GiganTAG and More by Nikki Acton


Oh wow - have you seen all the new That’s Crafty! goodies that were launched on Hochanda last week! Today I am sharing one of my designs for the show and it is one of the very large MDF tags – GiganTags. These fabulous surfaces are 15 x 7.5 inches. I decided to add lots of embellishments and layers so there are quite a few steps involved. I have primarily used three of the new Shimmer Paints – Aquamarine, Copper and Orange.

Background Tag (Top left)

·         Cover the surface in PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk paint

·         Once dry add texture paste through the 8inch square clock stencil and also the Dinky grid stencil

·         Add some watery washes in places of black and ultramarine paint - separately, drying in between to provide a little contrast to the Shimmer Paints

·         Sponge Shimmer Paints - Turquoise and Copper (That’s Crafty!)

·         Sponge a little white for contrast


·         Stipple black gesso to create some texture - dry

·         Sponge Copper and Turquoise (That’s Crafty!)

4x4 inch panels, small butterflies and corner pieces

·         Stipple black gesso to create some texture - dry

·         Sponge Copper, Orange Shimmer Paints (That’s Crafty!) and I also added a little Rusty Red (Art Alchemy)

·         Butterflies were embossed first

 Large Butterflies

·         Emboss butterflies with embossing folder (I used a Big Shot and ONE plate – as the greyboard is thick)

·         Painted with PaperArtsy Chalk paint

·         Sponged with Turquoise and then Copper to highlight the texture

Once everything was dry I adhered it all together and added some words from Tim Holtz Metallic Stickers.

See you next week!



That’s Crafty! Greyboard Embellishments - Butterflies, Clocks and Cogs
That’s Crafty! Shimmer & Metallic Paints - Orange, Turquoise, Copper

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  1. Your colors are amazing Nikki , such a gorgeous, art piece !! x

  2. How wonderful Nikki! I love the aged rusty colors, with so many variations and "imperfections." Truly lifelike aging. The design is impeccable. Hugs, Autumn

  3. Love the rusty effects on here Nikki and the butterflies look so lovely with the embossed texture. Wonderful tag.
    Fliss xx

  4. loving the rusty feel of this tag Nikki. Textures look great too. Gorgeous.

    Much love, Bev. xxx

  5. You are fast becoming the Queen of Rustica, love this one as the textures are so amazing
    Donna xx

  6. Loved this when I first saw it Nikki and love it even more now I have seen your breakdown. Fabulous way of using the paint, it almost looks like gilding flakes. You have put so much work into this Nikki.. a Rustic Masterpiece.. Hugs Tracey xx

  7. Stunning textures on this GiganTAG - love this so much!

  8. As always your work looks amazing. What a great idea to decorate this giant biard with several clocks, coqs and butterflies. Just love what you created. And the colors are amazing too.
    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous ART. You are always such a great inspiration.
    Hugs from Monica

  9. Wow! What glorious colours and textures you have created! Chrisx

  10. Amazing work from Nikki - the textures and finishes are simply fabulous!
    Alison x


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