You guys, I have had this project on the brain for months. I’m not even kidding! I’m lazy and now I’m kicking myself because it took all of an hour to make (and 30 minutes of that was spent picking the dang font!), and I could have been loving it this whole time.
My husband and I are child-free by choice. I know that a lot of people don’t understand this, or think that we are evil for not procreating – but we have our reasons, and that’s all that matters. I’ve spent far too long caring about what other people think about my decisions, and we are perfectly happy with our choice. Besides, I have my pick of many, many kids to hang out with pretty much any time I want to! Bonus: I get to take them back to their parents when it’s bedtime.
Anyway, our children are our puppies. Well, not so much puppies, because they are 12 and 3, but puppy is just a nicer word than dog. Here is our family motto, because that’s really all we need. Well, that and money.
Xyron 510 (unless you are a glutton for punishment)
Cardstock (doesn’t matter what color)
Ruler (unless you’re a freak that can draw perfectly straight lines)
Yep, that’s it.
Cut your letters out of cardstock. I used my trusty Silhouette, but it can be done the old school way if necessary. I knew that my canvas was 16×20, and I knew that I wanted the letters to be big. My letters for this project were 4 inches tall – the Silhouette scaled the width for me since I entered the height. I didn’t do much math to figure it out, but I did do enough to know that I had room for each line on the canvas.
Once the letters were cut out, I ran them through the Xyron 510. Easy as pie. Except that I got a little too overzealous and smushed some together, but that’s okay. I also (for some reason) have two extra letters. Can you see what they are? ME. I have no idea why.
I drew 3 lines on the canvas using a pencil and my quilting ruler. I made it easy – just made them the height of the ruler. After you get your lines drawn, stick those letters on there! I wanted mine left justified, so it was easy to get them lined up (close enough, don’t go measuring it).
Once all the letters are on and you’re happy with it, make sure that no edges are sticking up. Push them back down! You don’t want tape to get underneath them. Confession: A little bit of paint snuck under some of my letters, but I am claiming that I like the “imperfection” of it. That means I’m not interesting in fixing it. Go with me, people. Once all of your letters are stuck down, get to painting!
Remember a few posts back when I said that I use foil as a paint tray? Yep, still do. Works like a charm. I mixed three colors together, because I wanted a more custom color than what I had. I wanted a muted purple, but my purples were all too bright or too dark, so I took care of that with some black and white mixed in.
Here are the paint colors if you’re really interested. I don’t have any ratios to give you – I just mixed until I liked the color.
See why I told you to make sure all the edges were stuck down? Paint over the whole thing. I didn’t want mine to look perfect (seriously), so I didn’t concentrate on making sure all of the color was even throughout the canvas. I did two coats and walked away (don’t forget to paint the sides too). Don’t touch it until it is completely dry.
Once it is dry, gently take off the letters. I used an X-acto knife for this, but you could just as easily use a pencil or something that can get underneath them. They should peel right off! The one mistake I probably WILL fix is on the O of “DOGS”. I don’t know what the heck happened there, but that’s the only one that really bugs me! I’ll paint over it with a little bit of white.
* You could always use vinyl in your Silhouette or Cricut, but I am still too chicken to try vinyl. You could also use spray paint instead of craft paint.
* I just thought you should know that I originally pinned this idea ONE YEAR AGO. That’s how long I’ve been thinking about it. I checked, just for you guys.
That’s it, guys. I’m so happy with it, and it’s just perfect for our family!
Now, here are my boys:
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family, however different it may look!