A Beautiful Canvas by Nenette Madero – April Guest Designer

by Altenew

Hello, everyone! Please welcome our April 2021 Guest Designer Nenette Madero! We are so incredibly honored to have her as our April Guest Designer. And you must already know her, as her name is often among the Altenew hop stops because of her beautiful work.

Get to know Nenette

Nenette is based in the Philippines and blessed with a loving and supportive husband, 3 wonderful children, and a fur baby named Monty. For fun, she often expresses herself creatively in activities such as event styling and tablescaping. She finds joy in making scrapbooking layouts, cards, and mixed media art. Adding layers and dimensions to her pieces are things she enjoys doing, and she particularly loves using watercolor and alcohol inks as her coloring mediums. She believes that one’s attention to detail makes a big difference and can convert the ordinary into something truly beautiful.

Project Inspiration

How to create a shabby chic background and alcohol inked florals for a scrapbook layout on canvas

Hello, everyone! Nenette here. I'm so happy to be sharing with you some fun techniques using alcohol inks and mixed media to create a textured shabby chic background for a scrapbook layout on canvas.

To me, scrapbook layouts are my love letters to my family. I always make sure that the 3 major components are present in all my layouts: title, photo, and journaling. I wanted to elevate this scrapbook page so I created it on canvas.


1. Create a sketch of the layout.

2. Add 99% alcohol and alcohol inks to Nara paper and create ripples using a hairdryer. Move the paper to mix the colors.
3. Stamp florals from Wallpaper Art Stamp Set on the Nara paper (choosing areas with nice contrast) using embossing ink and emboss with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. Make sure to use an anti-static tool before stamping. Do not direct the heat to the paper for a long time because it will melt the synthetic paper.

4. Stamp the leaves on watercolor paper using Versamark and emboss with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.
5. Die cut both flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies. Die cut leaves from patterned paper as well and then stack the leaves on top of each other using adhesive to create dimension

6. Cover the entire background with old book sheets and mod podge.
7. Die cut the letters for the title 4 times and adhere on top of each other. Add embossing ink at the bottom area of the letters and emboss with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.
8. Add gesso with a dry brush to the entire canvas. This will prevent the color mediums from seeping into the canvas. Dry with a heat tool.
9. Add graphic images to the background using Obsidian Pigment Ink for contrast and heat set to make it permanent and waterproof.
10. Use the Halftone Stencil with embossing paste to create texture.

11. Write the journaling on a tag and insert into a folded pocket.

12. Glue the photo to the folded pocket.
13. Temporarily add photo and embellishments to the canvas based on the sketch. When you're happy with the arrangement, glue the embellishments using a strong adhesive like glossy accent medium.

  1. Adhere the leaves and add more gesso to tone down the colors.
  2. Glue the flowers and leaves to the canvas. Adhere the photo and pocket to stacked chipboard for added dimension. Use foam squares for the leaves.

  1. Scribble color onto the canvas using distress ink crayons. Add water and use your finger to spread the color. Dry with heat tool.

  1. Spray the Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray and add water. Allow colors to run down the canvas.
  2. Glue the title using glossy accent dimensional medium.

I documented the entire process in a video. You can watch it HERE on my channel.

I hope you found some inspiration to create your own shabby chic background and to use alcohol inks to create embossed flowers. Make sure to leave a comment and let me know what other techniques you'd like to learn for future videos. Your comments mean so much to me! <3 I would love to see you on IG as well so please follow me @mylittleatticstudio. Thank you so much for dropping by and keep on crafting!!!


WOW!! What a beautiful mixed media project! Truly stunning! Thank you so much for being our guest designer for April, Nenette! We are so lucky to have you as an Altenew Educator and also as a guest every now and then. Thank you for all the wonderful creations you make for us!

Please do visit Nenette's blog, Instagram, and Youtube. And do give her a thumbs up on her video which she so lovingly made for you guys. Thank you for stopping by!



Wallpaper Art Stamp Set
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Wallpaper Art Die Set
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Wallpaper Art Stamp & Die Bundle –…
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Just Leaves Die Set
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Fine Alphabet Die Set
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Embossing Paste
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
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Lagoon Crisp Dye Ink
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Caribbean Sky Crisp Dye Ink
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Halftone Stencil
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Jaycee April 30, 2021 - 9:59 pm

Gorgeous canvas art, Nenette! What a beautiful way to showcase your family photo. All the details are so well balanced.

Joyce April 30, 2021 - 10:17 pm

I have seen Nenette’s work since almost 25yrs ago. Back then, it was already awesomeness-levels!!!!
I couldn’t believe that it still could be even more amazing, stunning and exceptional as the years went by.
This work is brilliant, ‘nette!
Keep inspiring. Keep sharing your talent. Your magic!

Anna Mahtani April 30, 2021 - 10:21 pm

This is absolutely fantastic Nenette! What a wonderful way to document family memories ?

JingCB April 30, 2021 - 10:21 pm

Such a beautiful work of art, Nenette! ? Everything you create conveys so much passion and love for the craft! Keep it up! ?

Daniel Flororita May 1, 2021 - 12:16 am

This is so wonderful! I have always been fascinated by mixed media technique and I really wanted to learn this someday. Thanks for always inspiring me Nenette! ?


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