Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Canvas #2

I can see myself really getting into doing these!! In fact, I already have another two on the go...!!

This one is for my Mum. My original plan was to do a 'bird' theme canvas but it sort of evolved when I realised that my bird images are all totally different styles and wouldn't look right together. Mum loves her garden, so I thought a garden type theme would also work well for her - and suited the things I had a bit better!!!

Again, this is a canvas board, which I inked up in a bunch of blues and greens (mostly distress inks). I stamped the grass and flowers image in a dark green distress stain, which I blotted afterwards and gave a totally different look - it lifted all the blue which I wasn't expecting, but which worked really nicely and gave a more subtle yellow sort of colour. I also stamped the tree image (and an extra bit of grass under the tree as the first stamp didn't reach across the whole canvas!). I then made a mask of the bottom half and images, and stamped the music notation. Of course, when you want a lovely crisp image, you end up with a bit where the ink doesn't take - typical! I then sealed the whole thing with clear embossing powder.

Once that was done, the rest came together so quickly! I used a butterfly I'd made previously (double sided foam die cut into a butterfly and then mother of pearl transfer foil on the sticky bit), with a square blue gem added because my Mum just loooooves blue and can't get enough of it! A few flowers with added bling which were added either direct to the canvas or on 3d pads. Four stamped birds on vellum, stuck down with double sided tape. Then, to finish, a die cut rectangle of vellum, stamped and embossed with sparkly embossing powder. The bow is part of a set of earrings I was given for crafting purposes, which I've cut down to get the best bit and then stuck on top. And lastly, a bird stamped, fussy cut and popped up on dimensionals.

I'm pleased with how it turned out, can't wait to give it to Mum now! I hope she'll love it!

I'd love to know what you think. And I'd also love to know where you think the focal point is and where the eye is drawn - I'm fascinated by the idea of "movement" in designs but I'm often not sure why I'm drawn to something, and so I'm trying to educate myself!!!

Entering into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Hey girl
The Pink Elephant - Summer
The Stamp Man Challenge - Summer colours (anything goes)
Allsorts challenge - distressing


  1. very effective card and love that blue shading.
    Kim x

  2. This is gorgeous and I am sure your Mum will love it. The colour is wonderful. Well done!

  3. Wow, I really love this one! Your background and choice of colours is wonderful, also love the birds! If your Mum doesn't like it I could find a home for it. . . . . teehee!!

  4. How brave are you! I get a bit scared with canvasses-all that white, blank space!

    I really what you've done though, I'm also a fan of blues and greens :) it's beautiful!

    Erm, I would say that my eye is drawn to the garden 'scene' - the tree and the flowers. I don't know if that helps?!

    Thank you for your sweet comment, I really appreciate it ;)

  5. oh this is Lovely! Beautiful scene and wonderful techniques. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at The Pink Elephant!

  6. great card love the scene you have created

    Thanks for joining in our distressed challenge this week at Allsorts

    Emma xxx

  7. what a gorgeous project! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Allsorts and good luck in the challenge!

  8. Thank you for sharing your canvas with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and SHow, love the colors you have used and good luck, hugs terry xxx

  9. Oh M this is wonderful .. .. I am sure your Mum is going to love it!!!

    Such fabulous colours and I love the music score very much. Everything is pulled together to give such a wonderful finished look.

    I'm not surprised you are pleased with it!! It's gorgeous!

    Hope you have had a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  10. Hi M! Your canvas is gorgeous with those beautiful colours and I love the musical sky! You're quite right to think about where the eye is drawn and if I'm honest my eye is a tiny bit confused here! A good design strategy is to place the embellishments in a 'triangle' formation. Hope this helps! Vicky x

  11. This is gorgeous and the colours are fab! Your mum will love it xxx

  12. Wow, this is stunning! Love the image and the colours are beautiful. I love it and hope your Mum did too! Apologies for not popping by recently, life's got in the way!Your recent work is stunning :) Hugs, Jayne x

  13. Great job! Am sure your Mum will love it... and let you into a secret - I use a bow maker!!!! LOL