Good Morning Sunshine – Vintage Summer Basics

Posted by Nancy Hanttula

20 September, 2013 - , ,

1 Good Morning Sunshine Hello Maja Design fans and friends!  Nancy Hanttula here, and I am back again to share a mixed media 12 x 12 canvas project I created with the gorgeous Vintage Summer Basics. Using a basic 12 x 12 canvas, I painted the base layer with Folk Art acrylic paint with Calypso Sky (a total fave of mine.) DSC00082 I then chose the papesr I would use for the background:  Vintage Summer Basics:  “1945” – “1934” – and ” 1944″ … DSC00078 After deciding on the basic background configuration, I decoupaged the papers down to the canvas….and then added a bit more of the acrylic paint to create a “seamless” background. DSC00085 Then, using my McGill’s starburst punch, I punched several “starbursts” from the Vintage Summer Basic paper collection…”1943″ … to use on the background at a later time.



But, before adding the “starbursts” to my background, I wanted to add some depth and texture using some of my textural stamps.


Above is an example of some of the background stamps I like to use to create depth and texture….they include using the bottoms of shoes…:)  My baby sister and I like to go to thrift shops, only we like to look at the bottom of the shoes.  Then when we find a pair with an interesting sole design…we can split the cost…each leaving with one of the shoes to use as a stamp!

After stamping the background of the canvas, it was time to create the sun.

First, I used my Martha Stewart circle punch “Layered Flower” to create my basic sun shape out of the Vintage Summer Basic paper ” 1912″.


I, then, cut out some basic 3 inch paper strips, inked & stamped them, to create some of my sun’s rays.


Before attaching my “rays,” I sketched a face onto my sun.


After I achieved the basic look I was striving for, I then drew over the design with my permanent Faber Castell India ink pens.


After constructing my sun…I added some texture by incorporating some “Puff Paint” by Polymark…I used yellow, orange, and black.


Once the sun and sun’s rays were completed, I added the starbursts to the background.


I finished off the piece with my title.  I hand-drew, and then cut out the title, topping it off with some Polymark dimensional paint.


And last but not least, I created my “clouds” using white acrylic paint onto bubble wrap, corrugated cardboard, and shelf liner.


Thanks for looking!  I hope something here has inspired you to create something AMAZING today!

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  • Jennifer Snyder says:

    I am just speechless – l0ve the tutorial as well

  • As always, I’m so impressed with your mixed media design Nancy, and your tutorial is informative and easy to understand, thanks for sharing your talent with us! xo

  • Connie C. says:

    What a beautiful project. Love the idea of stamping with shoe soles…genius! Thanks so much for sharing.
    — Connie C.

  • Holly M. says:

    A joyful, uplifting piece. The tutorial is also wonderful.

  • Janelle R says:

    I so totally love this. I just completed my take on your gorgeous piece. Thank you so much for the step by step – I learned alot making this!