Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Fabulous Father's Day Photo Canvas

Collage Art

Daddy.  Papa.  Abba.  Pop.  Mr. Cool.
No matter what you call him, your father is always going to be the first man in your life.  The one who taught you how to ride a bicycle.  The one who always tells you how pretty you are.  The one you can count on.   My Dad celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year and we had a big family get-together.  It was a special day.  I am so proud to be his favorite daughter.  Since I have two brothers and no sisters, I can say that with certainty. 

Our two daughters must share the role of favorite daughter with my husband.   And because he is such a wonderful Dad, we've created a fun photo canvas for him for Father's Day.   

We gathered together a plethora whole lot of supplies including coordinating paper, paint, chipboard letters, brads, twine, ribbon, corrugated cardboard, rub-ons, and a whole lot more.  And of course, a few of our favorite photos of Mr. [Mc]Dreamy. 

Then we had a snack. Have you ever noticed how well crafts and chocolate chip cookies go together?

The first step is to paint the sides and edges of your canvasses.  We used 9" x 12" and 4" x 12" canvas panels. 

Then cut the paper 1/2" smaller than the canvas panels.  Adhere the paper to the canvas using Mod Podge.  Cover entire surfaces with another coat of MP.  Let dry. 

We wanted to create a banner to back the chipboard letters, and decided to cut it out of corrugated cardboard for a more rugged look.   I drew triangles on the back of the cardboard to use as a pattern.

Make banners out of corrugated cardboard
I really like the way this banner turned out.

We thought it would be fun to add a few adjectives for "d-a-d" and came up with these words:
Yeah, that about describes Mr. Wonderful.
We tied kraft tags to the letters with jute. 
Mixed Media art

Then we layed out, moved around, and re-positioned the photos and embellishments until we were blue in the face happy with the layout.  Before we changed our minds, we adhered everything in place.  To add some interest, we layered the photos onto coordinating paper, and adhered them with foam dots to pop them up a bit.

We found the greatest rub-on that reads, "Make Life an Adventure."  Perfect!  We adhered a mini canvas (5"x 3") to the large canvas, and added a strip of corrugated cardboard, buttons, a wooden heart, ribbon and a king's crown charm!

To tie the canvas panels together, we used small eye hooks.  I marked off 3" from either end, and twisted the eye hooks into the bottom side of the small [top] canvas and the top of the large [bottom] canvas. 

Then we looped twine and ribbon through the eye hooks, tying them tightly bringing the eye hooks close together.

 And here's a photo of the finished canvas.

Do you think he'll like it?  We hope so. 
Besides, how many ties does a Dad really need?

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  1. Beautiful work!! Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. We'll be highlighting this in a Father's Day round-up over at Someday Crafts tomorrow :)

  2. So cute! I am co-hosting the Pin Me party this week with Diana and I would like to invite you to link up at Party In Polka Dots. It is live right now! I am planning to feature the best Father's Day posts from the party in a special post on Friday all about dad!


  3. Your canvas is such a great idea and a beautiful keepsake! I featured you tonight at the Project Inspire{d} link party!

  4. I really like this project because it's unique and personal! I pinned it to my Father's Day board. Thanks for sharing it at the The Shady Porch! Hope to see ya again Wednesday…the Rock ‘N Share is a NO RULEs party now! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch

  5. Oh how cool!

    I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive - we're focusing on father's day this week, Alice x

  6. This is a really great idea! It's something made from the heart and can be displayed all year! My Scrapbook room is currently "in construction" but I may have to dig out some supplies for this great Father's Day project! Thanks so much for inspiring me:) Have a wonderful week!

  7. Wow, is a great idea. You are very creative, your work is wonderful. Kisses from Spain.

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  8. This is so cute! I know he will love it. Personalized gifts are my absolute favorite, and this definitely fits that category. Thanks so much for linking up at The CSI Project this week!

    ~Abby =)

  9. Love your creation and thanks so much for sharing : ) hugs...

  10. Great father's day project!! Thanks for playing along with The Twinery!

  11. Hi!
    What a great project for Father's Day, or Christmas. I love stuff like this that's creative and different and handmade :) Obviously you put a lot of thought into it - it really shows :)
    I'm stopping by today from Let's Hear it for the Boys link party.
    Have a great day!
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama

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