Monday, April 18, 2016

Pansies on a Mini Canvas

Good Monday morning all. I've got a simple and fun little project to share today which would make a sweet little gift for a friend, Mom, or anyone special to you. It's a miniature canvas adorned with Graphic 45 paper and dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This sweet little canvas measures only 5" x 4". It would be perfect to prop up on one of those miniature easels. These can be found on the art/canvas aisle of your local craft store. My canvas features papers from Graphic 45's "A Ladies Diary". Let me take you quickly through the easy steps to create it.

Paint the outer edges and sides of your canvas. I used Scattered Straw Distress Paint from Ranger.

Die cut two cups and two spoons. One of each is cut from ivory cardstock, one cup from pattern paper, and one spoon from silver metallic cardstock. I layered these together for stability. The cup and spoon are from the Cup Pop Stand die set.

Cut a piece of pattern paper to fit the front of the mini canvas, and ink the edges. I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink. Cut a coordinating paper strip 1 1/2" x 12". Score and fold to create a box pleat. I have an oldie but goodie YouTube video on various paper folding techniques including the box pleat here.

Use a mini stapler to keep the pleats in place before adhering.

Adhere the pleated piece to the back of the main paper piece, hiding the staples.

Place foam tape on the back of the unit on the area above the pleats, and double-sided sticky tape onto the back of the pleats as shown.

Adhere the unit to your mini canvas. Add a 1/4" decorative paper strip across the seam, then add the tea cup with foam tape.

Die cut four sets of the pansy die pieces from white cardstock using the Susan's Garden Notes "Pansy" die. Color your pansy a desired color. I chose a soft yellow for mine, using Scattered Straw Distress Ink and blended it over the pieces. Then I colored the areas you see in the photo with a burnt orange Copic marker.

Use the fine point of a red Copic marker to draw quick strokes over the orange.

Assemble the pansies as instructed by Susan in her video, then adhere to the canvas, adding the leaves too.

"Tarnish" the silver spoon with a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink and adhere to the canvas.

Add some pretty coordinating ribbon around the outer perimeter of the canvas and add a bow to the upper left corner. You're done! A quick gift idea that's super sweet!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!


  1. This is so sweet, Annette!

  2. What a sweet Springtime Canvas! Love it!

  3. So very pretty! Love the paper trimming and beautifully colored pansies!

  4. Love it ... especially the polkadot "skirt" !


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