Friday, August 10, 2012

Live the Life You've Imagined by Steph Ackerman

Good morning, Steph here and I want to show you how easy it is to work with canvas.

Working with canvas allows you so many opportunities to create something very different that you can use as a showpiece. I had no plan in mind when working with this canvas, so I dug out all things "Tim" - stamps, paper, inks and masks- and went to work.

Start by using the Inking Tool and ink the canvas with Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Antique Linen and Broken China. Be sure you rub the tool into the canvas with a rotating motion to avoid stroke marks. When you are happy with the look of your canvas, run your fingers under the faucet and shake your fingers over the canvas. Continue adding drops of water until you see the water pooling on your canvas. Put the canvas aside to dry.

Using Perfect Pearls, ink some ribbon with Mixed Media Adhesive then attach it to the bottom of the canvas with Glossy Accents. Add a silver charm to the right corner.
Stamp the Umbrella Man with Walnut Ink on white cardstock. Cut it out, then cover with Glossy Accents. Put this piece aside to dry (it will take about 2 hours to dry depending on the amount of Glossy Accents you use).

Using masking elements, apply the masks to three areas of the canvas and ink over the masks with Walnut Ink. Remove the masks to reveal the design on the canvas. Add several strips of tissue tape to the right side of the canvas. The translucent tapes allow the colors on the canvas to show through.
Stamp a strip of birds in the upper left section of the canvas with Walnut Ink.  Since you are stamping on canvas, the image itself may not be complete (see bird #4), but tht is absolutely fine!  Tear a piece of pattern paper, crumple it and thoroughly wet it. Once it has dried, gently pull it back to form, leaving it somewhat wrinkled. Ink over the paper with Walnut Ink so that the ink just touches the wrinkled areas. Using the mini misters, spritz the paper again with water just until the ink starts to runs. Allow the paper to dry and then ink the edges with Antique Linen Linen and Wild Honey. Add this piece to canvas wth Glossy Accents.
Stamp several images with Walnut Ink on white cardstock. Cut out these images and, using the inking tool, ink with Antique Linen and Wild Honey. Mat with brown cardstock, staple them together and then add to the canvas with foam adhesives for dimension.  Add the Umbrella Man between the two images with foam adhesives.

Using Wild Honey, drag the ink pad directly along the edges of the canvas for a bright, distressed effect.  For a more subtle effect, you can use the inking tool.

FYI, I pulled out the pink ribbon when I completed this project as it really didn't coordinate with the ultimate colors I chose for this project.

Pattern paper, Inks, Masks, Charms: Tim Holtz
Stamps: Stampendous
Adhesive: Glossy Accents


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