"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Monday, March 23, 2015




Welcome to our first ever Little Blue House "Bunny Hop" Blog Hop! If you have arrived from Vicki's blog, yay! If you are just starting, you can follow the hop from here as well - just follow the links in each post. In case you get lost, here's a complete list of the media team and links to their blogs.

-Susan Tidwell http://susan-artfulmusings.blogspot.com/  (you are here!)


And here's some fun news- everyone who leaves a comment on each team member's posts (you have to visit all the blogs and leave a comment on each one) will be entered into a drawing for the BUNNY HOP Grand Prize Easter Basket! So let's get started!

I have a fun frame project for you created with a 5"x7" canvas and the darling papers from the Echo Park "Happy Easter" paper collection. The supply list is listed at the end of the step out tutorial.


"YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE" EASTER FRAME





1.  For this project I used what is usually considered the back of the canvas as the front. The wood strips form a perfect frame.

2.  Paint the entire canvas except for the center with color of your choice. (I used turquoise.)

3.  Cut three 1/2" x 12" strips of green patterned paper for the inside edge. Cut to fit and glue in place.





4.  Cut four 1 3/16" x 12" strips of multicolor plaid paper for the outside frame. First glue down the vertical strips and cut flush with top and bottom of canvas.



5.  To miter the corners, lay a strip over one horizontal frame piece overlapping the vertical strips. Cut ends flush with edges of canvas. Use a ruler to mark a line from inner corner to outer corner and  cut on the line. Repeat for the other corner, then glue in place. This ensures a perfect miter every time! Repeat for other corners.




6.  To cover the inside of the canvas, measure opening and cut floral paper to just slightly larger.(Mine was 5 3/4" x 7 3/4".) When glueing down, pick canvas up and press slightly on canvas backing to allow for slightly larger paper to slip under the wood pieces. Ink edges if desired (I used Tahiti Quick Quotes turquoise ink.)




7.  Cut a 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" photo mat from the solid paper (I used the light blue side) and adhere photo and mat to inside of frame over floral paper.  

8.  Cut two strips of green "Sprinkles" vellum approximately 1 1/4" x 5 3/4" and 3/4" x 5 3/4".  Use fringing scissors (or regular scissors) to cut the long edges. Curl fringed sides around a skewer or end of a paintbrush.






9.  Add 1/4" Scor tape along front and back edges of tallest piece.  Then layer shorter piece over the tape on the front.  Remove the backing from the tape on the back and glue in place inside the frame at the bottom to represent grass. "Fluff" as desired.





10.  Using a small alphabet stamp set, stamp on the green pennant ribbon with Versamark ink. Sprinkle on white embossing powder and heat with heat tool. (Note: the ribbon is synthetic and will burn or shrivel with too much heat, so keep the tool farther away and moving constantly!)  Remove the backing from the first and last pennant and secure to the frame.




11.  I used the "Sunshine" sticker in the upper right corner, popping it up and overlapping my photo. I added "my" with a permanent black pen.  (Here's a tip for popping stickers. Add the pop dots to the back of the sticker and then sprinkle remaining area with powder or cornstarch, rubbing it into the stickiness and tapping off any excess. This removes the stickiness and allows you to pop it!)




12.  To further embellish, add a heart sticker to the "Best Day" sticker and adhere to lower right corner of frame. Add two flower stickers in the grass area and any other stickers that are relevant to your photo.  I also added a wood veneer arrow to bottom of frame.

13.  Cut two 6" pieces of yellow paper twine, tie into bows and glue to ends of banner.

Now display your favorite Easter or spring photo!


SUPPLIES USED
(available at The Little Blue House or click links for LBH online)

Crate Paper "Craft Market" wood veneer arrow
yellow paper twine
green pennant ribbon
Dimensional foam adhesive
alphabet stamp set: Reverse Confetti "Lighthearted Lettering"
Martha Stewart fringe scissors
Versamark ink
Ranger white embossing powder
heat tool
craft paint
permanent black pen


Now don't forget to comment here and then hop on over to Valerie's blog to see what she has in store for you!

And be sure to come back tomorrow - I will have another tutorial for you!

37 comments:

ElaineH said...

I love this frame - great tutorial

Papel Scissors said...

The green banner and the arrow are awesome!!

Claudia said...

I love using the back of the canvas as the front! Great job!

Kari S said...

The miter trick is so clever!

Raven said...

Oh what a neat idea to use the back of the canvas frame.

D Rambo said...

This is so clever! Great idea with the canvas!

DiDi said...

Wow..who would have thought to turn the canvas around?? Only you!! :)

Kimberly Bennett said...

This is amazing! I love the vellum grass!

Hannah F. said...

So awesome! I love how you used the reverse side of the canvas... Guess you could decorate the other side too in an everyday type decor. You have definitely inspired me to give this a try. Thanks for sharing :-)

terri d said...

Great idea, I've never done this so I'll have to give it a try~ very cute project!

Princi47 said...

Outstanding idea in using the back of a canvas frame. I would have never thought of it.

Rhonda Clevenger said...

Luv this idea

Susan said...

Such a sweet frame! I love the "grass" you made to line the bottom - adorble!

Tinkerbellgirl said...

This would be so cute in my little hands room! Thanks Debbie Segler

Sheila Mallow said...

Great tutorial and such a cute frame!

Kim Rohman said...

love this frame!! thanks for sharing!!

bamaw said...

Love this project. Wow - I never thought of using a canvas this way. Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

Vicki Chrisman said...

THAT turned out adorable Susan!!!

Jules said...

This turned out just precious!!!!!

becky anderson said...

Such a cute idea! I would never have thought of turning the canvas over for a picture frame!

harrahx2 said...

What a fun and clever idea! Thank you for sharing.

Linda Hahn said...

Susan, this project is so cute you don't even need to put a picture in it! Love the added touches of green grass and the pennants! (However, your picture of Carl is too cute for words!)

Debby said...

I love putting photos on canvas. So sweet.

Nadine said...

Awesome idea to turn the canvas into a frame, so cute!

m j said...

So cute. And springy. love the paper
M J

alissa said...

Love the frame and how neat to cut the ribbon up like grass

Angela T said...

Washi tape grass is really cute. I like that you lined the inner edge of the frame

Miss Tracy said...

Love the grass and banner Susan! Such a cute Grandie you have!

Janet Pineiro said...

I always love your canvases Susan!

Stefanie Woodard said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

Mary Alice said...

I love the banner

Laura J said...

So creative! Never thought of using back of canvas!

Nat said...

Love this Susan...love the vellum grass

Annette Sharp said...

That is beautiful!! Love it!!

Diane Dubeansky said...

Good directions! Gotta get the fringing scissors! Can you believe there is something I don't own?!?

Amy C. said...

So sweet! What a pretty way to preserve those memories!

Tammy Malone said...

Cute frame project. Perfect for showcasing spring photos