Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Ranger Tech. Calendar - October - Sticky Back Canvas

I have to tell you since I set the supply list for the calendar I have been wracking my brain trying to come up with a new and different technique to use with the Sticky Back Canvas.   Yes, you can sew on it,  you can paint it and stamp it and ink it but I wanted to do something different.  I wanted this calendar page / technique to be unique and something that you can't necessarily do with plain cardstock.  I thought and thought and thought and I finally came up with something....

Hot Glue Sticky Back Canvas Resist

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Sticky Back Canvas - Ranger
Color Wash Spray - Ranger
Hot Glue Gun
Dry Cloth
Stickles Glitter Glue- Ranger
Calendar Page


1. Plug the hot glue gun in and let it heat up.

2. Use the hot glue gun to "draw" your design on the Sticky Back Canvas.  Since I'm working with October I thought a spider web would look cool.  You could try skeleton leaves, geometric shapes, or even words and sentiments!

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TIP:  To help eliminate those pesky strings you get when using hot glue end your line on the non-stick craft mat by rubbing the tip on the craft mat.  Works like a charm!

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3.  Let the hot glue cool completely before moving on to the next step.

4. Spritz the canvas/glue with desired color(s) of Adirondack Color Wash or your own mix of ink.  Quickly spritz with water to help blend the ink(s).

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5. Immediately dab the wet canvas with a dry cloth to remove excess moisture.  The longer you let the water sit on the canvas the more it will wick under the hot glue.  If you act quickly it won't wick at all.

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NOTE:  You will notice in my finished example that the ink wicked under almost all of the hot glue...this is because I was taking photos of each step. 

6. Let the canvas dry naturally or speed drying by using a heat tool.

7. **Magic Step**  Peel all of the hot glue off of the canvas to reveal the design left on your canvas.  This is the step that sets the Sticky Back Canvas apart from paper.  If you tried this with regular cardstock, chipboard, etc. it would tear and destroy the entire design.   It is so much fun because you never quite know how it's going to turn out!

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And here is how my canvas turned out....

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Extra Tips:

* Try coloring your canvas with one or more lighter colors of ink before you apply the hot glue to the canvas.
* Use multiple inks to color your canvas design.
* Highlight your design with Stickles, White Pigment Pen or Markers.

And here is my finished calendar page....

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So, what do you think?

Do you like this technique?

Fun huh?

Well if you'd like to give it a try, now is the time...

I'm going to give away a bottle of Color Wash Spray, some Sticky Back Canvas, a Hot Glue Gun and a supply of Glue Sticks so you can experiment a bit on your own!

To be entered to win simply post a comment below.

You have until 1-28-11 to enter to win!

Good Luck Everyone!


  1. This has got to be the coolest technique I have ever seen!

  2. Roni -

    Of all the techniques you've shown us, I think for me, this ranks as one of my favorites! How totally awesome! How do you come up with these ideas? I really love how this looks. Just fantastic!

    Elaine Allen

  3. Love this technique. I have been so enjoying your calendar and all the techniques. Oh my gosh you are up to October already. I will be so sad when the calendar is finished because I have been following it with great interest.

  4. Oh what fun! I have my glue gun right out and ready now so will have to try this. Yours is fabulous!!!

  5. perfect for an October page! I love this technique so simple and effective. you could do fish and seaweed with it too and make a watery landscape :)
    I must go and find my glue gun now!!

  6. This is so incredibly cool and awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  7. What a great technique! Purple is my favourite colour, so you ticked all of my boxes!!!! Such a clever idea Roni, Judith xx

  8. Sticky back canvas & color wash are products I have been wanting to try. Love the color & this technique is so cool! Thank you for sharing all your ideas.

  9. This would be so cool to do with so many subjects. Love it!

  10. What a cool technique. Thanks, Roni.

    Carol G.
    Riverdale, IL

  11. What a great technique! Who knew? Another reason to love the glue gun and sticky back canvas.

  12. That is just so cool! I love that effect! Thanks for a chance to win some neat stuff.

  13. what a fun idea! I can't wait to try it...

