Thursday, April 23, 2015

Collage Canvas

So by popular demand my DT (Design Team) project today will be a Collage canvas.  This is one of my favorite styles to do on a canvas.
For this project I decided to use the Chain Link backgroundstamp and Steampunk’d Rubber Stamps set that both can be purchased from  I hope you enjoy this project, below you will find step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own. 

Supplies List:
  • facade (surface): 8in X 10in Artist Loft Canvas (20.3cm x 25.4cm)
  • paper: idea-ology (Tim Holtz) WallFlower paper stash, manila card stock, brown card stock.
  • distress ink: gathered twig, pumice stone
  • archival ink: coffee, potting soil and black
  • embellishments: word band, jump ring, metal corners, flowers and big chitchat
  • adhesives: glossy accents, double sided tape, beacon quickgrip glue and pop dots
  • tools: craft sheet, mister, heat tool, scissors, ink blending tool, ripper, vagabond and sewing machine
  • stamps used: Chain Link background stamp and Steampunk’d Rubber stampset

Step 1: We will start by gathering up our supplies for this project and then let the fun begin.
Step 2: First start off this project by taking the canvas and using distress inks (gathered twigs and pumice stone) and cover the canvas with the distress inks using a blending tool. 
Take gathered twig distress ink (you will come to learn this is one of my favorite colors- I use it in most of my projects) and cover the canvas and also apply the distress ink color of pumice stone as well.
Step 3: Now that you have the background of the canvas started lets then create the water drop effect onto the surface of that.  Take a water mister and squirt water into the palm of your hand.  Then flick the water onto the canvas.
Then using your heat gun start drying the canvas and then blot up the remaining water with a cloth or paper towel.
Step 4:  Now we need to seal the canvas and this is because distress ink is reactive with water we need to seal the canvas.  So I used Matte Finish spray and sprayed the entire canvas and set it aside to let it fully dry.
Step 5:  Our next step is take some of the wallflower paper stash paper to determine our background.  In this process I am trying to figure out our pallet lay out.
 Step 6: Now that we have determined our paper.  We will begin to cut this down to the sizes we want to use on the canvas.  We will be making block back ground squares that will then show case our stamped images and embellishments we use.
Step 7: We are now going to start placing the blocks we cut out onto the canvas and determine our layout. 
Step 8:  Now that we have the blocks determined we are going to use the sewing machine around the boarders to add a simple stitch.  However before we do that…
Step 9: Take the blocks now and using the paper distresser rough up the edges.  Then dirty up the edges with gathered twig distress ink and add a simple stitch to block the image.   This adds that additional element of detail.
Step 10: Then we are going to start stamping images and adding them to the canvas onto the blocked images.  I started off taking the Chain Link background and using potting soil archival ink I stamped the image on manila card stock.
I then applied some gathered twig distress ink to dirty up the edges and across the face of the stamped image. 
I finished it off by adhering it to the canvas with idea-ology long fasteners.
Step 11: We will continue this process of adding embellishments and stamped images to the blocks. 
Step 12: I then took the two pocket watch stamps from the Steampunk’d stampset and using coffee archival ink stamped those on manila card stock.  I then cut each of those images out.

Step 13: I then adhered the blocked images to the canvas using Beacon quick grip glue.

Step 14:  Final step was to add more embellishments.  An I added a word saying to the canvas as a final touch.
Thanks for checking out this fun canvas project and if you don’t have the Art Journaling stamp set in your stash be sure to add them.  This is a must have and will be a great addition to for your craft stash.
Check out the store today there are such great stamps, stencils and products that you can chose from that will be great additions to your home.



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