Keys to Inspiration – A Mixed Media Paper, Wood and Canvas Project

Whether it’s a journey cross-country to start new jobs, forging new relationships or just day-to-day stressors in your life, sometimes it’s nice to have a little inspiring reminder to keep some core values top-of-mind to help guide you through those situations and keep you focused.  This is what I love about Julianna Hudgins and her Positively Me Die Collection from Spellbinders.  You’ll always find her messages of empowerment hinting in her work – whether it’s her gorgeous jewelry designs or even Wall Decor / Mixed Media Projects like this one I made for our new home in Phoenix. To create this, I used one of my favorite sets of her dies – the Jewel Keys.  It’s so versatile – with a set of keys and five inspirational words that I’ll focus on with this project.  And as a bonus, I also created a FREE, coordinating set of papers that you can download and print on your own printer at home!

Inspirational Words DIY Home Decor Canvas Project - Julianna Hudgins

To begin, you’ll need to print your FREE Custom Coordinating Printable Scrapbook Papers I designed for this project, or to coordinate with any project you’d like to do with Julianna Hudgins’ Jewel Keys Die Shapes. When you download the zip file, you’ll find three FREE Printable PDF files for you to print on your favorite 8.5 x 11 Scrapbook, Office or Cardstock Paper of your choice for each of her five inspirational words.  There’s a file to use if you’re printing on cool colored paper (blues, purples, greens), a file to use if you’re printing on warm colored papers (reds, oranges, yellows) and a file to use if you’re looking for a cool, grunge look (tans or browns). You can always mix and match them to and see what you come up with.  You can pick colors similar to what I’ve used, but I designed the papers to give you the flexibility to choose your own colors, customize this project and make it your own!  There are so many options and you’re in a no-rules zone!  So, go crazy and have fun with these!

Printing the paper for the Mixed Media Canvas Project

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS SET OF FREE PAPERS THAT COORDINATE WITH JULIANNA HUDGINS JEWEL KEY DIE CUT SHAPES BY SPELLBINDERS.

For my project, I used each of the files at least once to show you the different looks you can achieve.  I also used two different shades of each color and printed the custom papers on each.  The darker shade is what i used for the strips on the canvas and I used the lighter shade to cut my letters so they’d really pop off of the canvas.

Once the papers were printed, I loaded the five darker shades in my Westcott Brand Rotary Paper Trimmer and cut them into different width strips to fill my 8 x 10 Value Canvas.

Cutting the Paper Strips for the Mixed Media Canvas Project

Then, I used the remaining five lighter shades of printed paper to cut and letterpress the corresponding inspirations words from the Julianna Hudgins Jewel Keys Die Set by Spellbinders.  I inked each one of the letters with a corresponding Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink.  Their applicators are really perfect for inking all the fine little details you’ll find in a Spellbinders die – and they come in a ba-jillion colors! Just ink the cutting surface and the ink will press into the paper as you run it through the Grand Calibur (or other compatible die cutting machine).  *TIP* Be sure to remove any ink from the other side as it may smudge into the “stencil” area of the die while cutting and embossing.

Inking the Die Word in Preparation of Letterpress

Once you’ve inked the die, run it through your die-cutting machine to cut and emboss each word.

Letterpressing and Embossing the First Letter into the Paper

Next, lay out your inspirational letters on the canvas to ensure you have enough cut.

Letterpressing the Mixed Media Jewel Key LettersOnce you have all the strips and inspirational words cut, you’re ready to start assembling the Mixed Media Canvas.  I started by giving my canvas a based coat of Americana Burnt Umber Acrylic Craft Paint by Deco Art.  Next, I coated each inspirational words with two coats of DuraClear Satin Varnish by Deco Art to give them a nice finish and sheen.

Prepping the Canvas with Americana Paints and Satin Varnish for the Paper

Next, I disassembled a Bamboo Placemat I picked up a Dollar Store recently to use some of the pieces to act as separators for each section of the Mixed Media Canvas.  I stained each piece using a brown Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink and the sealed them with more of the DuraClear Satin Varnish by Deco Art.

Prepping the Wood Pieces for the Mixed Media Canvas Project

Next, once all the paint and varnish was dry, I began decoupaging all the paper strips directly to the canvas by applying ample amounts of Deco Art’s Decoupage Medium to both the front and back of each strip of paper.  *TIP* Be conscious of your brush strokes when decoupaging because they may be slightly visible.

Decoupaging the Paper onto the Canvas

When the Decoupage Medium was dry, I used an Emery Board to smooth and rough-up the edges of the canvas to give it a nice, well worn look.  Then, I used a brown Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink to add a layer of grunge to my mixed-media project, and then sanded the edges lightly again.  This gives a layered distressed look that I really love.

Sanding and Distressing the Edges of the Mixed Media Canvas

Next, I adhered all of my inspirational words to the canvas by cutting small pieces of Foam Mounting Tape using Westcott Titanium Non-Stick Scissors (PERFECT for cutting sticky items like foam mounting tape!). I placed the pieces on the backs of the letters and adhered them to the canvas to give some dimension.

Sticking the Words to the Canvas using Foam Mounting Tape

Finally, using a line of Aileene’s Original Tacky Glue, I affixed my wooden strips to the front of the canvas.  And viola!  You have a really, cool, completely customized, inspirational canvas for your home!

Gluing the Wood to the Mixed Media Canvas

Here’s a List of Products I used for this Project:

Julianna Hudgins Jewel Keys Die Set by Spellbinders
FREE Custom Jewel Key Coordinating Paper Designed by Vertigo Graphic (Click to Download)

10 Sheets of Paper of your Choice
Westcott Brand Rotary Paper Trimmer
8 x 10 Value Canvas
Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalking Ink
Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die Cutting Machine
Americana Burnt Umber Acrylic Craft Paint by Deco Art
DuraClear Satin Varnish by Deco Art
Bamboo Placemat
Deco Art’s Decoupage Medium
Emery Board
Foam Mounting Tape
Westcott Titanium Non-Stick Scissors

I hope you enjoyed this project today!  Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!  And be sure to visit our Facebook Page and post a picture of any project you make using these FREE Custom Jewel Key Coordinating Paper Designed by Vertigo Graphic.  We’d love to see what you come up with!

Make Heads Turn…Every Day!
Jeremy


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28 Responses to Keys to Inspiration – A Mixed Media Paper, Wood and Canvas Project

  1. MargieH says:

    J-man, had to pop in here and say YOU ROCK THIS PROJECT & PAPERS!!!! LOVE your unique style of creativity esp. with Jewel’s stuff <3 Thanks for always inspiring!! xo

  2. I am always blown away by your creativity! This project is awesome. I love how the embossing just made the words pop off the canvas. And of course I will be sharing this project over at The Craft Mom this afternoon!

  3. Fabulous project! Thanks so much for the paper files.

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