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A few weeks ago, I spotted this sign on Pinterest. Isn't it awesome? It just oozes awesomeness. It's based on a quote from Neil Patrick Harris's character on "How I Met Your Mother." I've only recently started watching the show. I don't know what took me so long to get on board with it. I'm loving it. And I'm loving this quote. It's a good reminder that we can choose our attitudes. There are days when I need that reminder. So I needed this sign. I set out to make one.
I figured I'd just cut the vinyl, stick it onto canvas, spray paint it, remove the vinyl, and be done with it. Easy peasy.
At least not for me. Two tries later, I'm at a bit of a loss. I'm hoping somebody somewhere out there in crafty blogland will give me a few tips.
First of all, it took forever to figure out how to get my Silhouette to cut the right size. I won't bore you with the details of how I figured it out. (Partly because I'm not exactly sure myself--there was a great deal of dumb luck involved.)
Anyway, I finally got the vinyl cut. I had to cut it in two sections, breaking up the quote to three lines each (does that make sense?). No biggie. Except I was too impatient when I transferred the vinyl to the canvas. Silly me thought I could just eyeball it and make it straight. Ummm, no. So the first three lines were a big crooked. I tried cutting the last three lines apart, and I got out my ruler, so those ended up being a little less crooked.
But the vinyl didn't want to stick to the canvas. I rubbed and I rubbed. I finally thought I had it good enough, and I set out to spray paint it. That's when all hell broke loose. The spray paint made the vinyl lift up off the canvas. It was a mess. Then I panicked and tried taking the letters off before the paint dried. That made me mess up some of the paint. After letting everything dry overnight, I did go back and try to touch up the letters with some white acrylic paint, but I don't have a very steady hand.
|This is attempt #1.|
|A close-up of attempt #1, after I tried to retouch it. Note the messed-up background paint.|
Well, if at first you don't succeed, try again, right? For my second attempt, I switched to a canvas board instead of a wrapped canvas. I figured that would give me more leverage to rub the vinyl onto the canvas. It seemed to be working. And even after I thought I had the vinyl stuck on as well as it could stick, I went back and rubbed it some more. Then I went to spray paint it, making sure to do really light coats. But the same thing happened. I wish I had thought to take a picture of how the vinyl curled up from the spray paint, but at that time I was just too frustrated to think of that.
|A close-up of #2. I haven't tried retouching it yet.|
So here's what I'm thinking:
- Maybe I should switch to the premium vinyl. I'm hesitant to do that because it is twice as expensive, but I believe it has stronger adhesive qualities.
- Or, maybe I need to paint the canvas white first. Maybe a coat of paint would give the vinyl something to stick to.
- Or maybe I need to switch to a piece of plywood instead of canvas. But I know I've seen projects using vinyl on canvas, haven't I?
- Or maybe all of the above.
Any thoughts on what I should try next? I really want to make this sign! It doesn't have to be perfect, just better than what I've gotten so far.
I'll keep you posted on how the next attempt goes. So I guess we can say this post is TO BE CONTINUED.....
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