Today we have a great How To from the fabulous Erica Bass. I am so excited to have her do a guest post today. I, for one, have admired her work for a long time. Check out what she created for us!

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I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you today! Can I just say that having a Silhouette Cameo makes a project like this a breeze? But you can definitely pull something off anyway. Every time I am at Target with my daughter she points to some artwork they are selling and says how cute it would be in her room. I look at it and think how much cheaper I could make it. So no more empty promises — I’ve actually followed through and I’m thrilled with the result.

Materials you will need

  • Patterned paper
  • Cardstock
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sponge brushes
  • Foam stamps or stencils
  • Mod Podge
  • Chalk ink
  • Canvas or canvas board

You could pretty much use anything but this is what I used on my project.

Start by painting your canvas with acrylic paint. I like acrylic because it is inexpensive and it dries fast. This will give your paint plenty of time to set up before adding the paper with Mod Podge

Add another layer to the background with foam stamps or a stencil. I just put paint onto the foam brush and paint it right onto the stamp before stamping.

I stamped along the top corner and balanced it by stamping in the bottom corner too.

Next I cut out the different pieces of my image using a mix of card stock and patterned paper. This is a great way to give a little more visual interest.

I shaded the patterned paper pieces with chalk ink to give them more dimension.

Then I figured out the placement to the different pieces on my canvas before in preparation to start gluing down.This also helps me figure out what order I need to glue things down in.

Add Mod Podge underneath your first layer of paper. I found with the canvas I had to do a fairly thick coat. Then seal over the top of the paper with Mod Podge.

After gluing all of the pieces down I sealed over the whole canvas with a last coat of Mod Podge.

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What a cool project. I have always been a little scared of mixed media, but I am excited to give this a try! Thanks again to Erica Bass!