Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Frilly & Funkie On the Cutting Edge Challenge: Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another wonderful challenge over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  The incredibly inspiring Suzz is our hostess this go round, and the theme is “On the Cutting Edge”.  With that in mind, I put together this little Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas.  I’ll share all the details about it in a moment, but first, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this fun challenge.

Having recently acquired some beautiful new dies I thought it might be time to bring them out and show them off.  This challenge is all about using your dies, punches or other cutting tools to create a masterpiece featuring at least one die cut / punched image.   Make sure your art is in the vintage or shabby chic style and incorporates a die cut or punch.
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 1
Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

Let’s see…how many ways did I use die cuts:

  • Sizzix Tiny House Die
  • Tim Holtz Lace Die
  • Fall Foliage Leaf Die
  • Tim Holtz Mixed Media Die #2 ( the cutaway portion of my focal image)

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 2

First, I added a layer of gesso to this 8″ x 10″ canvas.  While the paint was drying, I hand stitched around the edges of an 8″ x 10″ piece of natural burlap. Next, I used Matte Mixed Media to attach it to the canvas.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 3While the glue was drying, I die cut chipboard and Tim Holtz Wallflower paper with the Sizzix Tiny Homes Die.  This was assembled and transformed in to a wee bird house, complete with Spanish Moss Rooftop, some “found” string, and speckled eggs in a nest.

I colored seam binding ribbon with Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide Inks.  Then I tied a loopy bow.  This was tucked in under the pretty yellow Petaloo Botanica Blossoms on the roof.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas: It’s all About Texture and Layers


Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 4The burlap layer provides wonderful texture for my layered leaves, Prills, Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks, and lots of other goodies.  I decoupaged some beetle eaten leaves that my fellow teamie Sara Emily gave me a few years back.  First I spritzed them with Mica Spray, then I gently added Matte Multi Medium to both sides and pressed them into the burlap layer.

While the Matte Medium was still wet, I sprinkled some Gourd-geous Prills over it.  This added wonderful color and texture.

Art is All Around You

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 5

Many of these botanical items were picked up on my walks at the park.  The super tiny pine cones, lichen covered tree branch, sticks, moss, etc give this canvas a wonderfully woodsy feel. Art is all around you if you keep an eye out for it!

I also die cut a number of leaves, spritzed them with Antique Bronze Mica Spray and layered into the vignette.

Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Photo 6

Think twice before you toss an item into the trash!The negative space from the Wendy Vecchi Mini Bricks Mat Board makes a great platform for my sentiment.

  • First, I tapped the Baroque Frame with Ginger Alcohol Ink
  • Next, I wanted to add this speckled egg image to the frame.  So I used the inside of the frame as a template.  I just traced around the egg, then cut it out slightly larger than the pencil line.
  • Erase the pencil line!
  • Next, I added a custom sentiment with Botanical Remnant Rubs.
  • Then, I added Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive to the back side of the frame and pressed it over the egg/sentiment.
  • Finally, I glued the frame over the  scrap from Mini Bricks .
Now It’s YOUR Turn

You’re invited to play along with us!  Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that fits in with the “On the Cutting Edge” theme.  Then link it up over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before midnight on Tuesday, August 29th.  You can find all the guidelines for the challenge HERE.

At the end of the challenge the team will choose their top four picks. Our first place winner will be invited to join us for a Guest Designer spot at Frilly and Funkie. Three additional talented participants will receive badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and adheres to the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing 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 “Home Sweet Forest Home Mixed Media Canvas

  1. Helen

    Kathy, this creation is awesome. So many details and layers of mixed media make this an incredible project. It really challenges me to try something on canvas. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Jenny Marples

    Such an inventive way of using your die cuts to produce a gorgeous mixed media canvas Kathy! I particularly love the mixed media die through the card holding the focal point and that beautiful brickwork xx

  3. sewpaperpaint

    This is so so beautiful Kathy! Wow, I love the rough edges of the burlap over the canvas and the great use of the MM thinlet set. The birds are an amazing focal point and I love the fact that you mixed brights with neutrals – stunning! Hugs, Autumn

  4. Sara Emily Barker

    Hi Kathy, Let’s see if I can do this on the first try! First, let me say your canvas is GORGEOUS! I love the little bird house with the natural roof, those birds, the little nest and your wonderful quote! Everything is so perfectly placed and leads me around the canvas so effortlessly–a great composition! Secondly, I am giggling here, because just the other day I was thinking about those leaves and that you must have thought what is this chick doing bringing me leaves?! I would have guessed they went in the trash years ago! So touching you have used them in this lovely vignette! You have aced the die cut challenge, my friend! Sending hugs!

  5. soozyb2013

    Enjoyed this one Kathy, really has the outdoor feel. Great bird paper! Some of G45 papers are just soooo lovely you don’t want to use them.

  6. stampersuzz

    Charming vignette! I love the layers and the feeling that I am wandering through the countryside peeking into a garden with some charming ironwork and a garden blooming around it. Lovely lovely details!

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