Wednesday, June 4, 2014

By the Sea Faux Canvas

Good Morning!

I have another card from my Techniques class featuring Crystal Effects to share with you today.  It's a technique called Faux Canvas; its really simple to create and turns a smooth piece of Whisper White cardstock into the look of a piece of artist's canvas.  You'll look like an instant accomplished artist in just a couple steps!


Stamps: Wetlands
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Gray, Brushed Gold
Ink: Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist, Basic Gray
Punches: Extra Large Oval, Itty Bitty Accents, Banner
Accessories: Linen Thread, Piercing Tool, Piercing Mat, Circle Framelits, Argyle embossing folder, sponges, Basic Gray marker, Crystal Effects, Multi-purpose liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, old toothbrush

Begin with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  In this case, I cut one of the larger circles from the Circle Framelits.  Sponge Pool Party over the entire piece of cardstock.  Next sponge Coastal Cabana, focusing the color more along the bottom to create a waterline and along the very outer edges for depth.  Finish by sponging with Marina Mist along the outer edges.  Stamp the birds from the Wetlands set in Basic Gray along the waterline you sponged earlier.  Add a few additional birds to the sky area with the fine tip of a Basic Gray marker.
Now for the fun part - creating the Faux Canvas.  Add a dollop of Crystal Effects directly onto the center of your finished image.  With an old toothbrush spread the Crystal Effects working ONE way (ie vertically) across the image and entire piece of cardstock.  While the first layer is still wet, apply another dollop of Crystal Effects and work the OPPOSITE way of the way you just completed (ie horizontally).  You'll end up with this wonderful criss cross effect that looks just like canvas!  Set the cardstock aside to dry fully before apply to your card front. There is a good chance the cardstock will want to curl upwards - this is perfectly fine - it will lay flat again once it fully dries.

I'm off to get working on a new tutorial that I hope to have available by the end of the week.  Its currently pouring rain outside so I can work on my paper flowers inside instead of the real ones outside guilt free!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  Until next time...
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Brenda L. said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing. I'm going to go try it. Hope you don't mind if I pin it.

Cherie said...

OMG! This is awesome! I swear that you must dream "projects" at night. Your projects and creativity always amaze me! TFS!

Penny Hanuszak said...

I'd never heard of this technique before Melissa, so appreciate your sharing the "how tos". What a beautiful card. I love all the embellishments and extra touches. Your cards are always so inspiring! TFS.

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