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More Mixed Media Canvases!

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Welcome back! As promised, here’s Part Two of my Mixed Media Canvases series!  I can’t decide which of the canvases I like the most!  But why choose just one?!  I love them all, each for their own beauty and style!  The style of this canvas is definitely vintage/feminine and a little shabby-chic!  This time I began with an 8X10 hard canvas board, and coated it with a layer of tan craft paint.  I then tore up some patterned papers and glued them down with Mod Podge.  You can still see the striped piece toward the bottom and the vintage book page near the center top. 
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Again, I forgot to get my camera set up in order to make a video and now I have to try and recall what on earth I did to make this!  Yikes!  I think that, after applying the torn pieces of paper, I just started using stencils and stamps to embellish the background.  In this section I stamped out Tim Holtz’ Flower Garden blossoms and heat-embossed them with Brutus Monroe’s Coffee Grounds embossing powder.  The butterfly ephemera was given to me by my crafty friend, Theresa!  The sentiment is also by Tim Holtz and I heat-embossed it in white. 
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I found the scroll-y die cuts in my stash, and added them with more Mod Podge, then smeared paint over them.  In the center of the frame is another piece of ephemera from Theresa.  I stamped and embossed Vintage Note from Stampendous over it.  I love the white against the dark frame, don’t you?  
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The larger white die-cut has a coat of Martha Stewart Pearl White craft paint, then some gray rubbed over it, and finally, another word stamp partially impressed onto it.  I painted my blossoms with Gansai Tambi watercolors.  
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Along the top and sides, I stamped Lace Borders from Stampendous, using Versafine Onyx Black ink, and added another stencil impression with pink paint.  How about that lovely textured paper in this picture?!  I didn’t really know it had that texture till I smeared paint and ink over it!  
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I really like the dimension that the raised frame die-cut adds.  I can’t wait to make some DIY gesso this weekend and add more texture and dimension to my next canvas!  
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I’m sharing this canvas even though it’s not mixed media.  I got a wild hair idea to pull out my alcohol inks and ended up making this instead!  And I’ll write yet another post with more pictures to share the process for it!  Thanks again for stopping by!  
Florals, Flower Garden, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Sketchy Blooms, Stampendous, Thank You, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Tim Holtz Flower Garden & Stampendous Sketchy Blooms

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I’ve been on a watercolor kick lately (well, okay, all the time!) and just love creating cards like these with rich, vibrant colors and deep, “moody” backgrounds!  The card above features beautifully detailed Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamps which I heat-embossed in white onto Bristol Smooth card stock.  I then used my Zig markers to color, drying between layers.  This dark blue background really sets off the blossoms, doesn’t it?  I added spatters of black and white paint.  As usual!  🙂  
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My husband recently bought me a new Cuttlebug as mine finally bit the dust after 18 years of hard use!!  The new one came with this awesome die which I cut three times from the backside of a watercolor pad cover!  How’s that for recycling!  I then glued the three layers together but need to work on getting the layers perfectly aligned!!  🙂  Anyway, I love how this card came out!  
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I really enjoyed coloring the flowers on this card which used Stampendous’ Sketchy Blooms; I stamped and embossed the image into both corners then colored with Zigs.  I decided to do the background in black to really make those bright flowers pop!  Spatters of water droplets and white paint for extra detail!  
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I bought this sweet little die at AC Moore recently; it’s a great size for adding to cards without taking up too much space!  I adhered it to a scrap of aqua then mounted it with a bit of foam tape.