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Canvas Journal

Day 4 of May Arts / Stampendous Blog Week!

Canvas Journal


As soon as I saw this huge Hydrangea Stamp from Stampendous I just knew that it had to go on a piece of canvas.  I chose to make a journal.  This would make a great gift for anyone, go ahead and give it a try.




  • A piece of canvas
  • Tea or coffee
  • SK05 1/8” silk ribbon in purple
  • XV16 5/8” faux suede in green
  • Heavy thread
  • Bead
  • Fabric paint
  • Card Stock



I took my piece of canvas and soaked it over night in some tea to make it a little bit aged.  I then let it dry.  I wanted it a little bit wrinkled but you could iron it out if you wanted to.

After my piece of canvas was dry I stamped my image.  I used some black acrylic paint of the outline.  I had some faint parts so I just filled it in with a sharpie to make it a bit bolder.  I used some fabric paint by Jacquard.  This fabric paint, Lumiere, has a nice sparkle to it. I watered it down and then just painted in the flowers and stem.  Let it dry.  You have to heat set the fabric paint by ironing on both sides for about 30 seconds, and then you are good to go.  After the canvas is dry you can add the heat set stones, I added these to the center of some of the flowers to give it some dimension.  I sewed a coordinating fabric to the inside front (almost like a pocket), this is where I sewed in my purple silk ribbon with a nice big bead on the end.  This ribbon will hold our journal closed when not in use.



At this time I determined where my paper would go and sewed my ribbons on.  I did a double width of the green Faux Suede then sewed the Crochet Lace on top of that.  I folded my cardstock in half in three sets of 15 sheets each.  I poked holes in my paper with an Awl and thru the canvas in between the 2 pieces of green ribbon.  I did a basic bookbinding stitch to insert the paper.  To cover up my stitches I ran the 1/8” purple velvet thru the crochet lace.



I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial and would love to see what you create.


Blog Post By: Jenifer Cowles


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  1. Maria Matter

    fabulous tut, gorgeous project!
    love the Hydrangea Stamp!!

  2. Linda Slattery

    Another great project and tutorial. What is it about hydrangeas and Grandmas? Is it a requirement or something that they must grow them?

  3. Pam Hornschu

    Just beautiful. Love the color on those hydrangea and your ribbons and trim set if off beautifully. Thanks for the tutorial.

  4. ellen s

    this is such a cool project!

  5. amy

    I love the Journal… it is as beautiful as the one you made me… Love it… keep up the great work…

  6. Kathy P

    Absolutely gorgeous, and thank you for the detailed tutorial! That stamp is fabulous!

  7. Melinda Wilson

    Wonderful job! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sue D

    Very pretty journal–I like how you painted it.

  9. Jennifer H.

    This is just stunning! Hydranga’s are my favorite flowers! And do I see a dragonfly stamp in there too? Yep, love those too. TFS!!!

  10. Kelly Sas

    Another great project using that gorgeous hydrangea stamp… and amazing lace ribbon!

  11. sue w.

    Like your canvas journal.
    stamping sue

  12. DeniseB

    Pretty journal! I love that big hydrangea stamp!

  13. Charlene

    Love that hydrangea and your unique journal.

  14. Kristie Maynard

    What a fabulous project! Love it. Beautiful image.

  15. MARIA

    great idea

  16. Brenda B

    That is so beautiful and I adore hydrangeas, they remind my of my Gran’s garden when I was growing up.


  17. Leanne

    It’s simply beautiful. Love the glittery rhinestones.

  18. Stacie

    Looks like I need to go shopping! I love this idea!! Thanks!

  19. Holly Tolman

    I love the idea of this, it’s very versatile and yet simple enough to teach to my daughter.

  20. Christine America Real

    This is just beautiful. So lovely!

  21. Jean

    Beautiful journal! I love hydrangeas so thanks for sharing!


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