Saturday, March 16, 2013

Love for the momma

With Mother's Day approaching and my Mom's birthday later this month I knew I wanted to experiment with something new.  I usually venture to make her a card each year but this year wanted to make something for her that she could have as a keepsake.  My new passion is working with canvases so I wanted to use one in my project and here it is.

This is a 5 x 7 panel canvas, using the Graphic 45 Secret Garden 6 x 6 paper pack. I love the dimension of this piece and how it all just seems to flow together.  I know my Mom will appreciate it very much, she is definitely my biggest fan :)


My starting point was drawing a template for the flower petals.  The size of the petals is approximately 1 5/8 height by 1 inch width at the largest point.  I took the template and transferred the outline onto the paper in the paper pack.  I cut 5 leaves out of each design.  I didn't quite use all the designs but the majority of them.

I also used a couple of different papers just to get some more dimension into the petals.  I used papers from the following paper lines:

Lost and Found 
Background and and some petals (this paper has wonderful texture)
 Farm Girl - Denim
Dark denim blue petals

The next step was to apply Tim Holtz distress inks to the edges of each petal.  I used frayed burlap.  I then molded each petals by taking a pen barrel and pulling it along the paper.  The same way you would curl ribbon.

Next I applied the Lost and Found paper by My Minds Eye to the front of the canvas.  I distressed the edges of the paper and inked it up with Frayed Burlap before applying it to the canvas with Modge Podge.  I let that dry for about an hour. 

Next I applied a small circle (about 2 inches) of sticky back cork to the center of the canvas.  

Starting from the outside and working in I applied each petal to the canvas.  The outside row of petals were about 1 inch apart and on the next row I reduced this by about 1/4 inch and continued reducing the distance working my way to the center.  To help the petals stick to the canvas I bent the bottom of the petal so it lay flat against the canvasI used Tombow mono to apply the flowers.  Once I had created my flower I let it sit for about an hour to let the petals get a good grip.

Next I applied a piece of peach dyed twine around the outside of the edge of the cork to finish it off.

Lastly I glued a Prima Trinket Bottle cap to the center of the flower and finished it off with a image button I purchased on Etsy.

In order to have an area for writing I cut two pieces of paper from the Graphic 45 paper pack and glued them to the back of the canvas.   


  1. Beautiful work. I've looked at several entries in this challenge and I like yours the best. I also really enjoy this flower tutorial. Well written. Thank you for the inspiration.

    I am going to make a flower today!

    Debra of Alpharetta, GA

    1. Thank you very much Debra :) I really appreciate your kind words. Tutorials are fairly new for me so I'll get better as I go. Hope you had fun making your flower!