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Love'in Art


Today I'm going to show you a scrap canvas.  I love doing these, both as commissions and for family and friends.  They are sooo personal and can look fantastic on a wall or shelf as a 3d photo instead of a picture in a frame.  If you start off with the photo, then either work with the colours in the photo, favouriate colours of the receiver of the gift or if the photo is of a trip to a foreign place, say America, use the colours of the flag, adding favoriate embellishments, sayings, and all types of mixed media.  You'll be surprised what goes together.  Have fun.

My theme was L.O.V.E.  As you can see the photo does not have to be large.  Look out for offers on canvases or watercolour canvases in places like Hobbycraft, The Range, Home Bargins or the Pound Shop.  There are offers and sales on all the time and I tend to keep a few in stock and only buy them when they are.  Also look out at car boot sales (If you've not already gathered, I'm a sucker for them)as again you can pick up unwanted canvases and paints at low prices. 

Here's how I achieved my look:
Materials used:
  1. Start off with the canvas.  Take tattered rose distress ink and put some on a craft mat and dilute with water.  With a brush put it around the edges of the canvas and pull into the middle of the canvas, leaving white areas.  Do the same with victorian velvet which makes the background into a wash with a light tinge of pink/red. Lightly heat dry. You could achieve the same look with diluted water colour paints or acrylic paints
  2. Sponge some 'london fog' through the mask with holes in leaving dots in strategic places on your canvas.  Do not be particular about this, just let your creativity flow.  You can always add more later.Dry off with heat or leave to air dry.  Take an antistatic bag and brush lightly over the canvas.
  3.  I used the antistatic bag because I didn't want the embossing powder sticking to the distress ink washed background
  4. With the love heart mask, sponge clear embossing ink through some of the mask in the top right hand corner. Sprinkle pastel pink embossing powder over the hearts and heat set.
  5. Take the scalloped edge die and halve the circle once cut out.  Use over the wrought ironwork die on the right and under the lace on the left.
  6.  Print off the saying on white vellum and pour clear embossing powder over the words to raise them.. Heat set.
  7. Place a piece of ribbon down the right hand side of the canvas.  On this I placed a flower made up of 9 hearts from the gratitude set.  I used pomegranate embossing powder.
  8. I then placed 4 pieces of thin lace around the canvas.  I love using cosmic shimmer glue as it is very strong and will dry clear.
  9. On top of the lace I places two iron book binder posts one on each side.  Again I covered these in pomegranate embossing powder.
  10. I then embossed the call me words frame onto pink vellum with london fog ink and clear embossing powder, then cut it out.
  11. The two leave scrolls are from a memory box die in different coloured vellum.
  12. The love hearts are Marianne designs and here I have sprinkled different red and pink embossing powders on them to get the effects.
  13. The 'with love' ticket is from the gratitude set, then the 'with love' stamp is from the 'with love' set and is stamped separate onto card using sherbert embossing powder then cut to fit over the front of the ticket masking out the original word 'gratitude'.  I then coloured with distress ink and distressed it slightly with black distress ink.
  14. The lock is spellbinders and I lightly went over this in 'london fog'
  15. The frame around the couple and the buttons are pure white card made from spellbinders dies. 

Chic Chick...
This week I got sent a set of the fluorescent embossing powders and I decided to tie this up with Easter as being a happy, vibrant time.  I have to say the set is very vibrant, and once I had a play with the different colours, I was very happy with the results and from where I'm standing, I think it works, I don't know how but it does..........  

