Wednesday 13 September 2017

NEW PA Winter Products {Eclectica³ Alison Bomber} with Nikki Acton

NEW: Winter 2017: Eclectica³ Alison Bomber

In this post we have Nikki to share her take on Alison's seasonal stamps! Nikki will also use some of our other new releases to mash up with Alison's stamps - which is exactly how they are intended to be used, as an embellishment for any style or genre.

Alison's new stamps are available from your favourite PaperArtsy stockists now. See the list at the foot of this post. ~ Leandra

Hi everyone, Nikki here.

I loved Alison's first set of stamps and am excited that we are being treated to more! I love the font, the versatility and ease of using these fabulous quotes. With these new releases we have some elegant words to add to all our seasonal projects - Autumn and Halloween (EAB04 - The Autumn Edition) and Winter and Christmas (EAB05 - The Winter Edition). The Music and Silence quotes (EAB03) are going to be another go to set for me - with quotes to make you happy, deliver inspiration or motivation and provide thought provoking wisdom - perfect for journaling, cards and much more.

Tonight I have focused on card making, but in many styles. My six designs incorporate paint, ink, Infusions, die cuts, stamps, stencils, handmade paper, embossing, scribble sticks and more. I have used various techniques including gesso resist, distress glaze resist with oxides and stamping through stencils. 

On some cards I have represented the words with the chosen images, on others I have gone a little more abstract and created backgrounds that 'feel' appropriate - letting the words take centre stage.

Lets take a look at the sets in more detail and some ideas for the coming seasons!

EAB03 - Music and Silence

Be Silent and Listen by Nikki Acton

This wonderful set of quotes follows on from Alison's first two releases - providing inspirational words. I love that the font is perfect to allow you to select the words you want to use - with this one I rearranged the quote as I wanted the last line to be first.

I had to create an ethereal background, letting the words be the focus. Three short lines could equally just complement imagery but by separating the phrases and mounting on circles I have emphasised them over the rest of the card. (Other stamp set used - Lin Brown - ELB34)

Meditation by Nikki Acton

If you are anything like me you relate Pythagoras to Mathematics. When I read these beautiful words I was influenced by this but also the meditative nature of the quote. I therefore pulled out some Seth Apter stamps and dies to reflect the thoughts and feelings this quote generated for me. (ESA01 and ESA04. Spellbinders Steering Wheel.)

These words all stamp beautifully. On my first sample I have embossed them so they really stand out. On this second sample I stamped them on handmade Lokta paper so the surface is a little more absorbent and soft. The text is less dramatic to reflect the meaning of the words and the paper has a warmer feel on the project.

EAB04 - The Autumn Edition

Three Witches by Nikki Acton

And now for something a bit different. Sometimes the quotes just seem to match imagery you have seen. When I saw the new Zinski stamps released last week, I instantly wanted to use this Macbeth quote with her Halloween monsters (ZA16 - stockists below).

Imagery is the focus here with the words playing the supporting role in my version of Shakespeare's famous Macbeth scene. 

Seasonal Smile by Nikki Acton

Not only does EAB04 contain some Halloween quotes but also many poetic autumnal phrases. I love Autumn and this simple passage fell onto my acrylic block!

I always aim for good composition in my projects. While I may not always succeed I am aware how important it is in art. The fact that all Alison's stamp sets include quotes of varying typographic alignment is really helpful. Text aligned to the left was perfect here but on the Pythagoras example above the centred configuration worked so much better inside a circle. (Other stamps used - Lin Brown - ELB29 ELB31)

EAB05 - The Winter Edition

Christmas Word Tree by Nikki Acton

So onto the final set of stamps - EAB05 - The Winter Edition. I was spoilt for choice here. I have used them alongside some of the new releases from Kay Carley (Stamp set EKC10 and stencil PS069 - stockists below). 

I have stamped quotes through Kay's tree stencil to create this wordy Christmas tree. I'm already wondering how I can take this idea further and think I will also be using some of these Christmas words in backgrounds for Christmas cards and to stamp on Christmas embellishments / die cuts.

Traditional by Nikki Acton

I have titled this 'Traditional' as I wanted to show how these quotes work perfectly on a traditional style Christmas card. The trees here from Kay Carley or with other classic Christmas imagery.

I kept this one relatively simple in layout but am looking forward to doing lots of Christmas cards this year combining Kay's stamps with Alison's quotes. The glitter might have to come out and some alternative Christmas colours I think!

As I am writing this post today I keep having more ideas! I think the versatility is what I love most about Alison's stamps. I remember in her first launch she chopped them up - sometimes just using one word to support an image. The quotes on their own work a dream but you have the added bonus of being able to dissect them. On these sets I can see single lines I can use or words I can combine with others to make my own phrases. 

I hope something has inspired you today.

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PaperArtsy Product Educational Links

Theses products are available now from your regular PaperArtsy approved stockists listed below.

