DIY Canvas

This month I am trying something totally new to me, a canvas hybrid project. This DIY project was inspired by this month’s theme which focuses on beginnings and new. I was given two pieces of this amazing collection from Digital Scrapbook Ingredients and Meagan’s Creations. So follow along on my adventure as I attempt this DIY canvas project.


I started by creating an inspirational layout based on the word art “Start Something New” that was 8 inches by 10 inches (the size of the canvas board I was using). Since I had text or words in my layout I needed to reverse the image before printing. To print, use standard copy paper in a laser printer (not ink-jet).




Here is the canvas board I used–it’s more of a canvas wrapped to a stiff cardboard backing so it is a bit more firm than a typical canvas this is only supported by a frame. (These are sized 8 x 10, and my daughter just happened to have these in her art stash that she let me use).




And here is the secret ingredient for the project: Gel Mat. I got it at my local Michael’s craft store.




Applying the “Gel Mat” fairly liberally to the printed side of the paper.




Flipping the paper over and onto the canvas board and rubbing it firmly (but not too hard or with sharp edges as to cause tears). I improvised here and used the smooth rounded top of a large tic-tac container. Added benefit is that we were able to snack on a tic tac or two during the process.




Let it dry overnight. Taking a spray bottle, mist the paper until it is saturated and let it soak in a bit.




Gently rub off the paper from the canvas. The soaking and rubbing process had to be repeated a number of times to remove all the paper. And you must rub “gently” in order to prevent damage to the transferred image. As you will see in the next finished project image I did get a bit too aggressive in a few spots. My rubbing technique improved as I continued.




The final DIY canvas on display. Not too bad for a hybrid newbie. So go ahead and start something new!

DIY Canvas




The Magic of Beginnings Giveaway


On to the next installment of the Scrapaneers December Giveaway – The Magic of Beginnings.


A big THANK YOU to all the amazing designers who contributed to this Mega Collection. The Magic of Beginnings is perfect for your holiday and December sequential projects, but it is about so much more than that. Think about plans and goals for the new year, starting a new stage of life, new relationships or simply the start of exciting new adventures. This collection is so big we could not fit it all into one preview, so here is glimpse at the collection in two parts (we couldn’t fit everything in the preview so know there’s MORE!):


Magic of Beginnings Collection


Magic of Beginnings Collection


Magic of Beginnings download links are no longer available.

Don’t forget to check back on Monday, December 12 for the next set of downloads, and a fun glittery tutorial from Christa.


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  • Norma December 9, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you so much. I look forward to working with them.

  • lauriewe December 9, 2016   Reply →

    I cannot wait to try this!

  • RB December 9, 2016   Reply →

    LOve The canvas Idea!:) Thanks For All The Designers Parts Of This Mega Stunning Kit! Thanks For Creating & Sharing You Guys!~MAGIC! xXx:)

  • Squirrely December 9, 2016   Reply →

    Wonderful, thanks so much. Your canvas came out great!

  • Yobeth Puckett December 9, 2016   Reply →

    What a wonderful gift idea! Good job.

  • Christine Martin December 9, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you all for the mini kits and templates. Everything is beautiful!

  • Jennifer Moore December 9, 2016   Reply →

    I like this hybrid idea. Thank you!

  • Sandra December 9, 2016   Reply →


  • sherry pennington December 10, 2016   Reply →

    Awesome !!! Thank you 🙂

  • Jo Campbell December 10, 2016   Reply →

    Both are stunning. Thank you so much.

  • Marie H. December 10, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you so very much. Both kits are lovely and I am sure they will come in handy. And thank both of you for the coupons.

  • Amy in TX December 10, 2016   Reply →

    Neat project. Thanks for the lovely minis!

  • Blackthorne December 10, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you so much !

  • willimena December 10, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you very much!

  • Jeanie December 11, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you for the wonderful mini kits!

  • Diane December 12, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you for the kits and the wonderful canvas board tutorial. However, I only have an inkjet printer (no laser); is there a workaround for this, or it just cannot be done with an inkjet? Thanks!

  • Sandy December 14, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you for the beautiful mini! And that tutorial is impressive! Love how your board looks! Happy Holidays!

  • Peggy S December 15, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you very much! Such great contributions!

  • Mozzie December 16, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you very much. Love your work and hope to see it next year in 2017. All the best wishes for the coming year.

  • KimR. December 18, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you very much!

  • Johanna December 23, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you! Lovely kits!!

  • Sondra December 26, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you so much for sharing these gorgeous kits!

  • Lis December 27, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you so much for sharing these lovely kits!

  • Fernanda Monteiro December 30, 2016   Reply →


  • Mozzie December 30, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you very much. xxx Hugs xxx

  • Libby Wiers December 31, 2016   Reply →

    The canvas idea is a bit outside my usual box – maybe time to try something new!! I really like what you did, and I think I have a canvas in my stash…

  • Megan January 7, 2017   Reply →

    great project! I want to venture into hybrid more, so keeping this in mind. Thanks for the kits too!

  • Shirley Kimbrough January 8, 2017   Reply →

    That canvas is beyond magical. Thanks for the tutorials and those kits with all that wonderful pattern papers and complementing elements. Hugs, 🙂

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