Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Canvas Project

To all of your coming over from Pinterest:
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Who knew such a simple project could become so popular?  If you have any questions please ask!  You can also check the comments because many people have shared tips and tricks they discovered as they've tried this project.  Also, there's a misconception going around Pinterest that you can use glue for this project.  Several people have told me that glue does not work.  Just thought I'd let you know ahead of time!  Good luck and have fun!   

Other puffy paint posts:

Small Projects
For Katie
In this post I answer your puffy paint questions.


Now back to your regularly scheduled program...


A few weeks ago on Pinterest I found this lovely ditty.  I loved the look and simplicity, so I decided to make my own.

One thing you need to know about me is that I'm a font snob. So when I went to Michael's to get wooden letters, I was very disappointed with the one and only choice.  Yuck.  Plus, it would have cost me $16 just for the letters.  No thank you.  The puffy paint cost $7 and I didn't even use both.

I apparently got two different kinds of puffy paint.  I ended up using the Matte paint for this project.


I knew I wouldn't be able to get a lot of detail using puffy paint, so I chose a font that was simple but not average.  I printed it out in the size I wanted and then taped it onto the table so it wouldn't move.  Then I put the wax paper over top and got to work creating my letters.


I didn't want to paint right onto my canvas because puffy paint is famous for getting random air bubbles.  Also, tracing onto wax paper gave me the opportunity to redo any letters I did not like.  As you can see, I made many mistakes.


The next step was to peel the letters off of the wax paper and place them on my canvas.  In this picture I was just getting the layout right, nothing is glued down yet.  I used mod podge to secure them to the canvas since it gave me more control over how much glue was on the letters.  If I messed any letters up I could just peel them off and try again.



Once it was all done, I hung it up over the kitchen table.


I love how subtle it is.  The letters aren't all perfect, but I really do love how it turned out.  And in case you're wondering, the quote is a line from one of my favorite songs.  The song is True Love by Angels and Airwaves.  I'm guessing you're thinking this song is super lovey dovey, sweet, slow and romantic.  Guess again.






114 comments:

  1. i want to do this!! can you teach me next time we're together???? it's gorgeous!

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  2. Sent over by AGAAGG. This is brilliant! New craft on the long list...Thanks:)

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  3. From a kindred font-snob spirit: well done! It gives me an idea...maybe to make stamps with puffy paint...

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  4. Hi all! Thanks for stopping by to say hello! I really appreciate your sweet comments! Thanks so much!

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    1. hi, what a lovely idea. will it work with scrapbook?

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  5. Wow that is awesome!! I love finding DIY projects! Thank you!!

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  6. how did you glue the letters on the canvas?

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  7. I glued on the letters using mod podge. I applied it to the back of the letters with a paint brush and then put it on the canvas. I just eye balled the placement of the lettes...some are crooked and the lines aren't all straight, but I'm fine with that. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Thanks for the extra steps. Pinterest didn't have quite enough for me to quite get it. I look forward to doing this!

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  9. simply gorgeous because it's simple...thanks for the idea

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  10. I want to try this for some Christmas decorations, do you think everything would hold if i covered the entire canvas and lettering in a layer of paint? Any suggestions on type of paint to use? THANKS!

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  11. i'm starting to love pinterest! never would have found your blog w/out it...and so enjoyed learning this...although i have to ask a stupid question....does the glue just dry on the wax paper and then you are able to pull it off? wow...i'm just starting to get some of this stuff. how cool is that..and you could paint the canvas and use the white glue for added color...could you tint the glue? i've seen several savings i would love to have ..but had no idea how to do them..and then i found this ! awesome!! thanks so much

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  12. what font did you use? i'm in love!

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  13. I used Kozuka Gothic Pro. I'm glad you like it!

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  14. Anonymous, the only painting I've done was to paint the actual canvas. I've never painted over the letters, they are very sturdy though. If you completely cover the back with glue and give them sufficient time to dry, I don't see why you'd have any problems!

    Tammy, I didn't use glue for my project, I used puffy paint. I let the puffy paint dry overnight and then gently/slowly peel off the letters.

    Good luck!

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  15. My new project for Christmas! So cool! Thanks! :)

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  16. If I were to do this and then paint it, would spray paint be the best option after the letters are glued on?

