Thursday, April 7, 2016

Anything Goes Challenge on the Emerald Creek Dares Blog

It's time for a brand new challenge on the Emerald Creek Dares blog, featuring "Anything Goes". When we received this challenge I was excited as I could create anything I wanted. For my project I decided that I would create a grungy mixed media canvas and I will show you how I created it, so that you can make it at home. Lets get started on how you can create my grungy mixed media canvas at home.

To start my canvas, I covered my Wood Tray from Prima with Black Gesso. You will need to allow 20 minutes for the gesso to dry.

Once the gesso has dried, apply Embossing Distress Ink to the tread mark stamp and stamp onto the now black canvas. Continue applying ink and stamping until the entire canvas is covered. After the canvas has been stamped, sprinkle Onyx Frost Embossing Powder overtop of the entire canvas. Tap off excess powder and emboss with heat tool.

After the tread marks are embossed, spritz the entire top of the canvas with Black Soot, Picket Fence, Pumice Stone and Perfect Pearls Mist. Allow at least 45 minutes for the canvas to dry.

After the spray has dried, I applied Embossing Distress Ink to the four corners. Once the ink is applied to the corners, sprinkle Hammered Metal Embossing Powder to the corners and then emboss with your heat tool.

After the corners are embossed, apply Mushroom and Gold Adirondack ink lightly over top of the embossed corners. Allow 10 minutes to thoroughly dry.

The next layer for the canvas is the faux metal embossed panel. To create this piece, cut a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of 100lb white cardstock and apply a Foil Tape sheet to the cardstock. Using the Riveted Metal Embossing folder, run it through your big shot. Once the foil is embossed, paint on black gesso over the entire embossed surface. Before the gesso completely dries, take some hand sanitizer on a piece of paper towel and remove the gesso from the foil. You will end up with some gesso on the lines of the embossed piece. Once the gesso completely dries, apply Mushroom Adirondack Alcohol Ink to the entire embossed image. Allow 10 minutes for the alcohol ink to fully dry.

The final piece that needed to cover was my barbed wire circle frame from Southern Ridge Trading Company and applied a layer of Black Soot Distress Ink overtop of the entire piece. Once the ink was applied, I covered the entire barbed wire circle with Hammered Metal Embossing Powder and tapped off the excess. After the extra embossing powder is removed, emboss with a heat tool.

After the barbed wire circle frame was embossed, I applied Mushroom and Gold Adirondack Alcohol Ink randomly on the frame. Allow 10 minutes for the alcohol ink to fully dry.

Some of the finishing touches on my grungy mixed media canvas was adding the picture in the middle of the frame. Along with adding three gears to the top left hand corner, the Industrial Edision lightbulb in the bottom right hand corner and then the Believe Buckle Connector word in the bottom middle of the canvas. To finish the believe word, I added linen ribbon that I tinted with vintage photo and then put the ribbon through the charm having it span the entire length of the canvas. 

Products used from Emerald Creek:

Other Products Used:
- Southern Ridge Trading Company: Barbed Wire Circle Frame - Large
- Ranger/Tim Holtz: Adirondack Alcohol Ink: Gold & Mushroom,  Distress Ink: Black Soot, Vintage Photo & Embossing Ink, and Distress Spray Stain: Picket Fence, Black Soot & Pumice Stone
- Ranger Ink: Foil Tape Sheets & Perfect Pearls Mists: Perfect Pearls
- Ranger/Dina Wakley: Paint Brush & Black Gesso
- Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: Mixed Media 2 stamp
- Tim Holtz/Sizzix: Diamond Plate & Riveted Metal Set - Embossing Folders
- Tim Holtz/Ideaology: Found Relatives, Mini Gears & Linen Ribbon
- Prima Marketing: Wood Tray

Make sure that you go and check out the rest of the Emerald Creek Dares Design Team as they have all created fantastic pieces for this weeks challenge:

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my grungy mixed media canvas. Don't forget to enter your project into our Emerald Creek Dares Challenge for your chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate for the Emerald Creek Store!

Until Next Time!


  1. Stunning!! Love all the metal texture and grunge!

  2. This is amazing! I love how you used the new Hammered Metal Embossing Powder on the background and on the barbed wire die cut. What a cool effect!

  3. Amazing love the faux metals you created on your piece and love the barb wire!!!

  4. Seriously SO AWESOME! I love this industrial project. Great techniques used here. Way to rock the challenge.

  5. Katelyn! This is soooo cool! Love love it! Such a clever arrangement!
    Jackie ")

  6. Fabulous Katelyn, love your riveted metal background and the barbed wire frame was the perfect choice, amazing project! Deb xo