Stenciled canvas bag – STAMPlorations

Hello lovelies, it is time for another Stencil Sunday and this time I´m sharing a fun and easy to make stenciled canvas bag.

This is what my finished canvas bag looks like:

And this is how I created it:

First gather the materials together. You will need a canvas/fabric zipper bag, a foam brush, a stencil and some paints. I picked two colours and chose to use the green one, since this tone of green is one of the Pantone colors for 2017.

The steps are really easy. Place the stencil onto the canvas bag – if the fabric is thinner, you might want to place a cardboard piece inside the bag to keep the paint from seeping thru the surface all the way to the backside of the bag. I didn´t have to, as the canvas this piece is made of, is quite thick material. Next make sure you keep the bag steadily on one place – I kept it from moving around simply with my fingers. You can wash your hands afterwards :). Then apply some paint onto a painters tray and dab the color onto the surface with the foam brush. If you are uncertain, practise on a piece of fabric first. The trick is to keep the stencil from moving around to get an even image. There are no other tricks to getting a clean image than that. When you are done, carefully remove the stencil. Rinse both the stencil and the foam brush and let the surface dry.

Next I applied some texture spray splattrers onto the bag and let those dry. I just wanted to add an artistic element to the surface. If you don´t like splatters, you don´t have to make any :).

Finally I outlined the stenciled sentiment with a black pen to add a little more contrast. That´s it. Easy and fast to do. The paint I used is not meant for fabric which means that I cannot wash this piece in a washing machine. But there are also paints out in the market meant for fabrics. If you want a permanent result, use such paints. My bag is going to be in my studio and I will store my paint pens inside it, so I didn´t need the result to be permanent.

Imagine using another of the great sentiment stencils at the STAMPlorations store with another color – the result will be totally different! You can also use this technique for art pieces, wall hangings etc. Paint, stencils and fabric work really well together. Hope you get inspired!!! Oh, and don´t forget to hop over to the blog to see more inspirational projects and tutorials! There is plenty up over at the STAMPlorations blog. And join our monthly challenge there too! For more info, GO HERE :). See you around,

Also feel free to use my discount code (STAMPGIRLSANNA) at the STAMPlorations store. It is valid for regular prized and sale items:

Let´s stay creative,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
ARTplorations My Sunshine stencil by STAMPlorations
Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint
Irresistible texture spray by Imagine Crafts
Black pen
Canvas Zipper Bag – Canvas Corp Brands

Waste no time altered cigar tin

Hello everyone! Today I´d like to share a project I created a while ago, while still on the Nifty Pixel Design Team. I used the Adrift digi collection papers on this altered piece. The inspirational words are from the Fresh Start digi collection.

Here is what I did:

I started by applying a layer of white primer onto the metal tin and let that layer dry properly.

Next I painted the tin with layer of Tattered Angels Azure toned Decor&DIY paint and after that I applied thin layer of Viva Decor Crackle Medium on top at let the layers dry over night.

After that I printed some digi sentiments from the Fresh Start collection onto thick white paper and also printed the Adift papers with my A3 color printer. Then I just fussy cut the sentiments and the papers into right size and adhered them with a strong paper glue onto the tin.
I had a relatively thick cord in my stash that perfectly matched the paper style so I adhered that around the edges inside the tin, again using a strong paper glue.
Next I folded and adhered a piece of golden ribbon on top of the paper and assemblied the sentiments on top of the ribbon piece. Finally I decorated this side of the tin with a small button and some metal pieces. I wiped some Azure paint on top of the metal piece to give it a more worn look.

The other side of the tin got decorated with the same thick cord along the edges, a piece of lace (under the key), a red button and a rusty key. Finally, I just adhered an inspirational sentiment on top of the key. Since I really like to add some paint splatters onto my art pieces, I could not leave the background as it was, but had to add some white and black paint splatters here and there on both sides.

This is what my finished, altered, hybrid, cigar tin looks like. It now decorates our home. I really enjoy the fact that I can make my own home deco objects and add little DIY art pieces across our house for everyone to see. And digi/hybrid designs work on altered objects as well as traditional elements do.

