Christmas is around the corner, yet I’m still decorating… please tell me I’m not the only one who is crazily crafting?!
If you are nodding your head in agreement you are in luck. Because I want to show you how to make a super cute.. yet super simple Custom Christmas Canvas!
- 8×10 white canvas (I bought the cheapest ones at AC Moore, they came 2 in a pack)
- a Silhouette Machine
- Red and Gold Vinyl
- Open your Silhouette Software, and type your favorite Christmas Greeting!
- Add some snowflakes and your name (or reindeer’s, or gingerbread, nativity scene.. do I need to keep going? You have TONS of options!)
- Play with the layout until you are happy with the results.
- Now head on over to the scissors icon (top right of the Silhouette screen). You want to highlight the images that you DON’T want to cut and click NO CUT. (so in my case I deselected the gold) You will notice the red cut line will disappear from all things gold.. that’s good.
- Load your vinyl into the machine and get cutting! For vinyl I use a blade setting of 2, thickness of 9, and I slow the speed way down to a 3. For this specific cut I am sure the default is fine but now I do it out of habit.
- Weed the excess vinyl, and place the transfer tape over your words.
- Head back to the scissors icon, highlight the screen and click NO CUT. Now nothing should have the red lines. Now, select all of your snowflakes and gold letters, and choose CUT . If you are doing an all over print and your placement has flexibility I would recommend that you move the snowflakes closer together so that you eliminate your vinyl waste. (I hate wasting vinyl don’t you?!)
- Now, load your gold vinyl and cut.
- Add the transfer tape to your gold words. (P.S. I always use transfer tape when I use any type of lettering.)
- Once you have everything you need it’s time to get laying that vinyl!! I have made numerous canvases without a problem HOWEVER some of my Silhouette buddies have hit roadblocks. So I want you to take a deep breath.. patience is a necessity for this part.
- Lay your words where you want them, and run your scraper over the back a few times. (especially working those corners) When you peel the transfer paper up it is super important to move SLOWLY. If it starts lifting grab your hook and try (gently) pulling the letter from the transfer paper as you are pushing down. If you are still having problems see below I’ve given you a few ideas.
- Repeat what you just did with your gold words. Since this is smaller it shouldn’t take you as long.. key word being should so still move slow.
- Once your letters are adhered to the canvas comes the easy part! Grab your snowflakes and start laying them. I pick them up with my hook tool (or in my house it would be known as a dental pick) and then I just scattered them across the canvas. Make sure you give them a good gentle push once you place them.
- That’s it you are done! Go hang it up and admire your work!
* If your vinyl/canvas combo is really giving you a hard time you may need to play with it some. Since I’ve never had the issue I am assuming it’s a I think it may be a vinyl brand/canvas brand combination kind of thing. So I would recommend you try doing one of t!e following. 1) paint your canvas and try again OR 2) try laying some modge podge and then adhering the vinyl.. I bet if you applied glittered modge podge it would be AWESOME!