Tuesday Tutorial: Canvas Quote

 

 

Up until recently I had only used canvases for the base of my bow boards.  But thanks to TONS of inspiration from Pinterest, a few months ago I wanted to try something a bit different with them.  While I love making tiles with quotes and verses on them, they aren’t the best for hanging on the wall.  At the craft shows I was doing before Christmas, this was a constant question I had…  how do you display them.  If you don’t have someplace to put a stand, then the tile just doesn’t work.

So I began thinking about other things that would work.  While wandering through the canvas aisle at Michael’s one day, it hit me.  Put the vinyl on canvas and then it can be painted any color as well!

I had my first opportunity to try this out for my sister-in-law.  Recently they were blessed to adopted 3 sweet children!  I had pinned a few adoption “creed” type saying on Pinterest and she also had one she loved.  So instead of cutting it to put directly on the wall, I designed it to go on a canvas.  Come see how easy and yet stunning these turned out!

 

Tutorial: Canvas Quote

Materials

-canvas, any size (I used 16×20)

- paint, 2 colors (one for the base which will end up the color of the letters, one for the top)

- vinyl lettering or alphabet stickers

- foam brush

 

Begin by painting the entire canvas in the base color (the coloring you want for the letters).  You might need to do a few coats.  I left it pretty streaked as I wanted that more aged look for the final project.

Paint the base color on the canvas

 

The next step is important (and of course I didn’t take a picture of this step in my excitement to get the canvas done):

Put the vinyl onto the canvas! 

Once the base coat(s) is dry, paint over the top with your main color.  Again I only did one coat as I LOVED the way the brown was coming through the pink, but you can do a few coats if you want.  You can’t see it but the vinyl lettering is there underneath all that pink.

Paint second color over the vinyl

See, I told you the vinyl was under there.  Here is a close up just so you can be sure!

Close up of the vinyl under the paint

Once the paint has dried, carefully peel the lettering up (yes, that’s right the vinyl will end up in the trash, but the finished product is totally worth it).

remove vinyl lettering

I love the imperfection in the canvas.  It makes the final project look a bit more weathered and tattered.  LOVE that.

close up of lettering

Here is how the final product turned out!  I love it, my sister-in-law loved it, and I can’t wait to make more!

finished canvas

 

Here is another one that I did for her little boy’s room.  He is the big brother and he needed a special canvas to remind him just how important that job is!

This is the canvas with the vinyl still on.  I used a very thin blue paint and I LOVE the way you can see the strokes of the brush!

 

Another canvas with vinyl

Here it is all finished with the cream paint underneath.  I WILL one day be making these for my boys (just not sure where I am going to put it yet!)

Finished canvas

 

What is a verse or a quote you would want on a canvas???

Simple Easter Canvas

 

Ever since making my Christmas canvas I have been so excited to make more.  Something so simple and yet it can make such an impact for holiday decor.  So one day at Michael’s I stocked up on a few different sizes of canvas.  I knew I wanted to make a few smaller canvases for the upcoming spring holidays.

Easter is an amazing time of year and I wanted a constant reminder for my family about the true reason for the holiday.  It isn’t bunnies and eggs.  Easter is the time of year when we can truly think and reflect on what Jesus Christ did for us over 2,000 years ago.  HE IS RISEN!  While He paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave His life for our sin, He also conquered death and rose from the grave!!!   Mom's Busy Crafting: Easter Canvas

 

Three simple words and yet they mean so much!  I LOVE how this turned out and it was only about 20 minutes of crafting.

Tuesday Tutorial: Christmas Canvas

OK, So this will NOT be the best tutorial ever!  I didn’t take very good step by step pictures along the way.  1) I just was really excited to get this done and 2) It was around 11pm in the evening when I STARTED working on this!

So here you go!  I’m going to give you the run down of what I did.

 

Christmas Canvas Tutorial

Materials:

- artist canvas – mine was a 22″ x 28″ canvas from JoAnn’s that I snagged for 60% off!

- black acrylic paint

- foam brush

- white indoor vinyl (I get ALL my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)

I started by painting my entire canvas with my black.

Wait for it to try and then paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge over the paint.  A pin on Pinterest said that this would help the vinyl to adhere to the canvas easier.  This was NOT the case for me.  It *might* have had something to do with the fact that I was dying to get this project finished and didn’t allow it to dry overnight!

