Amber wrote to us about her best friend's wedding: "My best friend was getting married and we took on a lot of craft projects. This one was the last, which we stupidly attempted about two days before the big day."
Canvas art. Looks simple. Attach stencil. Paint. Remove stencil. Hang beautiful canvas art. Well, that's what Amber and her friends had in mind, but their project took a different turn. They had trouble with the very first step, attach the stencil.
"I cut the stencil for the letters out of vinyl on my silhouette and everything seemed perfect. Until the vinyl wouldn't stick to the canvas. We tried everything- sticking the vinyl with spray adhesive, using regular contact paper, cutting it on cardstock and sticking it with mod podge- nothing worked."
The Pinstrosity"No point in wasting a perfectly good canvas. You can see the only part of the paper we got to halfway stick- two intertwined rings at the top left. This now hangs in my living room."
The vinyl just wasn't cutting it. Nevertheless, Amber persevered. "The bride was ready to give up- but I already had a few projects like this in planning stages that I needed to find a way! I caved and bought plywood from Home Depot, painting it white and it finally worked. Now I have $40 in canvas for future projects that apparently won't work."
Didn't that turn out lovely?! Hooray for perseverance! But now why didn't the canvas work? Can it work? I found this lovely dialogue with some crafty ladies who were more than happy to share their tips and tricks to making vinyl work on canvas:
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Go forth and gesso.