Friday, November 20, 2015

Xyron & Faber-Castell (Design Memory Craft) Blog Hop

Hello, Crafty Friends... I am thrilled to be a part of the the Xyron/ Faber-Castell (Design-Memory-Craft) Blog Hop. Today is the last day of the hop and I'm so glad that you stopped by.
I made this vibrant canvas piece using Faber-Castell's luscious Gelatos and light and fluffy Whipped Spackle and teaming it with Xyron's awesome adhesives!!.

I started off by ripping apart a sheet of script printed cork. Cork sheets are easy to tear and there was no need for any special tools... just my two hands.

After ripping the sheet up into the sizes and shapes I wanted, I chose a few pieces and ran them through my Xyron Creative Station.

And attached the pieces onto my canvas. I also put a light coat of sealant over the top so my ends wouldn't lift off the sides.

 Then the really fun part began... I applied my Iced Coffee gelato directly onto the edges of my canvas and cork. I used my fingers to rub in and blend. I then applied my Red Cherry and Mango gelatos and blended again with my finger.

 I don't own many background stamps... but I do own dies!! I made myself a background die but using my Teresa Collins Honeycomb die... but instead of cutting paper I cut craft foam!! Then I used a piece of acrylic sheet and a 2way glue pen. rubbed it on my plastic and waited for the glue to dry... this makes the adhesive repositionable. Then I applied my homemade stamp.  I left in some of the cut out in place giving it more interest.

Then I rubbed my Iced Coffee Gelatos directly onto my foam stamp. I misted it with water. And stamped my image randomly onto my canvas. After this step, I sealed it with a spray sealant.

I didn't like the gleaming white parts peeking out from around my cork, so I used my Black Brush PITT Artist Pen to fill in the cracks. Then I used my Whipped Spackle and Polka-dot Stencil to add more texture onto my canvas making sure to get the sides as well.

Then I added a few platters of gesso across the top. 

While the spackle and gesso dried, I cut out gears and wheels from chipboard using dies. I then gessoed the chipboard pieces. Once those Pieces were dry I used my an array of Metallic Gelatos (Iced Coffee, Gold Champagne, Iced Chai, Iced Currant, Iced Rose) to age my gears. I also cut out another chipboard for keyhole piece and repeated that process... antiquing and aging my chipboard.

 I ran all my chipboard pieces through my Xyron Creative Station with the 9" Permanent Adhesive Cartridge installed.

Then peeled and stuck them onto my canvas in a staggering pattern. 

I positioned the keyhole in the center of the canvas.

And lastly, added artificial foliage around the canvas, surrounding the gears. I used a hot glue gun and glue sticks to secure the an array of ivy, berry stems and flowers. And added microbeads to the centers of my flowers using liquid adhesive.

 Here is the finished canvas...

Supplies Used

Gelatos: Metallics- Iced Coffee, Iced Chai, Gold Champagne, Iced Currant, Iced Rose; 
Brights-Red Cherry, Melon, Lemon (Faber -Castell)

Whipped Spackle (Faber-Castell)
Stencils 10 ct (Faber-Castell)
PITT Artist Pen- B (Faber-Castell)

Printed Cork Stack (DCWV)
Teresa Collins Pocket Die- Honeycomb (Craftwell) 
Gears Dies (Darice)
Nested Rectangles (Darice)
Tim Holtz Alterations Keyholes (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz Alterations Picture Wheel (Sizzix)
Big Shot (Sizzix)
7"x14" Stretched Canvas (Daler Rowney)
Mod Podge (Plaid)
Matte Finish (Krylon)
Gesso (Liquitex)
Microbeads (Buttons Galore)
Black Cardstock (Bazzill)
Hot Glue Gun and Sticks (Adtech)
Artificial leaves and flowers

I hope you like today's project and I hope you enjoyed the hop!! I want to especially thank Faber-Castell  and Xyron both for making such amazing quality products!! It was a real privilege working with two such brilliant companies!!

Until next time...


  1. I love seeing your amazing projects and process photos. This is beautiful.

  2. Wow! That's cool. A lot of work! I hope whomever you give that card to really appreciates all the intricate details. Amazing!

  3. Wow! This is truly beautiful. You are so creative. Thanks for the great tutorial.

  4. thanks for inspiration. love my xyron

  5. THanks for sharing.. LOVE the hop... Awesome tutorial

  6. Love this! Awesome tutorial, love the step by step photos! Beautiful work, love how it turned out. :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  7. Love the gears on the piece. fun idea.
    Great project. Thanks for the detailed instructions.

  8. Sorry I missed this one on the hop. Love the blending of the gears with the foliage=very unique and just the kind of thing I enjoy making!