Making a wrapped canvas card

Inspiration can strike anywhere.  While waiting at the doctor’s office with my father, I was staring at the art work on the wall which was a set of wrapped canvases that made one picture.  I thought maybe I could do that on a card.  Here is the finished card I came up with followed by the process I used after a few experiments.


Wrapped_canvas_closeupA close up of the panel sides.

I started by stamping the same images on two pieces of 5 1/2″ x 8″ paper.  Using a Misti or stamping platform makes this easier.  I would stamp one of the images, change to the other paper and stamp it again on the new one.  I would add another element, stamp it, change the paper and stamp again.  I repeated this process until I was happy with the overall picture and made sure the sentiment was in a place that would fit on the far panel. I then cut one image in half and cut two inches off each end of the second image.


Next I took a piece of balsa wood cut to 2″ x 3 1/2″ and placed it on top of the far right image so that the sentiment was positioned where I wanted it to be.  I tried the first time with a piece of thicker foam, but it was harder to crease the edges done in the next step and glue, so I decided to go with the wood.  I went around the edges with a scoring tool, then used a ruler to extend those lines with the scoring tool to the edges of the paper.

After I did that, I cut the four corners out using the score lines as a guide.  I then put the wood down on the back again and brought each side around the wood creasing the edges.  I took the wood back out and cut at a slight angle to the edge of the second crease.

I re-wrapped the wood with the paper and laid it down on the second panel to line up the images.  I put the second piece of wood down a little way from the first piece and repeated the process of scoring and cutting above.

I then repeated the same process for the third panel, using the center one to line it up.  After all three were cut out I used Modge Podge to adhere them to the wood wrapping them around the back.  Here is what the backs of each looked like.


Finally, I put a coat of Modge Podge on the fronts of each panel and when they dried attached the three to a piece of brick paper to look like they were hung on a brick wall.  It looks pretty cool in real life because you can see the sides and how the pattern continues on the side of each panel.   I used all Unity Stamp Company stamps from the following kits. I’d Go Anywhere, Stay Classy, Find Your Zen, and Just Go.  I used Distress Oxide Ink for the background images and Stazon Brown ink for the bike and sentiment.  This is my first post trying to describe a technique, so I hope it is clear, and not clear as mud.  Try it because it really wasn’t that hard or time consuming to do. – Denise

February Card A Day Challenge

I was the designer for the last week of February on Card a Day Challenge Blog found  here.  The theme for the whole month was everything love, the colors were red, pink and white.  The technique for Tuesday that week was coloring in dark or kraft paper.  Here are the cards I made for the challenge.  Details can be found on the Card a Day Challenge Blog.  Check out the other designers for the month.  It is fun to see what different cards are made with the same challenges. – Denise


Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop.  This is the start of the blog, so make sure you follow the links at the end of this post to see all of the participants.  Leave a comment and you could win a prize package from Unity Stamp Company.  They are always a wonderful assortment of stamps that I am positive you would love.  Comment on everyone’s blog to increase your chances to win.


It is such a busy season, that I only had time to make a couple of cards.  Lucky for me that using Unity stamps makes it really easy to do this quickly.  I signed up for the KOM just a little over a year ago and while I love it, I don’t always get a chance to use many of the stamps before the next kit comes.  I am challenging myself to use more of them in the coming year.  For these two cards, I went back to the November 2016 KOM called Midnight Kisses.  I had only used two stamps in this kit since I received it last year, so I used images and sentiments that I haven’t inked up before.



I am so excited that I actually have made a New Year’s card in time to send it out this year.  I stamped the girl and sentiment with Versamark on black card stock and heat embossed them with gold. I cut them out freehand so that I had room to position them on an A-2 size card base.  I backed the images with Foiled Velum by DCWV.  For the inside, I also used Versamark and gold heat embossing.  The star background was stamped three times across the top to cover it all.  I really like the gold and black together.


InsideComfrot_insideFor this second card, I stamped with Versafine ink on water color paper and then used Distress Ink and a wet brush to color the image.  I used Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, and Bundled Sage.  I also put a faint wash of gray around the whole image to make it pop.  I have seen people use this technique and it really works well. I stamped the sentiment on the same water color paper and cut around it with an oval die.  I brushed around the edge with the Fossilized Amber and then wet it slightly with a wet brush. I did the same technique for the inside.  The background paper is from an Authentique 6 x 6 paper pack called Latest and Greatest.

I ended up using a total of 9 stamps from the KOM that I used and there were still a lot I didn’t use because there are so many in those kits.  Keep hopping along and be sure to comment to enter for the prizes. If you want to see my original GIU posts, just look in the November archives on the right hand side of this page.

Your next stop is Lori.

Here is the full line-up in case you get lost.

Denise      ⇐ You are here.

Lori   ⇐ Go here next




One Stamp Set Saturday for CADC

This ends my week for Card A Day Challenge.  Today I used only one set of stamps to make four cards.  The set is a KOM from October 2013 by Unity Stamp Company called Oh Christmas Tree.  There are so many stamps in these sets, that I made four cards all using different stamps and there were still stamps I didn’t use because I ran out of time. If you want details on any of these cards, check out the post on Card A Day Challenge here.