Thursday, June 16, 2011

DIY Prints With Picnik

The other night I was browsing on ETSY (my guilty pleasure) and I came across some cute prints perfect for a child's room.

I then got to thinking "hey I could make those....I once saw a great tutorial over at 
I Am Momma Hear Me Roar,
that explains how to make your own printables easy peasily using the free program PICNIK"!! 

Before you head on over there to become inspired  check out the prints I made for my soon to arrive son's nursery.
If your looking for some inspiration for your own prints head on over to Etsy.
I printed these Picnik creations on my printer using best print quality and glossy or matte photo paper.

Once you've printed them add them to a cheap frame found at Walmart or Ikea and voila, instant art!!
I'll show off the real thing once I get them framed.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Two weeks ago we were delighted to find out that we are adding a baby boy to our family. With that confirmed I got down to creating some decorations for his nursery.

We've decided on a friendly monster theme for our little dude and so far it's turning out to be a fun theme.

Using canvas from the dollar store and some vinyl I created these wall hangings...

Wanna make some too??? The possibilites are endless and did I mention they are cheap to make??

Grab yourself some canvas from the dollar store and paint it with acrylic paint. I chose this metallic teal colour which seemed kinda space/monsterish.

Draw your designs on paper, or better yet use your Cricut or Silhouette machine to cut them out.
I couldn't find any monsters I liked so I just freehanded them.

Cut out your paper shapes and trace onto the back of your vinyl if your doing the freehand method. Be sure to flip them so they turn out the right way once you cut them out.  

Use a scalpel for fine cuts and a punch for perfect circles...

Once your design is cut out on your vinyl use some transfer tape to stick your designs onto the canvas. To save money I use cheap old clear contact paper from walmart. It does the exact same thing for half the price.

Peel the backing off the contact paper and stick to the front of your vinyl design. This will now allow you to peel off the backing from your vinyl exposing the stickiness so it can be placed onto your canvas.

Stick your design onto the canvas and smooth out any bubbles using a popsicle stick or credit card.
Don't press down too hard or you will stretch out the canvas.

Gently pull back the contact paper slowly making sure the canvas is adhering as you go. If it starts to pull up just press down with your finger and try again.

Here is all three husband thinks the middle one looks kinda like a's a monster frog ok!!

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