Saturday, 14 April 2018

Texture, Texture and Texture


Grunge Paste and Infusions Wall Hanging by Nikki Acton
Hi folks. I am over at PaperArtsy this evening with lots more details on these textured panels....
Be great to see you there!
Nikki
Grunge Paste and Infusions Wall Hanging by Nikki Acton

Friday, 6 April 2018

Textured quote panel

Textured MDF panel featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
Hello and welcome to my second post of the day. Earlier I posted my Rusty and Crusty canvas for the new challenge at A Vintage Journey - you can find it here.

And it is time for a new challenge over on the Craft Stamper blog too, as always it is Anything Goes as long as you include some stamping. For my design I created this textured 6 inch square MDF panel. I added lots of texture paste, sand paste and leftover card scraps before painting it all black. Once dry, I dry brushed with white gesso before adding Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics to colour. I added some extra white dry brushing at the end too. 
Textured MDF panel featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
I stamped one of Alison Bomber's PaperArtsy quote stamps on some white card and heat embossed in white before using the same fluid acrylics to colour the card. 
Textured MDF panel featuring PaperArtsy quote stamps by Alison Bomber
For this months challenge at Craft Stamper the winner will receive 2 stamps sets from Imagine, Design, Create.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Nikki

Rusty and Crusty with Texture Paste, Paint and Seth Apter's Baked Texture

Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
It's the first Friday of the month so another double post day for me! First up we have a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and this theme is perfect for me! Rusty and Crusty!! Our host is the creative genius Autumn Clark.

Now first up I must say my inspiration for this came from the wonderful designs of Lisa Rasmussen - who I have been seeing all over Pinterest - if you want some male card ideas - I recommend you pay her blog a visit. 

I made this while away at a craft retreat, so sorry, no process photos. I began by formulating a composition and collating my pieces - the 6 inch wooden panel as the base, some corrugated cardboard, some wire mesh, greyboard cogs and bolts (That's Crafty), Tim Holtz hardware findings keyhole die cut in greyboard, some cheap plastic chain and 2 strips of greyboard.
Each were given varying amounts of texture paste / texture sand paste and allowed to dry. I covered them all in black gesso and once dry dry brushed with white gesso for contrast and to highlight texture. 

Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
Next I began adding paint - Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide plus PaperArtsy Green Patina. The corrguated card was roughly painted brown with some blue highlights.
Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
The combination of the texture sand paste and Deco Art paints makes for great rust - thanks to Andy Skinner for this one. Finally I took some versamark and added around the edges of the panel and the keyhole before apply patina Baked Texture.
Rusty Wall Panel with Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics and Seth Apter - Emerald Creek Baked Textures - by Nikki Acton
Thanks for stopping by - don't forget, if you haven't already, to visit A Vintage Journey for more inspiration and to, hopefully, join in our Rusty and Crusty challenge this month.

I would like to join the following lovely challenges:



Nikki

Friday, 30 March 2018

Tag Friday time!

MDF tag with Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Hardware Findings
Hello - it is Friday and a long weekend!
Today we have a Tag Friday over at A Vintage Journey - they only come round every 3 months and we do love them.

My tag started as a manila tag but in the end I added it to an MDF base so I could hang it if required. 
The background is Distress Oxides with splodges of watery white gesso, some credit card gesso lines, tissue tape and stamping.
MDF tag with Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Hardware Findings
 I die cut the keyhole from greyboard using Tim Holtz Hardware Findings die. I added texture paste and painted with black gesso. Once dry I dry brushed white gesso to catch the texture before adding Deco Art Quinacridone Gold. 
MDF tag with Distress Oxides and Tim Holtz Hardware Findings
The die cut in the background is also Sizzix - a Pete Hughes one I think? I sponged with brown paint and then gesso for contrast.

Lots more inspiration at AVJ today - and your chance to join in our Tag Fridays...

Nikki
xxx



Friday, 23 March 2018

Strength and Courage Mini Book

Mini Book with PaperArtsy stamps by Alison Bomber (EAB08) - by Nikki Acton
Hello. It is time for a post over at PaperArtsy this evening featuring Alison Bomber's wonderful quotes - Strength and Courage (EAB08). The current theme at PaperArtsy is Nautical colours.
Mini Book with PaperArtsy stamps by Alison Bomber (EAB08) - by Nikki Acton
More details and pics on the PaperArtsy blog this evening.
Nikki

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Dragonfly Journal Page

Journal page with Dina Wakley paints and AALL and Create stamps by Tracy Evans - by Nikki Acton
Some journal play this week in my A4 journal.
I used Dina Wakley paints and stamps from AALL and Create (Tracy Evans). A little different to the butterfly card I made with the same stamp sets! You can see it here if you missed it.

Journal page with Dina Wakley paints and AALL and Create stamps by Tracy Evans - by Nikki Acton
My original journal page was kraft card - but I think it is covered. I stared with random black coverage and white around the edges. I added some scraps of paper and card and both thick gesso and texture paste through 2 stencils (Tim Holtz dot fade and the stripy one!). I then began building colour - mostly with my fingers.
Journal page with Dina Wakley paints and AALL and Create stamps by Tracy Evans - by Nikki Acton
I added random stamping with archival ink from the AAll and Create border stamp set (the random circles) and stamped 3 hearts, the dragonly and words on separate scraps of paper. I added a little colour to these before adding.
Journal page with Dina Wakley paints and AALL and Create stamps by Tracy Evans - by Nikki Acton
The circle was a leftover die cut.
Journal page with Dina Wakley paints and AALL and Create stamps by Tracy Evans - by Nikki Acton

I would like to join the fun at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog:
(I used 2 stencils, gesso, Dina Wakley paints, texture paste and ink)

Have a great weekend.
Nikki
xxx

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Oxides and AALL and Create stamps (Tracy Evans)

Distress Oxides Birthday Card with AALL and Create stamps (Tracy Evans) - by Nikki Acton
Just a quick card today made with new stamps from AALL and Create - Designed by Tracy Evans. I treated myself to a couple of sets having seen them, and some wonderful samples, at the NEC recently. 

