Choose Happy by Nikki Acton


We’d like to thank Nikki very much for all her fantastic projects while guesting on the blog for us in September. We’ve really enjoyed having you Nikki! :-)

Hi everyone, Nikki here with my final guest post. I have used more That’s Crafty! Surfaces today – 3 whiteboard ATC’s and a 4.5 x 9inch MDF panel to create a colourful and cheerful piece.

What I did

I started with some ATC’s which I cut to size out of card – in hindsight I could have worked straight onto the whiteboard but I wasn’t sure where this was heading when I started! I took three colours of Dylusions paint and randomly painted them. I stamped three Scribbly Birds in Archival ink.

Initially the yellow/blue was going to be a background but I liked how it looked inside the birds so I decided to paint around them using red/purple Dylusions paints. I blended the 2 colours together and added a little dry brushed blue in places to bring it together.

Next I stencilled some more yellow through the ‘Bubbly all Over’ Dinky stencil – using the smaller areas of bubbles. I added a little black Distress paint with my finger around the edges.

I also painted the outer border of the whiteboard ATC’s in black and mounted the painted cards onto them.

Next to the MDF panel – I used the same three colours to paint this – with the yellow in the middle, blending into green and finally blue around the edges. I then took the bubble stencil again and added a contrasting colour – this time using the larger bubbles.

Once everything was dry I adhered the ATC’s to the MDF and added some big chat stickers (with a little colour added).



Dylusions Paints – Post Box Red, Lemon Zest, Cut Grass, Crushed Grape, London Blue

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  1. Gorgeous and colourful project Nikki! Love those cute birds!
    Alison x

  2. This is so clever, Nikki! The colours are so striking and it was such a good decision to have the background colours inside the birds,

    Lucy x

  3. So bright and cheery, lovely make Nikki

  4. Stunning piece! Love those birds and such beautiful colours! xxx

  5. Wonderfully bright and cheery Nikki, love the colours!! xx

  6. Beautifully colourful artwork Nikki and love the background for those lovely birds.
    Fliss xx

  7. Wow! Absolutely fabulous piece of work Nikki. Lx

  8. What a way to sign off Nikki, you've been absolutely fantastic, been lovely having you with us :)
    Donna xx

  9. Thanks everyone - lovely to be here. Nikki xx

  10. Fabulous! A brilliant idea too! Chrisx


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