We encourage you to support independent retailers; they offer you valuable expertise and a wide range of product choice. 

Buy in-store or online now from the following stockists:

Scrapbook Centrale, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec
(Zinski, JoFY, ESC, EKC, EKD, EEG, ETS, LPC, Infusions, Frescos)

Treasured Memories Scrapbooking, Duncan,BC
(Frescos, Infusions, EKC, EEG, ESC)

Artistic Studio Creations, Fayetteville, Georgia
(ETS, Infusions)

Artistree Workshops, Fulton, New York,
(Zinski, EKD, EKC, EEG, ELB, ETS, ESC, Ink and the Dog)

Clay with Me, Colorado
(ELB, LPC, ESA, JOFY, Infusions, Frescos, EKD, EKC, ESC, EEG)

Creek Bank Creations, Indiana
(MN, Zinski, Jofy)

Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, Kentucky 
(Fresco Chalks, Lynne Perrella, Seth Apter)

Frantic Stamper, Oregon
(Zinski, LPC, JoFY, ELB, EEA, EEG, ESC, EKD, EKC, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Guadalupe's Fun Rubber Stamps, Roswell, New Mexico
( Frescos, Infusions, LPC, ESA, EEA, Zinski, MN, ETS, HP, Treasure Gold)

Simon Says Stamp, columbus, Ohio www.
(Zinski, JoFY, ETS, EEA, EEG, EKC, ELB, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Stamplistic, Cleveland, Ohio
(Hot Picks, LPC, JoFY, ELB, Squiggly Ink)

The Queen's Ink Savage, Maryland
(Infusions, ESA, LPC)

Topflight Stamps, Irmo, South Carolina

Seth Apter, New York
(ESA, Frescos)

Stamp Fever, Orange, California
(Frescos, Jofy, Infusions)

Aldridge Crafts, Attleborough, Norfolk
(Zinski, Jofy, EEA, EKD, EKC, EEG, ESA, Frescos)

Amelia's Creative Crafts, Spernal Ash Nurseries, Alcester Road, Studley, Warwickshire
(Jofy, EKC, ELB, Frescos)

Art from the Heart, Harrogate, Yorkshire
(EEA, ETS, ESA,Infusions)

Birds in the Barn, Marks Tey, Essex
(Zinski, Jofy, EEG, EKC, EKD, ESC, ETS, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Blade Rubber Stamps, London
(JoFY, LPC, Frescos)

Countryview Crafts, Potton, Bedfordshire
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, EEA, EEG, EKC, EKD, ESC, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Craft World Scotland, Glasgow
(EKD, EKC, JoFY, ETS, Zinski, ESA, ELB)

Crafty Snippets, Billingshurst West Sussex

Craftylicious, Mildenhall, Suffolk
(Zinski, Jofy, EEG, ETS, ESA, ELB)

Dandie Crafts, Caerphilly,
(Fresco Chalks, Kay Carley, Tracy Scott)

Everything Art, Powys, Wales
(EEA, Frescos, Infusions)

Keep on Crafting, Burt St Edmunds, Suffolk
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, ESC, ELB, EKD, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Loobie Crafts, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire,
(Zinski, JoFY, ETS, ESA, ELB, Frescos)

LouLouPurple, Gwynedd, Wales

Papermaze, Ipswich, Suffolk
(JoFY, EKC, ESA, ELB, Zinski, Infusions)

Paper Story, Norfolk
(Infusions, Treasure Gold)

Rowan Tree Crafts, Carnforth, Lancashire
(Zinski, stencils, ETS)

Fave Rave, Stourbridge, West Midlands
(Jofy, EEA, Zinski, ELB, Frescos)

Simply Crafts, Cardiff,
(EEG, ETS, ESA, JoFY, Frescos, Infusions)
(Zinski, EKD, EKC, JoFY)

Stampers Grove, Edinburgh, Scotland 
(Zinski, JOFY, ELB, EEA, EEG, EKD, EKC, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

Swanstitch, Deal, Kent

That's Crafty, Romford, essex 
(Zinski, Jofy, LPC, EEG, EKD, EKC, ELB, EEA, ETS, ESA, Frescos, Infusions)

The Artistic Stamper Craft Store, Faversham, Kent 
(Zinski, EKD, EKC, ESC, ETS, Frescos, Infusions)

The Craft Barn, Merstham, Surrey 
(Zinski, Jofy, ETS, EKC, EKD, EEA, ESA, ELB, Fresco Chalks, Infusions)

The Craft Box, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, ETS, ESA, Fresco Chalks)

The Craft Den, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
(Zinski, EKC, EEG, EKD Jofy, ETS, Frescos)

The Craft Room @ Garners Garden Centre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs. ph 01782 636428
(EDY, JoFY, Squiggly Ink, EKC, EKD, EEG, ETS, ZA,  EEA, ESA, EEB, MN, EAB, ESC)

