How to Make Altered Canvas * TCW Stencils & CM Metallic

by tami sanders * paper crafter

TCW Design Team Member Tami Sanders shows you how to use stencils from The Crafter's Workshop and CM Metallic - Creative Medium, to make a dimensional altered canvas.


  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW227 Chevron
  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW278 Circle Explosion
  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW527 Word Association
  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW527s 6" Word Assoc.
  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW548s 6" Herbarium
  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW525s 6" Screen Print
  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW536s 6" Postcard
  • The Crafter's Workshop: TCW554s 6" Butterfly Cllg
  • Imagine Crafts: CM Metallic: Silver
  • Imagine Crafts: CM Metallic: Gold
  • Imagine Crafts: CM Metallic: Copper
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Safran
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Topaz
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Cactus
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Amethyst
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Opaline
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Caviar
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Silver
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Gold
  • Clearsnap: Izink: Jasmine
  • Clearsnap: ColorBox Chalk Ink: Blackbird
  • Beacon Adhesives: 3-in-1 Glue
  • 8 X 10 Flat Canvas
  • Mini Canvases
  • Palette Knife or Kraft Stick
  • Foam Brushes
  • Masking or Painter's Tape
  • Palette or Disposable Plate
  • optional: Heat Gun
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    you may want to have a sink or pan of with water and a little mild dish soap on hand. place stencils in water after use. Izink dries fast and CM Metallics are hard to remove from stencils once dry.

    Step 2

    paint 8 X 10 canvas with Topaz Izink diluted with a little water and let dry. you can speed dry time of Izink using heat gun, but it dries fairly quickly.

    Step 3

    paint mini canvases with Cactus, Safran and Amethyst Izink Inks and let dry.

    Step 4

    tape CHEVRON stencil over 8 X 10 canvas and randomly fill in portions of the designs using Safran, Amethyst and Cactus inks mixed with a bit of Opaline Izink. slightly blend inks where they meet.

    Step 5

    first stenciled layer of canvas; let dry before proceeding.

    Step 6

    tape CIRCLE EXPLOSION stencil over 8 X 10 canvas and paint in portions of the design using Jasmine Izink mixed with a bit of Opaline. Jasmine is more opaque and Opaline is sheer with a shimmer.

    Step 7

    second layer of stenciled design added to canvas. set aside to dry.

    Step 8

    next, to tie in the metallic colors to be used on the mini canvases, use Gold and Silver Izink to add portions of MINI SCREEN PRINT stencil to 8 X 10 canvas.

    Step 9

    third stenciled layer added; set aside to dry.

    Step 10

    add "dream" to top right of canvas using MINI WORD ASSOCIATION stencil and Caviar Izink. add "imagine" mid right and "Create" bottom right with WORD ASSOCIATION stencil. DRY BETWEEN WORDS

    Step 11

    words added to canvas.

    Step 12

    add some background designs to mini canvases using Caviar Izink with the MINI BUTTERFLY COLLAGE stencil; let dry.

    Step 13

    CM - Creative Medium - Metallic from Imagine Crafts adds great dimension and shine to your projects. they are super creamy and SO smooth which makes them very easy to use.

    Step 14

    use palette knife or craft stick to apply Gold CM Metallic over butterfly portion of MINI BUTTERFLY COLLAGE stencil on orange mini canvas. be sure to use LOTS of medium, you can return excess to jar.

    Step 15

    use edge of knife or stick to smooth medium over stencil. return excess medium to jar.

    Step 16

    butterfly design added using Gold CM Metallic. set aside to dry or speed up dry time using heat gun. apply heat carefully, moving constantly and not overheating medium or it will bubble.

    Step 17

    use Silver CM Metallic to add design from MINI HERBARIUM stencil to lime canvas and Copper CM Metallic to add design to purple canvas using MINI POSTCARD stencil. let dry.

    Step 18

    i decided the space between "imagine" & "create" was too big, so i added some butterflies in between them with one more towards top left of canvas. first layer was done with Cavier mixed with Jasmine.

    Step 19

    once dry, i mixed Jasmine and Opaline Izink and went over stenciled designs again.

    Step 20

    to add a little "distress" to the project and make the dimensional metallic designs stand out a little more, i rubbed Blackbird Chalk Ink along edges of designs and canvases using my finger to apply.

    Step 21

    next, arrange and adhere mini canvases to 8 X 10 canvas using 3-in-1 Glue.

    Step 22

    mini canvases adhered.

    Step 23

    closeup shot of dimensional images made using CM Metallics.

    Step 24

    for more projects from the TCW Design Team, please visit their blog: * tami sanders * paper crafter: