Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shopping Our Stash - Red Alert - Add Something Red

Hello, Crafty Peeples!
This is a rather lengthy tutorial, so I will keep my narrative brief!  
Today's project was inspired by a tutorial from Tammy Tutterow

When I reviewed the supply list, I found I did not have most of the items listed, including the 4" x 6" burlap panel.   I decided to make my own using chipboard and corrugated cardboard.  Other substitutions were made to  the paints, stains and sprays. I encourage new crafters to use what is at hand. Doing so will stimulate your creativity and extend your crafting budget. 
I enjoy fabricating elements for my projects.  Using machines to cut patterns that are simply glued or stapled together, leaves me with the nagging feeling that I have not "created" anything.  This project gave me a fun, messy, inky time. It started as a wall hanging and morphed into an easel display.

Supply List
  • 5 (Four)   4"x 6" light or medium weight chipboard panels.  (If you have heavyweight chipboard, use 2 pieces.)
  • 2  - 4" x 6" pieces of corrugated cardboard
  • DCWV 6"x6" Burlap Paper Stack
Stencils, Stamps, Dies, Inks:
  • Layering Stencil (I used the Chevron from Hiedi Swapp's Mini Stencils Pattern Set)
  • Dies:  Lattice Frameworks, Mini Tattered Florals, Sizzix Mini Bird and Cage Set, Base Tray (Movers and Shakers) 
  • Distress Ink: Vintage Photo, Broken China, Bundled Sage
  • Stains: Dylusion (Cut Grass, Cherry Pie); Adirondack Butterscotch Color Wash
  • Homemade Distress Stain Sprays: Picket Fence, Fired Brick, Bundled Sage, Vintage Photo
Mediums, Embellishments and Tools:
  • Mediums: Gesso, Luminarte Twinking H2O, Mod Podge, Aleene's Matte Sealer
  • Embellishments: Mini Cabinet Cards (I fabricated my own), Paper Clips, Crinkle Ribbon, Prima Flower Elements #11, Prima Wood Elements - Romance Novel,  K&Company Life Jou Metal Art Keys
  • Tools:  Cradt Sheet, Heat Tool, Ink Blending Tool, Sanding Tool, Stapler or Tiny Attacher, Die Pick, Misters, Palette Knife or Paint Scraper,  Cut and dry foam (I used make-up wedges), Big Shot or other Die Cutting Machine.
  • Misc:  Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, foam dots.
Fabricate Burlap Panel:
Glue 4 chipboard pieces together (1+1) to form the front and back of the sandwich.  Glue the two pieces of corrugated cardboard together to form the center of the sandwich.
Assemble the sandwich as shown above.  Your sandwich should measure approximately 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch wide.  Cut two chipboard strips to match the length and width of your sandwich.  These will be used as end pieces to cover the top and bottom.
 Remove one sheet of Burlap paper.  If you use burlap fabric instead of paper, cut your burlap so that it measures 6" x 8".
 Brush Mod Podge on the front of the panel and place in the center of the paper.  Apply even and steady pressure.  Turn over and smooth any wrinkles with a bone folder or ruler.
 Apply glue to the edges of the sandwich and use staples to secure the fabric.  I used a vice to hold in place until glue was dry.  It is not ncessary to do this.  I am just a little OCD.
Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the back of the panel and adhere the last 4"x6" piece of chipboard.
Cover the back panel with Gesso.  Allow to Dry.
 Use a palette knife or paint scraper to apply Gesso to the front of the panel. 
 Apply a final thin coat of Gesso to the front and sides of the panel.  Allow the panel to dry.

Create your desired background using inks, stains, sprays and stencils.  When satisfied, apply two coats of  Aleene's Matte Sealant.  Allow 15 minutes between coats.


Cut a strip of manilla cardstock the width of the Framework Die and twice as long.   
Fold the strip in half and place the fold on the die just below the first cutting row.  This will give you and extended strip.
I did not have my fold down far enough and that caused the open design in the middle.  fortunately, it is covered up in this project.
Sponge Bundled Sage Distress ink over the Die Cut. While the distress ink was still moist, I used my finger to rub on LuminArte Sunflower for shimmer.  Dry with heat tool.  You can substitue TH Distress Glitter for the LuminArte.  My edges are not distressed, but if you want to distress yours, use your blending tool to apply TH Vintage Photos Ink to the edges of your lattice.
Die Cut Six Fabric Flowers.
Die Cut Six Fabric Flowers.  Or substitute paper flowers.  I die cut six red burlap flowers
 and used four Prima printed fabric flowers from my stash.
Straighten two small paper clips (or use TH Gem Clips).  Stack flowers as desired, insert end of clip through the fllower stack.  bend the end of the gem clip to form a loop making sure there is enough wire at the end of the loop to twist uderneath.  Place gem in the center of the flower.
Cover gem with Delmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.  Set aside and allow to dry.


Determine the size for your cabine frame or use the small TH Cabinet Frame.
Paint and stamp as desired.
Assemble elements and do a mock up before adhering to Burlap panel.

Thanks for stopping by!
Chana Malkah

Challenges Entered:


  1. Your projects are soooooo involved, they make my head spin. So pretty.

    1. Thanks, Leslie, They keep my mind from wandering! :D)

  2. You are so creative Chana, beautifully done project and wonderful tutorial. Love this!

  3. Absolutely beautiful - thanks for sharing the tutorial!!!

  4. ok, i already ♥LOVED♥ this aestheticallt, but it's even cooler seeing how you made it, step by step, from the ground up! and i LOVE your advice to new (& old!) crafters: use the things you HAVE, make YOUR OWN version of the inspiration piece! what a glorious way to prove how good that advice is! ♥♥♥

    1. Thank you so much for the nice words, Lauren. Coming from you they mean so much!

  5. WOW! This is BEAUTIFUL!!!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I have tried to find in my settings what you told me to look for to turn off # verification and I cant find it! :( Thanks for your help! i may have to see if I can email blogger!
    Happy Holidays!!

    1. Thanks, BethieJ! To change your settings, go to DESIGN, then SETTINGS, Posts and Comments. In the COMMENTS Section under COMMENT LOCATION, change your form to Embedded.

  6. THANK YOU!! I found it!!! :) No more verification!!!
    Have a GREAT day!!!

  7. Oh Chana! This is sooooo beautiful!! I love that you created your own burlap canvas!

  8. I love using burlap but it hadn't occurred to me to paint it and use stencils with it, love this idea and how your project turned out!

    1. Thanks, Pia! Panting on the burlap does open up a new vista of possibilites. I am so glad that Tammy shared this idea on her blog.

  9. what a fantastic labor of love this canvas is!! I love all the wonderful detail work, especially the big key!

  10. This is really magnificent, Chana! Great tutorial with easy to follow instructions. :-D Now, time for a DT hat -- I'm so happy that you decided to join us in our "Anything Goes" challenge at Through the Craft Room Door this week. Good luck and we hope to see you again next week.
    NanaConnie DT

  11. What a fun project, I love all the texture and elements!

  12. Fabulous layers and textures ! Love the pop of red burlap

  13. WOOOW Chana this is a stunning little project. Just adore the nostalgic feel all the pretty elements gives to the creation. Thanks for sharing the how too.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  14. So beautiful. Love, love, love the soft colours and all that texture. Thank you for joining us over at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge. Good luck.

  15. Absolutely awesome, Chana! I especially appreciate the how-to steps. And you have to love a project that decides where to take you!

  16. Chana, this is absolutely stunning! Love how you made your own items work for you when you didn't have what you needed! Excellent advice! The colors and layers and textures on this are fabulous!

  17. Fabulous! It's great that you improvised where needed and used what you had in your stash---perfect for our challenge site! Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff and don't forget about our DT call
    Tammy DT

  18. This looks fabulous! So many excellent uses of texture! Thanks for joining us this week at Use Your Stuff! Don't forget to check out our DT call.


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