Thursday, 4 October 2012

Icy Santa Canvas- For Creative Expressions

I'm thrilled to be part of the new Creative Expressions Design team! I'm in the company of some very inspirational crafters, and we'll all be showcasing stamps and products from Creative Expressions over thcoming months. Be sure to check out my fabulous teamies! :

This month, we had a choice of different stamp sets to play with. I am showcasing the Tim Holtz Christmas Time set , so for the next four weeks I'll be showing you different ways to create using these fab stamps. Tutorials along the way too, so be sure to check back here every Thursday to see what I've been up to.
My first piece combines all the things I love... canvas, inks and of course paint!
The base for this piece is a canvas board, although of course you could use sturdy cardstock or chipboard. I started off by applying Eco Green paints in Lake and Waterfall, drying in between colours. I brayered a coat of White paint lightly over the top, then printed using junk such as bottle tops and credit cards...
I sponged paint through sequin waste, and stamped using The Bubbles background stamp by Sam Poole. As the surface is so textured, it would be impossible to get a perfectly crisp image by stamping directly onto it. I therefore stamped onto tissue paper, then adhered the tissue to the surface using a layer of Matt Multi Medium both under and over the top. Once the medium is dry (about 3-4 hours) more paints etc can be applied over the top to continue building up the texture. I sprinkled a few crystals of embossing powder over the piece, and carefully heated them until a snow-like effect was achieved..
I also added Picket Fence Distress Stickles to areas like the reindeer ears to add that little extra sparkle...
Extra, darker paint accents were added using Adirondack Paint Dabbers, in Denim and Pool . I also sprayed the canvas board with Cosmic Shimmer Spray in Teal Wash. This gives a gorgeous shimmery finish in real life, difficult to show in the photos! You can just about see a sheen in the bottom right....
With a project like this, its difficult to know when to stop adding bits here and there! Still, lots of texture and detail all add up to give the viewer lots to see in this icy, snow strewn canvas board.
Hope you like it!
Love Trish xx


  1. Gorgeous Trish. So much thought has gone into getting the layering to work on this and the result is beautiful. Hugs, Buttons x

  2. Hi Trish, that is a pretty impressive line up on the DT! Many congrats to all of you. Love this canvas, that is such a great stamp too, love all the layers and the hint of sparkle you have created. A wonderful piece. Crafty hugs, Anne x

  3. Love it Trish. looks beautiful :)

  4. Oooo Trish I love it! That colour is amazing, all the little layers are really interesting to see. They're all so subtle too and blend in beautifully, it just all works and its gorgeous. Michelle x

  5. Hi Trish, love your first creation. Your background is gorgeous, so icy brrrrr looking, which works beautifully with the image. Love how you use paints and "junk" to add interest to your background. Tracy x

  6. gorgeous colour!!! Love it!!

  7. Hi Trish, your 1st dt project is super cool,the layers, the images and love the icy colour palette,the sprinkling of distress stickles finishes it off perfectly. xx

  8. A fab make, the colours are truly yummy and I love the icy sparkle you have created!! A great make! Trace. X


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