Can I just take a moment right now to say that die cutting has completely revolutionized the way I craft!?!? I love how I can just crank a piece of paper and a die though my machine, and sha-zam! Suddenly, I have perfectly cut shapes to play with it. I used a Darice craft die cut set and an embossing folder to create this happy spring DIY canvas art. It took me no time at all! And if you’re someone who isn’t quite sure of her scissor skills, then die cutting is for you.
- Blank Prestretched Canvas
- Watercolour Paints
- Paint Brush
- Water (for the paint)
- Cardstock (I used white and this fabulous Core’dinations Sandable Paper)
- Darice Craft Die – Circle Nesting Die Cuts with Wavy Edge
- Darice Embossing Folder in Vine
- Die Cutting Machine (Big Shot, Cuttlebug, etc.)
- Glue Gun
Now, I’m no Bob Ross, but adding some water colour pizzazz was easy! I made sure that I used even brush strokes across the canvas, and didn’t add too much water (it makes a bit of a bubbly mess).
In the end, I was pretty happy with my watercolour background. I was feeling confident.
Sorry guys, couldn’t help myself. I always channel my inner Bob when I face a canvas.
I left the canvas to dry and started to work on my die cuts.
In no time at all, I had a variety of flower shapes ready to be put together. I use a Sizzix BIGkick to die cut, but you can use a Big Shot or a Cuttlebug, or any other die cutting machine, so long as it accepts the size of the dies.
Each machine has its own directions, but for my BIGKick, I placed the dies on top of the paper (with the cutting edge facing down) and placed it between the sandwich of cutting plates. I then placed it on top of the platform and rolled it through my machine.
In no time at all, I was cranking these flowers out!
I wanted to add some dimension to the flowers, so I grabbed an embossing folder and ran some of my flowers through the machine.
Some glue-gunning and designing later, and my spring flower art was ready to be displayed!
If you’re new to die cutting, consider creating your own DIY canvas art! It’s a quick and easy way to get some personality up on the walls (or on the buffet, in this case)! You’ll be amazed at how quickly a piece can come together!