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Cricut Vinyl Subway Art Thanksgiving Sign

When I saw this pretty Thanksgiving word art on the Cricut Word Collage cartridge, I thought it would be the perfect project choice to decorate my mantel.  Last month, I made this sign using paint and vinyl in a different way.

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Using the Cricut Expression 2 & the Word Collage Cartridge.

I’m using copper metallic indoor vinyl (Oracal 631) from Expressions Vinyl. This particular cut takes a while.  I started it and then began to paint my canvas.  Go slow on this vinyl cutting.  It’s too delicate to cut at a high speed. Questions about using vinyl with your Cricut?  I’ve got answers!  Check out my Cricut Vinylology DVD.

The first layer of paint.

First I primed my canvas with Mod Podge.  After that was dry, I painted it with a mix of Apple Barrel paints by Plaid.  I think my final color turned into a barn red which was really goofy on my part because I have a barn red color from Plaid already.  Oh well! 😉

Paint Layer…FOUR

I’m impatient.  I almost never do multiple layers of anything.  However, I really wanted my canvas to have this color and be this completely covered.  I LOVE IT!  You know what the trick is for impatient people to paint several layers?  Do a layer, then go do something else.  Come back.  Do another layer.  That’s what I did and it really worked for me.  If I don’t do something else and come back, I end up standing over it, telling it to hurry, calling it names and wondering why it is taking so long to dry. Don’t act crazy and talk to your drying canvas.  LOL!

Pretty Metallic Bronze Vinyl!

Isn’t that vinyl pretty?  I like how it looks brown and then you move a little and it’s metallic.  So awesome!  Here I am weeding the cut vinyl.  I use a Fiskars Craft Knife for all of my vinyl work.  I love it because I can cut and weed with the same knife.

Now move this to that…use transfer tape.

I’m all about the transfer tape.  Cover your weeded project with it so you can move it easily.  I’m using a clear transfer tape so I can see where I’m putting all these words.  Don’t have transfer tape?  Use masking tape. 😉

What the “L”?!

Hey, nobody is perfect.  You can do the best job in the world and sometimes it just gets messed the “L” up.  If a letter doesn’t want to come up…leave it.  Call it names.  Threaten it.  Wait.  No.  Just use a piece of transfer tape, lift it the “L” up and place it down where it belongs.  Having trouble getting the vinyl to stick to the canvas?  Try pushing against the transfer tape with your squeegee while you pull the tape up.  I teach that technique in the DVD.  It definitely works.  I FOR SURE had to use it to make this. 😉

The subway art Thanksgiving sign is now celebrating the season on my mantel!  Here are some other things I’ve made using vinyl.

Happy Crafting!

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29 Comments

  1. What a great project! Thanks for sharing! I “Like”Expressions Vinyl on Facebook and I joined their Special Offers email list. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  2. Love this idea! Thanks Joy! I’ve Liked and signed up!!

  3. CathyinMN says:

    Wonderful Thanksgiving holiday project — I know the weeding is a bit of work, but it sure turned out nice! I already “like” Expressions Vinyl on FB and have joined their special offers email list. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. love this…I have done this as well with the”crafting” words collage….. its fun
    thanks for the chance to win

    Cathie
    Scraphappycat@gmail.com

  5. I’ve been playing with this cartridge in the craft room for a while trying to determine what to make. Love this canvas! I have been a customer of Expressions Vinyl since I got my cricut several months ago – LOVE their stuff. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a gift card!

  6. This is beautiful Joy!!!!!
    Love the colours you choose…thanks for the chance to win
    I have liked and signed up….

  7. This is beautiful! And I agree about the painting layers!

  8. Another awesome project. I need to get on the vinyl ball. Already like them on FB and get emails. Thank you.

  9. Beautiful! I love subway art. I see so many things down that I would love to make! This is a great project!
    Deb C
    bugjuiced

  10. Expressions Vinyl is the only place I get my vinyl!! I am a FB fan and on there mailer list!!! Love your project but I don’t have that cart 🙁
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

  11. Great project, I love the Word Collage cart! Liked Expressions Vinyl on FB, already on their mailing list. Thanks for the great givaway!

  12. Love the colors you put together! So Fallish!!! Enjoy perusing through your website ~ have tried a few of your projects too, FUN! Thanks and keep them coming!!!!

  13. Such a nicely done project! Love the color of the vinyl. Liking Expressions Vinyl on FB too.

  14. I “liked” Expressions Vinyl on Facebook and subscribed to their Special Offers news list on their site. Thanks for the chance to win; I love that cartridge!

  15. ChelleBelle says:

    I “Like”d Expressions Vinyl on FB, already a subscriber of newsletters. Thanks SOOO much for this giveaway! Sure could use it this time of year! LOVE your canvas! Just may have to mimic you w/ that one!!

  16. Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I’ve been wondering how to do this with vinyl, and now I know. So excited. i think i’m going to try it out today. I also “liked” and “joined”. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  17. Hey there. I have signed up and fanned you on facebook. I am super excited about the offers that you are giving and the cool stuff that we can win.

  18. sandy.lewis@snet.net says:

    I have done both 🙂 Beautiful project!

  19. Wow! What a gorgeous project! I have “liked” Expressions Vinyl on Facebook and joined their Special Offers e-mail list. Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for the chance to win! 🙂

    -Staci
    The Crafty Military Wife

  20. Krafty Kim says:

    I just “liked” Expressions Vinyl, and I am already on their e-mail list. I started ordering from them when I found them on your site! In fact, I just placed an order this morning! LOL! Thanks for a chance to win a gift card–there’s plenty more I want from their store!

    P. S. Your canvas looks awesome!

  21. Wow what a great technique! I would love to try this. I have like the FB page and signed up for the email as required. Thanks for the chance to win. Tami

  22. Would love this! I also have this cartridge! Check out my facebook page What Once Was Yours! All my projects are with a cricut! 🙂

  23. Thanks for posting on the Expressions Vinyl FB page, it directed me to your site which I know I am going to enjoy! I “Liked” and signed up so please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  24. I liked Expressions Vinyl and I already get their special offers e-mails. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. I like Expressions Vinyl on FB and I get their emails already.

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