I am so excited to share this project with you. See, I have a new die cutting machine and I’ve been dying to create with it. So, how about a little DIY Valentine’s Day wall art?
I have to admit, this project was not easy. At least for me, since it was my first time using the Silhouette Cameo and their software. But, I managed. If you are familiar with the machine, I am sure you can get it done faster than me.
As I was working away, I made a huge mess. I always do. Crafter’s life. But nothing that my Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers can’t handle. They are available at Target, and I will show you how good they work after this project is done.
Let’s get crafty, shall we?
Here is a list of the material and tools you will need:
- 1 – 8×10 white canvas (you will need to adjust Silhouette files’ sizes if you change the canvas size)
- Silhouette CAMEO® die cutting machine
- Black (or any other dark color) vinyl – just make sure is darker than the surface you’re transferring it to.
- Transfer paper
- Hook and Scraper
- Mod Podge
- Acrylic paints (I used pink and gold)
- Paint brushes
- Heat embosser and embossing powder (optional)
1. Cutting The Vinyl
I sketched my original design in my graphic design software, and printed it. Then I replicated it on the Silhouette Studio® . The reason I did that was because there were three items I could not type on the Silhouette software, those were the words: I live, I know and I love.
I used my favorite font, Samantha, and in order to add the swashes to those particular words, I needed to save them as an image, to later add them to the Silhouette file. But you don’t need to do that. I got you covered! So here is the replicated file with the blank spaces for the words: I live, I know, and I love.
I loaded the machine with the black vinyl ( there was a little bit of a learning curve setting up the machine, I will tell ya!) and sent it to cut.
Take note: After the machine is done cutting, unload the roll of vinyl and cut off the excess so you don’t have any waste. Set it aside, for later!
I peeled off the negative… It wasn’t easy. The vinyl is really thin and my cut out letters small, but I tried to hold them in place as much as I could.
After all the weeding (that is, peeling off all the vinyl that I did not need), I ended up with this. The weight of the cell phone, holds the paper in place as it kept curling up.
2. Using the Transfer Paper
To start the process of transferring the letters to the canvas, I had to tape the curling paper to my desk… and this is when my desk starts to get messy and dirty.
With my paper in place, I cut a piece of transfer paper and placed it on top of the piece with the vinyl letters on, and started peeling the transfer paper slowly.
Here is where I used the scraper, in order to smooth out any bubbles and wrinkles on the surface.
The next step is to peel off the top layer of the transfer paper. Now all the letters have been transferred to it.
3. Transferring Letters to the Canvas
Take the transfer paper (with letters adhered to the back of it) and place it on top of the canvas. Use the scraper to smooth the entire paper on the canvas. The desk is getting messy. See the pieces of tape?
Start peeling off (there is a lot of peeling in this project, I know) the transfer paper and the letters should stay put on the canvas. Again, the scraper is a great help in this step to help you keep the letters in place. This step wasn’t easy either because the vinyl does not have a strong grip over the canvas. This tutorial from As You Wish Designs, helped me a lot.
Your canvas will now look like this (left). Look at it next to my print out (right).
4. Prepare the Canvas and Paint
With a small brush, I brushed on a very small amount of Mod Podge over the letters. This helps keep the letters in place and avoids the paint sipping through.
Now, for the fun part: paint! I picked a blushed pink for my background and metallic gold for the accent font. I am armed with my Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers to pick up my paint and glue mess.
Start painting. I did brushstrokes in all kind of directions, for a fun, modern look.
Once my canvas was completely covered in pink paint, I let it dry. My desk surface is high gloss Formica, so I am not afraid of stains as the surface is non-porous.
5. Using PixScan Technology
This step will blow your mind. Here is where I got to use the PixScan mat. Basically, you stick to the mat, any shape you want to cut out. In my case, I placed the words I live, I know, and I love.
The desk is looking dirtier. All those pieces of tape leave a sticky residue.
Then, you take a picture with your phone…
and upload it to the Silhouette Studio software… And the magic happens: like a scanner, the picture is uploaded to the software as shown below.
After this, the image is calibrated and you determine what do you want to cut. In my case, I wanted to cut all edges (around and inside the font). So, I placed another piece of black vinyl on the PixScan mat and cut the letters.
When using the PixScan mat, you must make sure not to cover the registration lines. I covered them at the first try and the machine didn’t cut.
For the final part of my wall art, I used the negative part of the vinyl cutting. I used it like a stencil and brushed the metallic gold paint on it.
With a pair of crafting tweezers, I placed back on the canvas the blackouts of each letter.
I peeled and applied each negative in the empty spaces left on the canvas. The vinyl sticks to everything. Everything!.
Of all things, painting is definitely the task I enjoy the most when I am crafting. Here, I could see that the gold paint wasn’t going to ‘pop’ as much as I hoped, so I went the extra mile and took an extra step. Because I am crazy.
I am crazy, and I pulled out my heat embossing tools and made a bigger mess.
If you never heard of heat embossing, basically, you spread a fine powder on your project (embossing powder) and with a heat gun, you apply heat to the powder and it will melt and rise to give the embossed look to your project.
The powder is really fine, and when it melts and dries, it stays embedded on the surface. Including, my desk’s surface. I wanted to test the Clorox® wipes micro-scrubbers, so I purposely embossed some powder on my desk.
Here is a close shot of the powder embedded on the canvas.
At this point, my desk desperately needed a quick clean-up. The scrubby texture of the wipes quickly cleaned the paint and embossing powder residue. What I like the most about cleaning my counter surface with these wipes, is that I am disinfecting (and killing all types of germs and bacteria), all in one step.
I and my son work here together. While he’s doing his homework (and always munching on a snack) and I am getting my work done, I feel comfortable that the surface is disinfected and that he can pick that cracker up and put it back on his mouth.
7. Peeling Letters Off the Canvas
The last step of the project is peeling the letters off the canvas – which is kind of fun, I must add-. I used the hook tool and peeled each piece of vinyl, one by one.
My project is done, and clean-up was a breeze. Clean desk, beautiful art, happy crafter.
I also cleaned my tools and the body of my DSLR camera (camera gets really dirty after each photo shoot) with the wipes. The spatula I use to peel the vinyl off the sticky mat can get quite dirty and the micro-scrubbers on the wipe, do the job for me.
The camera’s shutter button had some build up of glue form past projects, and I took advantage of the wipes and the results were great. Notice that I only cleaned parts of the camera body, do not clean your camera lenses with the wipes!
There was some pink paint on the camera’s strap too. Wiped and gone.
Here is one last shot of the finished wall art. Make sure to pin and share!
The words on this art were inspired by one of my favorite songs of all time: What’s Simple Is True, by Jewel.
If you are up to replicating this exact design, I am happy to supply the Silhouette files I used. You can download them here. Hope you enjoyed this long, but beautiful project!
Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions, leave me a comment below!