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Tote-ally Fun with Canvas Corp & Stampendous!

Hello! All week long, the Stampendous Design Team has been sharing their makes with a fun little tote bag from Canvas Corp. I have to tell you, I love this little bag. Not only because it is a little blank canvas, but also because it is the perfect size for my phone and a couple of other small little things that I usually have in my pockets. I have been needing a tote like this for the days when I don't have pockets, and this baby fits the bill! I am so excited to start using it.

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I steampunked my tote. I started ff with the Gears stencil taped to my tote. Also, I added a thick acrylic block to the inside of the tote so that the seams wouldn't be in the way, and I would have more stability.

I masked off some of the gears that I didn't want to use with my tape too. Then I applied Nutmeg colored Acrylic paint with my 3/8" Stencil Brush, keeping the brush vry dry so that the paint would not run under the stencil.

After I finished that layer, I used a bit of metallic gold and green, right on top of the brown. It added just a it of shimmer and shine.

Next, I stamped one of the images from the Cling Filigree Stamp Set using black VersaCraft ink from Imagine Crafts. It didn't come out as dark as I had hoped (totally my fault, not the products), so I went over the stamped image with Fabrico Dual marker, also from Imagine Crafts/Tsuineko.

It was a very fast process because the marker works so well. I repeated this process to add more gears, and another Filigree image to my bag.

I also used a copper paint marker to add a border around the edge of the tote. I had one more Filigree stamp to play with, so I used it around the strap. This time though, I didn't fill it in with the Fabrico marker. I liked that it looked a little worn out. I also added the "Follow Your Art" stamp from the Charmed Art Perfectly Clear Set. It still needed a little something else, so I added 2 little gears to the bottom left corner. I stitched them on.

It was a simple and quick project, and I have lots of ideas to make more! Please be sure to visit the other Stampendous folks that are hopping along today. Their links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!


Ina Good said…
fun steampunk gears bag!
craftymom205 said…
Love the bag. Love the colors.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com
Anonymous said…
Very creative bag!
Unknown said…
The steampunk look works perfectly
Laura S Reading said…
And the bag is a perfect size for Steampunk outtings!
Great stencil and perfect colorations.
Mary Holshouser said…
Love this.
It's elegant while being steampunk too.
thanks for sharing a beautiful bag.
Pam Hornschu said…
I love how this turned out, Alison! It also reminded me to break out my Fabrico markers again. Lol.
LOVE the gears with the filigree! Totally opposite ends of the spectrum but they go so well together!!! TFS!
cghundley said…
How cute and spiffy
this looks! Love
the gears you stenciled
and sewed on.
Carla from Utah
Stampendous said…
Completely AWESOME! Wow, this is just crazy cool steampunk style. Love the filigree moves serendipitous around the gears. TOTE-ally cool project, thank you for sharing today!
Pammejo said…
Fabulous steampunk it!!!
Viki Banaszak said…
OMG!!! Steam punky goodness!!! I love the gears and the design on the strap too. Viki in Kansas
Becca Yahrling said…
This is really cool. I love steampunk.
SewPaperPaint said…
Those black swirls really pop here!
Unknown said…
Very artistic and awesome. Your bag is for me.
Regards from Down Under
Unknown said…
Very artistic and awesome. Your bag is for me.
Regards from Down Under
Unknown said…
very artistic and awesome. Your bag is for me.
Regards from Down Under
Sue D said…
Love the gears and colors.
Sue in Ohio
Stampendous said…
Your design could even work as a "man-purse". Love the gears and flourishes. Great color combo as well. Thanks for sharing your talent with us for Dreamweaver Thursday!
Jade said…
I love your gear bag. How perfect for your gear! Too cute and great job.
Jean Bullock said…
What a great job you did on this bag. Very cool! the gears look great. Thanks so much for sharing the process. Excellent tutorial.
Your bag is great! It doesn't look like anything that could have been done quickly, but I'll take your word for it 😉
Helen Gullett said…
What a groovy amd cool bag!!
Jean said…
This is such fun! Love the colors!!
Jean said…
Love the bag! Thanks for the great tutorial on how you did it!
Katie said…
Cool design! Love the added gears. So many great ideas here! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B. (USA)
D.Ann C said…
Nice bag for your GEAR! : ) FL
TracyM #6773 said…
LOVE your gears against the flourishes, LOVE your colours too!!!
THANK YOU for sharing :)
Shari said…
Awesome tote. I love the steampunkiness of it. (it's a word!! now) Thanks so much for sharing. ♥
Laurie2cats said…
Lovely bag, nice touch to add the metal gears.

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