Sunday, January 14, 2018

Let It Snow Canvas Panel

Hey there! I was lucky to have some extra crafty time this week and felt inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Winter Blues"... Take a quick look at what I made... I hope you like it!

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Looking through all the great Distress Paint blue tones in my stash, I was most drawn to Peacock Feathers for this project. I'll take you through a bit of my creative process...

I knew I wanted to do a layout featuring Tim's Prancing Deer, in some combo of these dies...

For the base surface...
I started with a blank 7x9 canvas panel, then added a layer of molding paste through stencil (DecoArt Americana). I followed this with a coat of gesso, then randomly applied a mixture of Distress Paint (Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen, and Weathered Wood). Using DecoArt Metallic in Rich Espresso, I painted the sides, dry brushed some of the raised stenciling, then gently flicked with a splatter brush...

For the layered rectangles...
I used Tim Holtz water color paper, glued three sheets together, covered in gesso, then covered with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I painted the sides with the Rich Espresso, adding a few random flecks to the front to show between the trees. I knew I wanted to splatter white for snow as one of the last steps.

For the birch trees...
I used Tim's Birch Trees thinlit die, cut 4 shapes and glued together. Then I covered with gesso, Antique Linen Distress paint, and Rich Espresso on all of the edges (getting back into all the little crevices was a bit time-consuming, but it helps this layer really pop!).

For the snowflakes...
I knew these needed to be thick to really add to the overall dimension, so I cut several of each shape from Tim's Paper Snowflakes, Mini thinlit set out of heavy white cardstock and glued together... then covered each with gesso to give them that extra strength. I did the same with the large Layered Snowflake die. Once I knew roughly where my snowflakes would go (changed my mind on this right up to the end!), I picked which ones would be each color or wash.

For the words...
I used Tim's alphabet thinlit die, one shape of each letter cut from heavy white cardstock, painted with gesso, then the Rich Espresso metallic paint.

Some finishing touches...
I decided I wanted to add a few eyelets, but not in the traditional corners... I painted them with Rich Espresso and used my Crop-A-Dile tool to set, then smudged some metallic around them on the canvas to grunge them up a bit. I added a Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners to the center of each snowflake, and splattered Antique Linen Distress Paint over everything.

UPDATE: I was one of the lucky winners of the "Winter Blues" Monday Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Blog! So excited to be featured among such an amazing collection of entries!

I hope you have a great week ahead... Thanks for looking!
x Erin


Tim Holtz/Sizzix Dies: Prancing Deer, Birch Trees thinlit, alphabet script thinlit, Paper Snowflakes-Mini thinlits, Layered Snowflake
Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Peacock Feathers
Other media: DecoArt Metallic in Rich Espresso, gesso, matte medium, molding paste, Glossy Accents
Stencil: DecoArt Americana
Surfaces: 7x9 thin canvas panel, heavy white cardstock, Tim Holtz water color paper
Tools: Crop-A-Dile, heat gun, craft mat, Sizzix big shot, baby wipes, sanding block
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Mini Fasteners, We R Memory Keepers eyelets, cheese cloth 


  1. Gorgeous canvas Erin! the whole design of this is stunning! I love the blue and brown together, so pretty and the deer and all of the details are fabulous! LOVE it :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  2. Omigosh, that's gorgeous Erin! Really love how your project turned out.

  3. Stunning canvas Erin! I love your gorgeous colors and the wonderful layering in your winter scene. Great idea for the snow! Cool textures too! Thanks so much for sharing your "winter blues" with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge! hugs, Maura

  4. My jaw is sitting in my lap. This is STUNNING!! Wow, all the texture, layers, and soft colors! Wow!