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My First Canvas



Sympathy Canvas
 
Sometimes a Sympathy card just doesn't seem like enough.  At least that's how it was for me when my Grandmother passed a couple weeks ago.  I felt like I needed to do more for my Mom now that both of her parents are gone.  Instead of planning my trip home to say my final good-bye's, I was  planning this.  I really had to put myself in a different place to create this with my box of tissues at hand.  I spent all my summers with my Grandma, just the 2 of us.  Although she was hard to get along with she was my grand and I loved her. 
 
I found this 12x12 canvas at my LSS.  I felt I wanted to do a canvas but having never made one I didn't know where to go once I had the canvas.  But then I saw the new TH Distressed Doily die and it all kinda fell into place.


I started with my favorite photo of my grandss on their wedding day, she was about 17 and he was about 20.  I changed the black and white photo to sepia and printed it out on normal printer paper.  I then inked the edges with vintage photo ink and mounted the photo on vanilla and brown cardstock.  Making sure to seal it all with Modge Podge.

I spent 20 minutes looking for my wood Scrabble pieces.  They had fallen behind behind some boxes.  Lucky for me I found them and all the letters to spell out REMEMBER.  I inked the edges with Walnut to soften the blocks.  Adding the gears in grunge and embossing the metalic to creat this accent.  Mt grandpa was a commercial fisherman so the big gold gear reminds me of his nautical past.

I kept some tissue from a recent purchase and created this pretty tissue flower.  I layered 10 4x4 sheets of the tissue, fan fold about every 1/4" then staple the center to hold the folds.  Then I cut the edges round and started seperating the layers and fluffing to make it a flower.  To accent the center I added this brass metal button.  The key and lock we still drying. 

My Mom was a Daddy's girl, so I printed again on the printer paper his photo when he was on his boat.  Then layered to create a frame.  Using the SU Photo Corners punch, I embossed them and coated them in Glossy Accents.  They shine! To help hold the photo in place I added some brads.

Aren't these vintage frames pretty!  What a pop they add.  I simply printed "MOTHER" and "FATHER" and layered them in the frame.  Once I popped them in place with the brads I coated in the Glossy Accents.

Together with the photo's it's a pretty reminder of my Mom's parents.

I love my letter dies so I can create words on this grundge board.

The font is a 1940's type font and one of my favorites.

The On the Edge Distressed Doily is a perfect match my my grandparents 1940's wedding photo!

I picked up this heavy metal clip with the word REMEMBER on it.  And a stamped tag CELEBRATE from Scrappy Moms Stamps set Mini Messages.

Thanks for popping in and taking a look.  It is so strange my grandparents are gone now.  But my Mom will have this for her home where she will see it everyday!

 
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