  14. I love purple as a halloween color, great technique!

  15. Your creativity is just inspiring! What a great idea and it makes perfect sense. The stickles adds such a cool touch! You calendars are so fun and the techniques are just simply inspiring...thanks sooo very much. I just called my local Indy scrapbooking/card shop to snag some of that canvas. Question...what is the average overall size of these calendars? I want to explore your techniques you have been using.

  16. Now this is really a fascinating technique, Roni! I've enjoyed the others, too, but this one has the "wow" factor! I was in Archiver's yesterday and asked about sticky back canvas and they just kinda looked at me like I was from outer space! I'd just heard and seen a little bit about its uses. After seeing your technique, now I really have a reason for wanting some!

  17. i am enjoying the calender quite a bit! this technique is interesting, but i do not own a glue gun so i am wondering what else might work as a resist....this will take a little thought....thanks for the chance to win....

  18. I love this canvas too...great idea..as I often have trouble with stuff getting under my masking..tyvm!luv the calendar thus far...

  19. Wow-this is an awesome technique! Thank you!

  20. The possibilities are endless with this technique! awesome stuff

  21. So clever, who else would have thought of using hot glue and peeling it off. Have to try this out.
    thanks for sharing Roni.

  22. This looks like a fun technique! good job!
    stamping sue

  23. That is just so cool. I love to play and this looks such a fun technique. I can see a million things ending up decorated - if it aint nailed down GLUE IT.

    great calender


  24. Boy is that ever creative, and so marvelous. What a look!

  25. What an awesome idea! I haven't played with the sticky back canvas, but I am definitely going to have to do so now! Thanks for creativity kick!

  26. Very neat. Actually, it has been awhile since I had my glue gun out. This will give me a good reason to do so. And also a good excuse to try the sticky back canvas!

  27. Haven't had a chance to try all your techniques but am loving what I've done thus far. This is really cool - thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

  28. Love this technique - I would never in a million years thought to try a hot glue gun on the sticky back canvas. I love visiting your blog every morning. Thank you for sharing all these amazing ideas with us.

  29. Very cool! What a fun technique! You made a fabulous October page from it too.

  30. This looks very cool. I love your spooky sparkle spider-web. Great idea and a must try!

  31. Okay, call me weird, but I want to try this just to see what I can do with the leftover webby glue stuff!

  32. That is such a neat technique! <3 Thanks for sharing, and also for the chance to win some goodies!


  33. Thank you Roni for the chance to win some sticky back canvas. I have never tried it and I was trying to figure a way to do this without going to the store.

  34. I love your "make your own calendar" series...all of the backgrounds are so creative! Thanks for postings the techniques to create each one!

  35. What a neat idea. Now off to find my glue gun.

  36. What a cool idea!! Thanks for all your wonderful techinques!

  37. What a great technique! Now if I could just win everything I need to try it...Thanks for a chance to win! Anne, yourmainestamper

  38. I love that spider web, of course I can think of multiple uses for that idea....

  39. I am new to your blog and omg!!! love your work. Love this technigue! I will be trying this tonight. thanks for sharing.

  40. Amazing technique - thanks so much for your continued inspiration- I would love to get the chance to play with these supplies

  41. I'm a loyal fan and love ALL of your stuff!! But as I read today's technique,I thought "Roni, where do you come with these ideas?" You are a true Artistic Genius...IMO anyway! I'd love to win these goodies and give my All-American best!

  42. A faithful follower am I. I just love your blog. Haven't seen any sticky back canvas where I live. Would love to give it a try. Please count me in.

  43. Unbelievably creative! I am digging out my glue gun right now ... oh, wait! First I have to win the sticky canvas!

  44. This is such an awesome technique! thinking of projects for it now
    TFS Paula


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