Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Floral Bird Reverse Canvas by Sandy Trefger

Hello everyone! Sandy here with a quick and easy step by step tutorial on how to create a reverse canvas piece to hang on your wall. You can create this with any regular blank canvas but rather than work on the front side, you work on the back side. 

So gather your supplies and let's get started!  Here's the list of supplies that I used:

  • 8 x 10 canvas
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Scribble Frame Leaves D12G * New Item Coming Soon
  • Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Birds on Key Wall Art D87D
  • Art Basics Heavy White Gesso
  • Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Lemon Sorbet, Spring Green, Aquamarine, Cosmic Brown, Indian Gold and Black Ash
  • Texturez Artie Choked Green Paint
  • Crackle Accents
  • Emboss It Dabber
  • Stampendous Gold Embossing Flakes
  • Wow! Peppermint Tea Embossing Powder
  • Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz Wildflower Paper
  • Jute Twine
  • Prima metal ring findings
  • 49 and Market Vintage Shade flowers "Ecru Bouquet" and "Blue"
  • Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Step 1:  Paint the back inside and the outer frame of the canvas with white Gesso.  Also paint the chipboard pieces.  Allow to dry completely.

Step 2: Rub Indian Gold Nuvo Embellishment Mousse onto the key.

Step 3:  Rub Cosmic Brown embellishment mousse on to the tails and bellies of the birds.

Step 4:  Also rub Cosmic Brown on to the vines of the Scribble Frame.

Step 5:  Rub Black Ash embellishment mousse on to the head and backs of the birds.  Tip: Use a damp baby wipe to help rub the mousse on and to remove any dark spots.

Step 6:  Rub Spring Green embellishment mousse on to the leaves of the Scribble frame.

Step 7:  Use a baby wipe to rub different shades of the Spring Green & Lemon Sorbet embellishment mousse on to the canvas to create the background.  Also rub some of the mousse on to the wood part of the canvas frame.

Step 8:  Also rub on some Aquamarine embellishment mousse to the canvas background and the wood frame.

Step 9:  Lightly brush paint the leaves with Texturez "Artie Choked" texture paint.  Dab some of the texture paint on to the canvas with a baby wipe.

Step 10:  Select and cut out a section of patterned paper, tatter the edges, ink if desired and fold crimp the edges a bit.  Glue down into the center of the canvas.  Add a good coat of Crackle Accents and attach the Scribble frame down over the patterned image and add Crackle Accent to the leaves and vines.

Step 11:  Measure and cut four strips of paper to cover the frame part of the canvas.  Miter cut the corners, glue to the frame and coat with Crackle Accents.  Allow to dry completely.

Step 12:  While the frame piece is drying, work on your birds and key.  Use an Embossing Dabber to add embossing ink and heat set gold embossing flakes on the key.

Step 13:  Again use the embossing dabber and emboss blue/green embossing powder ( I used Wow! Peppermint Tree) on to the bird heads and backs.

Step 14:  Use Beacon 3-in-1 glue to attach the birds and key to the bottom of the frame as shown.

Step 15:  Wrap jute twine around the bottom of the canvas and tie into a bow.

Step 16:  Glue an arrangement of flowers into the canvas piece and on to the lower left corner of the frame.  Also glue one flower to the top right corner. (Not shown)

Step 17:  Strategically add embossing ink and some of the gold embossing flakes to the birds, leaves and canvas background.  You may also add some on to the flowers.  Set with a heat gun.

Step 18:  Glue Prima metal findings to the top edge of the frame with Beacon 3-in-1 glue. Allow to dry completely.

Step 19:  Tie a length of the twine to the metal findings to create a hanger for your canvas.

It's finished and ready to hang or your wall or to give to someone special.

Thank you for following along with my Reverse Canvas tutorial for Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts.  You'll find lots of great chipboard pieces and sets to use on a Reverse Canvas for any occasion.  Just click on the store link above to browse around.

I'll be back on August 2nd with another fabulous project using Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts chippies. In fact, it's already on my work table!  Please check out my blog/website for more of my craft projects at:

Happy Crafting!


  1. this is a great project! Will be a lovely wall hanging!

    1. Thank you Valerie! It's not very big but it is a great wall hanging! It's in my entry way on the wall right now. :)