Saturday 11 October 2014

Nikki's gone all out in canvas!

Hi everyone, welcome to the weekend!

Our post today has been contributed by a guest, the talented Nikki Acton who is already making her mark in blogland despite being a recent author. Nikki has decided on a canvas to sparkle...

It was an honour to receive the Design Team’s ‘special mention’ for the Word Play challenge in August and a pleasure to guest design today. I have been crafting for nearly a year now and started by blog at the beginning of 2014. My style varies but I am naturally drawn to inky, grungy and vintage with a relatively neutral pallet. I like trying new techniques and ideas and get as much pleasure out of the process as the end result. I love themed challenges as it provides a focus and makes me create in different ways; to tell a story, convey an idea, represent an image or discover a new style.

Sparkle and Shine was a challenge for me, not being a ‘natural fit’ for my style. I didn’t want to create something overly feminine and decided to use a small canvass which I painted in silver acrylic.

I cut some 2 inch square pieces of greyboard and painted them with black acrylic. I then added several layers of clear embossing powder to each one to create the shine. I masked off areas of each embossed panel (with torn post it notes) and added a further layer of versamark, this time embossing with silver glitter embossing powder to the selected areas only. Originally I planned to add quite a lot more embellishment but I really liked the shiny, sparkly twinchies and wanted to keep most of them on show.

I stamped 3 butterflies with versamark on black card and embossed with the same sparkly powder. I then mounted my embossed panels and butterflies onto a another piece of card before adhering to the canvass.

What a fabulous sparkly piece of artwork Nikki and such a kewl idea - thank you!

Wow, the variety we've seen so far this month is terrific but wait until you see what else is coming, we haven't finished with you yet! LOL  Sue D will be here on Monday with something else totally different so don't forget to join us.

Have a great day!

Chris and the team xxx


  1. This is stunning Nikki. I love it when we break out of comfort zone. Brilliant take on this month's challenge. Love the monochromatic palette and the tiles are fantastic. Great make!! -- Mary Elizabeth

  2. This has a real elegance to it Nikki, beautifully made.
    Julie x


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