I have used Stamp Set #45 and Border Stamp #34. My background uses Distress Oxides with one of the border stamps (love the circles!) and also the small Serenity Prayer text stamp off Set #45. I also added this text to the butterflies.

Distress Oxides Birthday Card with AALL and Create stamps (Tracy Evans) - by Nikki Acton

Thanks for visiting!
Nikki

Friday, 2 March 2018

Painty Birthday cards

Dina Wakley paints, washi and collage paper - birthday cards my Nikki Acton
For the start of the new Craft Stamper Take It Make it challenge I reached for my Dina Wakley paints and had some fun with paint, stencils, new Dina washi tape and collage paper and various stamps!
Dina Wakley paints, washi and collage paper - birthday cards my Nikki Acton
I think this one is my favourite - love the collage paper and washi faces!
Dina Wakley paints, washi and collage paper - birthday cards my Nikki Acton
The greeting is PaperArtsy.
Dina Wakley paints, washi and collage paper - birthday cards my Nikki Acton
Greeting is by Stampin' Up.
Dina Wakley paints, washi and collage paper - birthday cards my Nikki Acton
I chose my colours to complement those of this fab, quite thick washi tape.
Dina Wakley paints, washi and collage paper - birthday cards my Nikki Acton
Maybe went a bit mad with this one! 
Dina Wakley paints, washi and collage paper - birthday cards my Nikki Acton
More washi and scribbly text collage paper.

Do pop on over to the Take It Make Challenge blog to see lots more inspiration!
And do join in - this months winner will receive two stamp sets from That's Crafty - new stamps by the lovely Donna Gray.
Nikki
xxx

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

It's Never too late...

Dina Wakley Funky Silhouettes Journal Page by Nikki Acton
Been playing in my journal in a Dina Wakley style - with her Funky Silhouettes stencil, washi tape and collage words.
Still working on the white space!
Nikki

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Interesting Faces Journal Page

 Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton
In my attempt to add more colour to my work I have been drawn to Dina Wakley's style - although I am yet to manage to leave some white space!
Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton
On this journal page I used new Dina Wakley stamps - Interesting Faces. Lots of layers of paint, some book page hearts and Dina's new Collage Words too. I used PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics, scribble sticks and black and white journal pens.
Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton

Dina Wakley Interesting Faces Journal Page by Nikki Acton
Joining in the following challenges:
Love is in the air - Simon Says Stamp
That's Crafty - I Heart You
Frilly and Funkie - All you need is Love

Nikki
xxx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

New PaperArtsy / Seth Apter paints and quirky Hot Picks

Hi everyone. Today I am over at PaperArtsy with a rather quirky creation using an oldish Hot Picks stamp set and the new paints from Seth Apter / PaperArtsy. 
Nikki
xxx

Monday, 5 February 2018

Make a Wish - black, white and a little sparkle

Frantage Embossed Stardust die on crackled black and white tag
Hi everyone. Today I am sharing this tag at A Vintage Journey. It is the first Monday of the month so we start our monthly Destination Inspiration posts.
Do head on over to see what my travel bag consisted off and how I used it!
Nikki
x

Friday, 2 February 2018

New Sara Naumann stamps - Craft Stamper Take it Make it

New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton
Hello! Today see's the start of the February Take It Make It challenge on the Craft Stamper blog.
The sponsor this month is Darkroom Door.

For my inspiration piece I decided to use the new Sara Naumann stamps (PaperArtsy) released a week or so ago. I was lucky to receive these early for the launch - and made quite a few designs for the release.
New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton
You can see my post at PaperArtsy - 28th January - or on my blog here.
New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton
I used a mix of blue and green PaperArtsy Fresco paints, some stencils and the heart and words from ESN23 (below).
PaperArtsy Sara Naumann ESN23

New Sara Naumann PaperArtsy stamps - by Nikki Acton

I am back on Monday with the first Destination Inspiration post for February at A Vintage Journey - it is a lot darker than this one - but maybe one of the few darker pieces I do this year as I have decided it is the year of COLOUR!

Nikki
xxx


Embossed canvas

Embossed layers canvas by Nikki Acton
Hello everyone! A new challenge starts today at A Vintage Journey and we are 'Melting It'!
Julia is out host and says...
Get out the UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel), beeswax, encaustic wax, embossing powders or good old wax crayons and a heat tool and get melting to create something in a vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journalling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk style!

I took this 4 inch (previously used) canvas and applied some Grunge Paste to cover the previous contents and also to provide some texture. I applied various Dina Wakley paints to make my background and then added versamark and embossed with clear powder.
I repeated this and while the second layer was still warm sprinkled some purple and sparkly red embossing powder too. I didn't realise my purple wasn't really purple but went with it and continued adding embossed layers until I was happy with the result!
The edges and base star are embossed with Frantage (Aged Black).
Embossed layers canvas by Nikki Acton
Never easy to capture these effects on camera but hopefully you can some of the layers here!
Nikki
xxx

Sunday, 28 January 2018

PaperArtsy - New stamps by Sara Naumann

It's that time of year when we see lots of new releases - so exciting to see all the new designs and products on the market.
I am over at PaperArtsy tonight with some samples I made for the new release by Sara Naumann - 3 stamp set and 3 stencils. 
 Lots of photos of my samples on the PaperArtsy blog and also a link to Sara's own designs earlier this evening.
Nikki
xxx

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