Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Chipboard meets Canvas

Hi creative people, Sharmaine here to share a canvas that I made using a bunch of X-Press It products.

Canvas for X-Press It

Products Used:
X-Press It Canvas
FabScraps "Retro Twist" paper
FabScraps chipboard word
FabScraps “Retro Twist”Ticket album
Chromacryl paints
Atelier paint
X-Press It Triple Tac glue
CKS Retractable Knife
Hazel & Ruby Pass the Tissue

The inspiration behind the canvas was the gorgeous butterfly from the cover of the chipboard album.

Canvas for X-Press It

Using the retractable knife I removed the butterfly from the cover.

Canvas for X-Press It

Then using some Chromacryl paint I altered the butterfly.

Canvas for X-Press It

Next I got to work on the canvas, covering it with some watered down Atelier Pthalo Green.

Canvas for X-Press It

Then using some Triple Tac glue I coated the canvas.

Canvas for X-Press It

Then using some FabScraps paper

Canvas for X-Press It

I transferred the image of the butterflies onto the canvas.
(You can read more about transferring images with Triple Tac HERE)

Canvas for X-Press It

Once the canvas image was where I wanted it I ripped strips of Hazel & Ruby tissue paper and covered the sides of the canvas.

Canvas for X-Press It

Next I used the green paint to coat some FabScraps chipboard

Canvas for X-Press It

I added this, and the butterfly, to the canvas using Triple Tac.

Canvas for X-Press It

I then covered the edges of the canvas with some black paint.

Canvas for X-Press It

Then I sealed the canvas, again using the Triple Tac Glue.

Canvas for X-Press It

The results…

Canvas for X-Press It

Speak for themselves.

Canvas for X-Press It

I hope this inspires you to look at your crafty products and give them new life.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


I was very excited to learn that the FabScraps French Heritage range has a keen focus on BIRDS, elegant ones such as the peacock used in today's mixed media canvas.  Here is what I started with today:

X-Press It Canvas
X-Press It TripleTac
X-Press It Clear Gel Glue
FabScraps Paper: French Heritage Collection--Peacock Magic 2
FabScraps Charm and Pearls
FabScraps Birdcages Chipboard
FabScraps Peacock Chipboard
Atelier Free Flow Pthalo Green Paint
Chromacryl Fluid Concentrate Violet Paint

The Peacock 2 Paper was a great base for this project, with X-Press It TripleTac all papers are easily adhered to the canvas:

The above photo also shows the start of texture building by way of paste through a stencil, a very important part of texture build is different layers of paint, see how different the paper looks once you start the paint layering process:

Rubbing half dry paint brushes over the surface really helps to add to the depth of colour, whilst allowing the paper elements to remain in focus:

Then it is simply just a case of layering up all of the chipboard and elements.  For this canvas I have incorporated a piece of vintage lace, and a swag of FabSraps Pearls and Gems inter dispersed with twine coils, and pre-purchased flowers, secured with TripleTac and Clear Gel Glue:

The combination of paper and texture (through paint) provides a great base to showcase the loveliness of the FabScrpas Chipboard elements; the themed papers and embellishments make little pieces of art come together with ease and speed.  Which bird do you like the most in the French Heritage range?

Until next time,

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Doodled Journal Page

Today I'm combining a range of products from our Inspiration Lane partners to produce a colourful doodled journal page in my X-Press It Blending Journal.  If you wanted to try this on a less time consuming scale it would also make a fabulous card or scrap book page accent!

To create something like this for yourself you will need:

  • X-Press It: Blending Journal or Blending Card, Mask It and Triple Tac Glue
  • Hazel and Ruby: Broadside Alpha Stencil Mask
  • Copic: 0.5 Multi Liner and Copic Markers in Y35, BG07 & YG06
  • FabScraps: Sorbet set of sprays
  • Molotow Paint Markers: Shock Blue 2mm, Grasshopper 2mm, Neon Pink 2mm, Zink Yellow 2mm & Signal White 4mm

Begin by colouring 2 pages in your X-Press It Blending Journal using the Sorbet set of sprays from FabScraps - I randomly sprayed each colour one over the other and then left this to dry.  This does get a bit wet - so you could also spray onto two pieces of A5 Blending card and glue these in to your journal later - which is what I did.  Once dry, use either X-Press It Triple Tac or Matt Medium to seal this layer before continuing.

Next I grabbed a bright selection on Molotow markers and using stencils and doodles, added designs all over the background.  This needs to dry completely before continuing.

Using the Broadside Alpha Stencil Masks from Hazel and Ruby, create a word on one of the pages - I chose SOAR.

I then created a custom bird mask using X-Press It Mask It film - I love using this stuff, so easy to make your own shapes.

With the masks in place I used the same colours of Molotow markers to tone down the areas surrounding the bird and word.  I dotted paint over the background and used my fingers to smoosh it around and create 'halos' around the images.  Remove the masks and wait for the paint to dry completely.

Now you could stop right here, but I felt like adding some doodling to the page.
Using my 0.5 Copic Multi Liner (which happens to be my favourite journaling pen) I went a little overboard and doodled across the entire background.

Once done with the doodling my page looked like this.  I felt I needed to bring focus back onto the bird and the word a little.

So the next thing I did was colour some of the doodled designs using my Copic markers.  I have some I keep just for using in my journal - I will need to replace the tips on these eventually as using your Copics over acrylic paint will eventually clog the nibs.  I also added a little AtYou Spica and some shading to highlight the important elements.  I may go back and add some details with my White Extra Fine Molotow marker in the future - but for the moment I will let it stay as it is.

AND if you're not into journal pages, you could easily use part of this design on a card front.

Why not try a stencil or mask and add some doodling to your next project?

May your day sparkle,
Kate P.