Nothing looks better on the wall than a big – or not so big – stretched canvas print or painting.
Of course, we all know that vinyl on canvas looks amazing too.
If you’ve tried to put a sticker on a stretched canvas, you’ll know that it’s not as simple as sticking a sticker on your car window. Maybe you were successful or maybe it wouldn’t stick and you vowed never to try this again because you don’t need that kind of frustration in your life!
Putting the vinyl onto the canvas is a little tricky and sometimes VERY frustrating so I made a video to show you how I do it.
The materials I am using in the video:
The vector file for this beautiful heart can be found here on Ready2Cut.
11 x 14 pre-stretched canvas. You can get these at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, or any decent art supply store.
Online: Dick Blick Art Materials, Amazon or your favorite place to order from.
Krylon Spray paint. This is optional. I used antique ivory for a nice off white color.
Gloss Medium or Mod Podge to prep the canvas. In the video I used Aleene’s Gloss medium.
Shiny gold vinyl. Avery brand is what I am using in the video. (Only available on a big roll, sorry!) Oracal also has a nice Gold Chrome. You can use whichever is your favorite brand and it doesn’t have to be shiny or gold. Vinyl with a strong permanent adhesive like Oracal 651 will stick better.
Transfer tape. Used to transfer the sticker.
I use Oracal’s High Tack paper tape. Use what you like – you may get better results with a low to medium tack.
Squeegee: I use a gold squeegee from my sign supply store.
A book that will fit inside the back of the stretched canvas that is at least as thick as the canvas stretchers.
Patience. This is not usually something that you can do in a hurry.
As I mentioned in the video – the canvas is already prepared with a coat of spray paint to make it a warm color and then a coat of gloss medium. This gives the canvas as smooth a surface as possible so that the vinyl can stick. A stretched canvas out of the packaging has a rough feel that your vinyl will probably NOT stick to.
I forgot to mention in the video that I do not put any kind of coating over the surface after applying the sticker. You can if you want to, but it’s not necessary, and when using this super shiny material, a spray or something brushed on would take away the shiny.
Now… make something pretty for yourself!