Thursday, September 3, 2015

Once Upon A Time Canvas Layout

Hello everyone.  Barbara here, and I have a fanciful, mythical page to share today.  I love these dragon chippies from Gina's, and I still had this beautiful paper from Die Cuts With a View (DCWV) called Once Upon a Time.  Yep, I am a hoarder after all. And a good thing, too, since this was a perfect match for my page today.

If you are a scrapbooker, I figure you could use this page layout with your pictures, just simply by moving some of the embellishments around.  If you are a mixed media artist, bookmaker, or general paper crafter, I thought this would be a nice layout for a canvas, book cover, or even a card, simply using the smaller shapes in the set, or doing a bit of rearranging.  No matter what I choose to make, I really enjoy playing with the different chipboard shapes and experimenting with different ways to embellish them.  So let me tell you what I did.

Lay out your chipboard and paper pieces that you plan to use.  Take a picture (optional) to use as a reference.

Adhere print paper to a 12x12 piece of mat board, distress edges and add brown ink to darken.  Make a very watery color combination using Twinkling H20s Mystic Blue and Douglas Fir, pick up with a watercolor brush and splatter over background .  Pick up those same two colors with a makeup sponge and apply to background through the stars stencil, as shown.

Begin embellishing your chipboard pieces.

Wrought iron border: Cover with black pigment ink and heat emboss with the Antiqued Iron embossing powder.  Adhere along top edge of page, as shown.

Once Upon a Time title:  Heat emboss with Versamark ink and Tarnished Gold embossing powder; edge with Branch Bark ink for depth.

Large standing dragon: Draw details in with pencil (Picture 1).  Mist lightly with water and begin embossing those lines with an embossing tool.  Color dragon as shown with Blue, Lime Green, Teal, Yellow, and Orange Inktense blocks (Picture 2), then go over those with similar colors of Twinkling H20s Mystic Blue, Golden Jade, Douglas Fir, Key Lime, Yellow Rose.  Add details back in by going over embossed lines with a black permanent marker.  Add Crackle Accents to body and Glossy Accents to wings (Picture 3). Adhere to page with foam dots.

Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 3

Medium and small flying dragons:  Paint one coat of Oyster, then one coat of Warm Gray Silks acrylic glaze.  Combine the Mystic Blue with the Garden Jade Silks Acrylic Glazes and brush over both dragons, letting the colors run, heat with heat tool  Add Waterfall glitter glue to both.  Adhere to page with foam dots.

Flourish (flame): Color with Red and Orange Inktense blocks, then paint over that with Yellow Rose Twinkling H20.  Heat emboss with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  Adhere to page with glue, as shown.

Supplies used:

Gina's Designs Lasercuts:

Wrought Iron Set

Words & Phrases 2

Dragons Shape Set

Flourishes 2

12x12 Once Upon a Time Collection - Camelot (DCWV)

12x12 mat board (or chipboard)

ColourArte Twinkling H20s: Mystic Blue, Garden Jade, Douglas Fir, Key Lime, Yellow Rose

ColourArte Silks Acrylic Glazes: Oyster, Warm Gray

Tim Holtz Stars stencil

Ink Pads: Black pigment ink (Colorbox); Branch Bark (Prima); Versamark (Tsukineko); Black pigment ink (Colorbox)

Embossing Powders: Rustique Antiqued Iron (Judi-Kins); Tarnished Gold (Ranger); Detail clear

Stickles Waterfall glitter glue (Ranger)

I sure hope you have enjoyed my project today and that I have given you some good ideas and inspiration.  Stop by Gina's Designs Lasercuts to see all of the various laser cut chipboard available.  You never know what will strike your fancy!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, crafty weekend!



  1. Oh, I'm with you - I love the mythical beings - "there be dragons here . . . ." I love your piece - and the chippies are wonderful - gorgeous creation. P.S. You are such an enabler - every time I see something you do with Gina's chippies - I NEED those chippies too! LOL!