Supplies:
Tattered Angels – Azure Decor & DIY paint
Viva Decor – Crackle Medium
The Nifty Pixel – Adrift Digi Collection, Fresh Start collection
White and black acrylic paint
Paper glue
Cord, ribbon, button, metal embellishments

Craft Apron – Canvas Corp Brands

Hi there lovelies! Are you a messy or a clean scrapper/crafter? I am a messy one AND don´t even ask me how many trousers and T-shirts I´ve ruined in my studio so far. Yes, I am the kind of crafter, who comes home & FORGETS to change into art creating gear (= old clothes that ARE ALLOWED to get dirty) and just starts creating in whatever I am wearing at the moment. I always say to myself that I will be carefull (ha!). Does n-o-t work!!!  And when I am in a mood for creating, I usually make a mess with some kind of media… there has been several accidentals dots and droplets on my keyboard (so far I have managed to get rid of them all), on my desk, on the floor (even though it is protected!!!) and of course, on my clothes. THUS, I really needed a craft apron (to be honest, it would be even more practical if it was an overall *giggle*)!!

Said and done – craft apron it was that I needed! Canvas Corp Brands have a few to choose from and I went for the plain fabric one with two front pockets. The back canvas fabric apron really looks good too – I might need to get one of those later (thinking of adding some stitching/embroidery to that one – would look really cool, I think). But first I need to learn how to do that :).

So back to the one I got myself. It looks like this in original:

Apron - canvas corp brandsWhen I got it, I already knew I would alter it abit 🙂 … here is how it turned out:
Sanna LippertI started off by adding a layer of water mist onto the surface, then sprayed blue, red pink and purple spray ink tones from Tattered Angels onto the surface and let those spread across the fabric. At some areas, like the edges, I added the spray ink with a paint brush. I made sure there was some color under the pockets too. The fabric is relatively thick material, so it didn´t soak thru it onto the backside at all.

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After the first spray ink layer was dry, I stared adding some High Impact Paint (also by Tattered Angels) details onto the surface. I used bottle caps for the circles, and stencils for the abstract patterns. The flowers are made with foam stamps using the Decor&DIY paints by Tattered Angels.

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I then added some paint droplets with a paint brush – again using the Decor&DIY paints from Tattered Angels. Finally, when all paint layers were completely dry, I took some Finnabair stamps and added stamp images with black waterproof ink onto the surface (butterflies & circles).

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And then, when everything was completely dry andI didn´t want to play with any more inks and paints, I took a Dina Wakley stencil and some Imagine Crafts pearlescent creative medium and applied that thru the stencil onto the fabric. I was a bit afraid if the medium would really stick to the fabric when it dries and let me tell you, it does. Sticks to it and doesn´t come off!!!

Now, this apron will for sure not look like this after several crafty sessions in my studio, but I don´t mind. That´s the way it should be. And maybe, just maybe it will save a few clothes from getting too „artsy“ too 😉 … How about you? Do you have one and have you altered it??

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist – Lobster, Fully Purple, Bahama blue, Patina
Tattered Angels High Impact Paint – Turquoise, Light Pink, Light Blue, Hot Pink
Tattered Angels Decor&DIY paint – Sable, Chrystal, Mankato
Craft Apron – Canvas Corp Brands
Finnabair stamps
Foam stampss
Dina Wakley stencil – Affirmations
The Crafter´s Workshop stencils
Carabelle Studio stencil
Black waterproof stamp ink
Purple Pearlescent creative medium – Imagine Crafts
Bottle caps, paint brush, water spray bottle

Altered mobile phone cover – Canvas Corp Brands

I bet we all have been there… who doesn´t know the problem with mobile phone covers? They tend to start looking „old and used“ at some point. No matter how high quality they are, they still tend to get cracks and loose color.

