Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Easter is Coming......

Hi everyone!!!
It's Tarrah here today to show you how to create another project using the wonderful X-Press It Triple Tac product.
I have created a very cute Easter Egg Tree using the Triple Tac and this is how I started....

Gather all the supplies you will need to create with....I got all my supplies bar the Triple Tac from Spotlight.... 

Triple Tac is a rather runny consistency so use a paintbrush for easy application

Start by applying the medium right around the bottom of the foam piece

 Next apply a liberal amount to the actual glitter egg itself 

 and adhere this to the bottom of the tree

do this for all the eggs until you have them going right around the bottom of your tree

make sure you mix up the colours as you go....

take some of the shredded paper and adhere in between the eggs to hide the foam and to add a different texture

 continue with both the eggs and the shredded paper until you have worked right up to the top of the tree, 
I used smaller eggs as I got nearer to the top

take a scrap piece of cardstock and punch out a shape to make a title for your tree 

adhere your title to the punched shape

and adhere this to the egg tree

add a cute little chicken to the top of your tree just like a star or an angel for Christmas and there you have it a cute little Easter Egg tree decoration for your table at Easter!!

 We would love to see you create an off the page, canvas or mixed media project and if you leave a link here to your project you might just win yourself a pack of Mask It by X-Press It. You have until the end of the month to link your project so get creating!!!!
Don't forget to check back here to see if you are a winner next week and there will be loads more inspiration and another prize up for grabs again next month too so stay tuned.........:))

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TripleTac by Name, Fabulous by Nature!

It was great to combine an X-Press It Canvas with this month's feature product TripleTac to produce a little name plate. This would be great for a door or bookshelf in a little person's room and is a great way to use up scraps of paper.  Here's what I started with:

I wanted blocks of colour on my canvas, so chose co-ordinating papers from a paper pack, the green stays the same in both sections, however the blue sections are different but co-ordinating papers. Papers tear nicely and are easily reapplied with TripleTac; giving great texture to your canvas.  Simply apply the TripleTac straight to the canvas and then atop your papers as you lay them onto the canvas. This will seal the paper to the canvas and make it ready for the next layer of elements.

For the letters I printed and cut out outline text on standard copy paper, using these as a guide to apply strips of crepe paper. Simply apply the TripleTac to the letter guide and then continue to dip your brush, a solid texture brush in my example, into the TripleTac whilst bunching up your crepe paper. The TripleTac will transfer nicely onto the crepe paper and allow it to bunch up and stay with ease. Another great characteristic of TripleTac is that it dries clear and is easily painted; my letters started out white but changed colour towards the end…

Once the letters were built I assembled elements across the canvas, starting with the Sun and Pinwheel Poles.  Add extra texture to your background with paint or pens, I used some bubble wrap and white paint in this example. And a yellow paint marker once I added the paper sun and its rays….

Then it was time to add the 3D elements.  Once they were in place I chose to use some of the open space for a paper birdie... I also added a brown paint outline to the white letters with a paint pen.  At this stage the letters and pinwheels are looking pretty "clean" which is in direct comparison to the style of background...

At the final stage I added more texture to the canvas.  First by painting the letters red, which picked up the least dominant colour in the pinwheels.  Then it was just a case of adding paint across the piece, both brown and white.  I used my fingers for most of this, but also a piece of mesh to add patterned texture.  The best thing about using TripleTac is that the canvas is sealed by way of your creative process, all ready for the wear and tear of a child's room.  I hope you join us by making a canvas this month, please let us know if you do by leaving a comment, one lucky participant will be randomly selected to win a fabulous Mask-It pack from X-Press It!!!  Here's the finished canvas:
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

pretty canvases

Hi again its Kim here with a new tutorial for creating a canvas. Last month I created a mixed media piece with lots of bright colours. This month I wanted a more pretty sophisticated look to my canvas.
I started off with an 8 x 10 canvas and some acrylic paint. I watered down my paint till it was quite thin and painted a wash over the entire canvas.
Once that dried I sprayed some co ordinating glimmer mist onto my canvas by swiping my hand across canvas. I misted it quite randomly so some areas had more colour and shimmer than others.

My next step was to to embelish my canvas. I took some raw chipboard circle pieces, cut out a circle of pattern paper then used the triple tac to adhere the paper to the chipboard piece.

Once that was dry I adhered the chipboard pieces to the canvas using the clear gel .

I made a few different handmade flowers and leaves, including these leaves. I cut out  a leaf shape. Inked the edges then used my finger nail to rough up the edges and manipulate the shape. I glued these and all the embellishmnets with the clear glue gel.
 and here is my finished project.!

This month we would love to see you create a canvas or mixed media piece and leave us a comment with  a link to your project.  The winner will recieve a  mask it pack from X-pressIt!
...and before I go last months winner was Robyn. Please email   to claim your prize.
Don't forget to come back next Wednesday for some more inspiration from Edna!
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