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Hi readers! TGIF! I hope you’ve had a great week and have something fun planned for the weekend! Perhaps you may want to give this project designed by Paula Cheney a go? Doesn’t it look fun? Enjoy the tutorial!


All the “tiles” on the 6 x 8” Burlap Panel are made of Ranger Watercolor Paper and Chipboard. I used one sheet (8 1/2 x 11”) of Ranger Watercolor Paper and a matching piece of chipboard.

Adhere Watercolor Paper to chip with Ranger Collage Glue Stick.  I did cut mine in half just to make it more manageable to work with.There are three different types of “tiles” Texture Paste, Stamped hearts and Stamped flowers.

Texture Paste:

  1. Cut a 2 1/2”  strip of the heavyweight Watercolor Paper you just created.  Gather Ranger Texture Paste, a pallet knife or craft scrapper and the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Blossom.  Load the pallet knife with Texture Paste.  While holding the Layering Stencil in place, drag the pallet knife from the top to the bottom of the stencil, filling in the pattern with paste.  Remove Stencil and wash immediately.
  2. Let Texture Paste dry naturally or use a Heat It Tool to speed up the drying time.
  3. Once paste is dry, spritz lightly with water.
  4. One at a time, spray small amounts of three Distress Spray Stains – Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed and Cracked Pistachio over the textured strip.
  5. Lightly spray with more water to make the Distress colors run.
  6. Dry with a heat tool.  If one color is too to dominate, spritz again with water and pat with a paper towel to remove some of the color.  Dry again. Note:the Ranger Watercolor Paper is super thick and can stand up to multiple layers of ink and water.


Stamped Hearts:

  1. I am using the new Stamper Anonymous set called, Watercolor.  The set comes with butterflies, hearts and flowers.  Perfect for a springtime pallet!
  2.  Using another piece of the watercolor paper we created, repeatedly stamp the small hearts using Archival Ink in Sap Green.

Stamped Flowers:

  1.  The flowers on this stamp set are in a cluster that you will need to cut out with your Tonic scissors.  I’m going to use the small cluster of buds.
  2.  I colored the stamp using the brush end of a Mustard Seed Distress Marker.  I stamped the paper repeatedly, filling the space I thought I might need for the right size tile.
  3.  Once finished with all the pieces, they can be cut to fit the Burlap Panel.  Ink edges with a Mini Blending Tool and Pumice Stone Distress Ink.



  1.  Use Black Soot Archival ink to stamp the image of a butterfly onto plain Watercolor Paper so it can be easily cut out.
  2.  Use Distress Markers and a Detail Waterbrush to color the inside of the butterfly.
  3.  Cut the butterfly out and set aside.
  4.  Cut the large flourish from the Elements Remnant Rub sheet.
  5.  Add to Remnant Rubs to random tiles using the new Remnant Rub Tool.  It’s the perfect tool for rubbing the image onto a surface, then lifting the plastic away.
  6.  Use the Collage Glue Stick to adhere the butterfly to one of the stamped tiles.


Putting it all together:

  1.  Gather tiles and adhere to Burlap Panel with cut pieces of Wonder Tape.  Did you know Wonder Tape comes in sheets?  Well it does, and it’s perfect for holding the tiles in place on the Burlap Panel.
  2.  I need one more tile for the center of the panel so I used the brush end of the Distress Marker to hand color the group of nine hearts stamp.
  3.  Lightly spritz the colored surface of the stamp with water, then stamp onto Watercolor Paper.
  4.  The hearts take on a beautiful watercolor effect!
  5.  Cut the hearts to size and mount on Core’dinations Cardstock.   Add a phrase from the new Small Talk stickers (love the black with white lettering!!).
  6.  Spray Crinkle Ribbon with Distress Spray Stain Cracked Pistachio, Gathered Twigs and water to color.  Use a Heat it Tool to dry.
  7.  Add heart card with foam squares so it floats over the other tiles. Add a Crinkle Ribbon bow and a button from the Fanciful, Accoutrements pack.
  8.  Some final touches…more Remnant Rubs where needed and trim strips from the Industrious Stickers, Frames & Trims.


Hope you liked today’s tutorial using stamps, Texture Paste and the new Blossom Stencil to create this fun background for the Burlap Panel.  The same techniques could be used to make cards, layouts or even small pocket cards.  No matter your surface, it’s a great time to try a new technique or step out of your comfort zone just a bit.  Think of it as a creative “stretch”!  Happy Crafting!


Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Paula for being our guest today!

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  1. Wonderful, Love the background, the colors, the whole thing is so perfect. Thanks for the instructions too.

  2. This canvas is absolutely beautiful! I would love to do something like this, thank you for showing all of the pictures of your process (much better for me to see than a video). Awesome work! :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  3. This is so pretty! I love the colors! I recently made a burlap panel vintage ’tile’ collage for Valentine’s day – what fun!

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