i knew i wanted to create a canvas project of some sort. when i went shopping at michaels, i intended to get a 12x12 canvas to work with. i'm more of a square person, and can't really get into the rectangle shapes, such as the 8x10 size. anyways. i came across this set of three canvases, by artist's loft, with each piece being 4x12. i loved the idea of it. creating three seperate canvas pieces, but having them all hang together, to still give the look of one complete project.
i started out by painting each canvas with some light yellow acrylic paint. not super light yellow, but not super bright either. yellow can be a hard color for me, but i happen to have a few decent ones in my stash. i knew i was covering the fronts with pattern paper. so i just painted the edges on top, and then all four sides of each canvas. i then choose my pattern papers, and trimmed each to fit the front of the canvas, leaving some of the painted edges to show. i sewed a zigzag stitch with my sewing machine along the edges of each paper, and inked the edges with brown ink. i then adhered them to my canvases. i used glue dots, and they held just fine.
these fun rhinestone "spring" stickers come in the cute banner kit. i wasn't using the other banner pieces, but decided to use the rhinestone stickers. i pulled some basic white tags from my stash, inked the edges with some brown ink, and cut the bottoms of each tag at an angle. i took my floral fabric piece (also from the banner kit i believe), and ripped it down the middle. i love the frayed edges on here. i tied small pieces to the top of each tag, and then adhered them to the first canvas in the set, adding the "spring" letters on top of the tags.
i wanted the butterflies to appear as if they were flying off the canvas. i'm not sure i totally captured that feeling, but i tried. lol! these cute die cut butterflies come in all different shapes and colors. i folded each one in the center, and then bent out the wings a bit. i used mini pop dots behind each wing, to lift them up off the canvas.
to see a short video, that shows part of the making of this project, visit making memories. there's a "video inspiration" section on the right side. you can also watch it HERE on youtube, where you can find all their videos.