Dreamy Mixed Media Canvas


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Hello everyone, it’s Emma here!

Today, I’m thrilled to have been invited back to the Simon Says Stamp blog to share a summery home decor project that showcases some wonderful Penny Black dies and stamps. This canvas panel that I’ve created for you, is packed full of ideas that can also be used to make special cards to send to loved ones or even a matching gift tag, if you choose…

1. I started by cutting a mixed media board to measure 8” square. The boards from this pack are already pre-gessoed so you can start applying your paints to these straightaway.

2. To create the background on the canvas, I began by using a paint brush to apply Spun Sugar Distress Paint to the background and once dry, I then added a small amount of Picket Fence Distress Paint to the centre, spritzed it with water and allowed the paint to run and form drips across the canvas. Heat dry the paint thoroughly before moving onto the next stage.


3. Tear off strips of Tim Holtz tissue tape, (I used Symphony and Sketchbook) and using a small amount of collage medium, attach these across the centre of the painted surface.

4. Lay down the Tim Holtz Blocks Layering Stencil, placing it over the top of the tape and apply Ranger Texture Paste through the stencil using a palette knife.

5. Once the paste is dry, use a dry paintbrush to apply some Prima Metallique Gold Rush Alchemy Paint over the top of the stencilled area, highlighting the gorgeous detail of the raised surface. Once again, thoroughly dry the paint before applying the next layer, otherwise you’ll end up with a muddy mess of colour.


6. Next, I used Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade Distress Crayons and added a small amount of color to random areas of the pasted area, I then used a semi-dry baby wipe to gently blend the colors over the top of the gold paint and I also used my fingertip to take the color from the crayons and extend it over the areas of tissue tape that were still showing.


7. Once I was happy with my background, I then added flicks of the Gold Rush Alchemy Paint, Picket Fence and Ground Espresso Distress Paint over the entire surface. After heat drying the background thoroughly, I then attached a border strip across the centre and added a small amount of Black Soot and Spiced Marmalade Distress crayon around the edge of the canvas, smudging and blending the colours to create a framed border.


8. Now you have your background, it’s time to move onto creating that burst of flowers and for this I began by applying a small amount of each of the following Distress Stains to a craft sheet: Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet. Spritz the stains with water and swipe your watercolor card through the stains, picking up all the color of the ink. Heat dry the card.


9. Using all three sizes of flowers from the Layered Flower Penny Black Flower Die, die cut the stained card ~ you will need 7 of each size, 21 pieces in total. I spritzed the individual die cuts with Wendy Vecchi’s Pearl Mica Spray for an added shimmer and dried these thoroughly before layering the flowers to create 7 dimensional blooms, attaching each section with a foam pad for added dimension.

10. Add sequins and pearls from the Sunshine 28 Lilac Lane Embellishment Kit to the center of each flower, attaching them with a small dot of Glossy Accents.

11. Tear a strip of corrugated card taken from the Textured Surfaces Pack and apply a light covering of Picket Fence Distress Paint over the top. Once dry, I arranged and stuck the flowers onto the card using foam pads and a hot glue gun to secure.

12. Die cut some leaves and stems from watercolour card, using the Layered Flower die. I then lightly spritzed the die cuts with water before spraying Peeled Paint Distress Spray Stain over the top. Dry the foliage pieces thoroughly and then place them into your flower arrangement, tucking them underneath the flowers. At this stage, I also tucked small pieces of cheesecloth into the arrangement.

13. To complete the arrangement, I used the Flower Frolic die to die cut Gold Metallic Kraft Core Card Stock and placed these die cuts, at the top and bottom my cluster of flowers.

14. I wrapped some twine vertically around my painted canvas and secured the ends with a knot at the back before attaching the flower arrangement over the top of the twine, using foam pads on the back of the corrugated card.

15. Cut a small piece of white card and ink the card with Spun Sugar and Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

16. I inked up the “Let Your Dreams Take Flight” quote from the Snippets Stamp Set using Jet Black Archival Ink and stamp the message onto the card, before matting and layering the message onto a piece of burlap from the Textured Surfaces pack and attaching this with foam pads to the left hand side of my flower arrangement.

17. As a finishing touch, I shaped the wings of a Finnabair Grungy Butterfly and added this to the flower arrangement, attaching it with hot glue and placing it over the top of the flowers and also three small Prima crystals, which I placed onto the background. I really hope you’ve enjoyed the creative process for this project and that some of the techniques I’ve used will inspire you to create projects of your own using these gorgeous products from Penny Black!

Thank you so much for stopping by today…

Happy Crafting!




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  1. A stunning canvas! Thank you for the step by step. Your attention to detail is evident in the result.

  2. DELIGHTFUL canvas Emma!
    LOVE your colours, textures and layers of delicate die cuts!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)

  3. Awesome piece. You did a wonderful job explaining how you made this beautiful piece of art.

  4. Why use metal dies when you know they are not in stock? Not even listed in your shop. Quite frustrating. i.e. Penny Black layered flower dies.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear this but at the time of posting this, all the products used in my project were in stock but unfortunately the dies have since sold out! You can request notification as to when they come back into stock which I hope will be as soon as possible!

  5. Thanks for the tutoral, it is a lovely piece. The floral die makes beautiful flowers out of the paper you made.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous and what a fantastic tutorial. Love the colours, love everything about this piece!

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing and also giving us a step by step guide to try and create something like it. Thanks again.

  8. This makes me so happy just to look at it. I’m trying to think of how to recreate this within the confines of a mailable card – to make others happy to receive it.

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