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  17. so i completed one round of this project, but i only had parchment paper instead of wax in the house. it worked well, but required a second layer over each of the letters before i peeled them off due to wrinkling from the parchment paper. so the next time around, i bought wax paper hoping it would get rid of my need to do double the work...but now when i try to peel them off, i'm getting little fuzzies/pieces of wax paper with the letters! help!! i even made sure to get the same wax paper as you did! :(

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  18. Hi Lauren, I'm so sorry your projects didn't work out as you'd hoped! My letters definitely come out a little wrinkly, too. To fix that problem, I tested it out on glass. The letters peeled off great and weren't wrinkly. I just don't have large pieces of glass laying around, so I stick to wax paper.

    As far as the fuzzies go, I'm not sure how to fix this. I've never noticed fuzzies on mine. Since I haven't run into this problem (maybe I've just never noticed), I think the best you can do is to make sure that the puffy paint has enough time to dry (I let mine dry overnight) and peel slowly. I'm sorry if that is no help!

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  19. Love this! You are a font junkie, and I am a word and quote junkie! Great tutorial! I can't wait to get started on this!

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  20. Love this idea. Will try it!

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  21. sooo pretty!!! love it! thanks for the tutorial!!

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  22. Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. That is one of the coolest ideas I have seen on the blogosphere and I can't wait to try this! I am with you, so strange that Michael's only carries those awful dorky country looking letters. Thanks for sharing! visiting from A-Z

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  24. Wow! GENIUS! My mind is racing with how I will use this technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I love this idea! Great job! What was the name of the font you used?

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  26. This is a great project and I love how it turned out. I am a new follower, please stop by for a visit.
    Brenda

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  27. This is absolutely beautiful. I love that you were so original...now we'll all be indulging in the sincerest form of flattery and copying you. Great job!

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  28. That looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the process.

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  29. Spotted this featured on Tip Junkie - this project is great! Love the font.

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  30. I love your elmer's glue art, so cool!! I tried it myself and went over my design in glue but once it dried, it isn't as puffed up as I thought it might be. Did you go over your design with glue twice? or does it just look flat and when I paint over it, it will show up nice?
    Thank you!
    Leanne

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  31. Hi Leanne, I actually didn't use glue for this project. I used puffy paint because it's made to hold it's shape. I think if you switch to puffy paint you'll be much happier with the finished project. Have fun! - Virginia

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  32. Hi, I was actually referring to the first canvas art design, not the quote one, I may have commented on the wrong picture :) Thank you for getting back to me so quickly! If you did puffy paint on both, that is great too and I may try and go over the dried glue with puffy paint!
    Thanks- Leanne!

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  33. Dumb question: you had to glue them onto the canvas letter by letter right?

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  34. Fabulous idea. I can see lots of uses for this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  35. Hi Sara, in answer to your question, yes I did glue them individually. Thanks for stopping by!
    -Virginia

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  36. Virginia,
    I did try this project, but didn't have great luck with getting the letters off. Maybe my paint wasn't "puffy" enough. Not sure. But the letters stretched and eventually broke when I was trying to get them off the waxed paper. Anyway, I just attempted it a second time, only this time I printed out my quote on the computer and placed the paper behind the canvas. Then I used a pencil to trace the letters directly onto the canvas and then I painted the letters with the puffy paint. So, hopefully it will work. :)

    I'm wondering where you found your design for the canvas that's to the left of the boston picture? It looks really cool and I'd like to try something similar to this. Just wondering if you designed it yourself or if you can steer me in the direction of finding something similar.

    Thanks so much!

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  37. I'm wondering if it would work on glass, and if it will stay put. I have an old, glass window and would like to add a few quotes. Any suggestions? I'm new to this, and love your idea on the canvas too!

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  38. Hi Heather, I'm so sorry you're project didn't go as smoothly has you had hoped! I had a few letters that would rip when I was pulling them off and I noticed that they were always super thin. Try to keep your letters thick! I also let them dry over night to make sure they were completely dry. I hope that helps!

    Also, I show my inspiration and process for the other project in this post -
    http://virginiaandcharlie.blogspot.com/2011/07/small-projects.html

    Good luck!
    Virginia

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  39. Dear Anonymous,

    I have tried creating my letters on glass. It definitely stuck and worked great. I don't know how long it would stay, since I didn't leave mine on the glass, but it definitely stuck. I used mine for a different project. The glass gave me a nicer letter that didn't have any ripples like I get from the wax paper. Sorry I don't have a better answer for you!

