How to Create a Shabby Chic Background With Alcohol Inked Florals for a Scrapbook Layout on Canvas

How to Create a Shabby Chic Background With Alcohol Inked Florals for a Scrapbook Layout on Canvas

Hello everyone! Nenette here. I’m so honored to be featured on the Altenew Mixed Media blog today! Thank you Altenew for inviting me to be a part of this blog.

I’m so happy to be sharing with you some fun techniques using alcohol inks and mixed media to create a textured, shabby chic background for a scrapbook layout on canvas.

To me, scrapbook layouts are my love letters to my family. I always make sure that the 3 major components are present in all my layouts– title, photo and journaling. I wanted to elevate this scrapbook page so I created it on canvas.


STAMPS: Altenew Wallpaper Stamp, background stamps

DIES: Wallpaper die, Just Leaves die, Fine Alphabet die

MIXED MEDIA: Altenew Embossing paste, Obsidian Pigment Ink, Altenew Metallic shimmer ink spray Lagoon, Mod Podge glue, white gesso, Versamark Ink, Distress Crayons

ALCOHOL INKS: Altenew Lagoon and Caribbean Sky, Piñata gold

EMBOSSING POWDERS: Altenew Antique Gold and Pure White

STENCIL: Altenew Halftone Stencil

ADHESIVES: Tombow Multi Liquid glue, Glossy Accent dimensional medium, foam squares

PAPERS: Nara paper, Watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White CS, patterned paper and old book sheets

OTHERS: Canvas, spatula, water spray, 99% alcohol, chipboard sheets, brushes, heat tool, embossing heat tool, hair dryer, die cutting machine, puncher, anti-static tool, Misti


  1. Create a sketch of the layout-most often than not, I start with an idea in my head. Sketching it makes it visually clear as to what I want to do with the layout.

2. Add 99% alcohol and alcohol inks to Nara paper and create ripples using a hairdryer. Move the paper to mix the colors.

3. Stamp Wallpaper florals on the Nara paper ( choosing areas with nice contrast ) using Versamark Ink and emboss with pure white embossing powder. Make sure to use an anti-static tool before stamping. Do not direct the heat to the paper for a long time because it will melt the synthetic paper.

4. Stamp the leaves on watercolor paper using Versamark and emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder.

5. Die cut both flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies. Die cut leaves from patterned paper as well then stack the leaves on top of each other using adhesive to create dimension.

6. Cover the entire background with old book sheets and mod podge.

7. Die cut the letters for the title 4 times and adhere on top of each other. Add Versamark ink at the bottom area of the letters and emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder.

8. Add gesso with a dry brush to the entire canvas. This will prevent the color mediums from seeping into the canvas. Dry with a heat tool.

9. Add graphic images to the background using Obsidian black pigment ink for contrast and heat set to make it permanent and waterproof.

10. Use the Halftone stencil with embossing paste to create texture.

11. Write the journaling on a tag and insert into a folded pocket.

12. Glue the photo to the folded pocket.

13. Temporarily add photo and embellishments to the canvas based on the sketch. When you’re happy with the arrangement, glue the embellishments using a strong adhesive like glossy accent medium.

14. Adhere the leaves and add more gesso to tone down the colors.

15. Glue the flowers and leaves to the canvas. Adhere the photo and pocket to stacked chipboard for added dimension. Use foam squares for the leaves.

16. Scribble color onto the canvas using distress ink crayons. Add water and use your finger to spread the color. Dry with heat tool.

17. Spray the Lagoon metallic shimmer and add water. Allow colors to run down the canvas.

18. Glue the title using glossy accent dimensional medium.

I documented the entire process on a video. You can watch it below.

I hope you found some inspiration to create your own shabby chic background and to use alcohol inks to create embossed flowers. Make sure to leave a comment and let me know what other techniques you’d like to learn for future videos. Your comments mean so much to me! <3 I would love to see you on IG as well so please follow me @mylittleatticstudio. Thank you so much for dropping by, be safe, and keep on crafting!!!

I am based in the Philippines and blessed with a loving and supportive husband, 3 wonderful children and a fur baby named Monty. For fun, I often express myself creatively in activities such as event styling and  tablescaping. I find joy in making scrapbooking layouts, cards, and mixed media art. Adding layers and dimension to my pieces are things I enjoy doing and I particularly love using watercolor and alcohol inks as my coloring mediums. I believe that one’s attention to detail makes a big difference and can convert the ordinary into something truly beautiful.

