We have had a terrific time this week with the Stampendous Blog Hop with their inspiration “It Is In The Bag.” Great ideas and techniques to use stamps, stencils, inks, paints, mediums on canvas and a wide range of styles and designs were shared by the amazing Stampendous design team on their blogs. They rocked this hop and we hope they love their finished totes as much as we do. Fun ideas that are perfect for holding that cell phone, giving the perfect gift or a great place to stash your favorite craft supplies. Stop by and visit the Stampendous Blog to see each of the bags and for information on a chance to win. You have through Sunday, November 15 to enter to win.
Now it is our turn, we used the same inspiration “It Is In The Bag.” We decide to play with Canvas Corp’s Kraft Paper Bags, a wide range of Canvas Corp Papers, Tattered Angels Paints and Dreamweaver Stencils. We created thus mixed media book filled with paper bag pockets ready to hold photos and special little goodies. The book is built inside of the Canvas Corp 5×7 Canvas Portfolio. Canvas Corp offers a wide range of canvas surfaces that are perfect for trying out all the great ideas the Stampendous design team shares on the blog. You can create on canvas and burlap too with the same techniques and products that you do on paper and the results are simply beautiful.
What you will need:
- Canvas Corp 5×7 Canvas Portfolio
- Canvas Corp 12×12 Kraft & Silver Ribbon Stripe (4 sheets)
- Canvas Corp 12×12 Blue & Ivory Dot Rev
- Canvas Corp 12×12 Navy & Ivory Mini Dot Rev
- Canvas Corp 12×12 Large Feathers
- Canvas Corp 12×12 Tissue Stock White
- Canvas Corp 12×12 White e-flute
- Canvas Corp 12×12 Burlap
- Canvas Corp Kraft Paper Bags
- Canvas Corp White File Folders
- Canvas Corp Dark Blue Hemp Cord
- Tattered Tangels Glimmer Mist Crocheted Doily, Turquoise Blue, Imperial Blue
- Tattered Angels High Impact Ivory
- Beacon 3 in 1 Glue
Tools: Scissors, Paper Cutter, Paint Brush, Paint cups or pallet, hole punch
We started with 4 paints in a neutrals and blues as we embarked on our Stampendous adventure. We decided to grab a stack of different papers, surfaces, fabrics and specialty papers to see just what happens when you pair up Dreamweaver stencils and Canvas Corp Brands and not only was the project fun to do, the results are pretty exciting.
Canvas Corp’s fluted papers are made in the same factory where you everyday boxes are made, the only difference is they leave off the second sheet of board that makes a box, leaving the lovely fluted paper exposed. This dimensional paper is so fun to work with, but we were not quite sure what would happen if we tried to stencil onto it and we were amazed. Misting through the stencil onto the fluted paper worked like a charm, unlike dry brushing a stencil where you make direct contact and the flutes would get in the way, the mist sprays onto the paper taking the form of the stencil.
We did not want to waste all the glorious mist that was left over on the stencil, so we flipped it over and “stamped” onto one of the Canvas Corp Blank File Folders which when opened up is a great way to add a tab to the book we will be making. Glimmer Mist is made up of many colors and micas to create each color. When the mist is applied to a slick surface like this stencil the colors separate just a bit, so when the stencil is “stamped” the color is simply spectacular, with swirls of metallic among the various colors of blue.
Our next curiosity was stenciling onto burlap, so we gave it a try. We laid the stencil directly onto the raw burlap and misted again and slowly lifted the stencil to see what we created and the results looked like a hand-painted tree on burlap and we fell in love. Again we had a stencil full of wonderful mist, so this time we “stamped” onto Canvas Corp’s Tissuestock. This unique tissue paper has a light coating of wax that makes it a terrific surface for mixed media. The reaction when the mist hits the tissue is stunning, the exact same color mist, but the colors look so different on the Tissuestock.
Next we wanted to see what we would get when painting onto Denim Fabric with Tattered Angels High Impact Paint. This paint is terrific on fabric and just about any other surface. We choose a single light color and stenciled onto denim fabric with a brush and we achieved a hand screen-printed look. The stencil on the Canvas Corp Blue & Ivory Dots looks pretty great too.
We proceeded to mist and stencil onto anything that was not moving creating a lovely pile of blue and neutral papers that would soon find their way into our paper bag photo book. The combination of Canvas Corp’s Blue & Ivory Papers, paper bags, file folders, burlap and fabrics with stenciled accents and loads of Mist and High Impact Paint comes together and is ready to fill our book pages.
We stenciled and “stamped” a range of kraft bags with tone on tone and blues and they turned out really cool. The glimmer just shines on the brown paper bag surface. These painted bags are terrific for slipping in your book and they will hold a variety of photos you can store and share.
To make the book we started with a Canvas Corp 5×7 Portfolio. Similar to the folders you would find in an office supply store in paper, Canvas Corp offers them in canvas in 5×7, 8.5×11 and 12×12. A great surface to create a handmade book, with the center inside channel you can add the pages of your choice by tying them into place. We like to use a hole punch and come up as far from the top and the bottom as the punch will go to make our book holes for binding.
We almost forgot to talk about the feathers. While we did not stencil them, we used the same paints and watercolor style painted them by pouring the Glimmer Mist into little cups after shaking them well and then painting with a brush. The photos don’t quite do the end results justice as the glimmer and colors blended look magnificent. We then fussy cut them into actual feathers to add them to our book. Feathers are so hot right now, you can paint the Canvas Corp Large Feathers to match any project.
We cut 4 Kraft & Silver Ribbon Stripe 12×12 papers down making them each about 6 ¾” tall x 12 ½” wide (we got the extra ½ by leaving the upc code header on the paper for a little extra something, next you will thread ribbon, hemp or cord through the channel and the holes, tying the pages into place. You can add more pages, but don’t forget you can decorate the front and the back, so 4 pages really makes 8 sides and 16 when you decorate on both sides. Canvas Corp papers are all cardstock weight or heavier, so they are a great choice for the pages of your book and ready to handle all you can add to them. Many of the papers have basic backgrounds giving your book a great look before you even start decorating them.
Now to decorate the pages….we mixed and match the coordinating pages adding a bit to each page. We made sure to add envelopes, bags and strips of fabric to make as many pockets as we could to hold those special photos. You can glue your photos right into the book or you can use the pages to hold more than one photo, because if you are like us we take so many photos and cannot just choose one.
To make the front cover we fringed the stamped burlap piece and tied it onto a piece of cardstock and then adhered it to the front with Beacon’s 3 in 1 Glue. This glue is a perfect choice when adhering fabrics together, fabric and paper or adding embellishments. It is the perfect glue to hold the things you need glued in place.
We want to thank Stampendous and their design team for letting us experiment with their products this week and for creating such amazing totes. Their projects are definitely in the bag and we would be proud slip our cellphone and change purse into any one of them. If you did not get a chance to see all the great designs stop over to the Stampendous Blog to see them all and for your chance to win some great prizes.