Before Cora was born (2 years ago!) I saw a couple of canvases on Etsy that gave me inspiration. They were kind of like subway signs, but they had other sayings on them. The one thing that I wanted with mine was color. I wanted them to match some of the colors in her room and not just be black and white. I was pretty sure I could create what I wanted myself using my Cricut, so I gave it a whirl.
I bought 2 16x20 inch gallery wrapped canvas from Michael's (with my coupons!) I then painted the whole canvases with black acrylic paint and waited for them to dry. I liked the weathered, worn look from the canvases that I saw on Etsy, so I aggressively sanded my canvases all over and especially concentrated on the edges.
The most difficult part about the project was getting the sizes of the letters just right. I first sketched out the canvas and placed the words in lines how I wanted them to appear. I then experimented cutting out different sizes of letters using white printer paper. I actually cut out all of the letters in white just so that I could lay them all out on the canvas and get the right size before I made my final cuts. I free-hand cut the sun (it is a little bit rough) and I used a couple of different cartridges for the flowers, beanstalk, bird and butterfly.
I'm very pleased with the way they turned out! More than once when I was singing Cora to sleep and I ran out of songs, I would just glance up and use these two. We have all had those long nights, right? She now really enjoys singing and these are two of her favorite songs.
If anyone needs to know the exact cartridges I used, let me know. It has been a long time, but I can figure it out.
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