DIY Canvas Boards by Natasha Davies – March 2022 Guest Designer

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Hello everyone! Please welcome Natasha Davies, our March Guest Designer. She will share with you a couple of canvas boards that she has beautifully decorated using Altenew products.

Get to know Tasha

Hey crafty people!

I'm Tasha, but I go by HandmadeByTasha most places! I am one of Altenew's Educators, and I'm super excited to be guesting on the Mixed Media Blog this month.

Tasha's Canvas Boards

I've had some canvas boards in my stash for the longest time and I decided to finally break them out to create some room decor using my Altenew supplies.

The canvas boards themselves are a UK size A6 which is roughly 4 1/8″ X 5 7/8″, so they're a really nice size.
Before I started creating my pieces, I coated both of the boards with some Gesso; this just helps to prepare the boards for the multiple layers that I'm planning to add onto them.

I decided to create two projects, one for each of my daughters' rooms and I let them look through my Altenew stash to choose the colors and products they wanted me to use.

Canvas Board Project 1

DIY canvas board

1. Using a Large Blending Tool, I added Citrus Burst Crisp Dye Ink onto one side of the canvas, and Arctic Crisp Dye Ink onto the other. You can blend ink straight onto the Gesso, but I did use my heat tool on low, to speed up the drying process.
2. Onto my media mat, I mixed some of these Texture Paste with a few drops of the Honey Drizzle Re-inker, to get a texture Paste that matches my project.
Then I used a pallet knife to add this paste, through the Fine Tulle Stencil in random areas.
3. Before it dried, I sprinkled on some clear & some gold ultra high embossing powders. I didn't want to cover the whole stenciled area; I was after a much more distressed finish.

4. Then, I heated the powder & paste to give me a bubbly, textured finish. (If you want to keep your texture paste smoother, then just set it aside to dry once the powders are in place, before heat setting them.)
I quite like the bubbled look – plus, I'm super impatient!
4. Using the Patchwork Kite Stencil, I added Persian Blue Crisp Dye Ink over the blue and Fresh Lemon Crisp Dye Ink over the yellow part. This gives a really nice tone-on-tone effect, whereby you can see the lighter color in the fine lines that the stencil masks. (I ink blended over the top of all of the paste & embossing, and I like the way that the rough texture catches more of the ink in some places than others.)

5. I cut the two pieces that form the envelope from Lovely Envelope Die Set, from 110lb Neenah. Using one of the Mini Ink Blending Tools, I added a very light layer of Limestone Crisp Dye Ink to the back piece to give the look of a slight shadow around the opening.
6. For the hearts, I added Double Sided Adhesive Sheet to some Vellum and die cut several of each size, so that the adhesive was on the top.
I chose three super fine glitters from my stash and added this onto the exposed adhesive giving me custom-colored glitter die cuts.

7. For a sentiment, I cut the shadow for the large You Matter Die from some of the Ocean Reflection Glitter Cardstock and added the main word from 110lb Neenah. I also cut one of the sub sentiments from the same set, from the same blue glitter cardstock, backing it with white Neenah to help it stand out nicely.
8. Now I had all of my elements, it was time to glue it all down? I did this using a mixture of liquid glue, and Instant Dimension Foam Tape, for added dimension. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out!!!

Canvas Board Project 2

1. For this second project, I inked the whole canvas with Caribbean Sky Crisp Dye Ink and added Persian Blue Crisp Dye Ink around the outside. This is a really quick & easy way to take your ink blended panels to a whole other level!!! (I sped up the driving again with my heat tool.)
2. I used the same Fine Tulle Stencil to add transparent texture paste, randomly over the piece. Before adding more of that clear embossing powder and heat set it all again.
3. My next step was to add a trail of blue stars, using the Milky Way Stencil and Sapphire Crisp Dye Ink. (I also added another couple of partial trails at the same time.)
I set this aside to let all that ink dry really well, whilst I worked on my focal point.

4. I find that the easiest way to blend a die-cut butterfly using the Bountiful Butterflies Set is to die cut before I create the image. This just helps ensure that everything will fit inside the die-cut nicely.
To get a nice variation in color, I used three inks for each section of the wings.
The top wings are Fresh Lemon, Orange Cream & Autumn Blaze Crisp Dye Ink and the lower wings are Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze & Firebrick. I concentrated the darker color where the wings meet the body, allowing that to fade out across the wing are. I also used Pure Graphite Crisp Dye Ink for the body & antennae. The detail brushes are amazing for getting into the small spaces on these stencils!

DIY canvas board
5. For my sentiment, I chose the All About You Word Die Set; cutting the shadow from cardstock with a Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet on top. I've used the adhesive to allow me to add foil onto the die-cut. (I chose a Rose Gold transfer foil!)
I did this for the sentiment to really stand out, again.
I wanted to have my sentiment say “You are Amazing” – so I cut the word ‘are' from the “You Matter Die Set”.
Once the ink was dry on the background, I used the other side of the Milky Way Stencil to layer up some more stars over the main ones we already had.

Then using my palette knife, I added some Tacky When Dry paste; this will give me stars which I can add foil to, once this is fully dry. (It's easy to tell as it goes on white and dries clear.) I chose a light blue foil for my stars and I love the way it adds some shine to my background!
6. To finish the piece, I added all of the elements onto the panel, again using a mixture of liquid adhesive and foam tape.

So, those are my two canvas boards! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! Thank you so much for spending this time with me.

Have a happy, lovely, safe, and wonderful week.
Stay crafty!


Goodness!! Look at those amazing projects!! And I absolutely love the vibrancy of them. Thank you so much, Tasha for being our Guest Designer for the month of March. We would love to have you as a guest designer again!

Everyone, please leave a bit of love for Tasha in the comments below. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading.


Patchwork Kite Stencil
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Milky Way Stencil
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Bountiful Butterflies Builder Stencil…
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Bountiful Butterflies Die Set
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Bountiful Butterflies Stencil & Die…
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Fine Tulle Stencil
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Lovely Envelope Die Set
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You Matter Die Set
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All About You Word Die Set
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Sapphire Crisp Dye Ink
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Persian Blue Crisp Dye Ink
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Caribbean Sky Crisp Dye Ink
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Arctic Crisp Dye Ink
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Firebrick Crisp Dye Ink
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Fresh Lemon Crisp Dye Ink
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Citrus Burst Crisp Dye Ink
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Pure Graphite Crisp Dye Ink
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Limestone Crisp Dye Ink
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Honey Drizzle Dye Ink Re-inker
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Glitter Gradient Cardstock Set -…
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Double-sided Adhesives Sheets (10…
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Ink Blending Tool – Large
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Mini Blending Brush Set
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Instant Dimension Foam Tape
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