Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi Stamps

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabulous challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Today I’ve prepared a Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas using Graphic 45’s Nature Sketchbook and Wendy Vecchi stamps and goodies.  First, let’s see what Cec, our hostess, has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Out Of The Cold!
It is winter and that means snow and cold in so many places so let’s head to the tropics.  Create any vintage or shabby chic project that will make us feel warm – think lots of sunshine, bright colours, flora and fauna and even animals hiding in the rain forest.

I had to think a long time about this challenge but knew I wanted to incorporate Wendy’s flowers and the beautiful Nature Sketchbook papers. This inverted canvas started out as a card…and just kind of took me where it wanted to go.

From Card to Canvas

The inspiration for this entire piece was the bright tropical flowers in the center of the canvas.  I made these by stamping Wendy Vecchi’s Mix and Match Art Stamps onto watercolor paper about a dozen times.  Knowing that I wanted the flowers to be yellow, I stamped using Wendy Vecchi Dandelion Archival ink.  This way, I had no harsh stamp lines around the edges.

Next, each flower layer was painted with Prima water colors. Then I  stamped each image a second time to reinforce the detail lines.  After fussy cutting, the layers were shaped, stacked and inked around the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  Then the centers were filled with FloraSoft.  Finally, I painted the flowers with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint to add shimmer. The wet Crackle paint was sprinkled lightly with Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter.

Now it was time to add some stenciling, some clear texture paste, some die cutting, paper layering….and the base began to grow…and grow.  Pretty soon I realized this card was destined to be a canvas.

A Warm Color Palette for Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas

I used lots of warm colors in my palette with little pops of blue and green.

Butterflies were fussy cut from the 12×12 pad and scattered around the canvas. Star anise is a great natural addition to a canvas like this.  I painted each one with Scattered Straw Distress Paint.

Chipboard elements, metal keys, and wooden flourishes add lots of texture.

These metal pieces are tapped with Vintaj patina, then stacked along the side.

I stamped the sentiment from Wendy in Jet Black Archival Ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  It was sponged with more ink, then cut apart and glued in place.  The die cut swallow was treated with Distress Crazing medium and tapped with paint.

The back side of an 8×10 canvas was wrapped with tissue wrap and sprayed with various sprays.  It has a lovely patina in real life.  I like the depth that the inverted canvas provides. As a finishing touch, I brushed Antique Linen Distress Paint randomly onto the canvas.

Now It’s Your Turn

You can play along in this wonderful challenge by linking your own Out of the Cold vintage or shabby chic project to the challenge page over at Frilly and Funkie.  You have until midnightEST on Tuesday, February 28th to join the party.

The team will choose their top four picks with the winner being invited to join us in a Guest DT spot  at Frilly and Funkie. The other 3 talented designers will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I can’t wait to see what you make!

Thanks for stopping by!



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12 thoughts on “Flowers and Art Inverted Canvas with G45 Nature Sketchbook

  1. soozyb2013

    This is just loaded with Springtime goodness. Love all the flowers and butterflies and bird and dragonfly and more flowers and well, I long for a walk through a field of flowers!! Birds are singing up a storm around my yard and I had to hide my clothespeg bag again as the little Wrens were looking to build a nest in there again. I would love to let them, but I have three cats, so not a good idea.
    Thank you for sharing such a lovely shadow box. 🙂
    hugs and have a great weekend.

  2. Nancy Dynes

    Wow!! I know how busy you are, and yet every piece you create reflects such love, care, and attention to detail! I love your reverse canvas shadow box. I feel like I stepped into a lush summer meadow. It makes me feel warm and happy, like I don’t have a care in the world. I want to step inside and have a picnic! Sending love and hugs!

  3. Carol

    Where do these comments go to sometimes.?. Think it’s a bit like the mystery of the missing socks!. Did put a lovely comment on and it’s disappeared. Okay , this time you have excelled yourself my friend. Your work is always stunning and beautiful but this design is simply gorgeous. Love the dandelion ink and all the warmth of everything used. Great work of art , thank you for sharing, take good care, hugsx

  4. Jenny Marples

    Really appreciated getting to see all the little details up close on this Nancy as it’s a feast for the eyes and all achieved in such a small space. I adore what you did with those stamped flowers to make them so dimensional and textured. Don’t they fit so well with your choice of papers and other embellishments. Love it all! xx

  5. Judy B

    Such a pretty spring like project. I so enjoy seeing your creations and wish I had even a little of your talent. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Helen

    What a great flip of a canvas for a shadowbox effect. It’s a great” welcome Spring” creation. Thanks for sharing it.

  7. stampersuzz

    Gorgeous summery shadow box. Lovely lovely layers of flowers and embellishments. I feel like I am wandering through a lovely tropical garden.

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