Creating a Textured Background on Canvas

by Scarlett | 0 comments

Hi ScrapFX Peeps!  Scarlett with you again, this time sharing up a tutorial on one way to create some magnificent texture in some fairly easy steps.

Here is the canvas I’ll be making in today’s tutorial:

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It’s a tiny 5×7 canvas but packs a powerful little punch in my opinion. ;)

To create this all you need are a few ScrapFX stencils, some of your favorite mediums, paints, a background stamp, and of course chippies! :)

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Step One: Adhere some scrunched up tissue paper to your canvas using gel medium.  Allow this dry.  *Note when adhering tissue paper I use soft gel medium in thin layers which dries pretty quickly.  This also keeps the tissue paper from tearing.  If you don’t have soft gel medium handy, no worries, regular gel medium will work just be gentle or you can use something like modge podge as well.

Once the tissue paper layer is dry, apply glass bead gel on to the canvas through the Ice Shards Stencil (2014252).  I chose glass beads gel because it has a bumpy quality to it and dries clear.  If you don’t have this gel you can create you own type by using gel medium and adding in beads. ;)  Allow this layer to dry fully – no heat guns as it will not dry clear.

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Step Two: Now that the bead gel is dry color can be laid on to the canvas.  With a pouncing brush begin with shades of pink.  Start by pouncing the lightest shade on first and proceed to the darkest shade.  There is no need to switch brushes at all during this process, use the same one.  You can, however, add in some water to help blend along the way.  Be sure to leave a few open white spaces for the next layer of color and don’t over think where or how you are pouncing color on.

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Step Three: Go over the canvas with shades of blues in the same manner the shades of pinks were applied.  I have used one shade of metallic in this application.  At this point you may be thinking ‘oh man this is a hot mess!’ – I encourage you keep pushing forward – it’ll come together.

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Step Four: The final set of colors to be layered on are some shades of purple.  Use these sparingly as there have already been shades of purple mixed together by the pinks and blues.  This is really be layered on to give the canvas some depth and dimension and to help the Ice Shard patterning pop.  Plus it helps pull out from that hot mess zone in to a ‘hey this isn’t half bad’ zone.

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Step Five: To brighten the canvas and give it a more wintery look take a clean pouncing brush and apply some pearl white and silver paint about the canvas, focusing mainly on the edges where the Ice Shard stenciling is.

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Step Six: Create your wintery scene by adding some ‘snowflakes’ with the Random Dots Stencil (2013172) and some modeling paste.  At this time you can also add some at the bottom portion of the canvas for landscape.

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Step Seven: While the paste is still wet, smoosh two of the Snowflakes F Clear Stencil/Embellishment (2014239) into it.  Once the paste has dried it’ll act as the adhesive for these.  Add a little turquoise glitter to each of the snowflakes to make them pop.   At this point I also sprinkled a little glass glitter on to the paste at the bottom for some additional glimmer and texture.

Here is a closer look at them:

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These snowflakes are such a fun addition to the store and I’m glad I have one more left to play with… perhaps some fun imprinting will be in order before that one becomes an embellishment.

Alrighty, back to the tut…

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Step Eight: Ink up a background stamp with some black ink and randomly stamp onto canvas.  Take care to overlap some on the landscape portion * Note: Most people choose to do background stamping right away, like before they put paste on a project or before they add embellishments.  I do this at times as well, but there are also times like this where I do add some things first and then do background stamping.  Why?  Well because I think it helps keep one from over stamping.  I didn’t want my whole background covered with little black snowflakes.  I knew I wanted them at some point to give some nice contrast, but if I did it first I could have easily over done it. Plus I wouldn’t have been able to stamp into my paste which is kind of a cool effect.  So my ultimate tip here is don’t be afraid to break your normal order of doing things. ;)

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Step Nine: Add your chippies and other embellishments to finish of your project. *Note:  I had all my chippies and embellishments altered and ready to be adhered to the canvas prior to working on it so I could use the wet paste as my adhesive.  I simply smooshed each piece in the paste and added a bit more where needed to help it look a little more settled and realistic.

