Shimmering Butterfly Upright by Nikki Acton


Today’s project features the wonderful That’s Crafty! greyboard embellishments (Bits and Pieces) to decorate an MDF upright. These butterflies and the wildflower both come from the small wildflowers set.

I started with the MDF upright – this is the dinky size with the decorative top. I gave it coat of DecoArt Crackle paint and once dry sealed with matt medium. I added washes of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics (Burnt Sienna and a little Burnt Umber) before stamping with the stone background stamp from Tim Holtz (perfect size for the dinky upright!). I added touches of paint to a few of the stones and a few splatters or watery white gesso.

I selected the greyboard pieces I was going to use and sponged gesso over them before adding green paint to the stalks and butterflies. Once dry I added That’s Crafty! Shimmer Paint in Dark Blue over the flowers and butterflies before adding highlights with the Molotow Chrome pen.

A little edging of the upright frame and a metallic sticker to finish!



DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics – Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna

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  1. Just gorgeous Nikki. Love the simplicity of design and the crackled stone looks fab. Lovely detail on the flowers and butterflies too.
    Fliss xx

  2. Just gorgeous Nikki. Love the background.
    Much love, Bev. xxx

  3. Elegant and Beautiful! Nikki x

  4. Such amazing background,- love the color you used, for the stones. And your flowers and butterflies, have beautiful details, too , Nikki .
    Hugs, Dorthe, x

  5. Really lovely Nikki, love the cracked wall
    Amanda x

  6. Fab wall effect Nikki, those blue wildflowers grow perfectly against it.
    Hugs Tracey x

  7. Oooh gorgeous, absolutely stunning brick effect 😍
    Donna xx

  8. The beautiful flowers and butterflies look wonderful against the fabulous brick wall - just brilliant! xxx

  9. I love the elegant simplicity of this, with the crackled brickwork adding such great texture.
    Alison x

  10. I just love the flowers growing along this wonderful crackled brick wall! Lovely project Nikki! Julia xx


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