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    So I got my Create a Critter Cartridge So many cool animals on it. There is even an adorable peanut to go with the elephant

    Anyway, I did purchase two square canvases at Joanne's the other day. Is there a tutorial on how to decorate them? I assume I should paint the background (maybe wait until I've chosen the exact paint colors for the room?)??? I did purchase some pink and brown papers at Joanne's as well. I have some mod pog (sp?) too.

    Sorry, I'm really new to using my cricut, let alone knowing how to do this fun stuff. The only reason I know it is possible is from you lovely ladies.

    How about other ideas like lamp shade decorating, etc? Tutorials, ideas or advice needed!

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    I don't know if there are tutorials anywhere...I just kinda started out by winging it and learning from my mistakes For wall canvases, I will either cut a piece of paper and used mod podge to glue it on or paint the background. Paint looks neater b/c with paper it is hard to cut it exactly and sometimes the canvas isn't quite even. Also, the paper sometimes gets bubbles underneath if the mod podge dries a little before you can stick it down.

    Once you have the canvas painted or however you decide to do it, use mod podge on the back of the cricut cut out to adhere it to the canvas. Once you adhere all the paper cuts, then I put a coat of mod podge all over to seal it. You can do a second coat if you want...sometimes I miss a couple streaky spots and have to go over a few little places, if you know what I mean. I always use the sponge paint brushes to apply it.

    I think Charys did vinyl stencils to paint a lamp shade. I have never used vinyl...I have only used contact paper (on glass to etch) or freezer paper (on shirts ironed on as a stencil to paint).

    Sometimes I putz around the cricut MB's to get ideas/inspiration. If you go to cricut crafts and the "other crafts" board would have crafts like that.

    I will come back if I think of any other "tips"
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    I am glad you posted this as I've considered doing my own canvas. Lauren, is there any special paint that you use to paint the canvas, or could one use the paint that the kids use? I seriously don't know, that's why I'm asking. What size canvases do you have Stephanie?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMCH View Post
    I don't know if there are tutorials anywhere...I just kinda started out by winging it and learning from my mistakes For wall canvases, I will either cut a piece of paper and used mod podge to glue it on or paint the background. Paint looks neater b/c with paper it is hard to cut it exactly and sometimes the canvas isn't quite even. Also, the paper sometimes gets bubbles underneath if the mod podge dries a little before you can stick it down.

    Once you have the canvas painted or however you decide to do it, use mod podge on the back of the cricut cut out to adhere it to the canvas. Once you adhere all the paper cuts, then I put a coat of mod podge all over to seal it. You can do a second coat if you want...sometimes I miss a couple streaky spots and have to go over a few little places, if you know what I mean. I always use the sponge paint brushes to apply it.

    I think Charys did vinyl stencils to paint a lamp shade. I have never used vinyl...I have only used contact paper (on glass to etch) or freezer paper (on shirts ironed on as a stencil to paint).

    Sometimes I putz around the cricut MB's to get ideas/inspiration. If you go to cricut crafts and the "other crafts" board would have crafts like that.

    I will come back if I think of any other "tips"
    First, yay! Create a Critter is such a fun cartridge! And yes, Lauren is right...i used vinyl to cut my image out, then stuck the vinyl right onto the lampshade (using the negative pieces....if you know what I mean?). I used acrylic paints to paint inside the cuts and let it dry completely, then removed the vinyl and the image was left. Let me see if I can find those pics tonight.
    Good luck!
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    I have only done paint once but prefer it over paper (easier to get the edges and no lumpy wrinkly paper) but I use acrylic paints like you can paint unfinished wood projects with. You can get them at whatever craft store. I would go with name brand (Plaid is one) because I tried JA's brand once and I needed a lot more coats... that was on wood though
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    Fun! I'm excited to see your canvases! I would just start out by painting them and go from there. It's way easier than you think!
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