Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Create one from the heart and two for fun

I'm creating Valentines big and small with my Linnie Blooms canvas shapes today. I have not ventured my mixed media onto canvas before, so I started with an 8"x 8" size so I wouldn't feel too overwhelmed. I knew that I wanted my embellishments and textures (along with the quote) to be my focus, so I wanted a more subtle background.

I spritzed some Distress Stain (worn lipstick) with water and just splattered, brushed, and dripped it onto the canvas and then let it dry overnight so that the splotches and bubbles dried just as they were when wet. I wrapped the canvas with some metallic yarn and added the sentiment with a Sharpie marker.

I used Copic markers to color the house/arrow and heart.
I stamped (with gray ink) the background of the canvas with some Close to My Heart stitched hearts, wrote my sentiment (wherever you go-go with all your HEART), and then layered, layered, layered. You can spy some punches, button, stamps, burlap, tulle, twine, stickers, and a bingo card.
One Valentine present done.

When I looked at my Linnie Blooms canvas pocket one day, for some reason I saw a beak. So this became...

THIS! (with the help of my daughter).

With oil pastels, she colored the pocket and I colored the wings (a Linnie Blooms canvas sunflower cut in half). We added some eyes and some punched half circles for layered feathers and she is going to stick a small treat in here for her teacher. WHOOOOOO wouldn't want to get this cute owl?

And one last Valentine--a silly one! Using up patterned scraps with these painted Linnie Blooms canvas hearts and LOTS of googly eyes--inside the card it says "EYE" love you lots!
Three Valentines done (more to do). Whether your Valentines are layered, from the heart, cute, or silly...they are OH so special when they are hand-made.


  1. Wow, Kelly….each of these is so fabulous in such a different way! Romantic, Whimsical and FUN…that owl is just great and you did a wonderful job on your first canvas as well. Love hand made Valentines!

  2. Oh these are just gorgeous Kelly and i love that your daughter was helping out too!

  3. Lovely Project and stopping by from Just Be Creative to say thank you for being a sponsor! Enjoy your week!

  4. OH MY Goodness gracious!!!!...lovelovelove all of your projects!...and the owl is a HOOT!!!!

  5. These are gorgeous!
    I love these projects and the owl in particular.
    Still looking around from the Just B Creative Crazy Just Because February Blog Linky Party x