The possibilities of the Sticky Back Canvas intrigue me! I thought I would try something different today and really played with some out of the box ideas using the new Claudine Hellmuth Studio Line. This first idea came together quickly once I had this project in mind.
I began by formatting a picture of the girls with Santa from a couple of years ago. It is one of my all-time favorite Christmas pictures. Using Photoshop Elements I changed the picture from color to gray scale. I then sized it to be three inches in width and let the height just be what it was.
As you can see I used a brush tool on the edges of the photo to lighten the edges, but I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do and so I didn't remove them completely. I printed the photo directly on to the Sticky Back Canvas using the t-shirt transfer setting. This flipped the photo on me, but it printed well on this "fabric-like" product. I then used the Blank Canvas Studio paint to brush the entire tag surface, except the portion with Santa and the girls, with paint. Using an almost dry brush to blend the paint in to the picture around the edges of the focal point as shown below. I then cut out the tag so that I would have my final shape.
Then I used the ink blending tool, along with the following colors of Distress Ink, to age the picture and add a soft hint of color - Antique Linen, Tea Dye, and Fired Brick. As I blended the ink in to the canvas and the painted surface I found that the ink picked up the areas where the layers of paint met with the canvas, making for a very fun/funky background!
I stamped images from the Beautiful and Primitive Christmas sets using Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo. Before "setting" the inks I used my blending tool to soften some of the areas and blend them. I then lightly heat set the inks being I was in a hurry. Using the Fired Brick ink and a brush tip Fantastix applicator I colored in the hearts. Next I mounted the sticky back tag to a wonderful Cosmo Cricket paper and cut out my paper tag, distressed the edges, inserted an X-Large Toasty Tin Eyelet and threaded it with leather cording.
This tag is a little "gift" in itself. I am so tickled with how it came out and it gives me more thoughts of ways to use the Sticky Back Canvas in the future as well - how about creating some mini-scrapbook pages with photos printed directly on them, or a framed piece of wall art. Hmmm - maybe even create some flowers with pictures on them, or... WOW, the possibilities are limitless!