Happy Birthday – A Decoupaged Layout with Watercolour Embellishments

Hello friends…Hope all are doing great. DT Vaishali on the blog today.

This is the first time I am sharing a layout and it is one with decoupage! I have made this 12 x 12 inch layout using decoupage technique and watercolour embellishments.  Hope you are excited  to see how a scrapbook layout can be decoupaged and can be a great  party decor piece as well!

Apart from decoupage, I have played around with some beautiful watercolour embellishments on a 8 x 8 inch burlap canvas. The embellishments are versatile and can be a part of any craft form. So, do use them in your creations to participate in this month Blog Challenge where you can make anything that goes with Little Birdie Watercolour Embellishments.

Let’s get started with the step wise procedure. Firstly I decoupaged a  beautiful damask print napkin on the burlap canvas with Little Birdie Deco Magic, decoupage glue. The decoupage glue from Itsy Bitsy’s home brand works great on burlap as well. This created a lovely background. I did not use any pattern paper on the burlap canvas, as I wanted the burlap texture to be seen. Loved the way the texture can be seen through the napkin.

I then decoupaged the napkin covering almost 3/4 part of the canvas. You can use any napkin of your choice, with an overall design.

Next, I have used the watercolour paper banners – a pack of 10 cm x 10 cm banners – 12 pieces that can be tied together with the jute yarn provided in the packet. It makes a great party decoration. However I chose to use some of them in the layout as photo mat. Decoupaged a napkin with a cute picture of girl on one of the banners.  You can adhere an original picture of birthday girl/ boy too, for a personalized one.

The watercolour embellishments have a wonderful mild texture that reflects through the napkin. Decoupaged the floral part of the napkin on another banner for continuity… as you can see in the picture above.

Gave both the banners a backing of  burlap sheet (available in different colours) and adhered them on the canvas with a double sided foam tape for depth.

I have kept the napkin still hanging as I had plans to continue it on the watercolour bricks that were to be placed alongside. Have a look.

Now was the time to colour the watercolour embellishments. I used the pack ‘Abloom’. The pack has some not so intricate flowers. This makes the task easy for someone like me who is colouring for the first time. But believe me, the process was so much fun and the the wonderful cold pressed paper used  for making these embellishments made the colours spread and merge with so much ease. The paper  has great absorption quality and it remains firm even after it is wet.

I have used different shades of Ranger Distress Ink for colouring. Dabbed some ink on the craft mat. Spritz water to activate it and coloured the embellishments with regular round paint brush of appropriate size.

I completely enjoyed the colouring process!The distress inks give an added natural look just like watercolours.

Added the coloured embellishments to the canvas and also adhered fabric tape  from my stash for extra interest.

Coloured the  bricks with distress inks as well. I just loved them…It’s interesting to play with them. The watercolour bricks are available in rectangular and triangular shapes as well. Do check them out.

Decoupaged a naughty monkey from the napkin on the upper bricks. The canvas was almost ready now and enhanced it with some finer details. Have a look.

Passed a coordinating twine through the banner holes, to make a bow.

Have given a base of natural sisal fiber to the watercolour embellishments and made beads with pearl drops.

The stepped decoupaged look on the bricks.

The final look of the canvas.

I have embellished with some Pearl Drops randomly over the canvas and added a stamped sentiment ‘Happy Birthday’.

Now was the time to give the canvas a backdrop and make it a part of the layout.  So, I mounted it on a thick 12 x 12 inch chipboard. Decoupaged a grey wood grain paper from the paper pack ‘Cottage Lace’ on the chipboard. Further created some layers with a pink polka dot paper (with distressed edges ) and green  burlap sheet. For firmness and ease of cutting, I used burlap sheet from the store that comes with a backing.

Covered the flower design in the wood grain paper with a smaller wood grain paper piece. The above  picture was taken before adding finer details to the burlap canvas.

Party decoration is incomplete without a banner. So added one to the layout. To make the banner, I have used three triangular watercolour pieces from the banner pack. Decoupaged them with small napkin pieces from my stash. Have done colour blending around the napkin, using distress inks for oneness.

Further added some stitched lines with permanent marker and did some stamping for interest.

Tied them up with the paper twine and adhered them to the layout with silicon glue.

Next, I sprinkled some glitter when the applied decor varnish was still wet. Also used Pearl Drops and self adhesive pearls as embellishments.

Here’s the final look of the 12 x 12 inch  layout.

You can mount it on a MDF piece and  hang it too. It makes a beautiful party decor piece. The burlap canvas from the store comes with a thickness. In case you plan to use the layout as an album cover then you can use a chipboard covered with burlap sheet instead of canvas. 

Hope you liked my decoupaged layout with the wonderful watercolour embellishments. Looking forward to your beautiful creations. Happy crafting.

Create, Express, Enjoy !!!

Vaishali Khandwala

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1 comment

  1. Out of the box creation as always Vaishali! Loved your decoupaged banners & your water coloured elements, they are amazing!

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