Friday 8 April 2016

A canvas board birthday card

Hi it's Brenda here and I am sharing a birthday canvas board card with you today. Making these for special birthdays this year has become a bit of a passion at the moment and I think this is my fourth or fifth one. Anyway it went to someone very special I can tell you that.

I started with a 5 x 7 canvas board and decoart primary magenta mister, water spritzer and titan buff media acrylic. Having spritzed and dripped, dabbed with kitchen roll and dried the first layer of the background was very soft and pastel in tone.

I then stamped and clear heat embossed to create a resist effect before the next layers of colour were laid down.

Then I used one of the new Tim Holtz mini stencils and applied decoart modelling paste to create more texture.

I left this to dry (while I had lunch!) and came back to add the next layers. I sprayed tiny amounts of the primary magenta mister with the white shimmer mister and added a little titan buff into the mix, spritzed it all with water and let the combination of colours blend and drip and to create a more mottle effect I dabbed lots off with a piece of kitchen roll.This was left to dry again whilst I got the embellishments together. A chipboard frame had been covered with gesso and also painted with white crackle paint; I found one of my antique enamelled number plates I had made for a CVC challenge last year which you can find here with a tutorial if you missed it and I die-cut a couple of the 'wildflowers' from one of the new Tim Holtz sets of thinlits using a piece of left over rusted card. A black shabby bow, an artful arrow and some natural foliage more or less finished it off.

I used bought flowers and just added some touches of gesso to the pink ones but 'rusted' what were lilac ones by also adding the gesso and then I made a spray of burnt umber media acrylic and when dry added some touches of quinacridone gold.

Now back to the background and taking scattered straw distress ink I rubbed some over with the blending tool. To take the ink away from the embossed surfaces I used a piece of kitchen roll but oh no - help - the modelling paste was rubbing off and looking horrendous. The only thing I could do was keep rubbing to see what happened. Well -  happy accident? I think so as it all rubbed of to reveal the stencilled design underneath. Not wishing to push my luck I left it it as it was.

Here you can see the embossed resist of the stamped flowers that look beautifully subtle in the background and also the much more prominent resist area of the stencilled design.

 The enamelled number was mounted over some chipboard and nestled beautifully into the frame ....

.... and the rusty wildflowers peaked their heads above the more natural foliage and became a fabulous aged and worn addition to the unison of timeworn and contemporary elements.

The addition of the Tim Holtz easel die-cut enables this to stand on display on it's own or with a collection of birthday cards.

So there we have a pretty shabby vintage design for you. I hope you have enjoyed scrolling through ....

.... thank you for stopping by.

hugs Brenda xxx


  1. Fabulous!!! I adore the shabby soft background, the impact of the stamped and stencilled flowers is just perfect! The additions are brilliant too, love the rusted wild flowers, specially in combination with the other softer ones!!

  2. Wow, wow, wow Brenda!!! That really was a very happy accident because it looks fabulous! I think Primary Magenta has just become my newest favourite colour. A stunning canvas, truly stunning! Anne xx

  3. Beautiful step by step brenda. Its gorgeous. Love all the layering. Gorgeous x

  4. Absolutely brilliant! I adore this project, every bit and piece!

  5. what a stunning birthday gift Brenda x Love the soft feminine shabby chic feel and the 'accident' looks amazing against the background colours/resist

    Beautifully pieced together as are such an inspiration to us all x

    Huge hugs
    Annie x

  6. Love this. Have some 6x4 canvas. Must try.

  7. Stunning canvas Brenda, love the colours and your resist. Chris must love this birthday gift from you.
    Julie x

  8. Brenda thus is just lovely! Love the subtle background it's beautiful xx

  9. Gorgeous canvas! love all the techniques you used, fabulous piece! Barbara

  10. This is just AMAZING -- everything about it is gorgeous!

  11. It's gorgeous but then I knew it would be x

  12. This is beautiful. What glue did you use to stick your embellishments?

  13. Such beautiful inky effects on the canvas texture and the distressed crackle and rusty flowers are gorgeous.
    Alison x

  14. Wonderful tutorial - absolutely love your colors, and those rusty flowers!! Gorgeous! xxx Lynn

  15. Really love this artboard work. You can really tell it is for someone special. The colours are beautiful and I love the way you added the stencil work. TFS. I have only just 'discovere' you but will be following from now on. (A fellow artist, card maker and general messing abouter). :-)