Canvas Panel Card

Canvas Panel Card


Hi there, I’m KaePea and I’m at my studio,
the Moon and the Maker and home of RubberMoon Art Stamps. I’m so excited to be here sharing this tutorial
with you. Today I’m going to make a little diptych – I
don’t even really know what I call it. It’s a little diptych folding card with two
mini canvases. For my project I’m going to need two small
mini canvases. If you don’t have little canvases like these
4″x4″ flat panels, you can use 2 pieces of matboard or some kind of heavy carboard or
chipboard. You want them to be the same size. I have some cute washi tape. You can use decorative papers or here I have
a couple of random papers I did using my gelli press. I’m going to be using those – or you could
use scrapbook paper, whatever. I have a couple of stamps from RubberMoon
but of course you can pick your favorite stamps. I have some permanent black archival ink. I’m going to be using a couple paintbrushes. I’m going to be using my PVA glue, but of
course you can use whatever glue you like to use. Then just some random acrylic paints, whatever
colors you like. I already had decided I wanted to use these
2 stamps which are from RubberMoon and designed by Mindy Lacefield. I’m going to take my 2 canvases, my 2 substrates
– these for some reason are a little bit off – they’re not perfectly the same size, but
that’s ok, as long as you line up the bottom – because eventually I’m going to want to
set it like so. You can decide what papers you want on the
front. I’m
going to go ahead and do that. I’m going to mount directly onto my board. Turn these over – I’m going to do the backs
first. I’m going to use a piece of this and a piece
of this, and of course you could collage over the whole thing. I’m going to take my PVA glue if I can get
it open here… I think that’s why they make lids but I admit
I always lose my lids. I’m going to put a big blob of glue on both
of these backs and smear that all over because I want to cover this ugly side. It might be a little bit lumpy because it’s
not perfect in the way it’s covered from the manufacturer but that’s ok – you just want
a nice even coverage of glue all over the whole thing. You don’t want it too thick, but you want
a nice even coating. Always keep baby wipes handy! Sorry for my bad manicure but I’ve been working
in paint all day. First world problems. 🙂 I’m going to do the same thing to this
one. I want to make sure to get to the edges. Now I have both sides covered pretty well. I’m going to take my gelli print paper, and
this again could be scrapbook paper or whatever you want. I’m going to place that right on there. I’m going to do the same thing to the second
one here. I’m going to just go right underneath there
and use this whole thing up. I don’t care that it’s kind of random – I
think it will be just fine. That’s why they call it mixed media, right? I’m going to trim up around here. I’m going to save this piece, because I think
I’m going to use it on the other side. I’m going to cut right down the middle. If it buckles a little bit it’s ok – you can
always get a little scraper or credit card and gently push out some of the air bubbles,
but once it dries it’s generally just fine. The other thing I’m going to do and I did
forget to mention this tool when I was going over my supplies, you’ll want a coarse nail
file. Take the nail file and file down and away. This will give you nice edges on your canvases. It will trim off your paper without having
to cut it or measure it or anything. It gives a nice seamless look. Now you have your 2 canvas backs all done
– well, I’m doing the second one now – this file has been used so much that a lot of the
grit is gone, so it would help if it’s a little bit coarser. I think it’s going to work but I have to put
a little more elbow grease into it. Rrrr. 🙂 Guess it’s time for some new nail files. The cool thing about this even if you were
just going to paint these – this is a really nice way to finish off your backs. If it’s going to be in a frame it doesn’t
matter, but if you were going to set this into a little easel or use it as a hanging
or something like that, that’s a great way to finish off your backs. I’m going to do it like this. I want it to sort of line up on the back,
so this is going to be my two pieces. Now decide how you’re going to create on here. I want to paint my backgrounds really quickly
using a little bit of acrylic paint. I have a few different colors – just use what
you like and what coordinates with what you’re doing. I’m going to use a little bit of this teal
color here. I’m just putting down a little bit of a base. You can mush it up and just make some fun
funky backgrounds. I can squeeze some of my paints right onto
the surface. However you want to create your backgrounds
is fine – just have fun with it and play around. If you don’t like it you can always cover
over it or collage over it or whatever. I’m going to end up covering some of this
anyway because I am going to put a little bit of collage on it before it’s done. If it’s a little abstracty that’s ok. Just have fun and if you don’t like something
you did you can wipe it off with a baby wipe, you can do some white gesso over the top – whatever. It’s kind of a free for all. I’m going to take a baby wipe and smear it
and mush the color around a little bit more to finish getting the coverage on there that
I want, get the edges kind of covered. This one got a little muddy, so I’m going
to let it dry and then go back over it a little bit. Like I said, some of it’s going to be covered
up anyway because I am going to do some collaging over the top. I’m going to let that dry – we can hit it
with a blow dryer. I’m going to set those aside while I do some
stamping. I’m going to stamp my dreamer girl right on
here. I’m just using black archival ink. I’m going to stamp my saying right on here. I didn’t do too well – I rocked a little bit
and got a bad image – that’s too bad, because I really wanted to use that. So I could either try to wipe that off – I’m
not sure if that will work though. Let’s see if this will work though, because
there’s usually more than one way to skin a rabbit – I put a little bit of rubbing alcohol
on my baby wipe. This paper has been acrylic painted using
