Tuesday, September 25, 2012

For the LOVE of Triple Tac!

Have you always admired photos printed onto a canvas but thought it was too hard? Well it’s super easy with the help of X-Press It Triple Tac!

To start you need to gather the following materials:
-One X-Press It Canvas 
-Your photo printed onto ordinary office paper, printed big enough to cover the top/ top and sides
-A Jar of X-Press It Triple Tac
-A Foam Brush
-Paper Towel
-Black Paint (optional)

Prepare your image. Print your photo onto white office paper. I reversed my image before printing, so it would look the same as my original photo. I used a laser jet printer but it also works with ink jet. Make sure the size of your printed photo is appropriate for your canvas. You can either make it large enough to cover the top of your canvas, or you can wrap it around the sides.

Using your foam brush paint a generous layer of X-Press It Triple Tac onto your canvas. If you wrapping the image around the sides, make sure you coat the sides of the canvas too.
Next lay your canvas on top of your paper- with the coloured side facing the canvas.  Make sure all of the paper is in contact with the canvas; otherwise your final image will have bare patches. Cut the corners of your paper, to make folding the edges easier and glue the paper on the sides of the canvas. Allow to dry.

When your image is completely dry, you need to wet the paper. I like to lay mine in a very thin layer of water (Less than ½ a centimetre) for about 30 seconds. Lightly spraying the paper with spray bottle also works.

 You will start to see your image coming through. Gently rub the paper until it begins to pill. Make sure you are not too rough as this will start to remove your photo. You may need to re-wet the canvas from time to time.

Continue removing the paper, I keep a soft cloth or some paper towel handy to wipe off the pilled paper. When you are satisfied that you image has come through clearly, allow the canvas to dry completely.When the canvas is dry, your image may look a bit cloudy, this is normal! If it looks very white you can repeat the previous step and re-wet the canvas to remove more paper. However I usually find that the cloudiness goes away as soon as you complete the next step.  

Using your foam brush, coat your dry canvas with a thin layer of Triple Tac. If you would like a smooth finish, make sure your strokes are even. If you would like a brush effect, go nuts! Let the Triple Tac dry completely and add a second coat. Depending on the look you are going for, your second coat can be thicker than the first.

If you have wrapped the image around the sides of the canvas and you are happy with how it looks, then you are done! If you left the sides bare, then now is the time to paint the sides. I painted the sides of my canvas with black paint, to make my image pop.

We hope you enjoyed this X-Press It tutorial. Keep an eye on this blog for more great ways to use your favourite X-Press It products. 

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Masking with Mask-It

X-Press It Mask It is a great tool to use to seamlessly combine stamps. Kathy has created a fantastic step by step tutorial on the Copic Oz blog, be sure to check it out here!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Heart Layers and Triple Tac!!!!

Hello again everyone!!
Tarrah with you today to show you how AMAZING the X-Press It Triple Tac is!!

I love this stuff so much that I decided to make a layered canvas and what better way to show the love than to use hearts!!

First of all I chose some papers and the right die-cut size to suit my canvas.

 Cut out your desired number of shapes using your preferred shape and die-cutter. In my example I chose to use 9 heart shapes....arrange these until you are happy with the design... 

 Now for the fun part!! Triple Tac is quite a runny product so you won't need a lot to apply to the back of each shape..

Apply a little to the back of your shapes and adhere in place...

This is where you can go crazy with it!!!! Next scoop out a big dollop with your brush and go for your life applying it all over the top of your canvas....

It will look like this when wet...now is a good idea to start layering with your embellishments while the canvas is wet from the Triple Tac because you can adhere everything down and it can all dry together....perfect!!

For my layers I have added rub-on quotes, ribbon, stickers, tickets, handmade buttons, word stickers etc

And here is the finished canvas all dry. The Triple Tac is so strong that nothing will be moving from that canvas in a hurry!!!!  

So there you have it, you can easily create a canvas or any project you desire using Triple Tac, it is such a versatile product and you will be amazed at the strength and what you will use it for. Get your hands on some today!!
Thanks so much for stopping by the X-Press It blog today, I hope I have given you some inspiration to create your own projects using Triple Tac. 
Stay tuned again next month for another exciting project and X-Press It product.

Have a great day, 
Tarrah :)

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