Monday, February 2, 2015

Mini Canvas Tutorial

Greetings!  Kim here with a photo tutorial on how I created this mini canvas, featuring the beautiful Parisian Postcard stamp set.  This was super easy to create so let's get to it!

 I started with a mini canvas board (this is a thin, canvas covered board), sized around 4"x6".  I grabbed a Tim Holtz layering stencil and Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste.  Use a palette knife to apply the paste through the stencil.
 Here's what the paste looks like when you remove the stencil.  Notice that I didn't fill in every area; I really like that broken design look.
 Next, I used a combination of acrylic paints to add color to the canvas.  I used a light grey and blue color, keeping the darker color on the edges.
 Once the paint was dry, I used the stamps from the Parisian Postcard set to stamp all over the canvas.  I also used the Friendship Script stamp to add some text.  Note that I used Archival Inks for the stamping.  A dye based ink won't show up very well on acrylics and will not be permanent; Archivals is best for mixing with paint.
 I added a text circle, die cut from old book paper, and added it to the canvas (use Ranger Matte Medium to attach paper to a painted surface).  I also stamped a whole bunch of images on cardstock.  I kept all of my stamping in one color; Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival Ink.  Thsi allowed me to add just a touch of color to the roses and butterfly, coloring with Copics.
 I also colored a few pieces of twill with Distress Inks.  Once the twill was dry, all that was left was assembly!  This process involves moving the pieces around, layering them, until you find a pleasing design.  I also added the sentiment, small gold dots (self-adhesive), and a few metal pieces from Prima. (I also added a touch of yellow paint to the background...this helped incorporate the yellow from teh flowers and butterfly).

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial!  Happy crafting!

5 comments:

diane (cookiestamper) said...

Very cool, Kim!

Amante del Papel said...

thanks for the fantastic tutorial!

Cynthia said...

Great altered canvas, Kim. Thanks for the tutorial.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Fantastic tutorial Kim. Love the embossing paste background and the collage images in the background... the cut and layered images are beautiful.

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Such a gorgeous canvas and love the tutorial!!! The collage is reminiscent of the vintage ones! Stunning!