Here is a close up for you:

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Other then having to wait for pastes to dry this canvas came together fairly quickly.  I was also able to build up a nice little stash of altered chippies because shucks, when you have paste mixed up to alter up two trees you might as well alter up a whole bag of them right? Right.  That is another of my little tips to you – take time out to just and play with your chippies and mediums some day!  You’ll have a heap of custom embellishments in no time and it’s a great way to pass the time while everyone else is watching TV. ;)

Products Used

Snowflakes F Clear Stencil/Embellishment (2014239)

Random Dots Stencil (2013172)

Ice Shards Stencil (2014252)

Antler Animals (2012234)

Baby It’s Cold Outside (2014260)

Christmas Trees, mini (2007384)

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and were able to take away something useful!  If you use any of the tips/techniques shared here I’d love to see them in action so please remember to link up your projects on our Facebook page.

Have a super weekend!

On the Farm

by Scarlett | 1 Comment

Hi All!  Scarlett with you today to share a bit of  my life on the farm.  I will admit it takes a ton of work, but the benefits far out weigh the sore body at the end of the day.

First up a journal cover:

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On my farm I have 17 chooks that give me fresh eggs daily, 5 goats with another coming home soon, and 2 piglets on the way too!  Not to mention all the roos we had.  Boy oh boy it’s a lot to keep up with let me tell you.  I thought it’d be a grand idea to make a journal to keep track of all their needs and what not.  Of course, one cannot just simply have a bare journal for these sorts of things, right? Right.  So, I grabbed up some of my latest ScrapFX goodies along with a few favs and started creating.

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To start off my cover I coated it with some gesso and then went to town playing with my paints to cover it up.  While the paints were still a bit tacky I brushed some metallic blue paint onto the Woodgrain Stamp (2014287) and pressed it about the cover.  I wasn’t worried about getting a perfect image across the entire length of the journal, just tried to make sure the pattern showed up where I did press it in.

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After that was dry, which was pretty quickly, I went to town adding in some more random stamping with the Chicken Wire Stamp (2013382) because what’s a farm project without a bit of chicken wire? and of course I had to have some clouds made with the Clouds A Happy Stamps (2014248) ;)  For the On the Farm (2007216) wordlet I again took to stamping for a quickie technique to help add a little extra pop.  This time I used the new Triangle Maze Stamp (2014288).   The animals on here were jazzed up with a bit of paint and adhered with some pop dots and a bit of liquid adhesive where they actually hit the cover or fabric.

Products Used

Woodgrain Stamp (2014287)

Chicken Wire Stamp (2013382)

Clouds A Happy Stamps (2014248)

On The Farm (2007216)

Triangle Maze Stamp (2014288)

Farmyard Set (2009051)

I’d have to say though my favorite thing so far about being a farmer are the goat nuzzles.  Sure I love to watch my little chook’s booties run about and the fresh produce/eggs are delicious!  But there is absolutely nothing like getting a soft little nuzzle in the face from a sweetie like this:

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This is Twilight and she is one of my doelings that’s about 8 months old now.  When I captured this shot of her I knew right away I’d scrap it immediately and the Precious, midi (2013212) was the perfect chippie to use on here, nothing more needed.  For the background I used the Hash Stencil (2014290) to break up some of the mustard color and I think it gives a bit of additional country charm to the page as well.

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Here you can see the Precious midi a bit better, as well as the leaves that were stamped onto patterned paper using the Leaves A Simple Stamp (2013344). A bit of chicken wire was on this project too in the form of chipboard this time thanks to the Chicken Wire, medium (2014003) piece.

Products Used

Hash Stencil (2014290)

Precious, midi (2013212)

Leaves A Simple Stamp (2013344)

Chicken Wire, medium (2014003)

Chicken Wire Stamp (2013382)

Lots of Love (2014197)

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse in to life on the farm with me.  There is definitely more to come s I have oodles of pictures and adventures to share.  Until then, take care!

“Art Journal Fabulousness” by Misty.

by Misty | 3 Comments

Hi friends!  Misty here to share a what I’ve created with this months fun stamps, stencils, and chipboard.

First, a journal page…

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One of my all time favorite chipboard sets is an oldie but a goodie.  The large cogs.  They are huge and I love that I can piece them out to make multiple designs with them.

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I’ve misted them with some tattered angels and embossed them for some fun distressed texture.

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The background is made using layers of mists, stenciling, and stamping.  The new stamps are perfect for background distressing…

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Products used:

large cogs

“against the clock”

clock hands

diagnol stamp

triangle maze stamp

dot stamp

hash stencil

Next, is another journal page using the other parts of the large cogs…

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It says “Passion is useless without action”.

