Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stamping on canvas and coloring with sprays (tutorial)

Hello all!  Today I have a bit of a tutorial to share with you.  Recently I made a card where I stamped a solid image onto canvas, and it looked really cool.  Then just a few days ago I wanted to stamp on canvas again, this time with an outline stamp.  I thought it would be cool to try to color the image in with spray inks using a stamped "stencil".  I'm sure this is a no-brainer for some of you, but I had never tried it or seen it done, so I took step-by-step photos to share.  Here is the finished canvas piece:

This technique would also work with an image stamped on paper; for this tutorial, I will be working on canvas.  I started out with a piece of sticky-back canvas, specifically Ranger Sticky-Back Canvas ATC.  I stamped an image and a sentiment, both by Paper Smooches:

I stamped the same image onto a piece of scrap cardstock.  I used Memento Rich Cocoa ink for all stamping:

I then used a craft knife to cut the image out of the cardstock, creating my stencil.  Since I wanted to color the flower and the leaves two different colors, I also cut the leaves away from the flower:

I placed the stamped canvas onto my non-stick craft sheet, then laid my stencil over the canvas image.  I used some other scraps to cover the rest of the canvas, and taped all the cardstock pieces in place using Scotch tape: 

I decided I wanted to color the leaves first, so I used the cardstock flower to cover the canvas flower.  I taped the cardstock flower to the stencil so that only the canvas leaves would be exposed:

I sprayed Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Chalkboard Spray in the color Sprout:

I wiped off the excess spray, then removed the cardstock flower from the stencil.  Here you can see the whole canvas flower with only the leaves colored in:

Next I placed the cardstock leaves into the stencil and taped them in place:

I sprayed the flower using Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Vintage Pink:

I wiped off all the excess spray and removed the cardstock stencil from the canvas.  Here again is the finished result:

I used my canvas to create this paper yummy:

I used some Studio Calico Mister Huey ink in Classic Calico to add spatter to my background papers.  I had never done that before either (even though it's all the rage right now), but was inspired by the Spatter Technique Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.  And since Cath extended the deadline, why not play along?    I finished off the card with some machine stitching, this cute gingham ribbon, and a button:

Here's another view:

This was a really fun technique, and I encourage you to try it if you haven't before.  Even if you don't have any canvas on hand, try it on paper!  It's a cool alternative to coloring in an image with markers or pencils.  If you do try it, I'd love to see your result!  Thanks for looking!

I'm playing along here:
The Spatter Technique Challenge in the Moxie Fab World
Young Crafters Unite Challenge #10: Flowers

Supplies: cardstock: Recollections; patterned papers: Studio Calico (pink, flowers), October Afternoon (green); canvas: Ranger; stamps: Paper Smooches; ink: Memento; spray inks: Tattered Angels (pink, green), Studio Calico (brown); ribbon: Michael's; button: craft supply; sewing machine: Kenmore; thread: Singer


  1. Gorgeous Kimberly. Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial.

  2. Very pretty! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  3. So pretty with the card on the canvas =) Thanks for joining our YCU challenge!

  4. Thanks for the great tutorial! Beautiful card with the perfect papers and ribbon to accentuate your creation!

  5. What a pretty card - love it!

  6. What an awesome technique!! I love the stitching that you added and especially the little zig zag pattern! Thanks for playing along with us @ Frosted Designs!!

  7. What a great technique with an outstanding result. Gorgeous card!

  8. What an incredible idea and a gorgeous result! The canvas adds an amazing texture to your card.

  9. You've created a beautiful work of art ! I had no idea how pretty a flower could be with just using Glimmer Mist. It looks georgous on the canvas. You were so kind to show us how ,step by step, to make a flower on canvas like you did.