Wednesday, January 28, 2015

valentine's day mini canvas

Need a quick and easy idea for a Valentine’s Day gift? Or maybe you’re looking for a small accent piece for your Valentine’s Day display? Try creating a mini canvas using the beautiful Echo Park Lucky In Love Collection Kit and Designer Dies.



Mini canvases are an inexpensive and versatile way to create. They make great gifts, are perfect small d├ęcor pieces, and are completely customizable—you can go as crazy as you’d like, or you can keep it clean and simple. Either way, it’s the perfect project to experiment on.


For this bitty gift I’m giving my hubby (shhh…don’t tell) I started by cutting some thin border strips from the patterned paper to act as an anchor for the project. I cut “v” shapes in the ends of one strip, allowing it to extend beyond the canvas for a fun effect. Then I die cut some hearts using the Designer Dies and added them to the background. I used the text patterned paper which is a similar color to the canvas to create some texture and interest in the background while still allowing the die cut letters to stand out.


Next, I die cut the “LOVE” letters each in a different patterned paper. I cut the L, V, and E with red paper, and the O with pink paper to make it stand out since it houses my tiny photo. I printed my photo in black and white 1” square in size, which fits perfectly behind the opening in the center of the letter O.

After adding my letters, I embellished the project with some jute twine, a mini clothespin, and a few tiny die cut confetti hearts. Then I placed the canvas on a mini easel, which you can purchase at your local craft store. I can’t wait to see my hubby’s face when he opens this--it’ll fit perfectly on his desk! 

For a full supply list, visit the original post on the Echo Park Paper blog HERE.

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