Wednesday, March 6, 2013

How to Create a C'est La Vie Shimmer Mixer Tile Canvas

Hi, I'm Mai Larsen new Design Team member of Sakura Hobby Craft.  I'm super excited to share with you today, my very first project on how to create a C'est La Vie Shimmer Mixer Tile Canvas.  I was inspired to create this Shimmer Mixer Tile Canvas by Livatnow.

I used several things to create my C'est La Vie Shimmer Mixer Tile Canvas and let me just tell you that it is not as hard as it looks.  It does take alot of steps, but the end results are amazing.  I loved playing with Sakura's 3D Crystal Lacquer.  I have tried several brands out in the market in the past to create 3D projects, but this one is definitely the best!  You don't have all the bubble issues with Sakura's 3D Crystal Lacquer, in fact you have none what's so ever.

Material used to make C'est La Vie Shimmer Mixer Tile Canvas:
Sakura Hobby Craft Products:
I also used:
  • Daler Rowney Simply Canvas  8 x 10"
  • Bo Bunny Country Garden Scraps
  • Hot Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Gesso Canvas Primer
  • Mixing Cups
  • Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint Pink
  • Want2Scrap Diecut Paris Eiffel Tower
  • Prima Cling Mounted Stamps 
  • Large Voyage Stamp
  • Chipboard
  • Staz On Jet Blace
The Shimmer Mixer Tile canvas itself is 8 x 10″.    I cut the chipboard to fit perfectly on the canvas.  Now Livatnow uses wood, but I didn't have any so I used scrap pieces of chipboard and it had the same tile affects.  Sakura Hobby Craft 3D Crystal Lacquer and Shimmer Mixers really made this project fun and easy to do.
So, what are the steps, you may be asking, very simple and here you go!
Step One:
Gather your Supplies

Step Two:
Paint the 8 x 10" Canvas with the Acrylic Paint of choice.
Step Three:
Cut pieces of chipboard to fit on your canvas.  You can use wood pieces too, but to save on money and to use up scraps I already had, I just used chipboard and got the same affect.  Leave about a 1/8" grout space between the tiles.

Step Four:
Now apply Gesso primer to the chipboard with a paint brush.
Step Five:
Now with any scrap pieces of pattern paper apply or glue to the chipboard.  I used Bo Bunny Country Garden collection and used tore the pieces and trimmed the edges with the scissors.

You can use Mod Podge to adhere to the chipboard.  

Step Six:
With a large stamp and it can be any pattern.  Stamp the image to the piece of chipboard.  It can be random and it doesn't have to be perfect!  Just be sure to use a permanent ink like Staz On.

Step Seven:
Now that you have the image stamped, you can begin playing with the 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul's Shimmer Mixers.  Go ahead and take out your disposable cups, something to mix with, and a paint brush.  Now, just be sure to work with this application immediately.  Don't premix until you are at this step, because otherwise it will dry up.

 Just randomly paint onto the chipboard!  Again its doesn't have to be perfect and that is what I liked about this project!  Once this dries and trust me it dries up very fast you can begin playing with other stamp images.  I applied the clear shimmer mixer over the entire piece to give it that extra clear shimmer touch.

Step Eight:
Now you can bring out your cling stamps and for this project I used Prima's Stamps!
Just stamp directly onto the shimmer mixer coats. 

Step Nine:
Distress the edges with distressing inks like Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo.  To seal it all I applied a thin coat of Mod Podge and let it dry.

Step Ten:
Apply Sakura's 3D Crystal Lacquer right onto the chipboard Shimmer Mixer Tile.  Apply it to the entire pieces and be sure to let air dry for several hours.  The 3D Crystal Lacquer will dry up in about 3 hrs so just set it aside and come back to it once it's dried.

Once they are all dry you are ready to apply these tiles to the 8 x 10 Canvas.  I recommend you use hot glue to apply it to the canvas.  I took pictures of how all these pieces fit on my canvas before I began working that way I knew where to place them all.

Well, that was my project, I hope you enjoyed creating it with me.  Be sure to stop by my blog at and leave me a comment and tell me what you think!  Happy Crafting.  

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  1. Waoooooo!!!! Que maravilla!!! No dejo de sorprenderme con tu trabajo y es que en cada presentacion me dejasuna enseñanza. Esto te ha quedado fabuloso !!! Cuanta conjugacion de tecnicas!!! Supermegafelicitaciones!!!!!

  2. This is a beautiful project. I love the way you achieved depth with your layers!

  3. bellisimo tu Trabajo Mai, Flicitaciones

  4. This is beautiful. I love all the color and dimension. What a gorgeous piece. Great step by step.

  5. What a FABULOUS project Mai! They really do like tiles - GREAT JOB! THANKS for sharing!!!

  6. Mai, te Felicito! Esta excelente este Proyecto! de verdad me encanta!!! Tienes muchas creatividad!!!


  8. Woooo Mai, muy lindo me encanto como mezclas los colores y las stamps, ni que hablar, gracias por compartir

  9. This is a beautiful collection, well done.