After my flower canvas, a reader named Sami asked about doing it with a snowflake... which inspired this project.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
-3 7.5x7.5 inch scrapbook pages of your choice (don't pick thick ones, you'll regret it later!)
-3 canvases (bought in a pack of 4 from Michael's for $5.99, I had a 40% off coupon, originally $9.99)
-Acrylic paint of your choice (I used grey by Artist's Loft from Michael's, $3.99)
-2 Foam brushes and 2 disposable bowls
-Matte Mod Podge
-Spray adhesive, I used hot glue but I think spray adhesive would've been MUCH better
-Several pieces of scrap paper
1) Paint all of your canvases with your foam brush. (I originally was going to do 4 canvases so I painted all of them). I would suggest making long strokes in the same direction when painting. Let dry.
2) While your first coat is drying, go here for your snowflake tutorial. (This is a really cool site I stumbled upon while searching how to make 'the best paper snowflake'. There are other snowflake designs if you're not a big fan of the one I chose). Read through the instructions and test with your scrap paper, remember, 7.5x7.5 inch paper is what I used for my final snowflakes. Keep these test snowflakes.
3) There was one step that seemed a little tricky to me, in case it got you too...
This is where you cut your design:
4) After practicing a few times, find the practice one you like the best and fold it back up. It's time to move on to the scrap book paper, fold the paper with the design on the inside. Once it's all folded, trace your favorite test snowflake onto your scrapbook paper. Repeat with other snowflakes.
You will see I added one small "V" at the tip of the snowflake, this creates the hole in the middle of the snowflake.
If your scrapbook paper is too thick, like mine was, cut the design one side at a time. (Cut the one side, then fold it back and trace that to cut the other side).
5) After cutting your snowflakes, open them all up. To decrease the creases, I ironed them. Lay one snowflake face down, place your cloth on top and iron back and forth (with steam) a few times. Check it to make sure it's ok and repeat 1 or 2 more times. Let it cool for about 10 seconds before removing the cloth so that the edges don't curl. Repeat with other snowflakes.
See the difference?
6) If your canvases are dry, they will need a second coat of paint. Do not paint the second coat until the paint is dry or it will ruin it. Move to step 7 once the paint dries.
7) Now, this is the part where I used hot glue. I really feel that the snowflakes could've had a more polished, smoother finish if I would've used spray adhesive instead. Either way, lay your snowflakes out and glue them to your canvas. Try to get the edges down, this will help you with the Mod Podge. Also, wrap the snowflakes over the edges, it looks really neat in the end and since the canvases stand off the wall quite a bit, it'll have a design from the side as well.
8) Put your Mod Podge into your mixing bowl and brush over your entire canvas in the same direction as you did your paint brush strokes. You will see I did not paint all in the same direction, do as I say not as I do! :)
9) You may or may not need a second coat, I didn't but I have in the past.
Start the journey with me now, as I will be making new ones for each season!