AECP Family IG Hop: Crate a Card Inspired by a Favorite AECP Class

AECP Family IG Hop: Crate a Card Inspired by a Favorite AECP Class

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Altenew Educators’ Certificate Program IG hop! I decided to create a blog post for this as well so that I can share the process with all of you. We were asked to choose a favorite class that we draw inspiration from. I chose the Creative Coloring with Erum — Advanced Techniques workshop because I have been a huge fan of Erum’s coloring skills and I knew that it will be packed with tons of tips and techniques. I was not disappointed. Erum is immensely talented and is always so generous in sharing her creative process. Thank you so much, Erum!!! You can check out her blog here and her youtube channel here.

Here are the cards I made which were all inspired by her creations. Do let me know which one is your favorite on the comment section, ok?

The first card is based on her watercolor drip class.



  1. Stamp the floral image from the Wallpaper Art stamp set on watercolor paper using Versamark ink and emboss with Pure White Embossing powder. Do the same with the leaves.
  2. Watercolor the petals using Altenew watercolor brush markers- Persian blue, Midnight Violet, Ultramarine and Purple Wine using the wet on wet technique. For the leaves, color with Lagoon and Emerald.
  3. Add details using Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils.
  4. On a scrap of watercolor paper, do a wash of Lagoon and Emerald. After the inks have dried, die cut the leaves from Branches and Berries dies and the Just Leaves dies.
  5. For the background, wet half of the surface with water and add a light wash using the leftover inks on the palate.
  6. Add more concentrated ink drips by tilting the paper and allow the pool of water to drip down.
  7. When the panel has dried, add spatters of water. After 10 seconds, pat dry with a tissue to remove the ink.
  8. Add spatters of lagoon.
  9. Assemble the card using adhesive and foam squares.

This next card was inspired by the use of watercolor and stencils.



  1. Using the Mega Bloom stencil, add color using a blending brush and the Dew Drops crisp dye ink on watercolor paper.
  2. Using the wet on wet technique, mix the Lagoon and Mountain Mist watercolor brush markers and the Persian Blue to add shadows to the petals.
  3. Once the flower is dry, add splatters of purple and black.
  4. Emboss the sentiment on black cardstock using Versamark ink and Pure White Embossing powder.
  5. Cut the panel into 4 pieces and mount the 1st and 3rd panel with foam squares to add dimension to the card.

There were some bleeds at the edges of the petals. I think it’s because I did not heat set the dye ink before I painted the watercolor. 🙁 But I think the roughness of the edges added more character to the flower so I just went ahead and colored the rest of the petals. Cutting the painted card front into panels and adhering some panels using foam tape added more interest to the card.

The third card was inspired by Erum’s splatter watercolor class. Such a fun technique!!!



  1. Stamp the image from the Statement Flowers stamp set with Versamark in and embossing with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  2. Wet the surface of the petals with water and then add splatters of watercolor from Midnight Violet and Persian Blue brush markers.
  3. Allow the petals to dry and add more spatters.
  4. Spray the flowers with water and lift the colors for added texture.
  5. Color the leaves using the same technique with Emerald, Limeade and highlight with a little bit of Sea Breeze.
  6. Cut out a mask then trim out the leaves. Cover the flowers to protect them from the green spatters.
  7. Add green and blue splatters to the leaves.
  8. With the Jet Black ink, customize black and white stripes patterned paper.
  9. Add black and white splatters to the Real Grey card base.
  10. Emboss the sentiment using Obsidian Pigment ink and Crystal Clear embossing powder.
  11. Assemble the card using glue and foam squares.

I really enjoyed making this card. Just make sure to turn your panel when creating spatters for a variety of direction. Adding water droplets to lift some color added more texture to the petals. I loved this technique because it didn’t take a lot of time to create yet it seems to be complicated to make. I also didn’t have black and white striped paper so I just created my own using a black marker. The freehand lines made the card more organic looking.

This fourth card was inspired by Erum’s Playing with Texture class.



  1. Create a background using distress sprays, distress oxides and distress inks. Make sure to dry between sprays.
  2. Add water splatters and after 10 seconds, lift the colors using a paper napkin.
  3. With the Mega Blooms Stencil, create transparent flowers using the transparent texture paste. Allow it to dry.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from the Ornamental Bliss stamp set with Rose Gold crisp embossing powder. Add gold washi strips to emphasize the sentiment.
  5. Assemble the card.

This was a quick card to make. It only took longer because of the drying time of the transparent texture paste. I love the subtle texture the clear texture paste gives yet it allows the background design to show through.

I hope you liked the 4 cards I made based on Erum’s Creative coloring class. I highly recommend it. She also included tons of other project ideas that you can get inspiration from.

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