I never realised how much fun it is to work with sticky back canvas! So many times I just reach for a piece of cardstock, but for some reason it popped into my mind to use the canvas for this note card. And I love it!!

Lots of people who use the canvas tear it, but I wasn’t feeling particularly strong so I just cut out a rectangle to use for the main design panel. Next I stamped a Hero Arts flower stamp onto the canvas using Archival ink. I knew I was going to colour in the image and so wanted to use a permanent ink, but I found the archival ink to be very faded – it could just be my ink pad, i know i have had it for quite some time. SO…to rescue the project, I stamped over the top using Black Soot distress ink. Because the stamp was a clear polymer stamp, i could stamp the image exactly over the first attempt, without the tell tale sign of a shadow. Before moving on to the colouring part, I heat set the image with a heat gun. This makes the ink set so it won’t bleed – an essential step for this technique!

I first thought of using markers, as I know Jennifer McGuire has used copic markers on canvas before with fantastic results, but as it seemed to be a day of bright ideas, I listened to my heart when it told me to pull out the ArtQuest Pearlescent paints!! Oh, aren’t they lush! I love the perfect shimmery feel it gives to the card, and seeing all those glimmery bits sit on top of the canvas reflecting the light is just way too cool!

The trick with using the paints was to remember not to paint all the way up to the line. The canvas is absorbent and as such you don’t need to bring the colour up to touch the image, but just stop slightly before – this way the canvas will do the rest itself.

After stamping the image and colouring it in, I decided to see if I could get a frayed edge just to give the whole thing a bit more texture. Using a piercing tool, I inserted the needle tip between the fibres at the edge and gently eased the last couple of fibres away. I found this was a super easy way to get a uniform look all the way around the canvas edge.

As the canvas is self adhesive, it was easy to mount unto some cardstock, and then all i had to do was create a base for the card. The feminine flowers and girly glitz made me reach for my flourish label die from spellbinders and a flourish stamp from Impression Obsession. And the ink….Mustard seed distress ink of course!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope maybe you’ll try stamping on canvas soon too.

Products Used

Card – white, red
Sticky back canvas (Claudine Hellmuth)
Stamps – Hero arts
Distress ink – black soot, mustard seed
Impression Obsession 6 inch flourish stamp
labels nestabilities & oval nestabilites
Sharpie Markers (to colour the clear gems to coordinate with the colour scheme)
Yellow Brad
Grosgrain ribbon
ArtQuest Pearlescent paint (stargazer)
Glossy Accents (adhering gems)

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Make Your Own Gems – Video Tutorial

by Lesley Oman on 2 October, 2010

Make your own gems for cards: Lesley Oman

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I am really excited to be sharing a video with you today.

I know, I know…it has been far too long, and I hope that it won’t be months before the next one….Actually, I promise it won’t be….

I made this card a few months back for a lady at Craig’s work, and I have been saving it because I knew that I would eventually share a tutorial on how I made my own gems to embellish the card. It’s so easy, and a great way to save those pennies but still have pretty glamorous projects!


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Products Used
Stamps: Gaia hearts, Whispers bear, Unity stamps, Hero arts
Paper: sizzlits watercolour pack,
Ink: Archival ink: black, Distress Ink; Tumbled glass, Vintage Photo, Shabby shutters
Embossing powder: black, white
Embossing folder: swiss dots
Paint: Twinkling H2Os & Stargazers pearl paint
Sewing Machine & thread
Eyelet, We R Memory keepers Crop-a-dile
Metal charm: Meiflower
Scalloped edge scissor
Glue: Glossy Accents


Two Lines -(Finally… A Scrapbook layout!)

by Lesley Oman on 8 September, 2010

Pregnancy Test Scrapbook Page

A layout today! Hip Hip Hurray!! ♥

I am definitely out of the swing of scrapbooking, but I have to admit that I was so pleased with myself that I was able to craft for longer than a few minutes without morning sickness ruining my fun! I’m glad to see that baby is cooperating a bit better now and hopefully has resigned himself/ herself to the fact that Mummy needs to craft.

And now that I was able to craft, I was so excited to be making my first layout about our big news. Even when I was peeing on these sticks I was wondering if these would be the ones that would be featuring on the inevitable ‘pregnancy test’ layout! Oh I am such a craft-geek through and through! I love it! ♥

I was so excited to get back in the crafty mood that I never really thought much about this layout, I just made it, so Im really happy with the result.

I just love rounding those corners with my corner chomper! Nom Nom Nom!! :0)

I hope you like it too.
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Products used:
Bo bunny papers
heidi swapp acetate butterflies
American Crafts thickers
American Crafts paper
bling / gems
adhesive pearls
Slice Ledger paper pad
spellbinders scallop edge die
Maya Road ticket stamp
Corner chomper
glossy accents
Tonic distresser tool
Tea dye distress ink and applicator tool
Random die cut butterfly shapes from my stash.
Metal butterfly shape – This was actually a candle embellishment but i cut off the spike with my wire cutters then used glue dots to hold securely in place.


One Stamp – Two Different Card Designs!

by Lesley Oman on 8 April, 2010

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I looove rubber stamps, and its not hard to see that I am getting a little addicted to playing with my Unity Kits, but one of the main issues I have with myself is that I like variety. Of course, what I mean is, I love stamps but I don’t want a million cards with the same design on each one.

This was the biggest challenge for me when I was making my wedding invitations – repeating the same design over and over again made it completely NOT FUN! But I know that this is a quirky little thing specific to my personality. Nevertheless, this personality trait means that I often try to think of different ways in which I can use my products so to add variety and interest into my creative life.

So today, I want to show you how I have used one stamp to create two totally different cards – both completely different to stamping the image of the whole stamp itself.

This stamp which I have chosen is from the March KOTM from Unity, and is a beautiful design of a picket fence with a flower on either side. Pretty, huh?

Card Number One

The first card I have made focuses on the flowers in the stamp. Here I have stamped the image 4 times onto a spare piece of cardstock, and cut out the flower heads individually. I then stuck these unto a die cut label shape, which I had inked and stamped with my hero arts Raindrops stamp and Distress inks. For each flower, I’ve used two stamped images, first one stuck directly onto the background and the second I have raised up to add dimension. The stems I have hand drawn with a pigment liner pen and added the little leaves with didi glue dots. As a unique design element for this card I’ve made the Shadow Box feature by creating a frame using nestabilities dies and then I have raised this panel using 3d pop gluedots.

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Card Number Two

The second card that I have made focuses on the fence element of the stamp. I have stamped two images and cut out the fences with a craft knife. These were perfect for creating a country scene, using layers of pattern paper and a little moo-cow stamp that has been hiding in my stamp collection for years. Because the main focal element is quite colour heavy, I wanted to keep the background of the card sweet and simple, so I have added a little colour using a Stampin’ Up wheel stamp, and faux stitching using a green fine line marker.

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For the Moo-cow card, I thought that a cute little ribbon flower would finish it up nicely. Ain’t it cute!

Hope you like the cards, and I hope you’ll be inspired to look beyond the expected when you next pick up a rubber stamp. :0)

Have a great day.