My best friend Courtney turned 30 in July. I wanted to make her something since she has admired things I have created. She has loved unicorns ever since she was young. I created this mixed media canvas with tons of bright colors and a beautiful unicorn at the center of it all. The inspiration for this is from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXTgnNXpd6M and her birds of a feather mixed media project.
Step 1: I took a canvas
that was 8 ½” x 11”. I put a coat of
gesso over the canvas and let dry. I
took some cardstock pieces I ripped from the Prima Jodie Lee Fairy Better Collection
Aquarelle cardstock and used mod podge to apply to the canvas. Run your finer over each piece you glued down
to help with air bubbles.
Step 2: Apply a thin
layer of a gesso white wash to blend the pieces into the background. Set with a
Step 3: Take gesso and
go around the edges of the pieces to help with the contrast. Take a baby wipe
and remove gesso that got onto the center of the pieces and reveal the cardstock
Step 4: Use whale watch
blue, tiffany blue, frozen jack frost and mix equal parts in a cup. Add in a mini mister. Take cosmopolitian pink
and spray some areas of the canvas and let the excess run down the canvas
vertically. Set with a heat gun. Take wild honeysuckle coral and spray and let
drip down the same way. Set with a heat gun.
Take sea grass green and spray a bit heavier and let drip horizontally
compared to the other colors that dripped vertically. Set with a heat gun.
Spray the mixture of blues and tip vertically quickly for a small drip and set
with a heat gun.
Step 5: Take a crafters
workshop 6x6 mini ledger, chicken wire stencil, and a polka dot stencil and
apply to areas of the canvas using texture paste. Clean the stencil in-between
each use and set each area with a heat gun.
Step 6: Take some Prima
flowers solid flower vine in yellow and cover in gesso, apply a few coats. Spray with frozen jack frost lindy's spray.
Step 7: Take some
chipboard circles and tags and apply gesso around the edges. I used chipboard pieces from Leaky Shed
Studio assorted chipboard tags. Take
some pattern cardstock from Prima Jodie Lee Fairy Better Collection Aquarelle
and apply it to the chipboard pieces with mod podge. Do not put a top layer of mod podge. Fussy
cut them out of the cardstock. Sand the edges.
Step 8: Take some
cardstock from the Recollections Rainbow Pixels cardstock and fussy cut some
honeycombs out. Adhere these to chipboard using mod podge. Do not put a top
layer of mod podge. Fussy cut them from the chipboard. Sand the edges.
Step 9: Cut a clock with
the Tim Holtz weathered clock die cut and cover with a few coats of gesso.
Step 10: Take some
Recollections Floral Embellishments white roses, paper flowers pink/blue garden
romance, Prima flowers kindled sienna roses, and white fabric roses bouquet and
cover with gesso.
Step 11: Take some metal
pieces (junkyard findings vintage trinkets, large paperclip, grapevine designs domino
pieces, nuts and bolts, single stories DIY clothespins, finnabair vintage
trinket metal flowers, junkyard findings heart gears, tim holtz metal ink pen
nibs, junkyard findings clock hands, tim holtz locket keys, finnabair vintage
trinkets bottle cap), and cover with
Step 12: Take a Martha
Stewart adhesive die cut large doily and cover with gesso.
Step 13 : Start creating
the canvas and determining the placement. When applying your pieces and to make
them level add pieces of chipboard behind pieces to prop them up. Puddy in the cracks with texture paste. Use a
glue gun, glossy accents and e6000 for gluing your pieces.
Step 14: Once everything
is applied add some texture paste into the cracks and spaces around the
edges. Add a bit to some of the
Step 15: Go over with a
few more layers of gesso to the embellishments.
Step 16: Spray a layer
of cosmopolitan pink. Heat set. Spray with wild honeysuckle coral. Heat set. Spray with sea grass green. Heat
set. Spray with the blue mixture. Spray
with the silver. Spray with luscious
lime. Heat set. Keep applying with the colors from earlier
until you get what you like.