Materials Used:
  1. Die cut 2 x scallop circles and 2 x plain circles and use clear embossing pad to stamp the top of the circle tree from it is a bird stamp set.  Sprinkle green fluorescent powder on and heat set.  Use the spiced marmalade distress ink to go around the edges of the scallop and the embossed circle.
  2. Stamp out the whole butterfly onto some preferred background paper and emboss with black ebony powder
  3. Stamp the body of the butterfly onto acetate clear embossing ink then sprinkle tickled pink embossing powder over the top of the butterfly. ,Heat set and cut out.
  4. The die cut baby bird we are going to triple emboss.  a) put embossing ink all over the bird and wing.  Place yellow embossing powder in the middle of the cut out dies and quickly tip off. Put excess away  Then put black embossing powder on the top, underside, beak and tail of the bird and tip off.  Put excess away.  Now heat up.  Repeat this process 3 times.  I have over heated on the last layer in order to get a rough looking top coat to represent feathers. Its legs are also black.
  5. The stand is made out of a triangle shape with the scallop circle attached to the front.  Try to make it a chunky triangle so it will stand up.  I have used clear embossing ink with the brocade background stamp and split the embossing into 2 parts.  On one side is paprika the other gold.  My thoughts were to make it like a tree trunk
  6. Because of the weight of the card I have used silicone glue throughout and let it dry flat overnight.   
A Pat on the back....
Well it is approaching St Patricks day so here's my contribution.....

Materials Used:
  1. Use clear embossing ink and stamp out at the bottom of the card lots of the silhouette flowers from how does your garden grow.  Use the stems also.  Sprinkle clear embossing powder over this and heat set.  This will become a glossy watermark effect at the bottom of the card.
  2. Take a piece of light green card 7cm x 7cm and stamp in clear embossing ink just the words from the  the call me stamp set.  Stamp them at an angle and heat set.  Again this will turn out like a dull watermark. Use your conrner punches to add interest. 
  3. On a separate piece of the same coloured card stock stamp out 3 times the 4 petal flower.  Cut these out.  On two of them cut opposing  petals off making 2 x 3 leaf clover and 1 x 4 leaf clover.  Stick them onto the 7cm x 7cm card as a bunch.  Stick onto darker green card as a matt.
  4. On the computer type out some words re St Patricks day onto white card, print and cut out and distress with shabby shutters ink.  Cut out a matt in the same dark green shade as the main picture.
  5. Put a small width of ribbon both top and bottom of the card and line the nail head jewels on the bottom ribbon. You could use stickers, stickles, or brads.
  6. Place the main picture on the card with the sentiment. 
Mother knows best...

Fast approaching Mothers Day and wondering what to do on a card.  If you are anything like me you try to make it perfect, because its your mum, when really, because you made it, that says it all, and they love you for it, but to top it all, my husband usually wants one for his mum as well!!  When you start to make your own cards this is now expected each year  - A shop bought one just will not do........

Materials Used:
  1. Cut out 3 - 6cm x 6cm white card squares and stamp in clear embossing ink the brocade background stamp.  Sprinkle with paprika powder and heat set
  2. On white card stock cut out M.U.M and stamp in clear embossing ink the different stamps from the gratitude set.  Sprinkle gold embossing powder and heat set.  Go around the edge of the letters with an embossing pen and sprinkle with ebony embossing powder.  Heat set.
  3. Tie ribbon around the letters and stick to the background squares.  Mat onto light brown card stock.
  4. These 3 squares should just fit along a landscape A5 card. Adjust up and down the letters like I have. making sure the U is at the top folded edge of the A5 folded card
  5. Score above the 2 x M 's and repeat on the back of the card.  Cut downwards on each side of the U to the top of the M square.
  6. This then allows you to concertina fold above both Ms to make the card stable.
  7. Put another background paper underneath the U covering the base card.
  8. Stamp out the gratitude ticket in gold and cut into the ticket sides so that ribbon can go through.  Stick onto the card.
Well I think I've done enough inspirational writing for now, abianto, have fun, until next time..........


  1. WOW Sue, these are fab! I love them all, but the canvas and the Mum card are just up my street. Thanks for sharing them all x

  2. Wow-wee! All the themes covered, and so well too - very impressed with all your projects and your post :)
    I'm sure there was a pancake somewhere that didn't make the cut for Shrove Tuesday ;)

  3. Your projects are fantastic! I really have to use my powders on canvas, thanks for your fab inspiration!

  4. great projects. love the canvas.


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