Hi Everyone! Today I'm featuring my SSS Monday Challenge canvas called "Love". This was a really fun challenge for me with a theme that is very close to my heart. Not only do I absolutely LOVE Valentine's Day but it's my favorite holiday as well. I love all the bright decorations, the yummy treats and how fun it is to let everyone you know how much you love them. One year, when my kids were at school I decorated their rooms and threw candy all over their beds. When they got home they didn't really say too much but I knew their little love tanks were filled. Just yesterday, my son asked if I was going to decorate their rooms again this year. That's what it's all about! It warmed my heart that he remembered.
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Here is my project:
I had an idea of what I wanted to create and used an 8x8 canvas to get started. I cut pieces of cardstock from Authentique's Smitten collection.
I laid them out on the canvas to see what my layout would look like.
I used Mod Podge Matte to adhere all the pieces to my canvas and waited for that to completely dry. The pieces are still wet in the photo below but when the Mod Podge dries it is completely clear.
After the canvas was completely dry, I wanted the cardstock pieces to fade into the background so I applied a layer of gesso over the top in a random pattern.
As I waited for the canvas to dry, I started working on my focal piece for the canvas. I traced a heart out of another piece of Authentique's Smitten collection.
I wanted the heart to have dimension so I traced and cut out two more hearts from chipboard and adhered all the pieces together.
Next, I went over the edges with the Tim Holtz distresser tool to distress the edges of the heart.
Now that my canvas is completely dry, I inked the edges with Archival Ink in Red Geranium and used Black Soot Distress Paint on the outer edge of the canvas.
I stenciled the canvas on the right side with the Tim Holtz Rays stencil. I wanted rays coming out from the heart that I would place in the center of the canvas.
I wanted a light glimmer to come from the rays so I gently added Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink with my fingertip along the rays. It's difficult to see in the photo but there's a slight glimmer to the rays that makes them stand out just a bit.
I cut a piece of Bo Bunny Kraft Canvas Pleated Lace to place on the center of my heart but I wanted it to match my project so I used Archival Ink Red Geranium to give it just the right color.
After the pleated lace was dry, I inked the edges with Jet Black Archival Ink and also inked the edges of the heart with Black Soot Distress Ink and Jet Black Archival Ink.
I continued adding stencils to my canvas and I also added some stamping on the canvas as well.
I wanted to add a butterfly above the heart so I used a wood butterfly from Jillibean Soup and inked and embossed it with Pink Peony and Red Geranium Archival ink and embossing powders. I first inked and embossed the butterfly with Pink Peony and them when that was dry went over it with the Red Geranium Archival Ink and embossing powder and let that dry. This gave the butterfly a slightly marbled look. I then went over the edges with Jet Black Archival Ink. I learned the embossing technique from Wendy Vecchi's blog. She has wonderful tips on making embellishments for a canvas. Check out her blog here.
Another technique I learned from Wendy Vecchi is to stamp images on wooden pieces and here I used one of the butterfly stamps from the Tim Holtz Watercolor CMS217 stamp set. Isn't it beautiful!! I'm telling ya, check out Wendy's blog, she's amazing!!
I wanted the word "Love" in the center of my heart and used Tim Holtz Letterspress Typographie to spell out the word. I used the "&" sign for the "e" and used the same embossing technique as I used on the butterfly except that I didn't use the Pink Peony ink and embossing powder. I just wanted the heart to be solid red so I only used the Red Geranium ink and embossing powder to color the letters.
I now had all the pieces for my canvas and was ready to put everything together. I adhered the pleated lace to the center of the heart and added one of the Tim Holtz Trinket Pins and one of Prima's Red Velvet trinkets to the bottom of the pleated lace.
Here again is my completed canvas.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the process of how I put together my canvas and I hope you join in the fun at SSS. Have a great weekend everyone!