Els van de Burgt Studio Joset Designs

Mixed Media Canvas – Berry Basket

April 22, 2016

Hi and welcome, it’s Sandy Diller here to show you how I made this mixed media Berry Basket.  This reminds me of our trips to the Farmer’s Market during the summer months to pick out the freshest fruits and vegetables.


1.  Using the Banners Die Set cut 5 banner pieces, manila cardstock was used here.

2.  Using the Bunch of Flowers 4 Die Set cut 3 of the smallest flowers, white.

3.  Using the Strawberries Die Set cut strawberries and leaves.  The number will very depending on the size of your basket.  I cut 9 small berries, 9 large berries and 3 large leaves.

4.  Using Alphabet 1 Caps cut the word “FRESH” (not shown)

5.  Cut 1/2″ X 11″ manila strips, I used 20 for this basket.

6.  Cut template for basket using measurements shown above.

7.   Edge all basket parts with brown ink, Vintage Photo Distress Ink was used here.  For the handle piece, ink both sides as it will show when basket is completed.

8.  Using Through the Lens – Wood paper,  stain 2 pieces with a stain or spray.  (3 are shown but only 2 were used) Weathered Wood Distress stain was used here.

9.  Using another pattern of Through the Lens – Wood, cut 2 pieces to go at bottom in the opposite direction of the first pieces – then stain with same stain.

10.  Using ECD clear double sided adhesive, connect top pieces together.  The joint on the top portion will show so you will want to match them up.

11.  Add all stained pieces to an 8″ X 10″ canvas.  I covered the canvas with gesso and let dry before adding paper.  It is your choice weather to wrap paper around or match paper to canvas.  I     wrapped the sides, matched the top and bottom edges to the canvas and later added some acrylic paint to top and bottom edges.

12.  Edge all leaves and stems with a darker shade of green.  Stampin Up – Handsome Hunter was used here.  Bend leaves and stems gently to give dimension.

13.  Layer yellow and red portions of the berries, add stems.  Gently round berries using any rounded shape,  I used my glue pen.

14  Beginning with a scrap piece of paper with a straight edge – attach horizontal strips.  Then begin to weave vertical strips.

15.  Continue weaving until all strips are used.  Place template on weaving and draw around it,  then cut on lines.  There may be some loose ends, simply add a dot of glue where needed.  Glue weaving and template together making sure to glue edges down.

16.  Add top trim piece to basket.   Add 1/4″ trim piece to bottom of basket.  Round one end of handle piece and attach with a brad in the center of the basket.

17.  Gently round the basket to give dimension. By doing this – it will eliminate the need for glue on the edges when attached to the canvas.

 18.  Glue strawberries to inside edge of basket rim and to each other arranging stems in different directions.  Add 4 layers of  double sided foam adhesive in center as shown above.

19.  Using the foam adhesive, stick basket to canvas. Arrange additional berries, leaves and flowers to your satisfaction.  Trim and tuck basket handle behind berries using a dab of glue. Add lettering to banner and string with bakers twine.  Two Hitch Fasteners were used at each end of this banner but a thumb tack or brad could also be used.

20.  All berries were brushed lightly with Clear Wink of Stela.

21.  Add shading or shadowing all around edges of canvas, basket, berries, banners and where the two different woods meet .  It is a small thing that makes a big difference.  Distress Crayon (Vintage Photo) and a water brush were used here.

Supply List:


Bunch of Flowers 4


Through the Lens – Wood

Alphabet 1 Caps

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Other Supplies Used:

Manila, red, green and yellow cardstock

Wink of Stela

Hitch Fasteners

Painters Canvas

Large Brad

Distress Crayons & Inks & Stain

Stampin Up Ink

Double sided foam adhesive

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  • Reply Deb ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art April 26, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    That is fabulous Sandy, love your woven basket! Looks good enough to eat, what a wonderful project. Deb xo

  • Reply Polly Duda April 25, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Quite an elaborate basket and oh, so beautiful. You inspire me.

  • Reply Diane Lambert April 23, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Sandy, will you please explain #11 to me. I don’t understand about the canvas and gesso. Thank you.

    • Reply Sandy Diller April 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Diane

      I used a painters canvas which is simply a wooden frame covered with canvas. Sometimes it is either very porous or slick.

      Gesso is a primer (paint) for the canvas that seals it. By giving the canvas a coat of gesso – your glue and or paint will adhere better and you will use less. You can get it at your local craft store and it comes in different thicknesses. I always keep medium in my craft room.

      I hope this helps and if you have anymore questions you can email me at sandydiller@gmail.com.

  • Reply Kathleen Adams April 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Sandy, I love this basket of strawberries. A lot of work, but Oh did it pay off! I may just have to copy this one!

  • Reply Marjorie April 22, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I love this – the basket is adorable. And thanks so much for the tutorial and template. The through the lens wood is a great background.

  • Reply Debbie A Smith April 22, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Absolutely Love this especially since I sell Longaberger as well. Now I want the strawberry dies more than ever.

  • Reply Karen Aicken April 22, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Amazing project Sandy!

  • Reply Joleen April 22, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Awesome! Thanks for the tutorial, a must do!!

  • Reply Angela Styles April 22, 2016 at 8:52 am

    this is a lovely design-the basket is so effective. Thanks for the template and instructions-so useful!

  • Reply josetvdburgt April 22, 2016 at 8:16 am

    This is just adorable Sandy. What a great project!

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