Wednesday, April 06, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Creates a Canvas on a Card

Hi guys! I bought a roll of canvas last year, so I thought I'd better start using it. I wanted to make a mini canvas panel for the front of a card.

I cut some canvas off the roll into a four-inch square and added some machine stitching around the edge. Hurdle #1 - my mini sewing machine wasn't really coping, so the stitching is just on two sides. (I'm calling it artistic.)

Then I covered it with gesso. Hurdle #2 - because the canvas wasn't attached to anything, the wet gesso made it curl up - next time I'll have to tape it down before I start!

I covered the canvas with Distress Paints, spritzed it with watered down white acrylic paint, then dried it with the heat gun to stop it curling again. I also sponged some white acrylic paint through the ARTplorations Dots All Over stencil.

On a piece of double-sided paper I stamped a dress from Party Dresses, punched out lots of small flowers, then glued them over the skirt area of the dress. Because I wasn't sure how long I wanted the dress to be, I didn't cut it out until I'd got the desired length, then I could just cut behind the flowers.

I stapled the canvas panel to a mat of the double sided paper, glued the dress down, and added the numbers from Sketchy Alphabet. After stencilling some dots onto the base card, I attached the panel to the card, and it was finished. But the day after, I decided the card base was a little too bare. Hurdle #3 - you're a bit limited as to what you can do when you've already stuck all your panels down! I stamped some Mixed Media Elements images around the panel, then edged it with pink Neocolour II crayon.

Here's another look at the grunged version. Which do you think looks better?

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  1. Love them both...of course but the grunged version just swings it for me. The most gorgeous colours and so very pretty. Loving the addition of the cute flowers and the texture of the canvas. Thank you for the step by step and the fabulous inspiration x

  2. Wow - I have some canvas just sitting too and now I am encouraged to give it a go!! Thanks Shirley

  3. Gorgeous card. Loved the layers and that beautiful dress!

  4. Oh my...the dress is looking so so pretty!!!
    And the texture of the canvas adds such a cool look to the card...

  5. Great Idea how to use a bit canvas on crads... TFS
    I think both versions are good. normaly I would say the grunged version is mine
    but this time, for me, the CAS one is mor poping out the dresspanel.
    CU hellerlittle

  6. Cool. Love your artistic stitching. What a fun card. Hugz

  7. Beautiful cards! Love that the backgrounds are different, makes them totally available for different occasion!

  8. I just love this gorgeous card! Very unique, creative & just plain pretty.


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