HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Stretched Canvas Sign (I used an 8″ x 10″ size)
- Vinyl (you can use any type of adhesive vinyl)
- Glitter HTV (I used Red)
- Application Tool
- Transfer Tape
- Weeding Tool
- Electronic cutter (cricut explore, silhouette or other cutter)
- Cut File (available for free in my resource library)
HERE’S WHAT YOU DO
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE FREE SVG FILE
The first thing you’ll need to do is get the free SVG file you’ll use for this project. I keep all the SVG files I use for the projects I make in my SVG Library. These SVG files work with Cricut and Silhouette machines, as well as many others. This library is open to everyone and is free! You can access the library here.
STEP 2: PAINT SIGN WHITE
Begin by painting the canvas white. Sometimes, it’s hard to get vinyl to stick to canvas, so this will help the stencil to adhere better.
STEP 3: PREPARE VINYL DESIGN
Open the design in your software program. Make the size of the chevron background a little larger than your canvas. I sized mine about 10.25″. Then, size the reindeer and the words to fit (mine was about 8.15″ x 7″) and then mirror them.
Once everything is sized correctly, cut the designs with your Cricut or Silhouette. The chevron can be cut with regular adhesive vinyl. The rest of the design should be cut with glitter HTV.
Once everything is cut, weed the chevron pattern for the stencil.
Cut a piece of transfer tape a little bigger than the design. Place the vinyl on the transfer tape and smooth it down with an application tool.
STEP 4: APPLY VINYL TO THE CANVAS
Firmly rub over the design to help it stick to the transfer tape. Then, flip the design over and slowly pull off the vinyl backing.
Center the design on the canvas. Rub over the vinyl with your scraper. You’ll need to flip the canvas over and rub from the back, too.
Slowly pull off the transfer tape.
STEP 5: PAINT THE BACKGROUND
Now it’s time to paint! I was going for a rustic, worn-out look, so I painted on an uneven coat of gray paint. Then, I repeated with a little bit of black.
Once that dries, remove the vinyl stencil.
Finally, I dry brushed on some black paint to create small faint lines across the canvas.
STEP 6: APPLY GLITTER HTV.
Remove the excess vinyl from the glitter HTV. Remember the design should be mirrored, so it will look backward as you’re weeding.
Place the design on your canvas.
Iron according to the manufacturer’s directions. I turned my iron to the cotton setting (and no steam) and pressed each area for 10-15 seconds.
I used a folded towel and placed it underneath the canvas to add pressure while I ironed.
Then, remove the clear carrier sheet.
Seriously, that glitter HTV is gorgeous!
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Want to make your own? Get the free cut file for this project in the resource library