Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Tattered Florals challenge

Tim Holtz has a fun challenge to use the Tattered Florals die, and since this is one of my favourite dies, I just had to play along.

Two years ago I made a mixed metal Tattered Floral flower and placed it on a small canvas (10x10 cm). It's been displayed on a little shelf at my desk since then, and as I read about the challenge I just happened to have the same size blank canvas on my desk. I was inspired by my previous canvas (see the end of the post) to create a new one.  

Here's my finished new canvas showcasing a dry embossed canvas/metal/modeling film/tulle tattered flower. The background was painted with watered-down acrylic paint (Sandal, Pebble and Mushroom) and I used one of my favourite sentiment stamps from Tim Holtz.

Here are the different flowers before assembly. I forgot to take step-by-step photos. I covered white modeling film with white sticky-backed canvas and cut four flowers and one tattered leaf from that. Another piece of white modeling film was covered with a foil sheet and another four flowers and one leaf was die cut from that. One metallic flower was die cut with the Mini Tattered Florals dies. I also cut flowers and leaves from tulle. Most of the flowers were dry embossed using different embossing folders. 

The canvas flowers and leaf were inked with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, Gathered Twigs and Peeled Paint). The ink is darker on the embossed areas. I misted them with Biscotti Perfect Pearls for some shine (doesn't show well on the photos). The metallic flowers were painted with Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow and Aqua and sanded to distress them and reveal the metal.

The flowers were heated with a heat gun one at a time and shaped. Be careful not to burn yourself. The modeling film keeps its shape perfectly. Love that stuff. Try not to reheat the flowers since the dry embossing can disappear then.

I placed a metallic Idea-ology flower in the centre and alternated the different materials and colours. The flower was glued to the canvas with hot glue.

The birds and dots were embossed with platinum embossing powder, which I've really enjoyed using lately. This bird stamp is a favourite of mine, I use it a lot.

This is my old tattered florals canvas, made two years ago. I used a sheet of copper, copper mesh, metallic mesh, and a foil covered piece of cardstock to make it. The foil pieces were stamped with a script stamp before they were embossed and the copper pieces were embossed and distressed with black paint. The canvas was painted with watered-down acrylic paints and the swirls and birds were silver embossed.

Thank you for stopping by!

Happy crafting!


Stamps: Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Mini Ornates, Tiny Textures, Warehouse District
Ink: Distress Ink: Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough
Paint: Adirondack Sandal, Pebble, Mushroom, Aqua, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow
Embossing powder: Ranger Platinum
Surfaces: Wendy Vecchi Clearly for Art Whiteout modeling film; Claudine Hellmuth natural sticky-back canvas; Ranger metal foil sheet
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Foliage


  1. Stunning work Anna-Karin. Thank-you for ideas and inspiration. Nicola x

  2. Both the canvases are stunning ! Loved the idea of using tulle in flowers !

  3. Love the colors and those textures, yes that tattered floral die is amazing and has so many amazing possibilities!

  4. your flowers looks very beautiful. very good made.
    the whole creations are great to see.

  5. Jy was sommer lekker en mooi besig...

  6. Your canvas projects are both so pretty. Amazing how the one you did two years ago is as fresh and current as your new one. A true artist!
    The embossed birds are stunning. I never thought of trying embossing on canvas and the platinum is a great colour. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Dear Anna-Karin,
    I have just spent over an hour PORING over your posts (when I should have been working!). Your work is utterly phenominal. I aspire to be as talented as you - and so many other inspirational ladies - ONE DAY. Soon I hope!
    Wow - your pieces are masterpieces! Honestly!

  8. Very inspiring .. I love the use of textures and I never would have thought to emboss on a canvas.

  9. I came over here following Push the Right Button's lead about a tutorial you posted. How fortunate to happen upon this post! This is really stunning with the flowers cut from different materials. I really do need to get off my behind and purchase the Tattered Florals die. This is fabulous.

  10. Both canvas's are stunning.

  11. They are both wonderful. The tulle softens it up and adds texture at same time. Love it!
    Take a peek at my Tattered Floral entries:
    Rose Box -
    Lunch Bag rose -

    Best of luck in the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals challenge.


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