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Studio Sticky-Back Canvas

Reported by Erin Bassett
As someone who dabbles in mixed media projects, I was thrilled when I first found out about Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas. Using the Sticky-Back Canvas allows crafters the ability to add the nice texture of canvas to projects that they wouldn’t easily be able to create with bolts of canvas fabric or stretched canvas art boards.
One of the first things I tested was how well gesso, ink, and Glimmer Mist took to it. -They all did so wonderfully. I tested them out by making a bookmark. I cut out a 1 1/2” x 4 3/4” piece of Sticky-Back Canvas and with my finger applied Studio Gesso on top of it. I then allowed it to dry for a few minutes, and then stamped on it with black Stazon ink.
After the ink was dry I sprayed it with two colors of Glimmer Mist. I love how the gesso resits the mist, but the canvas soaked it right up.
Next, I removed the paper liner on the back of the Sticky-Back Canvas and stuck it on a coordinating scrap of seersucker fabric I had.
The Sticky-Back Canvas adhered to the fabric really well, but I still added some decorative stitches with my sewing machine. Lastly, I frayed the edges of my fabric.
For my next project I wanted to see how well my Cricut Expression would do cutting out a design so I decided to make a flower pin.
The Sticky-Back Canvas cut very well using the standard Cricut blade. There was one little corner that I had to snip with my scissors, but other than that, my Cricut Expression cut through it like butter.
Once I had my flowers cut out I used Studio Acrylic paint to paint them and then I let them dry.
After they were dry I decided to run them through my Cuttlebug to see if it would emboss like paper would. Guess what? It does! On my first test one I just ran a piece of Sticky-Back Canvas (with the backing on it) through the Cuttlebug…it worked! For another test I cut out a flower out of Bazzill cardstock with my Cricut and adhered the Sticky-Back Canvas directly to the cardstock flower to give it some support. I then ran it through the Cuttlebug and it worked just as well. After embossing the flowers I rubbed brown ink over the top of them to further enhance the embossing.
You can see a video of how to make a flower pin like the one I made above.
Also, check out this video on how Tim Holtz uses Sticky-Back Canvas to create a brad with an Imaginisce i-Top brad maker.
Pros:
  • Acid-free, non-toxic adhesive
  • Heat gun can be used on it
  • Many, many media can be used on in to decorate it
  • Can be cut with electronic & manual die-cut machines
  • Easy to sew through
Cons:
  • The canvas is lightweight, so you may need to adhere it to something stiffer to support it.
  • Only comes in 8 1/2” x 11” and 12” x 12” sheets, so people who do larger projects will have to attach multiple pieces together to get the size they need.
Have you had a chance to play with Sticky-Back Canvas yet? Show us the link to your project…we’d love to take a look!
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Canvas Corp

Reported by Jenny Chesnick

I had the pleasure of discovering this company at 2010 Winter CHA in Anaheim, CA. They are family owned and operated company and while this was not their first CHA, it was the first time they appeared in the Scrapbooking and Paper crafts section of the show. Their website is mainly geared toward the interior design segment of their business. You can find updates on their crafting wares on their facebook fan page. Their product line includes canvas, burlap, thinstock, cardstock, thickstock, wood frames, metals, vintage pins, spools, cork & tacks. You can see many more photos of their scrapbooking and craft products on my original review here.

I picked up several pieces of their product to work with, including a raw piece of 30″x 36″ canvas, painted clothespins, and a 12″ x 12″ doubled up scrapbook “page.” These canvas mini banners were my very favorite item in the ENTIRE show! If you have not been on the banner craze these may change your mind. They come in packs of 3 and 2 banners sewn together. So technically you could pull them apart and use them singly. The banner measures 4 inches on the long side and 3.5 along the top. They are raw canvas and can be sprayed and painted without issue.

Originally I started out with Ranger Masks and spraying the word Family on the banner. This photo shows that the canvas took the spray, sewing and masking without issue. I didn’t like how the letter was not defined so I used a Marvy Marker to outline the masked letter. The marker did not bleed or run even after spraying with Glimmer Mist a second time.