my gelli plate so it was nice and dry and I put a little bit of rubbing alcohol on my
baby wipe and that took the ink away. So I’ll dry it again and I can overstamp it
again. Now you get to see how I fix my mistake better. 🙂 Hopefully I can do better stamping this
time. Much better. I’m glad, because I really wanted to use this
paper, although it probably wouldn’t have mattered – I could have used a different paper,
I guess. I’m going to tear this here. I’m going to wet the paper a little bit and
hopefully it will tear a little better – and here I am messing it up again by touching
all over it. Might want to let it dry before you touch
all over it! You’re getting to see me make all kinds of
mistakes. I’m going to use a couple of my other pieces
here and collage that right on there. I’m going to use my PVA glue – get a nice
coverage on here and make sure to get my edges really well. Get your baby wipes handy – I go through a
ton of these things. Get that on there and we’ll set this up the
same way. I like it
because it’s all going to coordinate – all the colors, and since I used the same bits
of paper it will be different but the same. It won’t be matchy matchy but it will coordinate
and flow together and have a cohesiveness about it. Missed a little spot right there so I want
to be sure it’s coated really well. You really just don’t want it to peel up. When you’re done you can always take a little
bit of gel medium if you want and go over the whole thing, like a varnish. You could even mod podge it if you wanted
to. You could do the same on the back just to
make sure that all your edges are nicely coated and you don’t have any bits of paper coming
up. Especially if you’re going to give this as
a gift you’re going to want it to be all put together. As you can see when I got my smudgy fingers
all over this I smeared it a little bit – I’m just going to try to clean it up a little
tiny bit – it will be ok. My fingers are so sticky. Now I can go in and paint in her face and
her little top – I can manipulate this a little bit more – I could even use a little more
colored pencils if I want. I am going to paint over her face using white
gesso. I don’t mind having some of this texture show
through or these other paint colors but I don’t want it to be so strong – I want it
a little more subtle. I’m going to paint over with white gesso and
probably a few other colors to blend. I think I have a little air bubble so I’m
going to take this piece of paper and crush it down right there. I know I smoothed this out pretty well but
I’m seeing some air bubbles again so I’m going to take another piece of dry paper and push
some of the bubbles out. I want to give her some hot pink hair. Just play with this and use the colors that
inspire you or that you like to use. I’m just having fun with it. I want to be loose and bright. I’m going to use the colors I have out on
my palette – I might bring in a little bit of a flesh tone but right now I’m just using
the turquoise I already had pulled out. If you like to use colored pencils, as long
as your acrylic is dry you can do colored pencil work on this – that would be great. Even though I thought these colors got a little
bit muddied, now that this is all put together it’s pretty good – I’m not too worried about
it and it doesn’t look bad. I seem to be drifting away over on my table
here – I’ll pull it back a little bit. I’m going to use a little of this Light Portrait
Pink. Mine’s kind of dried up – I’m just going to
get what I can with a little bit of water on here. I just ordered a new bottle of this… don’t
do what I do! 🙂 I thought there was still some down in
there – there’s just enough to sort of put on a little bit of color, which is all I really
need. Build my girl up with just a little bit of
white gesso – do her nose and eyelids with a little bit of highlight and her big lovable
forehead. Put the little dots in the whites of the eyes
and a little bit of highlight on her bottom lip. I can’t really get any more out of this – it’s
pretty dry – so I’m just mixing up a little of the hot pink with some white gesso and
I’m going to use a little bit on her face here. So I’m pretty happy with the way that looks. I’m going to let it dry for a couple of minutes
– I’ll hit it with my blowdryer again to move the process along. I’m going to take a smaller brush and go into
some of the letters and paint in a few letters just for fun, just to give them a more whimsical
coloring with some of the teal, a little hot pink and little of the limey green. I think that looks pretty cute. Now we’re going to put it together using a
little bit of this washi tape. You might want to get some cute washi tape
that you like. I don’t know if this is the perfect match
for this or not but I think it will work pretty well. I’m going to go all the way around here. And voila, you have yourself such a cute little
foldover card. You could even add a little pocket here if
you wanted to and put something in it. You might want to go over it again with a
little mod podge or some gel medium, but you have the cutest little
card made out of canvas. You can set it up on a shelf, give it as a
gift. You might want to use a little wider washi
tape, although this is fine but you see what it did here, so I’m going to go around it
another time or 2. On the last card I did I had wider tape but
this will be fine. I like this pattern because it is easy to
hide mistakes or it doesn’t have to be perfectly matched up. The colors go great with
my patterns and colors that I chose. I’m going to make it
a little thicker. You could even put a little message on the
front, take a little piece of scrap paper or
gelli print paper and put that on there with a little greeting or word or saying – let
me see what other kind of words or sayings I have that would be cute. How about dreamer. I think that would be really cute. I also have this other stamp that
has a lot of words on it so I might be able to… actually dreamer would be perfect for
this. So whatever you want, just whatever will work. Tada! and there you go – cute little canvas
card/diptych. Thanks so much for inviting me to Splitcoaststampers
– it’s been really fun and I hope to see you again!

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