Friday, December 20, 2013

'A Blank Canvas' December Edition

Hello and Happy Friday!

Tina here today with my 'A Blank Canvas' series.  Each month, I share my creative process on how I transform a blank sheet of chipboard into a Mixed Media layout, using the current month's kit supplies!

Let's take a peek at my layout.

The festive, bold colors of the December kit were perfect for a vintage Mixed Media layout!  Green and Red are always a go-to color combination.

Let me walk you through my creative process.

Step One:  Paint Sticky Back canvas with Gesso.

Step Two:  Apply Modeling Creme to canvas with Tim Holtz Stencil.

Step Three:  Apply a 'wash' of Silks to canvas.  Modeling Creme acts as a resist.

Step Four:  Age canvas with Distress Ink.

Step Five:  Cut up canvas into randomly sized rectangles.  Set aside.

Step Six:  Apply Gesso to chipboard and create 'stripes' with plastic fork.  Apply your favorite spray and/or Ink.  I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Moonshadow Inks, Magicals, and Starburst Sprays.  Dry.

Step Seven:  Peel backing from Sticky Back Canvas and adhere to background.

Step Eight:  Paint chipboard letters with Silks and while wet, sprinkle with Embossing Powder.  Heat emboss.

Step Nine:  Spray top of chipboard with Spray Mist and let it drip down. 
Cut randomly sized circles from Tim Holtz fabric and adhere to background. 
Adhere small metal findings to background.
Using technique in Step Eight, apply Silks to edge of layout and around fabric circles and sprinkle embossing powder.  Heat emboss.

Step Ten:  Using Charcoal Soft Pastels, edge around canvas rectangles, chipboard alphas, and edge of layout.  (this is my latest obsession.  I MUST apply Charcoal to everything HA!)

Step Eleven:  Add more Spray Mist and paint to areas of layout.  The close-ups really show all of the fabulous detail, color and texture.

Doodle a bit around the metal embellishments and fabric circles and you have a finished layout!

I hope you enjoyed this month's 'A Blank Canvas'.  Thank you for stopping by!


  1. This is wonderful Tina, thanks so much for sharing your creative process and Happy Christmas to you and yours! :o)xxx

  2. This is lovely! Thank you for explaining what you were doing!! Love all the different steps and the final result! TFS!