To me, one of the most fun items in the March KnK kit was the 12x12 piece of self adhesive canvas paper. There are endless possibilities to using this and I simply must have more and more.
I write a tech column for the KnK message board and this month's tech explored lots but not all of the things that you can do with this wonderful product. To mention just a few, you can paint on it as I did for this card, run it through a Sizzix or Cutterbug with a large die and cut it into shapes and even print on the material once it has dried. I used these two small pieces cut with a die and then painted with acrylics, glazes and pearlizer to make this card.
Yes, as much fun as making the card was, what I really love doing is printing photos onto the canvas paper. The texture gives a photo a portrait quality or, in the case of this beach scene, the appearance of a vintage postcard.
The canvas is perfect for reproducing heritage photos. In either case, I increase the contrast of a scanned photo and sharpen it in a photo program on my computer (I use Picasa) before I print onto the canvas. Because the canvas paper is porous,the ink does spread a tiny bit and sharpening the image helps get a clearer print onto the canvas.
I use pastel pencils and often painted on Stickles or inks to enhance the printed photo but only after the print has dried for a couple of hours or even overnight. After I am finished, I seal the print with a spray on acrylic sealer.
I hope you enjoy the canvas paper and all its possibilities as much as I do and have fun playing with this great addition to the March kit.