I hope you all had a splendid New Year's! I'm kicking off my first individual design team post of 2017 with a canvas project featuring the Moon Fairy and the sentiment, Talk To The Moon. Yes, I'm an avid card maker, but once in awhile, I like to stamp and paint. So, today is your lucky day. I'm mixing it up, here at So Suzy Stamps!
You can see from the graphic below, we have a theme and technique challenge for the month of January. Does it get any colder than outer space? I don't think so. Ok, so maybe it's a stretch, but I can promise, you'll be seeing more wintry projects from me this month, as well. I am, however, taking full advantage of the technique challenge and using vellum to heat emboss my image and sentiment.
I've got a step-by-step tutorial for you so let's get started. You probably have most of it these items on hand already, but if you don't, it's a great excuse to go shopping. In addition to your stamps, you will also need:
- 6"x 6" black canvas (art section of craft/hobby stores)
white acrylic paint (DecoArt)
-medium and small paintbrush
-chalk ink in purple/blue hues + white
-clear liquid glue (Tombow)
-black embossing powder (Nuvo)
-black extra fine glitter
-heat embossing tool
-craft knife (Pen Blade)
-popsicle stick or large nail file
1. Grab your medium paintbrush and squeeze some white gesso onto a craft mat or similar surface and begin painting random circles on your canvas. Keep in mind where you wish to place your image and sentiment so that the white circles serve to bring them to the forefront. You don't want black embossing to fade into the black canvas.
The gesso is needed to prep your surface for the paint. To speed things along, dry quickly with your heat emboss tool. Paint one or two layers of acrylic paint on top of your gesso painted circles, drying in between each layer. I used DecoArt Multi-surface satin paint in Cotton Ball.
2. When circles are completely dry, take sponge dabbers and dab colors onto the right side of your circle. I envisioned a crescent moon shape and dabbed first one color of purple, another shade of purple, then blue. You can vary and have multiple colors on one circle or just one color. Mix it up - it's all good fun and you can pretty much do what you want here.
I decided I needed smaller circles and paint "dots" so I painted a little more. I also added some sponged "faded" circles with white chalk ink as shown in the original photo. I failed to get an extra shot of those faded sponged circles but it's pretty easy. Just dab circles and make some lighter and some a little darker for a shadow effect.
You can also add extra tiny paint splatters by dipping a wet toothbrush into your paint and running your thumb across the paint dipped brush and "splatter" your canvas. Be sure to have a clear area or do this in a box so you don't mess up your table!
3. Heat emboss the sentiment and fairy onto separate pieces of vellum. For the fairy, it works best to fussy cut after the glitter process. The vellum offers a wide berth (yes, I just said, "wide berth") to work with and will prevent the image from curling while gluing. Use a glue pen (Zig) and add a layer of glue to the fairy. Quickly, sprinkle with black glitter, tapping off excess and use heat embossing tool to dry. Now, you can fussy cut your fairy. Use a craft knife of Pen Blade for the smaller section in the middle.
4. Use clear glue, such as Tombow mono aqua, to glue the backside of your fairy and sentiment to the canvas. It helps to grab a popsicle stick or similar item to hold down your image to keep it adhered and avoid curling while drying. Just a minute or two will do the trick. As you can see, I cut my heat embossed sentiment into four lines and spread out on my canvas for more visual appeal.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed today's project. I'll see you next week for the design team blog hop. Be sure to visit Suzy's blog to look around for more design team inspiration and check out the store So Suzy Stamps is a one stop shop and you'll find a wide variety of stamps, stencils embellishments and more.
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