Nov 30, 2017

PaperArtsy Snowflakes and Tim Holtz Deer Reverse Canvas

It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey.  Our hostess Sandy has chosen the theme Winter Wonderland.  She says, "For the month of December let's think of the season as well as the holiday with Winter Wonderland.  As the song goes, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening! Let's see some snow, snowmen, bare trees would be nice or some snow covered pines in the meadow.  Whatever Winter Wonderland means to you in your vintage, shabby, mixed media; art journaling; industrial or steampunk style."

My winter wonderland scene is filled with my favorite elements and techniques, bursting the edges of a 12x16" reverse canvas.  I was determined to stretch my products to new dimension and make a panel large enough to grace the fireplace mantle.  I knew I wanted to base my entire project on using the new PaperArtsy Stencil {by Kay Carley} 070.  This stencil is so beautiful and the size is perfect for a larger project.

I taped the back of my wrapped canvas to disguise the staples, then added crackle paste over the tape.  I gessoed inside the canvas then stenciled on my snowflakes with texture paste.  Then came the fun part.  I decided to sprinkle A Bit Jaded Infusions onto my dry canvas then activate with a variety of Lindy's Stamp Gang spray inks.  I spritzed them with more water to blend and bleed.  I did the same thing over the crackle.

I stamped the tree border from PaperArtsy {Ink & the Dog Collection (A6)} Noel Plate 3 across the top of the canvas with Archival Cornflower Blue ink, then added a strip of thin metallic washi tape across the top.

I thought it would be so cool to have icicles hanging from the frame, so I tried making some with hot glue and it worked!  :)  I pooled the glue in various places then let it drip down.  It dried as it dripped.  Some of the dripping glue broke, but I think that compliments the look.  I painted the dried drips with gesso.

I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto a scrap of inky card.

I used two beautiful treeline die cuts sent to me by my friend Sara Emily - thank you my dear friend!  These created the drama at the base of my frame.  I nestled a couple of die cut deer in the scene.

Since the trees were cut from cardstock and I only had two, I decided to texturise them with Golden crackle paste.  I laid the die cut on my craft mat then carefully scraped on a thick application of the paste.  When you lift the die from the mat, the excess paste stays on the mat.  You can easily scrape it back off and return to your jar.  The Golden paste is very airy and dry, so it didn't warp the paper much.

I found a jar of Stampendous Shaved Ice - yay!  I wanted to use it on my landscape.  I applied hot glue to build up a base , then gessoed the glue, then scraped on more texture paste.  When this dried, I used Mod Podge to glue the Shaved Ice down randomly.

Look at those snowy drips!  EEK!

I used the Tutti Designs sled, died with Lindy's spray, over a glitter stock background.

I textured two Tutti Designs Arched Fir Branch dies the same way, then layered with Tim Holtz greens and a handmade white poinsettia.  This is the Memory Box die my sweet friend Marty gifted me.  :)  I accented the petals with Stickles and the center with a Prima gemstone.

I particularly love the snowy look the paste gave to the greens.

The tape I used to cover the staples cracked a little, which I'm OK with, but perhaps if you try this, you should used gel medium below and above the tape.

Now, I just need a mantle to display this on.  He he...  My art room shelf will do.  I hope this got your wheels turning for your own Winter Wonderland project.  Do play along to win a prize bundle from Andy Skinner.  Find our challenge HERE.


  1. Now I know why you were so excited to find that shaved ice... what a beauty you have created Autumn. This project screams Christmas and now we are officially into December we can shout about it as much as we want too!! Love those drippy icicles.
    Warm Hugs Tracey xx

  2. Your canvas is so delightfully wintery. Love each element and how you showed us how it was done. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Sandy xx

  3. Oh my gosh, this is stunning!! Those glue drop icicles - genius!! I love all of the texture and sparkle in this!! It's winter wonderland on a canvas!! I love, love it, Autumn!! So gorgeous!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  4. This is perfectly winter wonderland! I love the white greenery around the edges and the icicles. But I just LOVE that shaved ice!I just added it to my wish list. ;) A beautiful canvas.

