Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Valentine's Day 4x4 Canvas using Gecko Galz Ephemera

I like making special little pieces of art to give to bus drivers and teachers to let them know we appreciate what they do for our children. Unfortunately with three children all in separate classes and even schools it gets a bit hard on the family coffers. If you are like me, it's really important to be as thrifty as possible. This next project certainly fits the bill.

What you need:

4x4 Canvas (I picked mine up at the Dollar Tree 2 for $1.25)
Crystal gems (again $1.25 at Dollar Tree for a huge package)
Tissue Paper
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (I used Scarlet and Dazzling Diamonds)
Plastic Vines from the Dollar Store (One vine was $2.00 and I will be able to create hundreds of projects from it)
Rolled Paper Roses
Mod Podge (it's even thriftier to make your own)

How To:

  1. Prep canvas with a thin even coat of mod podge (you can make homemade mod podge with equal parts white glue and water)
  2. Take a piece of tissue paper slightly bigger than the canvas and scrunch it up in your hand. Really give it a good crumple. Then flatten it out slightly and use it to cover the canvas. Don't rub out the creases as it creates texture for your background.
  3. Lightly dab mod podge over the tissue using a brush.
  4. Spray it thoroughly with Tattered Angels glimmer mist.
  5. Allow it to dry.
  6. Adhere your Gecko Galz image and use the the crystals to create a frame around the focal image.
  7. Attach your greenery (I used Craft Medley Multipurpose glue) and once it is secure and the glue has dried add your rolled flowers.
  8. One last step, spray a light mist of Tattered Angels Dazzling Diamonds on the entire project.

This project definitely costs less than $1 to create if you are making multiples and will use up all the leftover supplies. If you want to turn it into a magnet just add a round magnet to the back of each corner using a strong glue. They are going to love it.