While the paint was drying, I cut the vinyl on my Cricut.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and that was the inspiration for this project.  For the vinyl, I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge for the stable, the Opposites Attract cartridge for the ADORE, and then Lyrical Letters for all the other lettering.  I can’t remember which cartridge I found the star on.

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas materials

Since I didn’t wait for the Mod Podge to fully dry I had to fight with the vinyl a lot to make it get onto the canvas.  Almost wished I hadn’t put the layer of Mod Podge on.

Here is the final product, all lit up by my Christmas tree.  I am in LOVE with how it turned out!

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas

Mom's Busy Crafting - Christmas Canvas close up

Tuesday Tutorial: Magnetic Board with Vinyl

Before I was blessed to be a stay at home mama, I was a 6th grade teacher.  Let me just say that if Pinterest had been around when I was teaching, my classroom would have ROCKED!  Not that it wasn’t pretty darn cute or very organized (because it totally was) but there are just so many great ideas to steal emm, copy on there.

Well my dear friend (and practically family) Stacy asked me to help her get ready for the upcoming school year with some Pinterest inspired projects.  She got on Pinterest over the summer and started pinning away.  After texting me several times to ask for help on certain projects she finally just created an entire board called “Things Allison Can Help Me Make : )“.  LOVE IT!  I always feel so honored and special when people ask me to help them and I just love doing it.  So after several conversations via text message on what supplies to bring and what I already had on hand, our crafting day was set.

One of the classroom items Stacy wanted to make for her class was a Where Am I? board.  Using that same type of style we also made a magnetic board for her students to use as the take Accelerated Reader tests (online reading comprehension tests that are done once a book is completed).  Below are the finished projects.  Since I still don’t have a cable for my camera, I can’t show you the step by step pictures I took of the project. I know that you guys are really smart though so this tutorial is a breeze ;)

 

Magnetic Board Tutorial

Supplies:

  • cookie sheets (Dollar Store $1 for 2)
  • spray paint
  • Cricut or similar vinyl cutting machine
  • vinyl
Begin by spray painting the cookie sheets in the desired color.  After it has dried completely, apply the vinyl you cut to the cookie sheet where you want it.
Mom's Busy Crafting: Where Are You? Board
(note: originally the words were all going to be on the cookie sheet like bathroom in the picture above but after I put the vinyl on I realized it wasn’t going to fit that way.  So that is when I turned the other words.  I went back and took bathroom off, recut it and applied it so the words were all going the same direction.)

Mom's Busy Crafting: Teaching Tool

From there you can drill small holes in the top or corners of the cookie sheet to thread ribbon or wire through as a hanger or you can display your new magnetic board using a decorative plate stand.  There are SO many uses for these boards that go beyond the classroom:
  • Chore charts
  • Menu board
  • Calendar
  • and more…

To dress it up even more you can add ribbon to divide each section of your board or even put decorative scrapbook paper over the spray painted cookie sheet to make it even more adorable. Just use Mod Podge to stick the paper on and as a sealer over the top so your paper doesn’t get all scratched up.

What kind of magnetic board will you make???

 

Tutorial Tuesday: Cutting and Applying Vinyl

So last week I showed you how I made custom shirts with iron-on vinyl.  Vinyl seems to be one of those crafting products I have gotten lots of questions about.  So that is why this month I am featuring tutorials ALL about vinyl!

This week we turn to indoor vinyl which can be slapped on anything inside that is standing still long enough!  It is great for a quick and easy addition to any decor and can be put on walls, glass, wood, anything.  And an added bonus – its removable!  So it is perfect for children’s bedrooms since you might not want it up there for more than a couple years.

My first project with indoor vinyl was to cut a verse for the narrow wall above my kitchen cabinets.  I cut the vinyl and my wonderful husband put it up (he used a level and everything!) for me.  The constant reminder to continually offer PRAISE is necessary when the chaos gets to be too much around here.

kitchen verse

Here is another place in our home where wall vinyl hangs out.  This is right by our front door.

family verse

 Tutorial

Cutting and Applying Indoor Vinyl to the Wall

materials

Materials:

  • Cricut or Sillouette machine
  • cutting mat
  • indoor vinyl
  • transfer tape
  • Gypsy (optional but very helpful since you can SEE what you are designing)
Here is my design that I plan to put on the wall.  I saw this pin on Pinterest and knew it was just perfect for our laundry room .  After camping last weekend I KNOW this is a true statement!
If you don’t have a Circut but love the saying, you can download it from Tattered and Inked as a free printable if you want one of your very own! She even has it available in a few colors so you can pick one that is perfect for your home!

design

Put the blade depth on 3 and the pressure setting on medium.  You want to cut through the vinyl but not through the backing that it is on.  Blade depth - 3

pressure setting- medium

Vinyl after cutting

This might be very difficult to see but this is the vinyl after it is cut.  You can faintly see the lines where the machine created the design.