    -Virginia

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  40. In the past I've used puffy paint on ziploc bags and it peeled off very easily. :) Just an idea. :)

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  41. Wonderful project ... going to try something similar myself tonight. I am actually going to use an old picture frame with the glass in it as my "working surface" to place the puffy paint on ... from the comments I have read, glass works better than waxed paper. I'm pretty sure once you peel the puffy paint off the glass, a good glass cleaner will return the picture frame back to "new" again.

    thanks again.

    - Wendy

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  42. Found this through Pinterest/My favorite time-suck. Thanks for the tut! I'm a font snob too :D

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  43. i love this idea! i think this would be a great project for me and my daughter! i especially love that the letters are already done. i've been trying to think of a way to use the puffy paint on certain fabric projects but sometimes the paint will run around the edges a little! but this is a great way to prevent that! Oh yeah and i found you through TIP JUNKIE!

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  44. so im kind of in love that swirly thing on the right. did you trace that too? if so where did you find the picture (or whatever the heck you used)?

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  45. Hi Ipratt, I posted about the other puffy paint project right here:
    http://virginiaandcharlie.blogspot.com/2011/07/small-projects.html

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  46. I am going to attempt to try this, can you use colored puffy paint? Also does it matter what kind of paint you paint the canvas and then try to modge podge? Thanks for this... this is amazing. I hope mine turns out 1/2 as good as yours!

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  47. You can use whatever kind of puffy paint you want. I used wall paint for my canvas because that is what I had on hand, but as far as I know, any paint will work.
    -Virginia

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  48. I am going to try this and put it on my blog! I will send you the link when I finish! This is so neat!

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  49. Hi Logan, I can't wait to see what you come up with! Thanks for letting me know and I look forward to seeing your project! Have fun!
    -Virginia

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  50. Do you think it would work to spray paint over this?
    Do the whole project as laid out above, and then spray paint the entire canvas, while still maintaining a uniform color. Just brainstorming here!

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  51. to stop ripples, try using a large piece of acetate?

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  52. Silly question.... but where doesone find puffy paint

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    1. I buy mine at AC Moore or Michaels. I believe you can get them through Amazon as well. Have fun! -Virginia

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  53. My husband and I attempted this and yours is so much better!!! Our letters peeled off fine, but they were so bumpy I guess because we didn't trace the letters in one swoop. We stopped in certain parts of the letters and they were very bumpy and bulgy. Either that or it's a steady hand problem...

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  54. I am going to try this too! I can't find the color puffy paint I need though, can you tint the white somehow? I tried just using a 3D paint, but my hand isn't steady enough....

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    1. You might be able to tint the puffy paint with acrylic paints, but I've never done it. Or maybe food coloring? I'm sorry, I've never tinted my puffy paint so these are just ideas I'm throwing out there! Good luck! -Virginia

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  55. hi, what a lovely idea, will it work with scrapbook?

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    1. Hello! I haven't tried this in a scrapbook, but I can imagine it would work. Basically, you just make your design and then you can stick it wherever you want! Have fun! -Virginia

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  56. Oh My Goddess! I saw your project on Pinterest. I love the letters. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  57. This is just waaay too cool! Can't wait to try it! When I'm using my vinyl letters from my Cricut, I lay a piece of Glad Peel 'n Stick sticky side up over my gridpaper (because the Peel 'n Stick is transparent, yea!)and lay my letters upside down and backwards since you flip it over to adhere to actual product. Add adhesive of your choice, then apply entire sheet to your work surface, peel of Peel 'n Stick wrap and whala! Perfectly spaced letters done all at once. I haven't worked with that puffy paint before and don't know how hard the letter actually set up. Would the pressure knock down the texture and height of those puffy letters? Hmmmm, I gotta try this tomorrow!

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  58. Thank you for sharing the instructions with us! It is beautiful. I am going to do this one for sure - maybe several times - Chattanooga, TN here

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  59. Hi my daughter is trying to do this for gifts. Is the puffy paint special for canvas? And the design should be done off the canvas then glued to the canvas? One last question if the canvas is going to be painted should she do that before putting the puff painting on? Thanks for all your help. Sue

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for stopping by! The puffy paint is not special for a canvas, any puffy paint will work. Create your design and then trace it onto the wax paper using the puffy paint. Once the puffy paint has dried, peel it off the wax paper and then glue it onto the canvas. If you are going to paint the canvas I would definitely do that first.