  5. Gorgeous piece!!!! Thank you for the great tip about the tape to hide the staples.

  6. A beautiful Winter wonderland project Autumn xx Love the stencilled background and the fabulous details/embellishments on this reverse canvas...TFS and huge hugs
    Annie xx

  7. Oh wow Autumn this is a fabulous winter wonderland and perfectly put together using the reverse side of the canvas. The icy blue tones, the snowflake and those brilliant icicles evoke such a chilly wintry day and I'm sure this will look brilliant above your mantelpiece for Christmas. Love it xxx

  8. Very nice wintry canvas! The idea with icycles is very good :) Thank you for sharing with us at Mixed Media World!

  9. Well, here we go again! I think I made a boo boo and lost my long windy comment, a couple of times!

    Autumn, this is one beautiful HUGE icy, wintry reverse canvas that pushes all my buttons! First the crackled frame is just gorgeous, and the first thing that caught my attention are the dripping icicles! I am so happy you gave us a tutorial on those! The stenciled snowflakes are so sparkly and the Tutti sleigh is festive with it's sparkly layer! Love this!

    I'm so pleased you were able to do something with those two treeline die cuts; so sorry there were just two! But you have made them into something so spectacular with the crackle paste--my favorite brand for light texture, although the crackling is somewhat fickle.

    No fireplace mantel here, either, but I think this looks amazing in your art room with the Bible places below it. However, I think it needs to be moved to a place in your home where EVERYONE gets to appreciate it's beauty! You are amazing, my friend!

  10. Fabulous Winterwonderland canvas beautiful texture and Wintry scene.Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping
    Carol GDT x

  11. I just love everything about this Autumn, the cool blues, the poinsettias, the trees in the background but most of all I think your dripping icicles are incredible!!! They look so realistic - you are so clever!!! Hugs, Anne xx

  12. I love your canvas--the dried glue drips look amazing. All the techniques make for a beautiful scene. Helene

  13. So pretty in the blue and white with the touch of brown with the frolicking deer! Wonderful textures with the pastes and drippy icicles! A beautiful winter scene Autumn! Julia xx

  14. Oh Autumn, your reverse canvas is just superb!! I love absolutely everything about it, - the frame, those icicles (wow), the prancing deer and sled, just fantastic, - love it!!

  15. Hi Autumn,
    what a very wonderful creation and such a very super design also.
    Love that wonderful icy scene you have created.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  16. What a fabulous wintery scene Autumn, adore the colours you have used and those hot glue icicles are perfection, what a fabulous idea! Love the Infusions activated with the sprays, just gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful canvas, Deb xo

  17. Your attention to detail is astounding, Autumn! The snow and ice look almost real and the crackle is amazing!

  18. Such a fabulous wintry wonderland Autumn! It really has a glorious frosty feel about from the colours to all the details. I love the crackle and those frosty icy drips are just amazing! Jennie x

  19. A really fabulous winter wonderland canvas! Autumn. From the colour palette, to the snowflakes,to the crackle,to the drippage,to the glisten and shine you have created a really fabulous Winter Wonderland Canvas! Autumn.
    hugs x

  20. This is absolutely stunning, Autumn - that snowy crackle on the frame, the icy shimmer of the drippage and the wonderful flowers and foliage all make your winter wonderland come alive. I adore that snowflake background too... just amazing altogether.
    Alison x

  21. Amazing Winter scene canvas its stunning.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  22. This is just stunning, Autumn. I love all the textures and layers you created. The glue drips are brilliant and make perfect icicles.

  23. A beautiful winter wonderland love the icicles great textures too.


  24. A lovely creation with such gorgeous detail. Thank you for sharing your creation with us at MAWTT. Beckie xI love everything about it.

  25. A fabulous reverse canvas Autumn, just love the winter scene you created with all those fabulous textures and details.
    Avril xx
    p.s. Thanks for sharing at FSC

  26. WOW, this wonderful, great designed. Love it! Thank you for sharing with us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
    Greetings Carola

  27. Oh my goodness Autumn, this is pure magic.- Everything say, : here come the Ice queen to have a ride in the fantastic glittering wood. I love the icicles from hot glue, and have to try. Thank you for a wonderful how to, your creation is amazing.
    Hugs, Dorthe

  28. Wow, what an amazing reverse canvas! The texture and colours of the snowflakes and frame is so beautiful and I love those icicles - stunning 😁. Happy December! J 😊