She’s Going Places by Cathy Frailey

Feb 23, 2019 | Free Projects, Step-by-step tutorial

Combine hard and soft textures to make this vintage beauty!

Ilove anything vintage or grungy and using out-of-the-ordinary items in my projects. This romantic piece uses a piece of slate as its base! If you’ve never used slate, it’s an interesting alternative to the usual canvas board or even wood. You can use your mixed media products on it, such as acrylics, sprays, pastes – even embossing!

Since I’m a Crew Member with Canvas Corp Brands, I naturally used some of their products for my piece. Canvas fringe, awesome printed canvas, lace, and damask Tissuestock provide the backdrop for my lovely lady. And I added a little fussy cut sentiment from their Enjoy Stash Paque to finish.


  • Canvas Corp Brands: Canvas Fringe, Damask Tissuestock, 7Gypsies Lace Trimmings, Architextures Mixed Media Pad, Printed Canvas, Architextures Stash Paque – Enjoy
  • Vintage lady picture
  • Piece of slate
  • Ranger Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Resin flourish, flower, jewel
  • Tulle, sisal, silk sari ribbon
  • Matte gel
  • Hot glue gun

Step-by-step instructions

1Cut down your picture to the size you want on your slate. I used a face from a now-retired piece of DCWV scrapbook paper. Distress the edges.

2Start laying out your tulle and layering your embellishments to make a veil and give the illusion your lady is wearing a fascinator; glue everything down.

3Now you want to create your layered background using the lace, Tissuestock, and canvas. I laid it out so I had room for my sentiment under the lady.

4Once you glue everything down, trim around the edges and distress all over. You can leave your edges a little rough or trim neatly.

5Glue down your picture and add a gem over her mouth. Then add your sentiment underneath.

6The final part is hot gluing the sari ribbon around to frame it!

Meet the author

Cathy Frailey

Cathy Frailey

Cathy is a mixed media artist, art journalist and watercolour enthusiast. Grungy, vintage, Steampunk is her main style but she loves experimenting. She’s currently a DT member for four cool teams and a challenge blog.


Love vintage projects? Check out our amazing Themed Collection at the Mixed Up Creative Academy, for ten detailed tutorials, all with a timeworn feel.


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