      I did another project for my friend and I painted the canvas for that one. You can check it out here http://virginiaandcharlie.blogspot.com/2011/08/for-katie.html

      I hope this answers your questions! Have fun!
      -Virginia

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  60. where did you buy your canvas?

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    1. I bought mine at Michaels. You can also get it on Amazon. -Virginia

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  61. Oh this looks like such fun! I know our local craft store also has puffy paint in different colors so you wouldn't need to paint them....I like the white on white though. I love the song and quote you choose - thanks for sharing. What a fun, fun, fun project! I'm enjoying everyone's tips to - especially the ziploc bag idea - I can see how that would allow for a cleaner (possibly) break for the letters to be moved to the canvas. Can't wait to make this - now to choose a quote (also a quote junkie!). Found you through Pintrest.

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  62. Hi Virginia,
    I am going to try something similar but couldn't figure out what mod Podge would be best to use since I've never used it before. I've seen mod Podge gloss, mod Podge matte, and mod Podge dimensional magic.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks!
    Taylor

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    1. Hi Taylor, I would use matte mod podge. That way if you get a little peeking out from behind the design it won't show as much. I used gloss because that's what i had on hand and you can see the smears pretty easily! Hope that helps! Have fun! -Virginia

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    2. It does. Im looking forward to it.
      Thanks!
      Taylor

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    3. Love this... I am into monograms so I think I will try some nice big letters and do intials on canvas. Sounds like tracing over glass might be the way to go. Also people are asking about how to tint or color the puffy paint. Doesn't it already come in various colors?

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  63. This is an amazing project, but I am wondering if it's possible to use wood instead of a canvas?

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  64. olá Virgínia
    adorei suas letras... lindas, lindas, lindas!
    beijos

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  65. Super cool and easy, if you are a patient type. At first glance, I thought the phase was glow-in-the-dark (perfect phrase if it was). Makes me want to head to craft store and shop the puffy paint isle:-)

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  66. Would this work if I spray painted it afterwards?

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  67. Thanks for the details..and to all those who posted questions/ideas. I'm taking this multi-colored and will post results (if it's a success)
    Thanks again!

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  68. hi, I'm wondering in the other canvas with the design you peel off the design like you did with the letters and then glued on the canvas, or you glued with the wax paper direct to the canvas. Thanks for your help.

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  69. I am in the middle of this project and I have discovered that clear plastic page protectors (the kind that you put in a 3 ring binder and the paper slides in from the top) work the best, even better than glass. The paint peels off with no stretching. Hope that helps somebody else!

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  70. Has anyone tried to do this with homemade puffy paint? I am trying to be really cheap here and would love to use a homemade recipe I found on several other blogs. Any suggestions?

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  71. That's great idea :) It is simple, but i really love homemade letters, that suit to my projects. And this give more possibilities :) I can't wait to try it :)

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  72. I tried something like this a while ago. I painted the canvas, puffy painted directly on there (LOVE the wax paper first idea), then went over it in a watered down dark brown, then wiped it off slightly for that aged look. The trial one came out pretty good.

    I'm now working on the one I want to hang on the wall. Thanks for the wax paper idea. That was my problem too with the first one, the designs would bubble in spots and do all the things puffy paint can do. So I'll give that a try this time :)

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  73. Love it and Angels and AIrways! Huge fan of Blink 182 always as well.

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  74. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! Going to try it out for my friend's wedding sign!

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  75. What an awesome idea! I wanna try this!

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  76. seriously, just tried this and it works perfectly! they peel off soooo easily if you let them sit over night and they look great on the canvas. And, I decided I would try painting the extra letters I made to see if it would work...it does! Just regular acrylic paint works fine. Thanks so much for this idea :)

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  77. I loved, it is so easy and beautiful. From one Virginia to another Virginia.
    I am from Brazil.

    Thanks.
    Kisses.