Now you begin what is called “weeding”, where you pull off the unwanted parts of the vinyl leaving only the design on the backing. Start in one corner and peel it back making sure that the vinyl doesn’t stick to what you have designed.  That could result in loosing some of your design since it is very difficult to peel them apart once they get stuck together.   Beginning the weeding process

weeding

Once you get the main vinyl weeded out, you will go back and pull all the vinyl you don’t want from the centers of the O’s or the E’s until just the design is left.

weeding inside design

design ready for transfer tape

Now that all the weeding is done, it’s time to apply the transfer tape. Think of vinyl as a really large sticker.  Right now it is sticking to the backing but that is the side you need to put on the wall for it to adhere.  Transfer tape will transfer the vinyl off the backing and onto the wall (or whatever you are applying it to) by sticking over the top of the vinyl.

This is my transfer tape.  You can buy it in sheets just like the vinyl (6×12, 12×12, or 12×24) or you can purchase a 100 yd. roll of it.  Since I knew I would be using it a LOT, I bought the roll.  I have had this about 2 years and there is still TONS left on the roll!  (side note: if you are careful with your transfer tape, you can reuse it for a few more applications.  Just move from project to project or stick it onto the empty backing from a design and save it for the next project!).

roll of transfer tape

transfer tape applied

rub design onto transfer tape

Using your finger or even an old gift card, rub the design so that it sticks to the transfer tape and pulls away easily from the backing.

Peeling back the backing

Slowly peel the backing paper off the transfer tape making sure the design is sticking to the transfer tape.  If it doesn’t, just lay the backing back down and rub over the design again until it sticks to the transfer tape.

Before applying the design to your wall, give it a quick wipe down to make sure all dust and dirt are off the surface.  This will make the vinyl adhere better (just give it some time to dry!).

position on wall

Now place the design on the wall where you want your design.  This is very forgiving so if you don’t like the look where it is or put it up crooked you can remove it and reapply it at this point.

Rub design onto wall

Rub the design firmly so that it transfers onto the wall. If your walls are textured like mine this might take a bit more work.

Peel off transfer tape

Slowly peel the transfer tape off the wall making sure the design stays on the wall.  In the picture above you can see the e didn’t get stuck all the way down.  I just rubbed on it to make it stick and then it was fine.  Many of my letters remained stuck to my transfer tape I I repeatedly had to lay the transfer tape back over those letters and apply pressure to them to get them to stick to the wall.  Just take your time and it will be fine!

Finished vinyl

So here is the finished project!  I am thinking I will maybe put some memorable “messy and dirty” pictures of my boys above and below the quote to make it even cuter! Plus I want to cut the boys initals to hang above their hooks (their dumping ground for bags and backpacks as we come in from the garage).

There you have it!  See it wasn’t too difficult at all!  Start to finish this only took me about 20 minutes.  I am hoping to redo the boys rooms here soon (minor redos, nothing huge) and I am searching for just the right things to cut in vinyl for decorations on their walls.  Check back for those posts in the future.

What are you going to make first with your indoor vinyl???

Tuesday Tutorial: Iron-on Vinyl

My obsession with iron-on vinyl started when I needed sibling shirts for my boys.  I searched all over and couldn’t find what I wanted.  So once I saw that my favorite vinyl supplier, Expressions Vinyl, was carrying iron-on vinyl  I decided to give it a try!  {NOTE: they call it T-shirt vinyl}To be honest, I was VERY nervous the first time I cut the iron-on vinyl, but the Expression Vinyl website has a great video tutorial that make it almost impossible to mess up.

Iron-On Vinyl Tutorial

Supplies needed:

  • iron-on vinyl {See all the colors and sizes available here}
  • Cricut machine or Silouette
  • a plain t-shirt
  • an iron
  • multi-use paper sheets – a must if you are layering your vinyl creations!

