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Remember...true strength is delicate

{pictured on the wall}

I know this looks like a lot of work, but it really is a super-quick project! I decided to create this memorabilia in honor of my father who passed away last Christmas. He was a veteran, so in honor of Veteran's Day and him, I designed this canvas wall hanging. I think I am going to hang it in my office (I haven't decided yet).

This is a picture of him as a young man in Thailand. It was the early seventies when dashikis were a fashionable trend. You can barely see it in this photo, but check out that neckline! Then, look at the style of photo. It is a silhouette or shadow or whatever they called those photos 'back in the day.' Well, it wasn't that long ago, because I even have a baby photo like this!

I really liked the sentiments in PTI's Remember set, so I decided to highlight them the best way I could! I did not use as many of the flowers since it focused on a picture of my dad, but I still managed to squeeze one in without making it look feminine (at least I think so).

So...what do you think?

To create this wall decor:
  1. Ink (chalk or spong dabbing works) or paint canvas.
  2. Trim brown, aqua mist cardstock and pattern paper 9" in length.
  3. Trim brown cardstock about 4" wide.
  4. Trim pattern paper about 3" wide.
  5. Trim aqua mist cardstock about 2" wide.
  6. Lightly ink pattern paper (vintage-look).
  7. Stitch around edges of cardstock and pattern paper with white and brown thread, respectively.
  8. Scallop edge punch aqua mist cardstock, then lightly ink to distress.
  9. Adhere pattern paper on top of brown cardstock, then adhere scalloped edge aqua mist cardstock to one end.
  10. Using scor-pal, score where folds will need to be to wrap around canvas - to make a crisp wrap.
  11. Stamp sentiment on bottom right side of pattern paper - near the score line.
  12. Adhere paper around canvas (I used tacky glue-Tombo Mono Multi).
  13. Using nestabilities, create a frame with vanilla and aqua mist cardstocks.
  14. Lightly distress both cardstocks.
  15. On aqua mist frame, stamp PTI-Garden of Life flower on it (stamp-off technique).
  16. Adhere photo behind frame.
  17. Distress two small pieces of aqua mist ribbon, then adhere them to the upper right side of the frame to create loops.
  18. Pop frame off of canvas on upper right side.
  19. Distress a white tag, then stamp sentiment on it and adhere to pattern paper portion of canvas.
  20. On a small strip of aqua mist cardstock, stamp another sentiment and distress it.
  21. Stamp curly designs and one flower on vanilla cardstock, cut out, then distress.
  22. Adhere sentiment slightly over picture and the remainder pop off of canvas.
  23. Place curly designs underneath sentiment strip and off of the canvas.
  24. Sew brown button on flower cut-out using ink-distressed twine.
  25. Adhere the flower image at the end of the sentiment strip.
  26. Adhere ribbon to the back of canvas to hang (optional).
:: My Goodies ::
Stamps: PTI-Remember; Garden of Life (the blue frame design)
Ink: Brown; Amaretto
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate; Aqua Mist; Vanilla
Pattern Paper: PTI-Everyday Blessings
Accessories: brown button; twine; thread; sewing machine; scallop edge punch; dimensionals; tag; square nestabilities; cuttlebug; aqua mist grosgrain ribbon; dark chocolate polka dot ribbon; scor-pal; canvas concepts-scrapbook decor canvas; paper distresser
Technique: Stamped
Card Size: 6 x 6


Anonymous said...

This is something really special, Ashley. Made from the heart to remember someone near and dear to you. Good job!

Angie Tieman said...

HOw fabulous!! I have a canvas I've never done anything with, this is a great idea! Thanks for the detailed instructions!

Catherine said...

ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I've been wanting to do something with canvas for a long time but just don't know how to start it. Love that photo of your father, such a goodlooking man :)

Christina Smith said...

That is so precious!

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful work of art, straight from your heart. It's very moving.

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