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  78. What size was your canvas, and approximately what was the size of your font. Thanks

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    1. Hi there! My canvas is an 8x10 and I don't remember the font size. Sorry! -Virginia

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  79. hello virginia , your puffy paint need to get heated}??

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  80. love this! thanks so much for sharing!

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  81. Hi hun.

    Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog today. I would love it if you could check it out :)

    http://mammymade.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/mint-stuff-ive-seen-26.html

    - Adele @ Mammy Made

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  82. Do you have any thoughts on a (removable) way to put these straight onto walls. I'm a college student and I don't know that I can afford to buy a ton of canvases.

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    1. You could also do this same craft on some sturdy paper. Find really thick cardstock or bristol paper. Then you can just tape the paper to the wall :) Decorating in college is definitely a challenge! Good luck! -Virginia

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  83. Hey Virginia! This is awesome! I just married this year and my husband and I bought our first house. I've done some crafty projects before, but not really homre related. I was wondering if I might be able to put this directly on the wall? There's a project I've been wanting to do, I was going to stencil and paint on the wall, but I CANNOT find the stencils in the size/font I want with both uppercase and lowercase letters. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Jazzy, I'm sure you could find a way to put it directly onto your wall, the only thing to be concerned about it getting it back off. But I guess that's one of the perks of owning your own home - you get to do whatever you want :) Good luck! -Virginia

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  84. Cool idea, I've heard of so many ways to make letters but this is the easiest and neat way of doing it. Especially, the corrections that can be made. Thanks for sharing.

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  85. I'm already working on my second one! Thank you so much for sharing! Just a tip, for anyone else who struggled getting the letters to peel off the wax paper, use parchment paper instead. If you use a razor blade and parchment paper, the letters come off really smoothly!

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  86. Does puffy paint come in only white? Or do they also sell it in color?

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    1. It comes in many colors! You can find it online or in craft supply stores like Michaels and AC Moore. -Virginia

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  87. Hey Virginia!
    First off, this is such an amazing idea! I am totally going to do this to decorate my room before my friends come over for my birthday haha! Anyways, I have a question: Do you think I would be able to paint the letters while they are still on the wax paper? My room is lilac and i think it would look nice if I put the lilac letters on a white canvas. Do you think so too? Thanks so much for posting this! Oh and I really hope you can reply as soon as possible, for my birthday is next Friday, March 8th haha.
    Thanks again! :)

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    1. Hi there! I hope you see this message in time. If you put in your email address when you leave a comment then it notifies you when someone replies. Just to keep in mind for next time :)

      I think you probably could paint the letters when they are still on the wax paper. You'll want to make sure you give the letters plenty of time to dry before painting them. The only issue you might run into is that the paint might make the get stuck permanently to the wax paper.

      Another option - paint them when you have glued them onto your canvas. that way you dont have to worry about it.

      Good luck and Happy Birthday!
      -Virginia

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  88. Thanks Virginia! That was extremely helpful and aww gee thanks that means a lot! Have a nice day and I'm sure these are going to turn out great! Oh and I have one more question (wow I'm on a roll!) How much was the 8 by 10 white canvas at Michael's? And do you know which font you chose and its font size?(technically that was three questions but oh well)
    Thanks so much!

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  89. Could I use Elmer's Glue for this?

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  90. I mean to glue the Puffy Paint onto the canvas, not to use it as a substitution for the paint hahah

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    1. I'm sure that would work. just give it plenty of time to dry before any painting :)

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  91. Hi Virginia,

    I used this technique to make an inexpensive countdown calendar using a dollar frame from Michaels. I love this idea, thank you!! Check it out on my blog:http://imquitecrafty.blogspot.com/2013/03/chalkboard-countdown-calendar-using-1.html#

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  92. This is a great have yet to do it but plan too, I had a thought if you dont have wax paper what about using glass out of a photo or picture frame. thank you for sharing xxx Jilly

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  93. Virginia, thank you for this great creative idea!
    And thank you for the song Angels and Airwaves, is one of my favorite bands!
    Greetings from Belgium, Europa !

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  94. Haven't tried it yet - but will this week - nothing dies on the internet - and I'm so glad I found your website via Pinterest! Thanks for sharing.

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  95. I really love this idea, I found a quote for mothers day but had a hard time justifying $20+ on letter stickers on top of the canvas. I think if it works I can do another one for my older sister :) Here I come Hobby Lobby!

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