 

Start by washing your t-shirt if possible.  Don’t use fabric softener!  I don’t always do this step but when I am making shirts for my boys I do just to make sure the vinyl adheres well.  You can cut the vinyl while the shirts are washing so you are ready to put it on once they are dry.

To cut the vinyl, begin by designing what you want to make.  I have a Gypsy that I hook up to my Cricut and it makes designing ANYTHING on my Cricut SO much easier!!!

If I am layering my design I make sure that I put my shadow and the layer on separate “pages” in my design file.

Once your design is complete and you are ready to cut there is one VERY IMPORTANT step left!  YOU  NEED TO FLIP THE IMAGE SO IT IS BACKWARDS! The reason for this is you are going to cut the design from the back of the vinyl.  The iron-on vinyl comes already adhered to the “transfer tape” that you iron directly on.

See the button on the right where my stylus is (above)

If you don’t have a Gypsy, you push this button to reverse the image.

To put the iron-on vinyl on your mat be sure to place the shiny side DOWN onto the mat.  Remember you are cutting the design from the back of the vinyl.

See how you can see what was cut through the clear “transfer tape” once it is cut.

That is why you put that side down and flip the image.

 

Load the mat into the Cricut and start cutting. Make sure to change your cut settings on your Cricut before cutting.

Cut settings:

  • blade depth: 2 (The Expression Vinyl site says 3, but I always put mine on 2)
  • pressure: medium
  • speed: high
 Once the cutting is done, it is time to weed the unnecessary vinyl away from the design.  The iron-on vinyl is VERY easy to weed if it has been cut on the correct settings. Be sure to heat up your iron before you weed so it is ready once you have finished weeding.

Place your shirt on a hard surface (not an ironing board but maybe a table with a towel on it).  Heat up the area on the shirt where you are going to adhere the vinyl.  Place your cut vinyl where you want it (it will stick to the shirt since the “transfer tape” that it comes on it sticky.  Put your iron over part of the design and press down firmly for 15 seconds.

Move the iron to another part of the design and continue ironing your design 15 seconds at a time until you have ironed all the vinyl down.

Once it is cooled for a few seconds, pull up the clear sheet that the vinyl was on.  If any part of the design isn’t ironed on well, just put the clear sheet (or a multi-use paper sheet) back over the design and iron it again.

At this point, if you are layering your iron-on vinyl then place your layer where you want it and iron again like before {When layering designs you NEED the multi-use paper sheets so that your don’t accidentally iron directly on the previous vinyl.}

I “try” to line up the layers so that I can just place one right on the other, but that doesn’t always work out. If it doesn’t line up right that just means that I have to cut each individual letter  apart and place it where I need it.

There you have it!  Now you know how to make your very own t-shirts!  You don’t have to use iron on vinyl on shirts only!  I have put it on my boys baseball bags (so I know whose is whose).  The possibilities are endless: backpacks, lunchboxes, fabric bins, fabric banners, tote bags, aprons!

What are you going to make first with iron-on vinyl???

Home is…

About a year ago my sister in law married a young man that is a modern day hero.  He is a solider in the Army.  Now as a mom of 4 boys, when my older boys learned they were going to have an uncle in the Army (that got to shoot real guns!) they were over the moon.  I was more blessed to know that there are still amazing young men and women willing to sacrifice to serve their country.  Within a few weeks of Ashley and Stephen’s wedding, he was deployed to Iraq.  After a year long deployment he is finally back home.

My sister in law has really taken to being an Army wife and when I saw this sign on Pinterest, I just knew I had to make one for them as a thank you for their sacrifice to keep my family and our country safe.  So off to the local craft store I went to purchase the necessary materials.  I slapped some paint and some vinyl on there and this was the result…

Then I painted the plaques in alternating white and reds, slapped some vinyl on there and covered the entire thing with a layer of Mod Podge.

Then it was time get the power tools out! haha  I drilled some 1/16th inch holes an 1 1/2 from the edges of the plaques and put some   eye screws in.  The ones on top were opened into a hook so the plaques could be hung together.  Then with a couple staple gun shots and some twine – the sign was complete!

This could be adapted for so many things – vacations, places you have lived, important dates- the possibilities are endless!