While it dried, I designed the phrasing, from the book I’ll Love You Forever, in the Silhouette Design Studio software (making sure it fit within the measurements of the canvas). I used a pre-installed font called “Candara” (MAC font) for the basic lettering and a font called “Digs My Heart” for the fancier lettering. You can download that font for free here.
Then I used white Orcal 651 vinyl and let the Silhouette go to work cutting everything out. Then I weeded the vinyl and laid it out on my canvas, leaving room at the top for personalizing with her name and room at the bottom for her footprints.
The next part is a little tricker because sometimes the vinyl doesn’t want to stick so well so the canvas so it was a bit time consuming to get all the lettering on. I used transfer tape as shown below and added the phrase to the canvas line by line.
Then I cut out her name on contact paper using the Silhouette. I used this as a stencil to paint on her name at the top with acrylic paint (It’s a bit hard to tell in the pic but her name is in light pink).
Then it sat like this for almost 4 months…until yesterday. I took the footprints the hospital had done and cut them out and glued them to the bottom of the canvas with spray adhesive. Then I put 2 thin coats of Mod Podge over the whole canvas, allowing the first coat to dry before applying the second. Easy peasy!
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