird Silhouette Journal Page - Addicted to Art

Bird Silhouette Journal Page - Addicted to Art
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Thursday, 4 August 2016

CC103 Day 1


Just stopping by quickly to share my 2 creations from Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 1! So far only managed to watch the Day 1 videos - what a rubbish student I am. Both of these used the microglaze resist technique.
The lovely ladies at Stamps and Stencils have a new challenge - Take Flight - which I would like to play along with.
Nikki
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Of course......

Just a little sneak peek today - do head on over to the Country View Crafts project blog for more details.
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Crazy Cats .... on the beach

 Crazy Cats on the beach - Addicted to Art
I have been meaning to do this since the cats came out! Some of you might remember my Crazy Birds on Vacation from last year - so it only seemed fair to let the cats have some summer fun too! The challenge today at Country View Crafts is Hot Summer Days - so my cats seemed to fit the bill!
Crazy Birds on the Beach - Addicted to Art
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This time I decided to let them celebrate summer and dress them a little and having done the boys in their trunks I had to do the girls too! 

The backgrounds were done with marbled distress paints - I added a little stencilling to the boys but it is hardly visible. I stamped the cats - sketched the 'costumes' and sunglasses and then used my waterbrush, distress inks and black and white marker pens.
Crazy Cats on the beach - girls
Crazy Cats on the beach - boys
I hope they have put a smile on your face!

The cats would like to play along at:

Anything but Cute - Summertime (just litte too cute maybe!)
Simon Says Stamp - Mon - Celebrate  (The cats are celebrating summer!)

Nikki 
xxx

Friday, 29 July 2016

Let's Do Distress - Part 2!

For the A Vintage Journey Monochrome theme this month I shared 3 tags I had made - all in blue! Well there were actually 5 (once I had finished them) so just popping back today to share the final 2.

If you missed the original post you can find it here - with details of how I created these backgrounds using various distress products.

Here are two I didn't show last time and the image above shows all 5 together. 
 It is Tag Friday at a Vintage Journey - so if you are looking for more tag inspiration do hop over!

Til next time
Nikki
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