The canvas held up nicely and so I turned it over! to try again. So on the second go around I used some fabric to embellish the canvas. On these pieces I re-sprayed, sewed and sewed and glued onto the same banners from before. No issues what so ever, the banner held up much nicer then I believe a normal piece of fabric would have. It took all of my abuse and came out delightfully!

The final piece came out beautifully (if I do say so myself!)

Pros:

  • Cute designs & fresh ideas
  • Crafting, Sewing and Scrapbooking versitility
  • The Canvas is “raw” so you can paint, spray and sew with it
  • Cost for the banners seen above is $2.00(MSRP). If you were to separate the pieces you get 6 total banners

Cons:

  • Hard to locate a retailer who sells their wares
  • Website is not geared toward crafting
  • No blog for inspirational ideas, but you can follow their projects on their facebook page
Has anyone had the chance to play with these canvas goodies? I would love to see what you have created and here your stories!

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Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway!: Sakura Glaze Pens – New Colors!!

Reported by Erin Bassett
I’m so happy to be able to share with you two new colors of Sakura Glaze Pens that were sent to me to try out. The colors are Real Red and Deep Green. Perfect for both holidays and the days in between!!

Photo courtesy of Sakura
These pens work on a variety of surfaces. I’ve tried them on cardstock, ceramic, acrylic, plastic, and metal.
Using them on ceramic and other slick surfaces is really fun! Sakura sent me this ceramic disk to play with and I thought it would look nice with a henna type design on it.
After finding design ideas from The Henna Page, I uncapped the pen, removed the tiny tip protector, and began to doodle. You have to write much slower on surfaces like this so that the ink will flow onto your piece correctly; if you write too quickly your lines will not be solid and may bead up.
If you make a mistake you can usually wipe it off if you act immediately because the ink is water-based and has a slight open time. Once you are finished with your design you need to allow it to dry on a flat surface.
I love how this ink looks when it’s dry on the ceramic! You can see and feel a 3-D raised texture and it’s nice and shiny.
Because the ink has an embossed quality it makes it great to use with Glimmer Mist since it acts as a resist. For this tag I took a regular shipping tag from an office supply store and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I then doodled on in with my Real Red Glaze Pen. After my ink dried I sprayed it with multiple colors of Glimmer Mist and right away I could see the glaze pen resist the Glimmer Mist.

I also used the pen on some Making Memories clear flowers that are made out of a thin plastic. Like the ceramic, I had to write slowly and allow for extra drying time.

When dry the flowers also had the raised, glossy effect.

When used on Bazzill cardstock the pen’s ink soaks into the paper a little bit but also has an almost embossed look to it with it’s slightly raised, glossy look.

One of the coolest things I used the glaze pen on was metal. It looks makes the metal look like it is covered with enamel.
I took a piece of Vintaj metal and ran it through my Cuttlebug to give it a design with my initial. I then just traced over the raised part of the design that contained the “E” and allowed it to dry. -So pretty!
Pros:
  • Inexpensive way to add color and dimension to projects
  • Can be used on a multitude of surfaces
  • 3-D glossy effect
  • Waterproof on most surfaces
  • Water-based and odorless
Cons:
  • Has a 1.0 roller ball tip so it’s hard to doodle details in tiny areas
  • On slick surfaces you have to write slowly
  • Have to allow time for drying
  • Prolonged contact to plastic may cause transfer (per manufactures documentation)
Cost: $4.50 for a two pack
GIVEAWAY!
Sakura of America is giving one lucky reader a 10 pack of their 3D Glaze Pens. To enter this drawing leave a comment on this post or any Vendor Spotlight: Sakura Glaze Pens and let us know if you have tried the Sakura Glaze 3-D Pens? What projects have you made or would you like to make? One comment per person please. You have until Friday, May 7th 6pm CST to enter.

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