Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Because my Mum is so dear to me!

I've been wondering what to get for my mum for her birthday! Whatever I do get has to be shipped to the UK and usually takes an age to get there via snail mail!! I figured she'd probably like something made from the heart - and with a ton of love thrown in! So, here it is!

Here's hoping she doesn't see this before it arrives!!!

It's my first attempt at "collage on canvas" and it's come out even better than I'd hoped! Here's how I did it!

  • I chose a 8"x10" canvas and painted the edges and about 1" onto the front with acrylic paint. This saves you having to frame it and means it can be hung directly onto the wall or displayed straight on an easel. 
  • I then took some cream cardstock with words already printed on it. 
  • I inked the paper with Ranger Distress Inks to create that faded-out distressed look. I chose ink colors that pick-up tones in the picture of the lady.
  • Next was to decide on the centre-piece for the collage. The lady was a collage picture I picked up from Michaels previously and seemed elegant and quintessentially Old English! 
  • I looked hard to find a quote that summed up being a mother. I thought this one was just great! I love it!! I also inked the edges of the paper which I'd rough-torn and smudged the ink over the words to make it look aged. 
  • I die-cut some cardstock letter tags using my Cuttlebug, removed the letters themselves and back-mounted cream card to make the letters pop out on the page. 
  • I mod-podge'd all this together with a good three coats and left it to dry.
  • I then glued it to the canvas using Tacky Glue and patiently (!) waited for it all to dry before I could add the final embellishments.
  • Once dry, I added tonal stick-on pearls to the letter tags, a metal "Cherish" tag and metallic squares at each corner to finish the design.
I'm so pleased with how it's come out! 

Hope you enjoyed this! I loved making it and plan to do more! 

Check out my Etsy site for the craft stuff I have on sale! I'm starting small but believe that "From Small Acorns, Big Oak Trees Grow".....or something like that!!



  1. You have a beautiful blog, and this is an excellent post. Thanks for all of the step by step directions and supplies. The canvas is precious. Your mum is going to love it! Kathryn

  2. Hi Wendy, visiting from Angelself's blog...your collaged canvas is darling. Please, if you can, send some of that Florida sunshine up here this coming winter! Will try not to send you any snow, ha ha! Stop at my blog when you have a chance.

  3. Welcome to the blogging world. I think your mother will just love this wonderful collage...made from the heart! :-)

  4. Thanks for the welcome and vote of confidence! It's much appreciated! :)

  5. Wow, this is a lot of work! It turned out beautiful! I'm sure your mom will love it! I found you through Kathryn ;o) Take Care ;o)

  6. Thanks for visiting and the support! ;)