Hi all me again with another session of stamping school to tempt you to get those Banana Frog stamps out and have a play. The project today for class involves embossing on canvas to create a piece of art for your home décor. Are you sat comfy with a cup of something nice? Ok then we’ll begin.
For this project I have used Banana Frog Swirls stamp set, FT Rosecube alpha stamp set and Budmo Jiggler alpha stamp set. My canvas is 5’’x7’’ and my picture is some vintage ephemera I came across. You will of course need a clear ink pad and embossing powder (I used detailed gold and copper) and some ink to match your colour scheme. You will need acrylic paints in your chosen colour, some mica powder and embellishments of your choice.
Paint your canvas in your chosen colours, building different shades up as you go and while the paint is still wet brush some mica powder over the top, sprinkling it in some places.
While the paint is drying cut some corrugated card for packing in the back of your canvas so you have a solid surface to stamp on. (Obviously this is removed after you’ve stamped!)
Make a pattern up with your swirl stamps on a large acrylic block (maybe yours is cleaner than mine??!)
Make sure the paint is completely dry before you start stamping. Using a clear ink pad, stamp onto your canvas. Cover with embossing powder and brush off excess. At this point I swapped some stamps around so I could stamp again filling in the gaps. I continued to build up the pattern in this way. You will find because of the nature of the surface you are stamping on the images may not come out complete. I like this effect as it gives it a distressed look. Heat up your powder.
I really like this technique to add a little more distressing and texture, on the corners and in patches on the side I applied some glue stick quite thick and blobby.
Cover this in the embossing powder, I did a mix of copper and gold and heat up. The glue bubbles and it seems to grow, you can get some really great effects embossing with a glue stick.
Mat your picture onto some scraps of paper and card, distressing and inking as you go. Add ribbons, lace, flowers and crystals as you wish.
I stamped the D from the funky Budmo Jiggler Alpha stamp set with clear ink and embossed it in copper, I then cut this out, inked the edges and couldn’t resist adding crystals into the little dots! I stamped out the rest of the word using FT Rosecube alpha stamp set, cut the letters into tiles and inked the edges. I then attached the letters to the canvas with silicon glue to add more dimension.
Display your embossed canvas on a little art easel and admire your art work!
Why not have a look at your stamp sets and see how many background patterns you can make by putting different stamps together on an acrylic block, maybe even mix your stamp sets … ooh now I have to play!!
I hope you all enjoy creating some embossed works of art, as always please share your creations and I’ll see you on the 23rd for my next stamping school. Until then pop in often to be inspired by the other froglets and happy crafting!