I had a yellow leather mobile cover that was not that yellow anymore. I had taken the cover off my mobile phone and was just about to toss is and then I got the idea to alter it. Why not apply some Decor & DIY Saffron paint onto the surface and just see what happens!!! And so I did!! This is a result of that experiment. I had fun dabbing bright yellow paint onto the cover and then of course had to add ink splatters too. I am now excited to see how long this surface lasts. Should it not work, I´ve got nothing to loose, since it was in poor condition anyway and if it lasts, I´ll be happy to use this cover for a long time!

Tattered Angels PaintsHere is  what I used for the cover:
1. Tattered Angels – Decors & DIY paint, Saffron
2. Tattered Angels – Chalkboard Glimmer Mist, Inchworm
3. Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist, Turquoise blue
4. Black and white texture spray
5. Clear stamps
6. Old book paper
7. Black stamp ink
8. Matte medium
9. Foam brush
10. Spray varnish
11. Resin

DIY Cell Phone CoverSince the old mobile phone cover was leather based, I directly added the DECOR & DIY paint (Saffron) onto the cover. I dabbed two layers with a foam brush and let the surface dry in between layers. Painted Cell Phone Cover

When the paint was relatively dry, I added some black and white texture spray splatters as well as green and blue Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and Chalkboard ink splatters.
glimmer mist paint
Since those are water based, I had to add a layer of spray varnish on top to keep the splatters from bleeding.

create cell phone coverFinally I took a piece of old book paper and stamped a light bulb and a word “create” with black ink onto that paper. Next I fussy cut the pieces and adhered to the mobile phone cover with Matte Medium. I finished the cover with a second layer of spray varnish and let if to dry properly before using it.

After waiting for the varnish to dry over 24 hours, I noticed that it got relatively sticky, so I went and applied a thin layer of resin on top of the cover with a paint brush and let that layer dry overnight. That helped alot and now all the ink splatters and layers are covered under resin and I have a feeling this will hold well in day to day use.

Have fun creating!!!
xxx, Sanna
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Postcard SWAP – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello lovelies, I really enjoy art exchanges and was happy that the Canvas Corp Brands design team organized a postcard SWAP. Barb Housner was so kind to take over the organizational part, we only needed to create a postcard and send it to our swap partner.

This is what I made:
Sanna LippertSince we were supposed to send a real postcard (which means putting it into NO envelope!!!) I was a bit scared if I created a bulky mixed media style card it would not survive in the mail. Therefore I came up with a one layer card and still added quite a lot of media. And while I was at it, I created a set, because it was fun to see how different color combinations would look out :).

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And I even created a Video on the process. It is very short and quite simple to do, but just in case you would like to try the technique yourself, here´s the video:

and here are closeups of the last two cards:

Sanna Lippert, one layer card

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I received a lovely card from my DT colleague in Greece – thank you Kyriakos :)!!! Well, actually there were two he sent me, later he sent me another one which GLOWS in the dark!!! How amazing is that!!! And some sand and sea shells from Greece. See for Details here and here

Now hop over to the Canvas Corp Brands blog to see what everyone created and leave my colleagues a message on their blog – we all love to read your comments!!! 🙂 🙂

Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
1. CCB – Postcards – 12 pieces in 4×6 inch size
2. CCB/Hampton Art stamp set – IC0307
3. Tattered Angels – Chalkboard, Alaskan Salmon
4. Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist Marigold
5. Tattered Angels – Glimmer Glaze: Pewter, Kelly, Java
6. Tattered Angels – Decor & DIY paint: scarlet, jade, ebony
7. Embossing powder – clear
8. Embossing ink – Ranger
9. White ink – Liquitex
10. black and white pen

Tools: Heat gun; Acrylic blocks; Washi tape; Scissors; Black stamp ink; Baby wipes; Paint brush

Theia – Mixed Media Lamp Art Doll – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello everyone! As you might have noticed, I´ve met quite a few of my international scrappy friends this year (it´s been a good year – meeting creative friends is the best!!!). Some of them I met at various events/fairs and some of them I visited or they visited me. The latest visitor came a long way across the big ocean and stayed a few days at my place. We had been talking about this get-together for a loooong time and it was so great we could finally make it work!

