Hello and thank you for stopping by today, Deb Riddell here to share a mixed media canvas with you that I created with Southern Ridge Trading Company’s brand new Winter Kids and Pine Branch chipboard.
I also added one of Southern Ridge’s Snowflake chipboard embellishments, it’s one of my favourites! I’ve a few step out photos on how I created my Snow Day mixed media canvas, read on for the how to.
I started out with a piece of chipboard cut to 6 ½” x 7” (pssst, did you know that Karen sells 12x12 sheets of chipboard that you can cut on your own? Perfect for cutting custom sized backgrounds or die cuts for your projects!). I gave the chipboard a coat of white gesso and then sealed it with Distress Matte Collage medium.
Several shades of blue Distress Stains were swiped across the background in a random fashion. I used a water soluble medium because I wanted the blue colour to slightly seep up through the layers of texture paste that I was going to be adding on top.
Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste was added next with a spatula across the top and bottom of the background and some Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter was sprinkled on here and there while the paste was still wet.
While the texture paste dried and crackled, the Pine Branch chipboard piece was painted with several shades of green DecoArt Americana acrylic paint, pouncing the various colours on wet on wet until I was happy with it. The Pine Branch was then given a coat of satin varnish and set aside to dry.
Two of the adorable sledding Winter Kids were given a coat of Lamp Black Americana acrylic paint and a coat of gloss varnish.
And the Snowflake was painted with white acrylic paint and then embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder for a little winter sparkle.
White sanded texture paste (this is Martha Stewart White Texture Effect) was then added to the middle of the background and a spatula was used to shape it into ‘hills’. While the paste was wet, a variety of glitters and embossing powders were sprinkled on top for more winter sparkle. The sanded texture paste was also added to the Pine Branch chipboard piece in ‘globs’ to simulate drifts of snow.
The texture paste was allowed to dry thoroughly and the whole canvas then sealed with gloss varnish. Once the varnish had dried, the canvas was given a wash of Stormy Sky Distress Stain. The blue stain was lifted off of the varnished surface with a paper towel right after it had been applied so as to only leave it in the crevasses and crackles.
More drying followed (there’s a lot of drying time on this one!) and the Snow Day sentiment was die cut from navy cardstock that had been adhered to some Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets. The letters were die cut with Tim Holtz’s Broadway Alphabet die and adhered along the bottom of the background once everything had dried.
All the other elements were then adhered to the background, the Pine Branch was added along the top edge;
The Snowflake nestled on the left underneath the Pine Branch;
And the Winter Kids added to the snowy hills. The edges of the finished piece were then shaded with Faded Jeans Distress ink.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Snow Day mixed media canvas came together, brings back childhood memories for me of those special days when school was closed because of a blizzard, what fun we all had!
Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:
Other Supplies Used:
- Sizzix: Broadway Alphabet die
- Ranger Ink: Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Distress Collage Medium and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter
- Therm O Web: Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic paint
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder
- Martha Stewart: White Texture Effect
- Miscellaneous: Blue Cardstock, German Glass Glitter and Gloss and Satin Varnish
Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!