Friday, September 16, 2011

Joy of the Lord Canvas

The challenge this week over at Frosted Designs is to create a project using punches. I LOVE working with punches, so my crafty mental wheels immediately began turning and here is what I came up with :

I picked up the artist's canvas, which measures 11" x 14", at a discount store for a buck because there was a slight tear in it. I knew that I could use the canvas, even with the tear, so I painted the edges and then covered it with paper so the tear wouldn't show.

I purchased the thick chipboard J*O*Y letters at Hobby Lobby for .99 cents each. I painted the edges of the letters to match the edges of the canvas. I then misted some coordinating paper with brown walnut ink, let it dry, and then traced and cut out the letters J*O*Y from the distressed paper. I adhered the paper to the letters, let them thoroughly dry, and then sanded the edges for a nice finish.

I also attached a different coordinating paper to a chipboard tag and cut out the word "The" from cream cardstock using my Sizzix and the Funky Brush dies. The chipboard letters and tag are attached to the canvas with Liquid Glass from Close to My Heart.

The cool butterfly punches were sent to me by my blogging friend Kimberly, over at Scrap-it-Girl. (Thanks, Kimberly!!) The butterflies shown on the tag were punched out of cream colored chipboard. I painted 2 of the butterflies with a pearl paint and then stamped an image on top of the paint. I distressed the edges with chocolate ink, and then layered the butterflies. To create the butterfly body, I used 3 sizes of mocha colored pearl bling. I used Liquid Glass to attach the butterflies to the tag and canvas.

The other 2 butterflies are punched out of a corrugated Starbucks carry box, which is a great recycling idea by Kimberly! (You're so clever, Kimberly!!)

I embellished these cuties the same way, but they came out with a completely different look due to the corrugated ridges:

I printed the rest of the Bible verse on vellum, tore and inked the edges of the vellum, and attched it to the canvas using Xyron adhesive. (I think running vellum through a Xyron machine is the best way to get a nice, even adhesive coverage).

I layered 3 different kinds of ribbon, (a gold colored wide satin ribbon, a grey-blue colored lace, and a brown velvet zig-zag ribbon), and stapled the ends of the ribbon to the underside of the wooden canvas frame using a staple gun. I used 3-D dots to attach the chipboard clock to the lower right side, and I tied a bow out of gold organza ribbon and attached to the left side; adding a blinged button to the center of the bow.

The flowers, leaves, etc. were made by punching various flower shapes in coordinating colors, adding pearl paint, distressing ink and mocha pearl bling. I'll be sharing my "stiff-dried paper flower" technique tutorial with you in an upcoming post, so be sure to check back to get all of the details!

Thanks for looking! Have a SUPER day!



  1. WOW! What a great creation!! I really like those corrugated it great looking texture! Can't wait to see the flower tutorial! This had to take alot of time I truly is a piece of art!

  2. This is beautiful Becky! Love the saying you used! A great reminder.

  3. This is just beautiful! Reusing the starbucks box for those butterfly's is a genius idea, thanks to kimberly for giving you the idea! I love the yellow flowers, looking forward to the tutorial!

  4. Becky: I saw this card you entered, and I just wanted to tell you how much I love it. It is so Christ-honoring and beautiful. I wish you the best of luck. Also, I wanted to thank you for congratulating the Top 3 on Frosted Designs (one of which was me). It meant a lot, and you are very sweet to do so. I appreciate your blog, and will visit often. Your work is lovely. I am having a give-away on my blog of an antique floral frog. I would be honored if you would come and visit at:
    Thanks again for your sweet words.

  5. Becky, this is beautiful. Love all the detail, itlooks like it was fun to put together. I have always loved that verse too!

  6. Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments! It was a fun project to design and put together! :)


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