Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Photo Canvas by Guest Designer Cara Goedeking

I'm so excited to be here to show you how to create a pretty altered canvas with a photo. I created my canvas with a fun kit Craft Warehouse put together based on this inspiration photo from Pinterest by Shabby Roses Cottage.

And here's what was included in the kit I received:

Front side of patterned paper

Chevron stripe (with pink on back)-Heidi Swapp 
Blue pattern (with butterflies on back)-My Mind's Eye
Gray pattern (with pink chevron on back)-My Mind's Eye
Floral pattern (with ivory pattern on back)-Crate Paper

Back side of patterned paper

The Embellishments

Sugar Chic "Buzz Word"Stickers (Heidi Swapp)
Self-Adhesive Pearl Bling (Bella! Bling Stickers)
"Love One Another" Vinyl Rub-On (Decorating Your Life)

Things I Added:

Black 10"x10" Canvas 
Aqua Acrylic Paint

Additional Supplies I Used

5x7 photo (trimmed to 5x5 square)
Foam Brushes
Paper Towels
Paper Trimmer
Small Cutting Knife
Cutting Mat
Popsicle Stick (to adhere vinyl rub-on)
Foam Tape
Pioneer Extra Strong Embellishment Glue Stick

Today I'll show you how to make this cute floral canvas

STEP 1: Put some paint on a plate and add a little bit of water to thin it down. Then brush the paint over the canvas (don't forget the edges)...wipe it off a bit with a paper towel as you go along (this helps to blend the paint).

STEP 2: To create a bit more interest, go back and apply some more paint to different areas of the canvas (you don't want it to look completely uniform). Let the canvas dry for at least 30 minutes.

STEP 3: Use detail scissors to fussy-cut the blue rose with the small yellow bud and the yellow & pink rose from the floral paper (make sure to cut them from the same area of the paper so you have enough left over to make your ivory photo mat (the ivory pattern is on the back side of the floral--and you will need a 5-3/4" square piece as shown in Step 7 below).

STEP 4: Use a small cutting knife and a cutting mat to make any inner cuts that are hard to make with your scissors.

STEP 5: From the bottom of the chevron-striped paper, carefully cut out 4 stripes with your scissors.

 STEP 6: Cut off the top of the chevron piece as shown to make a straight edge. Trim this piece (I cut off the left side) to 10" in width.

STEP 7: Cut a piece of the ivory patterned paper to 5-3/4" by 5-3/4" to create a photo mat.

STEP 8: Cut a piece of the gray patterned paper to 8" square.

STEP 9: Glue down your gray paper, your ivory photo mat and your photo. 
Then adhere the chevron piece along the bottom of the photo (see final photo of project for correct placement of everything). STEP 10: Use a Popsicle stick to adhere the "Love" vinyl rub-on (follow the instructions on package). Then add the "adore" sticker on top.

STEP 11: Cut pieces of foam tape and adhere to the back of the floral pieces you cut out.

STEP 12: First adhere the blue rose, then layer the yellow/pink roses on top.

STEP 13: Fussy-cut a yellow butterfly from the butterfly patterned paper and use a thin piece of foam tape along the middle only to secure (that way you can bend up the wings). Add a yellow heart sticker on top of the "O" of the LOVE rub-on.

STEP 14: Add the 3 self-adhesive pearls and the "sparkle" sticker to the photo.

And...here is the completed canvas!

Thanks for stopping by...hope you enjoyed this project! 


  1. You really make me want to try making a canvas, which I have never done. It looks great!

  2. So beautiful Cara! I love the scrapbook page. Just adorable and that canvas... I want it!

  3. This turned out beautiful Cara! Love it! :)


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