(click the photo ABOVE to see the person I am talking about 🙂 :-)…)

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollBesides doing sightseeing and eating lots, we also took some time to get creative together! I really enjoyed having Tina around and I wish she could have stayed longer. BUT there is always next time, isn´t there!!! So we naturally went looking for fun junk to alter. Part of it was sponsored by my lovely husband – thanks for the great old bicycle lamps, honey!! AND part of the treasures were found at the Naschmarkt Flea Market. After having gathered all kinds of pieces together, our hands were itching for some creative time. We both altered a bicycle lamp to a mixed media art doll. Both in our own way. Today I´m sharing my creation here with a little tutorial to go with it and Tina will share her´s on her blog (follow this link). This is how I created my „Theia“:

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 1 – First, attach the lamp and the podium together with screws and make sure the parts do not move around. Without sanding or pre-treating the surface, start applying the Black Decor & DIY paint onto the lamp surface. Let dry and then apply a layer of Crackle Medium. It is best to let it dry over night. Repeat the same procedure on the podium, but this time using the Decor & DIY and paint in the color Mankato.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 2 – If the Crackle Medium is strong like mine and the cracks are too wide/big, apply another layer of paint. I needed to do this.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 3 – Take 4 sheets of old book paper and fold them into a fan. Glue together with hot glue to create a circle. Attach it to the “doll head” with hot glue. Add vintage photo  distress ink around the edges and spray with water mist to get the ink to react and spread. Dry with a heat gun. Then apply silver glitter glue for interest. Let dry.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 4 – Attach a brass crown on top of the “doll head” with hot glue. Add some Mankato toned paint on top to alter it. Attach half pearls on top. Next attach a piece of lace as a “hair band” and create a bow. Glue down with hot glue (but don’t burn your fingers!). Decorate with half pearls. Attach jump rings as earrings to both sides of the head.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 5 – Create a sentiment sign (mine says: ‘Explore Life’, and is made out of a piece of old book paper with a rub-on statement). Glue it in place with hot glue. Paint chipboard stars with Decor & DIY Paint in Black, and attach around the podium. Wrap a strip of silver yard on top and attach a half pearl on top of each star. Alter some brass pieces and attach with heat glue. I used various brass leaves for decoration. One on front and two as wings on both sides.

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollStep 6 – Finally use hot glue to glue down false eyelashes and attach a row of small half pearls on top. You can add more decorations to it if you would like, but I only added a little DIY lace flower on the back of the folded paper piece. That way the back of the doll also looks more interesting. The doll now decorates my studio area. The doll reminds me a bit of the Pixar lamp, but also has elements of a frilled-neck lizard, a gypsy princess and even Achilles. How’s that for a junk lamp art doll?

SAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollSAnna Lippert, mixed media art dollI hope you get inspired to take a second look at junk lying around your house and create a fun decoration out of it!! Have fun!!!

…and now make sure you check out Tina´s creation!!! I love her work, and this piece is no exception!!!! It was such a pleasure having you around Tina, I miss your company very much! We need to do this again very soon – one way or the other 🙂 !!

Happy creating,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Tattered Angels – Decor & DIY Paint – Ebony
Tattered Angels – Decor & DIY Paint – Mankato
Crackle Medium – Viva Decor
7gypsies – Jump Rings
7gypsies – Jump Rings – Antique Silver
Silver yarn
Chipboard stars – Wycinanka Scrap & Decou
Half pearls – Zva Creative
Old latin book sheets from a flea market
Vintage photo Distress Ink – Ranger Ind. Inc.
Lace from a junk store
Silver glitter glue
Brass elements – another flea market find
Tim Holtz Rub-Ons
Scissors & Heat glue
Paper glue & Paint brushes