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This background was created by stamping multiple layers with the fish scale stamp (as well as layers of mists).  This stamp is definitely a new favorite of mine and will be used often!

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For the title pieces I used the word “passion” from the imagine theme pack and the word “action” from the “a piece of action” theme pack.  I will use the parts that I cut from it later!   That is what I love so much about these chippies, it’s so easy to customize your pieces to fit your artwork.

Products Used:

Large Cog

Fish Scale Stamp

“a piece of the action”

“imagine” theme pack

Thank you for stopping by!

 Hope you have a great week…

Halloween: A Reason to Spook!

by Elisabeth Bakken | 2 Comments

Halloween,

together with you,

my friend!

So, yet again: Are you ready to spook and be spooked?!

Halloween is coming, and you might need a card for the party-host,

some gift bags and some tiny treats for when the doorbell rings?

To decorate it all, you will find so many fun things to do it with,

at ScrapFX.

  Check out the news for october!

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Here is my card for the hostess of the Halloween-party I’m going to:

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I kept it simple with the right colors and feel. The pieces I’ve used are:

Skeleton transparency.

Skull and crossbones.

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I also used the skull and crossbones on the little goodiebox.

I can’t wait to give it away!

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Thank you for stopping by today.

Hugs, Elisabeth

Announcing the new design team……!

by admin | 8 Comments

Scrap FX would like to thank the many, many creative artists who applied for the design team, and shared their amazing projects, style and passion for creating.

We would like to welcome to the Scrap FX Design Team:

Alison Callcott  –  Australia

Bec Genet  –  Australia

Arantzazu Sangrador  –  Spain

Cindy Brown  –  Canada

Elodie Goossens  –  Belgium

Irina Gerschuk  –  Russia

Katie Zoey Ho  –  Singapore

Song Li  –  US

These ladies will be joining the current talented DTmembers:

Anita Bownds

Cindy Porter

Claire Barrin

Elisabeth Bakken

Marta Lapkowska

Misty Russell

Scarlett Salamone

Please visit the Scrap FX blog soon to see the new members introduced and their stunning creations.

We will also have lots of new guest designers too!

Thank you to all who applied once again.

 

Stencil Delight and Excellence by Claire

by Claire Barrin | 1 Comment

Hello Scrap FX fans!

What about some new layouts?

For the first one, I worked on my background with the Rose Stencil and waterbased fely pens, and a bit of water.

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I did the whole stencil like this. In the end, the colours were a bit too bright, that’s why I used tracing paper to cover it a bit.

I then outlined the roses in black directly on the tracing paper.

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Items used:

Delight, mini

Rose Stencil

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On the second layout, I used leaves…

stamped leaves (Leaves A Simple, stamp)…

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and outlined leaves (from Leaf set stencil)

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Items used:

Leaf set stencil,

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Leaves A Simple, stamp

Have a nice day!

‘Escape to nature’ VIDEO tutorial by Marta

by Marta Lapkowska | 2 Comments

Hello my friends,

It’s Marta here today. I am happy to share with you my fast and easy mixed media card.

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On this tutorial you can see how to create very simple but interesting mixed media backround. By using stencils and stamps you can achieve some wonderful results. I also used some Finnabair mixed media line and Lindy’s Stamp Gang sprays. I hope you will enjoy my short video.

 

 

 

Used products:

Dot stamp    Triangle Maze stamp   Hash Stencil   Frankenstein Frame   escape to nature

Sending you my warm hugs,

Marta xx

Forever Friends and Fangtastic…

by Cindy Porter | 0 comments

Hi everyone, It’s Cindy here with you today, thanks for joining me…
I’d like to share with you a layout I created with some of the new releases “Forever Friends”
 

I love this photo taken on retreat… a wonderful moment captured…  This months releases included lots of background stamps along with releases for Halloween and sports…

One of the great Halloween releases was an A4 printed Halloween Transparency, which has an A4 page frame along with spooky words and images….
I cut out the frame, and cut the corners to create two “L” shaped pieces, and used these to frame up my photo….

For my background, I used the new Woodgrain Stamp, and stamp with different green inks..