Step 17: Take three
Leaky Shed Studio Chipboard shapes unicorn medium and take some tacky glue and
glue the three pieces together. Once dry
color the unicorn using perfect pearls in blue raspberry, sour apple, pink gumball
and grape fizz. Adhere to the canvas using e6000.
Step 18: Take Unique
Pages chipboard magic word and cover with a few coats of gesso. Once dry apply
wild honeysuckle coral spray, cosmopolitan pink, and silent night silver. Once
dry apply a layer of stormy sky distress ink with a blending tool. Adhere to the canvas using tacky glue.
Step 19: Add some
Finnabair art ingredients glass beads in crystal to the nuts and bolts and the
bottle caps using glossy accents.
Step 20: Once everything
on the canvas is dry, highlight with a couple of coats of gesso. Add a last layer of frozen jack frost. Dry
overnight and highlight one more layer of gesso on all embellishments as the
light is coming from the left.
My best friend Courtney was pregnant with her first child, Grayson. I made this new baby card for her baby shower. It was so much fun. The games were fun and kept everyone entertained and interacting. I loved the backdrop she had for pictures. It was a scene from the Disney movie, Bambi.
The design of the card was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest. Pin from Stampin Up, http://lvstmpn.wordpress.com.
·Step 1: Take light gray cardstock
and measure for the size of your card.
This card is 6” x 4 ½”. I cut my
cardstock to 6” x 9” and folded in half and creased.
·Step 2: I took white
cardstock and cut to 5 ¾” x 4 ¼”. I took
a distress marker in pumice stone and created the frame by making dash stitch
marks. I glued the piece to the card using a glue stick.
·Step 3: I took some
yellow pattern cardstock from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pack and
cut to 3” x 4 ¼”. I took the Martha
Stewart scallop dot punch and punched the edges. I adhered in the center of the card using a
·Step 4: I took some
green pattern cardstock from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pack and
I cut the pattern cardstock to 2” x 4 ¼”.
I took the distress marker in pumice stone and created the dash
stitching marks around the frame of the cardstock. I adhered on top of the
yellow pattern cardstock and centered.
·Step 5: I took some blue
pattern cardstock from the Recollections Fashionably Chic paper pack and cut
two squares using my Cricut machine and the accent essentials cartridge that is
2” on all sides. I cut 2 squares out of white cardstock as well. I glued the
white squares onto the blue squares using a glue stick. I took the pumice stone
distress marker and added dash stitches to the frame of the cardstock pieces.
·Step 6: I created the
lion and the hippo using the Stampology Mindys Zoo 2 stamp set. For the lion the colors inks I used was
Staz-on ink pad in jet black for the outline.
The lion was done in Colorbox ink in sunflower and ochre. The hippo was created using Staz-on ink jet
black for the outline. The hippo is
Staz-on ink in dove gray and distress ink in Spun Sugar. I fussy cut the images
out using my small detail scissors. I
adhered the animals to the squares with dimensional dots.
·Step 7: I stamped the
saying “hello” and “new baby” in Staz-on ink dove gray. The “hello” stamp is from Technique Tuesday
Say It Happy Stamp set and the word “new baby” is from the Lawn Fawn A Birdie
Told Me stamp set.
·Step 8: I added some
rhinestones which are Queen & Co. in baby blue and light green.
·Step 9: For the inside
of the card I cut a rectangle 3” by 2” in the blue pattern cardstock and a
white rectangle in the white cardstock that was 2 ¾” x 2”. I adhered together using a glue stick. I
added the dash stitch frame on the blue cardstock with a distress marker in
·Step 10: I created the
giraffe using the Stampology Mindys Zoo 2 stamp set and used Staz-on ink in jet
black, Staz-on ink in timber brown and Colorbox ink in canary. I adhered the giraffe using dimensional
dots. I also added some rhinestones.
·Step 11: The white
cardstock was cut to 51/2” x 4 ¼”. I
added the frame using dash stitch marks in distress marker pumice stone and
adhered using a glue stick.