Fill the Cup Mixed Media Gift Box – Canvas Corp Brands

Do you have an old cigar box, gift box or wooden box at home that is ready to be altered? I used Tattered Angels Decor & DIY Paint on my box and it is the prefect paint for the job when you need to a finish surfaces, slick surface, plastic or even glass.  This paint is similar to the Milk and Chalk Furniture paints on the market, but it levels to a really smooth finish. It is a fab product to work with and it does not require any sanding, priming or a top coat.  Just clean and dry the surface and apply one to two coats and the box is transformed.
There are 28 colors to choose from and you can mix and match them to make your own colors.  The paint is also water-soluble and odor free. Here is the finished altered box and in the following you will find the photo step-by-step to it. Hope you like it!
SONY DSCI made this box to go as an addition to a present for a coffee lover.  So in a way it´s part of the present. I altered an old wooden box to match the present theme and then filled it with coffee, tea and hot chocolate. It can later be used to hold a selection of teas, coffee or hot chocolate in a kitchen or coffee bar. This project is very easy to create with the Tattered Angels paints and the Canvas Corp Beans and Bags Collection.
Materials Used:
Tools Used: Paint brush, Craft sheet, Varnish and glue matt (or Matte Medium), Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Scissors, 3D foam, Box for misting.
Step 1:  First take a 12×12 inch ivory cardstock paper, cut it in 6×6 inch strips and run thru a die cutting machine using various sized square die cut forms to cut 5 pieces. The largest piece measures 5×5 inch (the dies are by Elizabeth Craft Designs).
SONY DSCStep 2:  Next choose suitable spray ink tones to color the ivory paper pieces. I used Tattered Angels Boardwalk, Stone and Cardboard. Alternate the sizes with brown and grey neutral tones, so you can layer them onto the box.  Let dry.  The top piece is cut from the Beans & Bags patterned paper piece.
SONY DSC The Cardstock paper will pick up the beautiful tones of the mist paint and no two are alike.SONY DSCStep 3:  Next take the wooden box and paint it with a layer of Décor & DIY paint. I used the Sable. This is a fabulous paint, as it does not require any sanding on the base coat  before painting. And it has gorgeous coverage!
SONY DSCIt covers the bold orange original tone after only one layer!
SONY DSCStep 4:  Tattered Angels mists are great for tinting fabric, ribbon and lace.  They are not washable, but they are perfect for mixed media and altered art project where you do not plan to wash them.  With the same spray ink tones mist the lace next. I misted in all three tones to get a more interesting end result.  You can also use ribbon during this step.
SONY DSCStep 5:  Layer your papers, burlap and lace one at a time turing them to show off the different neural colors and textures.   I used some brown burlap and the next sized misted piece of paper. I went on layering misted paper pieces and ribbon/lace over each other until I was left with the smallest piece of patterned paper. I adhered it on top.  Using a fabric or mixed media glue will work best when adhering to multiple surfaces.
SONY DSCLayer the grays over the browns to give a nice contrast.
SONY DSCStep 6:  Finally, add a relatively thick layer of varnish or decoupage medium on top it all and let air dry overnight. Before leaving it to dry, apply some Distress Glitter onto the wet surface and add some copper toned micro-beads onto the coffee beans and to the cup to simulate steam. Let dry. I added the varnish to make the paper and ribbon surface more robust. This way it will not get damaged so easily. I hope you have enjoyed this little present packaging idea.
SONY DSCWhen making a creative home decor craft piece that you plan to use everyday or give as a gift to be used on daily basis, it is always a good idea to use supplies that will withstand the wear and tear.  Tattered Angels Decor & DIY paint is durable and can even be used for outdoor projects.  Applying a top coat, varnish, decoupage or even enamel to the completed box top is another way to ensure that the beauty of the project will withstand everyday life.
Sanna LippertSo next time you are garage sale shopping, cleaning out the basement or find unique boxes at an antique shop grab a few and repurpose them into gift boxes.  Keep in mind you can leave some of the outside expensed if the labels or color are intriguing to you.

Now you have a great idea for that coffee, tea or hot chocolate lover in your life – so whip up a birthday, get well or just say hi gift and fill it with your favorite goodies.

Happy creating!!!
xxx, Sanna
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