Wednesday, June 24, 2015

National Parks Touring Canvas

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Welcome to the National Parks Blog Hop! Return to the start of the hop HERE.  Using the National Parks Deluxe Kit and stuff from my stash I made a layered style 12 x 12 canvas centered around a favorite photo.  

I haven't been to any national parks in a while, so I was at a loss as to what to make this month. Then I happened to actually look at my dresser and this picture of my great aunt that has been sitting there for years. I just loved the retro and outdoorsy style of this picture with this kit. As a child she was my substitute grandmother since my own lived so far away. In this picture she is touring Mount Rainier park sometime in the late 1940's. (And just to make sure there is no confusion, this was way before I was born.) 

I started by photographing the original picture and printing it along with the National Parks digital kit camera and wilderness country elements for embellishments. 

Next I created a the base color on the canvas. First, I used a diecut to make a disposable stencil.  The harlequin pattern was applied with embossing paste. Second, I covered over the canvas with Lindy's Stamp Gang (LSG) sprays with lots of water for a soft washed look. You can't really see it in the picture, but it has lots of shine. 

Next I used a text stamp (from CS Trees collection) with some Club Scrap Hybrid ink in burgundy to add some texture to the background. You can see where I flubbed some of the stamping, but it just adds to overall feel of the canvas in the end. Next I started mounting the die cuts. The treeline was cut from a piece of mixed media paper and colored with LSG sprays (again the shine is great in person). The globe is cut from a bronze paper, but all other papers are from the National Parks Deluxe kit. 

Next came the layering of paper. I think I drove my friends crazy at my scrapbooking weekend asking for input on the layering. After I was happy with the layout I used my phone to photograph the positions and started building up the layers. This is my first layer where I used the maize print in two ways. I tore the slopping tree line out of the paper and used LSG sprays on it (of course).  Then I used a lighter piece for a layer on top of it.  I added a bit of creme lace behind the edge punched in brown.

The second layer of die cuts includes more pieces from the kit along with a gold paper. Each part is either distressed or stamped (all CS stamps) to add texture. 

Finally we get to the picture and accents all added. I really like the way the large gem embellishments look with this earthy kit.  Here is a close-up showing the dimension. 

So did you notice that some was missing from the canvas two pictures above?  This canvas has a secret. The picture hides a small 1/4 inch deep shelf that houses a mini-scrapbook that can be removed.

The mini-album is a simple fold over card cut with a die cut. Inside is another picture of my great aunt, re-sized on the computer with the details documented. 

The supplies used are listed below:
  • Club Scrap 'National Parks' Deluxe kit including printed and solid papers, cut aparts, stickers, ribbon, stamps, and gems.
  • Club Scrap 'National Parks' digital kit
  • Club Scrap Hybrid Ink - Earth, Burgundy 
  • Distressing Ink - Vintage Photo
  • Ranger embossing paste
  • Mixed Media paper
  • Metallic paper in bronze and gold
  • White pigment ink
  • Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Sprays 
    • Cape Cod Coral
    • Clam Bake Beige
    • Cowabunga Copper
    • Creme Brulee Cream
    • Glory of the Seas Gold
    • Maidenhair Fern Green
    • My Mojito Green
    • Shabby Turbine Teal
    • Wild Honeysuckle Coral
  • Vagabond die cut machine and dies: 
    • Stampin' Up top note die
    • Sizzix Alternations vintage cabinet card die
    • Sizzix Alternations framework trellis die
    • Sizzix Alternations brackets on the edge die
    • Sizzix Alternations Globe thinlits die
    • Sizzix Alternations mixed media thinlits die
    • Stampin' Up apothecary accents thinlits die
  • Punches: 
    • Stampin' Up mosaic punch
    • Stampin' Up decorative label punch
    • Martha Stewart eyelet lace edge punch
  • Creme lace and burgundy Twine from my stash
Thank you for reading and I appreciate getting comments. Your next stop is with the artistic Wendy at Life, Paper & Soul and the beginning of the hop is at the Club Scrap Blog here.

Happy Crafting,
 Debby H


  1. So cool. It must have taken you hours and hours to make this masterpiece.

  2. beautiful canvas!! Love the mini album add-on!

  3. Wowza . . . this is stunning. The canvas is so well done and everything is perfectly placed. All of your effort really paid off! What a fabulous use of this collection!

  4. Debby, this is beautifully done! I just love all the layers and the photo is wonderful.

  5. I really love your canvas, I also used the same globe cutout, but ended up not using it on mine, I originally was going with the theme of a photograph....the Ansel Adams quote and was using vintage cameras too! Really love it and all the papers and framing you did, just awesome!

  6. great job! this turned out stunning!

  7. So very cool! I love this entire canvas!

  8. Oh. Em. Gee! I love how the canvas turned out . . . all that hard work (and fussing over details) really paid off. And, as if that weren't enough, a hidden mini album. Wowza! So, so clever!

  9. Oh what a great canvas,i love the secret mini album.
    The layers make this a beautiful project.

  10. Great step outs AND the final product...LOVE! The hidden compartment is genius.

  11. Beautiful canvas!!! Wonderful picture!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE

  12. WOW! Amazing - love all the different elements to it.

  13. Gorgeous heritage page Debby! What a wonderful way to honor your aunt! Have a great day!

  14. A beautiful tribute to your aunt. Gorgeous!

  15. So Awesome! Love the texture and layers and such a cool photo! Nice work!

  16. This canvas is so gorgeous! I love the layers and textures!

  17. Incredible work! Love how you showed the different stages via your pix.
    Thank you!