Spring Butterfly Burlap Canvas

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Spring Butterfly Burlap Canvas

Spring seems to have sprung, finally!  I suppose I should wait a few days to see what the weather is going to do before I get too excited 😛  I can’t wait to share this project with you though.  It’s a very different kind of project for me, and I hope you enjoy it!

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It started when I found these 8×10″ burlap panels on one of my many trips to the friendly neighborhood Michaels store.  They came in a pack of 3, and while I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, I knew I could have a lot of fun.  Then, on a subsequent trip to Michaels, I found a gorgeous pad of 12×12 paper by DCWV called The Primrose Stack and immediately this project started forming in my brain.  Love it when that happens!

I began by choosing the papers I was going to use and doing some fussy cutting.  Then, I started layering paint onto the panel.  It wasn’t working exactly as planned, so I moved on to the next step and tore some print-patterned tissue paper, glued it to the panel, and distressed it a little with some sandpaper.  Then, I grabbed my watercolors and went to town, and that worked better than the acrylic paints.

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I used my Garden Weave Spellbinders die to cut out the decorative corners, then covered them in VersaMark and clear embossing powder.  I repeated the process a couple times, then spritzed the corners with a little Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  The whole treatment gave the corners more of an old ironwork feel.

Next, I made a few custom flowers out of coordinating paper and rifled through my stash for more flowers.  It took quite a long time to arrange everything exactly the way I wanted, but eventually I was ready to glue.  After gluing everything into place, I hand wrote the sentiment and added “butterfly” with silver glitter stickers I’ve had forever.  The final touch was the addition of the metal butterflies from Graphic 45.  They’re easy to bend and add really delicious dimension.

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And there you have it!  A new decoration for Spring 🙂  I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the lovely weather 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Spring Butterfly Burlap Canvas

  1. kathycnc says:

    Melody, this is soooooooo gorgeous! I love the tissue paper texture and all the wonderful painterly elements you added. Wow! Just beautiful in every detail!

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