Rusty Heart Shrine by Nikki Acton



Today’s creation features one of That’s Crafty! MDF Shrines (this one is ATC size with the arch top) and the forever useful MDF hearts (size #3). I began by coating all the pieces in grey chalk paint (I used PaperArtsy Little Black Dress and Chalk combined). I then took some Vaseline and lightly added to the edges of the shrine panels with my finger. (This will later be removed producing the chipped edge effect – an Andy Skinner technique). I then added DecoArt white crackle paint to the surface – quite thinly – it is not important to get a consistent coverage – it is an aged, worn effect I was after!

I left this to dry and worked on my heart. This one had been painted already in brown but I gave it a coat of Red Iron Oxide and added some black to the edges. Once dry I stamped with the cracks stamp from the That’s Crafty! Textures stamp set in black Archival. I then took transparent texture paste and added randomly to the surface with my finger and set aside to dry. Once dry I added a little gilding wax to highlight the texture.

Back to the shrine – once the crackle paint had dried I removed all the Vaseline with a babywipe. I added a wash of Cobalt Teal Hue, then Yellow Iron Oxide and finally Quinacridone Gold around the edges. I stamped with my current ‘go to’ script stamp (Lin Brown/PaperArtsy). Before putting the shrine together I made sure all the edges were black adding a little paint with my finger where required.

To finish I took one of the chipboard quote chips and added some Quinacridone Gold and Paynes Grey to colour it. I took some rusty wire and a previously rusted nut and bolt from my stash and secured them to the heart. 

See you next week



DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Quinacridone Gold, Yellow Iron Oxide, Paynes Grey, Cobalt Teal Hue, Red Iron Oxide
PaperArtsy Fresco Acrylics – Little Black Dress and Chalk
Archival Ink – Sepia, Black
(From my stash – Vaseline, grey board nut/bolt and rusty wire)

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  1. Oh my word, simply stunning showcase for rustica!! Amazing :)
    Donna xx

  2. Love the look of this Nikki, grungy and rusty
    Amanda x

  3. Absolutely stunning Nikki and the rusty heart is amazing!
    Fliss xx

  4. As others have said Nikki, this is absolutely stunning, I just want to reach out and touch this beautiful creation! x

  5. Brilliant and beautiful, love it xxx

  6. Stunning rust work Nikki! and such a wonderful way of showcasing the heart too. Wonderful x

  7. This is amazing Nikki, I would never of thought to use vaseline to achieve the chipped edge effect. The lifelike Rusty appearance has already tricked me into believing this would be a weighty object to lift.. so effective... Tracey xx

  8. Wow! This is fantastic! I love its texture. Everything about this project is simply lovely! xx

  9. Fab, Fab, fab, clever Nikki


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