How to Create a Steamy 5x7 Canvas

by Barbara Rankin

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  • 5 5x7 Canvas Board
  • Sin City Stamps A Wing Above the Rest
  • Sin City Stamps Steampunk'd Christmas
  • 4 Adirondack Reinkers Mushroom,
  • Meadow, Caramel, Stream
  • Golden Matte Medium
  • White Gesso
  • StazOn Spiced Chai
  • Deli wrap
  • Sin City Stamps lasercut gears
  • Sizzix/Tim Holtz Courtyard frameworks die
  • Distress inks: Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters,
  • Wild Honey, Vintage Photo
  • Memento markers: Pistachio, Nautical Blue,
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen Black XS
  • Antique Gold Gilder's Paste
  • Judi-Kins Rusty Bronze Patina embossing powder
  • Clear embossing ink
  • Derwent Inktense Ink Blocks
  • Water Brush
  • Metal embellishments
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Tear strip of Graphic 45 paper to fit corner of 5x7 canvas. Adhere with matte medium.

    Step 2

    Adhere Sin City Stamps laser cut gear shapes to canvas with matte medium.

    Step 3

    Cover entire canvas with light wash of white gesso.

    Step 4

    Add washes of Adirondack re-inkers in Stream, Meadow, Caramel and Mushroom.

    Step 5

    Stamp Sin City Stamps winged dress form and steam engine onto deli wrap with StazOn Spiced Chai.

    Step 6

    Tear out steam engine image and adhere to canvas with matte medium. The re-inkers are reacting with the matte medium and coloring the deli wrap as I apply it.

    Step 7

    To prevent color migration, spray canvas with Krylon Workable Fixatif, let dry. Then adhere Sin City Stamps winged dress form with matte medium. See the difference between the two images?

    Step 8

    Outline steam engine with fine black Pitt artist pen.

    Step 9

    Outline winged dress form with Peanut Brittle Memento marker, color bodice with Nautical Blue and Pistachio Memento markers.

    Step 10

    Stamp smaller gear from Sin City Stamps Steampunk'd Christmas set in center of laser cut gear die with StazOn Spiced Chai.

    Step 11

    Sponge distress inks over canvas and die cut in Peacock Feathers, Rusty Hinge, Shabby Shutters, and Wild Honey. Sponge StazOn orange zest randomly over canvas gears and around steam engine.

    Step 12

    Die cut chipboard with Courtyard die. Add a wash of white gesso, distress inks, and stamp images from Sin City Stamps Steampunk'd Christmas and Art Journaling stamp plates in StazOn Spiced Chai.

    Step 13

    Add Distress ink colors over die cut. Pop out a few of the centers.

    Step 14

    Adhere die cut to left side of canvas with matte medium or glue. Add centers from mirror sheet die cut to openings.

    Step 15

    Stamp "STEAM" onto smooth white card stock with StazOn Spiced Chai. Cut out, distress edges, color with a brown distress ink, adhere with foam dots.

    Step 16

    Add shadows with a charcoal pencil and blending stump, or your finger.

    Step 17

    Add Derwent Inktense Blocks colors to winged dress form to further intensify the image. Add metal embellishments.

    Step 18

    Another closeup: Inktense colors added.

    Step 19

    Closeup: charcoal pencil added for shading.

    Step 20

    Edge canvas with clear embossing powder and heat emboss with Judi-Kins Rusty Bronze Patina embossing powder.