 

For my title I used the Forever Friends wordlet and sprayed it green, then I used the new Diagonal Stamp over the top with a dye ink(archival ink) doesn’t it look fantastic… Such a great look and so easy to achieve…

I used the new Hash Stencil to create background detail and texture… I used some modelling paste to create texture, and embossing powder and watercolour pencil to create detail…

 

 

Scrap FX products used:

Hash Stencil

Diagonal Stamp

Woodgrain Stamp

Halloween Transparency

Forever Friends

 

 

Next up I’d like to share another layout I created “Fangtastic”

 Those of you that know me well, know that I love Halloween…. I believe it is a great opportunity for us adults to let our hair down and play dress ups as you can see…

 

Once again for this layout I used the new Halloween Transparency and cut out a couple of the word titles from it… 

Another of the new releases was this fantastic black cardstock Witchypoo…  I used white gelatos to give her some highlight details…


Again I used the new Hash Stencil to create texture on my background… I think this stencil makes a great staple for your kit, as it lends itself to any style of layout with it’s geometric pattern…

 I used the Spooky Tree,  this is one of my longtime favourites for Halloween… I painted it up with black gesso and some Inka Gold and used white gelatos to create highlights…

 To create the effect of dead tree branches hanging over my page I used the Coral Stencil… I loved the finished effect of the gnarly branches hanging over my blood red moon…

 

Scrap FX products used:

Halloween Transparency

Witchypoo

Hash Stencil

Spooky Tree

 Coral Stencil

 
Naturally I can’t wait for this Halloween, and another opportunity to dress up and get some great photos to create more fun layouts with the rest of the great Halloween releases… stay tuned….
 
till next time
Happy creating

xC

 

Too Cute To Spook Canvas – Anita Bownds

by Anita Bownds | 1 Comment

Hi everyone ,

It’s October, and we have lots of fun chippys this month full of spooktastic goodness!

I started off with a blank canvas painted black,

I added contrasting colours greens, whites and black patterned paper.

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 The Too cute to Spook wordlet I inked white added the green ink, then clear heat embossed it.

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I put Witchypoo in the corner with some flowers around her.

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I cut Frankenstein out of the frame, then painted the Frankenstein Frame  black and added pearls to the bat eyes

and cut 2 circles to go behind the frame and distressed them to add dimension.

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Scrap FX product used

Frankenstein Frame Model: 2014266

Witchypoo Model: 2014269

Too cute to Spook Model: 2014305

Go check out the online scrapbook shops for some of these fun chippys and have fun this Halloween!

Happy crafting

New Background Stamps

by admin | 9 Comments

It’s the start of a new month and we have lots of new goodies to play with.

Today I would like to share a tutorial on using the brand new background stamps.

My mother’s cat, Cleo, just loves to be outside in the garden (on a lead), so it was a perfect time to use the new woodgrain background stamp, along with older favourites: feathers, seed stem small and elm leaf stamps to create a feel of nature.

 

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Below are the “ingredients” for my layout, lots of patterned stamps, dye inks and a pigment ink:

Materials

 

Both pigment and dye inks work well with the foam stamps, but will have different effects.  Dye inks tend to be quite wet, so a small amount of ink wiped onto the foam stamp is enough.  Pigment inks work well with the background stamp patterns as it does not run as freely as dye, and you will get a crisper image.  You will also get several images stamped from the one inking, gradually fading for a lovely effect.

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Pigment Ink

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To start my background, I used the woodgrain background stamp with light brown pigment ink.  After inking the stamp, gently wipe the edges of the stamp with a tissue to remove some of the ink to give a soft edge when stamped:

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To create the pattern on the feather stamps, I used the “kiss” technique.  Dye ink is best used here, as it is quite wet, and the  foam stamp will absorb it very well, to leave the pattern behind.  Dab the dye ink onto the feather stamp, then press a dry patterned stamp, in this case the woodgrain pattern, on top of the feather stamp.  Press the feather stamp onto a piece of white cardstock to see the now patterned feather stamp image.  I then traced around the edges with a black pen and cut out the image.

 

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To create the title “Cleo”, I used the raw Classic Bag of Letters alphabet with various patterns:  the sprinkles cloud from the Cloud B Dream stamp set, and the new diagonal background and fish scales background stamps.

 

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 Other Scrap FX products on this layout are:  Itty Bitty Groovy alphabet (Miss), and Bootiful from the new Halloween transparency.

To see all the new products the design team will be playing with this month, check them out here.

 I hope you are inspired to try these techniques, and our fabulous stamps.

What is your favourite stamp from the whole range?   We’d love to know!  Leave us a comment and one lucky reader will receive their favourite one!

Fish Scales stamp    Diagonal stamp   Triangle Maze stamp

Have fun……….Jill.