Hello everyone and welcome, it’s Deb Riddell here with you today to share one of the projects that I made for Therm O Web’s booth at Creativation 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I decided to make a heart felt canvas with Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets and Deco Foil Metallix Gels, showcasing just some of the ways you can use these wonderful Therm O Web products.

Therm O Web Products Used:

Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets – Tuscan Gold
Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets – Pink Carnation
Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheets – Ruby Red
Deco Foil Metallix Gel – Pure Gold
Deco Foil Metallix Gel – White Pearl
Deco Foil Metallix Gel – Champagne Mist
Deco Foil Metallix Gel – Aged Copper
Deco Foil Metallix Gel – Glazed Pewter
Deco Foil Stencil Pal
iCraft Easy Cut Adhesive™ Sheets • Sm
iCraft Ultra Bond Adhesive 2 fl oz
Purple Tape – 1.5″
iCraft Adhesive™ Tape • 1/2 in
Gina K. Designs Premium Cardstock • Luxury White
Gina K. Designs Foam Squares White (320 squares)

Other supplies used:

5″ x 7″ flat artists canvas
Kaiser Craft – Love die
Ranger Ink – Ground Espresso Distress Archival Ink; Platinum Stickles; Vintage Photo Distress Marker and Distress Ink
Simon Says Stamp – Large Holiday Shapes dies (hearts)
Sizzix – Flourish Texture Fades embossing folder
Southern Ridge Trading Company – Heart stencil
Stampers Anonymous – Papillon stamp
We R Memory Keepers – Scripts embossing folder
Acrylic paints – white; pink; rust; brown
Miscellaneous – vintage key; kraft cardstock; pink patterned scrapbook paper; script patterned scrapbook paper; paint texture comb; button thread; computer printer or alphabet stamps; die cutting machine

Love Is The Key Canvas Instructions

Base coat a 5″ x 7″ flat artist canvas with pink acrylic paint and then dry brush with white acrylic, let dry thoroughly.

Deco Foil Metallix Gel

Stencil hearts onto the painted canvas using Deco Foil Metallix Gels in White Pearl, Champagne Mist and Pure Gold, randomly applying the different gel colours and blending them together slightly as you go.  Hint: use 3 palette knives to apply the gels, one for each jar of Metallix or have a cloth handy to wipe the gel off of the palette knife before you change colours to prevent cross contamination.  Once the first area is dry replace your stencil and continue stenciling with the Metallix Gels to cover the entire canvas.

Apply a smooth coat of White Pearl Metallix Gel to a piece of pink patterned scrapbook paper with your Deco Foil Stencil Pal and, while the Gel is wet, comb through it with a paint texture comb.  If you don’t have a texture comb, you can cut some ‘V’ shapes into the edge of an old credit card and use it to make your textured lines.  I backed the scrapbook paper with a piece of Gina K. Designs Luxury White Premium Cardstock for stability before applying the Metallix Gel.  This will become the first large heart on our canvas.

Apply Pure Gold Metallix Gel to another piece of Gina K. Designs Luxury White Premium cardstock with your Deco Foil Stencil Pal in a smooth thick coat.  Allow to dry thoroughly (I left it overnight) and then emboss the Metallix coated cardstock with a script embossing folder for the second large heart on our canvas.

Deco Foil Flock Transfer Sheet

Stamp a piece of Deco Foil Ruby Red Flock Transfer Sheet with a script stamp and permanent dark brown ink for the third large heart on our canvas.  Back the Flock Transfer Sheet with Gina K. Designs Luxury White Premium cardstock to give it some stability.

For the sentiment and some of the smaller die cut hearts, cover a piece of script patterned scrapbook paper with iCraft Easy-Cut Adhesive.  Remove the adhesive backing paper and apply a piece of Deco Foil Pink Carnation Flock Transfer Sheet over top (remember, fuzzy side down!).  Run the flock and cardstock through your die cutting machine or foil laminator on the cold setting to ensure good contact and remove the flock backing paper.  I love how you can see the pattern of the scrapbook paper through the flock!

Emboss the Flock

And finally for more of the smaller die cut hearts, emboss a small piece of Deco Foil Tuscan Gold Flock Transfer Sheet with a floral patterned embossing folder.  Back the embossed flock with another piece of Gina K. Designs Luxury White Premium Cardstock for stability.

Assemble the Canvas

Time to assemble your canvas.  Cut out three graduated sizes of hearts, you can freehand the hearts as I did or use heart dies if you have some that are large enough.  Cut the smallest from the White Pearl Metallix combed scrapbook paper (mine is about 2 1/2″), the second heart from the Pure Gold Metallix embossed cardstock (about 3 1/3″) and the largest heart from the stamped Deco Foil Ruby Red Flock Transfer Sheet (about 3 3/4″).  Ink the edges of the hearts with brown ink if desired and arrange them on the canvas as shown, adhering them in place with iCraft Ultra Bond Adhesive.  I also added a shadow line around each of the hearts with a brown marker.

From the Deco Foil, Pink Carnation flocked cardstock, die cut the LOVE word.  Print the words ‘is the key’ onto kraft cardstock with your printer (or you can hand stamp the words if you prefer) and adhere the die cut LOVE onto the kraft cardstock beside the printed/stamped words.  Cut the sentiment to size, ink the edges lightly with brown ink and adhere it onto the bottom left corner of the canvas with iCraft Ultra Bond Adhesive.  Add a shadow line around the sentiment with a brown marker if desired.

Die-cut a couple of smaller hearts from the Tuscan Gold Flock embossed cardstock and then die cut a few more hearts from some of the other flocked and gelled cardstock remnants that you have leftover.  Adhere a length of button string to the back of the small die-cut hearts and then pop them up on Gina K. Designs White Foam Squares, scattering them around the canvas.  Pull the lengths of button string taut and straight over to the backside of the canvas and hold them in place with a piece of iCraft 1/2″ Adhesive Tape.  Cover the back of the canvas with a piece of pink patterned scrapbook paper to cover up the mechanics!

Finger paint your vintage key with acrylic paint in shades of rust and brown.  Let dry thoroughly and then dip your fingertip in the Aged Copper Metallix Gel and lightly pounce it here and there over the key.  Repeat the process with the Glazed Pewter Metallix Gel.  This is my favorite new way to make a piece look old and distressed, love the patina!

Tie a bow around the Metallix Gel aged key with a couple of lengths of button string and adhere it in place between the two largest hearts with iCraft Ultra Bond Adhesive.  Outline the sentiment with a thin bead of Platinum Stickles and your canvas is complete.

Here are a few pictures of the completed canvas.

Hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing how my Love Is The Key mixed media canvas came together and be sure to pop by all this week to see what the rest of the design team made for Creativation 2020, lots of eye candy coming your way showcasing Therm O Web’s wonderful new products!  Thanks again for stopping by and happy creating,

Deb xo