Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Now sit right back and listen to my tale of woe!
I usually like working with vinyl, but this project was a real challenge! I wanted to do something with a chalkboard feel. THIS was my inspiration. Beautiful, right? I went to Michaels hoping to find a piece of black slate to use. Usually they have items like that, but I guess the Christmas decorations are taking up that space. I didn't want to take the time to paint a piece of wood, so I bought one of their black canvases--12 x 12. Then it turned out I didn't have any white vinyl at home. Every OTHER color, but no white! Back out again. Bought some Cricut brand white vinyl. I used the digital file Teresa Collins Christmas Collage and kiss cut it out of the white vinyl at 10 ". But I couldn't get it to weed! When the excess came up, the letters did too! Arrgghh! So I decided to use some of my Oracal red, which is much heavier than the Cricut brand. This would mean scrapping the chalkboard idea. Oh, well! This time I was able to weed it. Whew, thank goodness right? I placed the transfer tape over my design and burnished. All ready to transfer it to the canvas. I knew it would be a little tougher than a hard surface, but I wasn't really worried. Well, those letters would not stick to the canvas well enough to come off the transfer tape. I was really feeling NOT in the Christmas spirit at this point LOL! It took over an hour but I finally got the letters on the canvas. I hot glued some Christmas sprigs from Michaels in the top corner. Here it is:
It looks ok, but not as good as I was hoping. Things don't always turn out like we planned right? So my tip for today for all of you is--learn from my mistakes! Don't try to put vinyl lettering on canvas! all the time I "saved" by not painting a piece of wood was wasted in the transfer step.
Have you ever had to learn something crafty the hard way? Tell me about it in the comments!
Have a wonderful day!