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Saturday homemade home decor item

Hello scrappy and crafty friends. Hope you are having a great weekend so far. This is Barbara and I want to share with you today how to make a decor canvas for your home. I will also teach you how to cut your own stencils with your cricut.

My tip for the day: when using stencils, be sure that you do not have very much paint on your sponge. Dab your sponge in the paint then dab it on clean paper to remove much of the paint before you paint through the stencil. I use really inexpensive make up sponges.

Here is the finished project:

My daughter and son in law went to Paris this last fall and I wanted to make them something to remind them of their trip.
  • Recipe
  • a regular canvas from the hobby store
  • acrylic paint
  • make up wedge sponges
  • a die cut if desired
  • stencils
Cricut machine to cut your own stencils if you wish or you can use ready made ones.

First I want to show you how to make your own stencils using your cricut and CCR.
Open CCR and select your shape. I chose a circle.

Next you want to size your shape. Be sure your height and width measurements are linked if you want to get a perfect circle

Next you want to copy your shape by using the tool bar at the top of your screen.

Then you want to paste your copied shape.

do this several times. Then you can use the cursor to highlight a row of shapes and copy and paste that.

And you end up with this:

Leave enough space between the stencil sections so you can cut the stencils apart if you wish. Be sure to leave enough space on the edges to have a sturdy edge for your stencil. You can add other shapes like this:

If you are using cardstock, which works just fine, you cut with normal cardstock cutting settings. However, if you have choosen to use Cricut Stencil Material, set your cutting settings like this:

and cut. 

If you choose to cut them apart and use Cricut Stencil Material I do the following. Cut each one out with regular sissors. I then remove the backing from the sticky side of the cricut stencil material and stick the stencils, sticky side down, on wax paper. This is what you end up with.

Now, on to the canvas. Paint the canvas background any way you desire, just be sure the whole background is covered with acrylic paint. Only use acrylic paint because you are going to be layering the paint and you do not want the colors to mix as they would with other paints or mists.

Then, after this layer is completely dry, which usually takes about 5-10 minutes, begin using your stencils and adding color.

add as much color as you desire. don't worry about adding to much or too bright because you are going to subdue the color in a later step. When you are adding color it is better to use stencils with small openings. Be sure to load your sponge with paint then tap it several times on a clean space of paper or your pallate to get most of the paint off your sponge. If you use too much paint, it will seep under the stencil and you will not get a clear image.

Next you are going to use stencils with larger openings and color over most of your canvas with a thin layer of white paint, or another really light color. And you will end up with something like this. The cool thing about this is everyone's will look completely different.

You can display the canvas as is or you can add some die cuts like I did here to complete the canvas.

so easy, right?? You can do this and the look is lovely. The other kind of paint you can use is interior wall paint if you want parts of the canvas to match your wall color. It will just take longer to dry.

Hope you have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by,
SBC Design Team


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