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Monday, October 31, 2011

Wedding Vows

I saw this on Etsy, and immediately fell in love. Of course I didn't want to spend the $100+ to purchase it, so I was determined to find my own way of doing it. I came across this tutorial, tweaked it a little, and this is how it turned out.



For anyone who is planning to do this, I must warn you it is a  L O N G  process that requires a lot of patience. 

In order to make this, you will need:
canvas (12"x24")
contact paper
x-acto knife
spray paint
iron

First, you will need to create a design of how you want the words to be laid out and what fonts you would like. I did this on Photoshop to make sure the sizes would be correct when I printed it. Once you have printed your design, the fun begins! You will need to trace all words onto contact paper, and cut them out using an x-acto knife(some fonts I found easier to cut with scissors).


Next, lay out the letters as you would like them on your canvas. Then, peel the backing off the contact paper and stick them to the canvas. The contact paper may not stick perfectly onto the canvas, so I ironed the letters to prevent paint from getting underneath. I placed a paper towel between the canvas and iron so it didn't leave any marks.


Once you are certain none of your letters are pealing off the canvas, you are ready to paint. Continue spraying until you have the desired color. You may need to spray multiple times before you are satisfied. Then let dry.


When your paint is dry, peel the contact paper off to reveal your final product!


Variations:
- If you have a cricut, this project will be much easier. Choose fonts from there to avoid tracing and cutting.
- If you would like the letters a color other than white, paint the canvas the color of your letters first, then follow the steps above.
- Use any words or quotes you would like to make this project your own


Happy Crafting!