The Forget me not Kraft Kabin
(Zinski, JoFY,  Fresco Chalks)

Whichcraft, Wallasey, Merseyside 
(Zinski, JoFY, Fresos, ELB)

Expression Hobby, Marcinelle
(Frecos, Infusions, Zinskis, EDY, EEG, Jofy)

Hobbyboden Scrapworld Samso
(ESA, Fresco Chalks)

Papir Ulven, Lejre

Kerudoc Creation, St Yvi
(Zinski, JoFY, ELB, EEA, EEG, EKD, ETS, ESA)

Toutencolle, Dun sur Avon
(JoFY, Infusions)

Stempeloase Munich
(Zinski, JoFY, ELB, ETS, ESA, ESC, EKD, EKC, LPC Frescos)

Stempelfee Shop
(Zinski, EEA, EEG, EKC, EKD, ETS, ESA, Infusions, Frescos)

Creafine, Papendrecht
(JoFY, ETS, Infusions)

Hobbycompleet de Duif, Leeuwarden
(Zinski, EKD, EEG, EKC, JoFY, ELB, ETS, ESA, Infusions)

Papillon Hobby, Hendrik Ido Ambacht
(Zinski, Jofy, ELB, EEA, ETS, Infusions)

Scrap & Co, Klarenbeek

Stampingcorner, Capelle Aan Den Ijssel
(Zinski, Jofy, ETS, ESA, Lynne Perrella, Frescos)

The Stamping Cottage, Schaijk
(Fresco Chalks, LPC, ESA,  Zinski, Hot Picks, ETS, JoFY, ELB, Infusions)

Hobbygarasjen, Kopervik,
(JoFY, EKC, ZA, ESA, Infusions, Frescos)

Art and Soul Studio, Burrum Heads, Queensland
(Zinski, Jofy, LPC, EKD, EEG,  ELB, EEA, ETS, ESA)

Crafters Cupboard, Berwick, Victoria 
(JoFY, ELB, ETS, Frescos, Infusions)

Scrap Matrix, Port Elliot, South Australia 
(JoFY, EKC, ELB, ETS, Frescos, Infusions)

Time To Create, Modanville, NSW
(Zinski, ESA, ETS, EKD, EEG, ELB, ESA, Infusions, Frescos)

Mandy's Card, Taipei
(Zinski, JoFY, ETS, ESA, ELB, EEA, Frescos, Infusions)

TIny Dots, Funabashi-shi, Chiba
(JoFY, Frescos, Infusions)


Miriam said...

Your projects are fabulous've showcased Alison's amazing stamps so them!

Kirsten said...

Lovely samples, Nikki, they suit Alison's stamps perfectly.

Craftyfield said...

What a treat! Different styles, different seasons and all with a deft Mixed Media touch!

PaperArtsy said...

Brilliant post Nikki!! So much variety! Alison's stamps happily work across all genres so fluidly!! Nice job!

Amanda said...

Beautiful cards Nikki with Alison's stamps
Amanda x

Helen said...

Love your projects Nikki! Especially the 3 witches. so clever.

Words and Pictures said...

Fabulous samples, Nikki. I love how you've varied the style and the genre, from the contemplative Seth Apter pieces to the brilliant Zinski witches - and, as you know, I'm completely in love with that texty tree! Thank you so, so much for wonderful wingmanning!
Alison xx

Anneke said...

Love the different ways you used the text, the texty tree is fabulous!

rachel said...

Oh my Nikki - what a beautiful job you have done showcasing these stamps - your samples are amazing - words are just perfect! Hugs rachel x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Nikki you have used these quotes so fabulously! I love all your very individual cards and the way the quotes fit with the other embellishments and layering on the cards. Fabulous! Jennie x

Fliss said...

Really beautiful and clean and simple designed cards Nikki. They're all lovely and set off the wonderful quotes perfectly too.
Fliss xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Smashing samples Nikki. Great job. Lx

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a wonderful variety of cards with these gorgeous stamps, Nikki,

Lucy x

Dorthe said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Nikki, so many different styles, and creations.
Beautifully done.
Hugs, Dorthe

Brenda Brown said...

Fantastic samples Nikki to showcase Alison's wonderful stamps. xxx

Redanne said...

Incredible samples Nikki, love what you did with Alison's wonderful new stamp sets! x

SewPaperPaint said...

Such amazing ways to use these awesome new stamps Nikki! And all in your awesome style, a great post! Hugs, Autumn

Cestina said...

Pythagoras is brilliant and The Witches a triumph of evilness...x

sarascloset said...

So many fabulous samples! You have been a very busy girl! My favorites are Be Silent and Listen and Meditation, but you have gone the full gamut, and each of these samples really let Alison's quotes shine! I love the fact the quotes can be used alone or chopped into words- brilliant! Great post, Nikki!