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Tammy Tutterow Fabric Tattered Florals Canvas 1

Hi readers! Happy Sunday to you! I hope you’re having a great weekend! I’m pleased to be back with special guest designer Tammy Tutterow.  She made a fun little canvas project that has layers of tips, tricks, techniques, & FUN!



  1. I love making small embellished canvases for gift giving.  They can serve as both a card and a gift.  How fun for someone to receive something that you have made from your heart and your hands that can add beauty and sentiment to their decor.  Best of all, they can be relatively inexpensive to create by starting with an expensive art canvas panel (usually only a few dollars for a four pack) and using supplies you probably already have on hand!

  2. Sand over the surface of the canvas with a Sanding Grip.  Sanding will help remove some of the finish on the canvas.  The finish applied to canvases can sometimes make Distress Ink harder to dry.  Removing some of the finish will help the ink adhere and soak into the surface better.

  3. Randomly mist over the canvas with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stains.  Dry the mist well with a heat tool.

  4. Randomly mist over the canvas with Broken China Distress Spray Stains.

  5. Blot the stain with a dry cloth.  Dry the stain well with a heat tool.  You may notice in the photo that the areas of Picket Fence create a subtle resist to the Broken China.

  6. Place the Speckles Layering Stencil on the canvas.  Use an ink blending tool to pounce Gathered Twigs Distress Ink onto the canvas through the stencil.  Move the stencil around on the canvas to add specks randomly around the canvas.  A well inked blending tool will add bolder specks while a lightly inked blending tool will add faint specks.  A combination of both will look great!

  7. Use an ink blending tool inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add a blended brown edge to the edges of the canvas.

  8. Die cut three Courtyard Frameworks pieces from manila cardstock.  Use a glue stick to adhere the three layers together.  This is an easy way to add depth when you don’t have a thicker material like mat board or chipboard on hand to die cut.

  9. Dab over the assembled die cut with Bundled Sage Distress Paint.  Dry the paint well with a heat tool.


  1. Mist lightly over the painted die cut with Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain.  Use a heat tool to dry the stain.

  2. Use an ink blending tool inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to add a blended brown edge to the edges of the die cut.  Rub over the die cut with a dry cloth to soften the ink and to remove any excess on top of the paint.  Dry the ink with a heat tool.

  3. Dab Bundled Sage Distress Paint onto a Word Band.  Allow the paint to set a few moments before wiping off with a dry cloth.  The paint will remain in the recessed letters.

  4. Cut a 4 1/2” strip of ruler ribbon.  Lay the ribbon across the canvas about 2 1/4” from the bottom.  Add a small amount of adhesive under the two ended to help keep in place.

  5. Use a craft pick to poke a hole through the ribbon and the canvas on both sides.

  6. Cut a 5 1/2” piece of Linen Ribbon.  Feed the ribbon through the Word Band.  Use a long fastener (brad) through each end of the ribbon.  Place the long fasteners through the holes in the Ruler Ribbon and canvas.  Flatten the prongs of the long fasteners on the back of the canvas.

  7. Ink, wrinkle, curl, and tear the edges of the nest and eggs book cover piece of Tim Holtz Thrift Shop Ephemera.  Slip the ephemera under the ribbon, slightly off center on the front of the canvas.

  8. Use wire to attach a bundle of small thin twigs to the front of the Courtyard die cut piece.

  9. Use foam tape pieces to adhere the die cut piece to the front of the canvas.  (After taking the photo, I decided it needed the ephemera, so your project should have the ephemera in place already.)


  1. Die cut four flowers and four leaves from muslin using the Tim Holtz Jumbo Tattered Florals die.

  2. Mist the fabric pieces with water.

  3. Mist the leaves with Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain.  Allow the stain to soak into the fabric well.  The water will help the color wick through the fabric.

  4. Flip the pieces over and move them around in the stain to make sure the back sides are also covered well.  My craft sheet had dry Picket Fence Distress Paint on it.  The stain mixed with it to create a creamy color.  I happen to like it when that happens so I sometimes leave my craft sheet dirty during a project on purpose to see what kind of happy color mixing accidents I can have.

  5. Mist the flowers with water and then Distress Spray Stains.  You can mix and match colors on the flowers to create color variations.  I used Antique Linen, Wild Honey, and Picket Fence.  Allow the stain to soak in well.

  6. Wring out the excess moisture from the fabric pieces with a dry cloth.  Dry all well with a heat tool.  If you want bolder color, you could mist again using less water.

  7. Fold the flowers into a cone shape.  Pinch the point of the cone between two fingers.  Place a small piece of thin paddle wire around the flower above your fingers.

  8. Twist the wire until it is secure around the cone tip of the flower.  It creates a wire “stem” for the flower.  Do the same thing for the leaves.  You can brush the edges of the pieces with a brown distress Ink to add a bold edge.

  9. Trim the wire as needed.  Apply a clear quick drying glue like Beacon 3 in 1 to the wire.  Adhere the four flowers and four leaves to the front of the die cut piece.  I also added a scrap of Crinkle Ribbon that I already had colored that was left over from another project.


Isn’t it so lovely?  I love that it is an easy project to assemble.  In the amount of time you might take to create a card, you can create a canvas!  Add a piece of cardstock or a journaling card to the back to add a sentiment and your small piece of art can double as a card too!


Thanks for reading today and thanks again to Tammy for this lovely tutorial!

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  1. Beautiful textured layers on your canvas, a great beginner size for first timers like me. Thanks for detailed tutorial.

  2. I am going to be working on a mixed media project today and your step-by-step and beautiful project is just the inspiration I needed. THANKS!

  3. I love to cut flowers from fabric with Tim’s die–I did this using fabric scraps from my wedding dress for a ribbon belt for my daughter’s wedding. Beautiful project you have made.

  4. Such a beautiful art piece! A lot of detailed steps involved but the result is stunning, thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Love the rustic look you achieved. Broken china is one of my go to distress colors.
    Thanks for sharing the step by step tutorial. Speckles add interest to this design.

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