Last week I shared this project on the Petaloo blog. Today I wanted to revisit the project by breaking it down and sharing a full tutorial for it. Even though this project is holiday themed, you could definitely adapt it any type of theme or occasion with a simple change of paper.
The technique in this tutorial is glue transfer. It is so easy and can be used on tons of different surfaces. Begin by spreading Ranger Glue ‘n Seal on a Cosmo Cricket Creative Canvas.
Place the canvas on a piece of pattern paper. Place the canvas so that the Glue ‘n Seal is on the side of the pattern paper you want on your canvas. Keep in mind that after the transfer you will see the transferred image in reverse. If there is any text on the paper it will be backwards.
Turn the paper and canvas over. Burnish over the surface to even out the adhesive and smooth out any wrinkles.
Allow the adhesive to dry for about 10 minutes. Use a craft knife to trim away excess paper from the edges of the canvas.
If the surface still feels damp, you can help it along with a heat tool.
Once the paper is completely dry, mist the paper generously with water. Allow the water to sit and soak for a few minutes to soften the paper.
Rub your fingers over the wet paper. As you rub the paper pulp will start coming off, leaving behind the pattern on the canvas.
Continue rubbing until the image looks colorful and like the original. I decided to leave some of the second pattern on my canvas so that I would have a bit of both patterns of the paper. You may notice that I had two spots where I rubbed through the pattern. This usually occurs from either not enough glue or an air pocket or from rubbing too hard. You can either embellish over it or embrace it.
Use a heat tool to dry the canvas. As it dries you may notice a bit of white starting to re-appear. This is the remaining paper pulp. You could moisten it and rub it more to remove it, or leave it. I liked the “frosty” look it added so I chose to leave it.
Use a sanding grip to lightly smooth the edges of the canvas. The more you sand, the more you will expose the canvas.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges of the paper and canvas.
Apply Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles generously to the top edge of the canvas.
Sprinkle Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter onto the wet Stickles.
Tap off the excess glitter. The extra glitter makes the Stickles super sparkly and icy looking.
Wire two Petaloo Botanica Berry Clusters in an X. After the Stickles has dried, adhere the berries to the upper left of the canvas.
Adhere three Petaloo Botanica Mini flowers to the top and two sides of the X.
Place a cluster of three flowers in the lower part of the X.
Die cut a small tag with a sentiment. I cut mine from a piece of pattern paper that had the text on it. Use the burlap string from the Berry clusters to tie around the tag. Adhere the tag to the canvas and wind the string into the flowers.
Tuck a leaf from a Berry Cluster under the flowers in the bottom part of the X.
Insert individual Berry Cluster stems between the leaf and flowers.
Add a few of the colored single berry stems to the top berry clusters.
I love the way the Stickles and glitter look on the canvas. They totally look like frosty snow and ice which adds to the wintry feel of the canvas.
It is no secret that I love vintage and shabby things. I think leaving some remnants of the paper pulp help make this piece look even more vintage and shabby.
I really, really love the way this canvas turned out. It is so feminine and pretty. It is really quick to assemble too so if you have the supplies, you could make one still for the holiday as a last-minute gift or decoration.
I have one last holiday project to share tomorrow. If you don’t make it back, please accept my wishes for a blessed holiday full of family, friends, and love.