Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mixed Media Monthly September Challenge!

Here we are with a mid month look at the Mixed Media Monthly September challenge! The theme this month is “Rustic” and our generous sponsor is Canvas Corp Brands. They very kindly sent us each a box of goodies and I made a rustic fall garland with mine. I love decorating for this time of year! Also, be sure to check out our fabulous guest designer, Lynne Forsythe, and see what visual treats she has for you.

detail of the garland parts!
The Canvas Corp Brands burlap and canvas shapes are the perfect canvas to transform with mixed media supplies. Let’s take a look!

I used Antique Linen Distress paint and a stencil to sponge a pattern on the canvas pennant shapes. The acrylic paint forms a resist when it’s dry so the Tattered Angel mists reacted differently than on the plain canvas. It added a great subtle texture.

To make the top layer tag on the pennants, I cut the Diamond canvas shapes into triangles and used a stencil and gold embossing paste to create a texture.

I also inked the edges of the triangles with Ground Espresso Distress Ink and spritzed them with wather to make the ink wick into the canvas.

I wanted to cut accent leaves out of the fall colored burlap, but I knew that I needed to stabilize it first or they would just fray apart after die cutting. I used Soft Matte Gel to glue the burlap onto the cardstock. Sizzix Bigz dies (Tattered Leaves in this case) will make short work of thicker materials and cut through the burlap and paper easily.

Canvas Corp Brands had sent a roll of orange jute twine along and it was the perfect color but I needed something a little heavier for the garland. The Twist and Style Tool came to my rescue. It makes it easy to create your own cording out of fibers or wire. (Check out a demo HERE.)

Thin twine and with a little twisting action – voila! – thicker cording ready to go.

Last but not least, I used the Garland die to cut paper chain links out of the colorful fall Canvas Corp cardstock sheets. It’s really easy to put together. Just make a big pile of links and then loop them together. The ends have little tabs in them that lock together. No glue or tape needed!

Together the two parts make for a festive fall look sure to dress up your home for the season. I need to go buy some pumpkins now. ;-)

Be sure to head on over to the MMM blog and check out what all my teammates have been up to with their goodie boxes. Join in the challenge (you have until the end of the month) and you can have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Canvas Corp Brands!

The supplies I used for this project can be found at Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp. Follow the links below and a shopping you may go. ;-)

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