Monday, July 25, 2011

Subway Art Canvases

The Mod Podge Mania continues!  This canvas is a birthday gift for my awesomely awesome nephew
Seriously, the kid rocks and I think he needs to know it.  After the week at VBS, I started thinking about how important it is for our kids to know they are not an accident.  Every gift, every feature, every circumstance in our lives is hand picked especially for us by the Lord.  We need to remind our children of this daily!

"You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
      and knit me together in my mother’s womb." -Psalm 139:13

I am so often drawn to this verse; it helps me to understand that He made me and that I am His.

You can find more details about how to assemble these here.  This time around I wizened up a little and painted the edges/corners of the canvas before I got started.  It was driving me nuts that there were little bits of white peeking through on the other photo canvases.

I designed the layout in Adobe Illustrator and I had the images printed as 11 x 14s at Costco.  They were only $2.99 a piece!

I love Illustrator because the font is always crisp.  I adjusted the opacity on a lot of the words so there would be variation to the image.

I made one for each of my kids' rooms too.
 This one is my son's... I forgot to include his #1 quality: musical!  I can't believe this oversight; I'm seriously going to have to redo his canvas because it will bother me until I do.  Maybe his constant drumming knocked something loose in my brain.

I decided to "distress" the image on my nephew's;  he just turned 8 and I wanted his to look a little more hip.  Do people even say hip anymore?

After dry brushing the black around the edges and on top of the image, I brushed on one last layer of Mod Podge.

Close up!

You can also get custom canvas prints.

Or you can visit my etsy shop and I'll make you one!

Do you have a one of a kind kid in your life?  Tell me about him or her in the comments!

***Just a note... do not try to print this on your home printer.  I have heard about bad results doing it that way.  Be sure to have it printed as a professional photographic print.  Also, you have to use a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator if you want crisp lines.  Programs that are based on pixels could turn out fuzzy!***  

Blessings,
Jamie
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100 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh-I really want to do this. I LOVE it. I don't have illustrator though...I'll have to try to figure it out elsewhere. Looks SO good and such a meaningful gift!

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  2. that looks amazing! love the distressed look- it's perfect! :)

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  3. I think this is such a super fun idea to make each kid in your life feel special. And if they are having a rough day, what a great thing to be able to peek at in their rooms...even when they are made at their parents!

    Thanks for the reminder to make sure we are always encouraging our kids everyday.

    Rachel
    http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

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  4. Wonderful, Putting this on my to do list. Visiting from Rook No. 17.

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  5. This is absolutely fabulous! I stumbled, pinned & tweeted this. Great job!

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  6. So great! What a sweet way to let your kids know all the wonderful qualities you treasure in them. Love it! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh I love this. What a great gift, too. I think I gotta try this for my boys.

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  8. I love this so much. How amazing is that they will be waking up and seeing this every morning knowing how much they are loved and how amazing they are

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  9. I would love to feature this on my Favorite Friday post this Friday. I would love to have one of these for my son's room.
    ~Amanda @ CreatingAmongstBoys.blogspot.com

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  10. I love this post! I don't have illustrator, but maybe it's an investment worth making! Thanks for linking up on GingerSnaps..

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  11. What an awesome idea!!! I think I'll make one for all my nieces and nephews for their birthdays.

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  12. OH!!! I LOVE THIS!!! I MUST make one for my daughter!!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. Hi Jamie,
    I absolutely love this idea. I think my daughter would love it too. She is our only child and is the funniest, smartest, kind-hearted, beautiful (inside and out) kid I know...And I'm not just saying it just because she's my daughter...Hee, hee, hee. Can't wait to show her the canvas. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a wonderful day.

    Blessings,
    ♥Ana

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  14. Very well done :) Like the design on the sides of one of the canvases.

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.com/

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  15. Thanks for linking up to the Wednesday Mommy Club! Oh my goodness- I just love this idea! I am going to seriously try it! Also- I'm your newest follower!

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  16. Visiting from Eisy Morgan. Great idea! I think I may use this project with my students. I might have each student design one on paper for another student. Thanks!

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  17. I'm featuring this on my blog tomorrow. Swing on by and see it!

    Rachel
    http://www.holy-craft.blogspot.com

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  18. This is so great! I love it! I need to get a good photo editor.

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  19. I love these! I have to make them for my kids. Thanks for sharing!

    Jill of oursevendwarfs.com

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  20. Awww! These make my heart melt...such a wonderful idea!

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  21. I love this! I'd love for youto share it at my link party open now... So sweet!

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  22. I love this! What a cute idea & it looks easy also. I am definitely pinning this for later :)

    Visiting from somewhat simple

    Linda
    http://lasteve1.blogspot.com/

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  23. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing through Kara's Look What I Made Linky Party. :)
    I'd love to invite you to share your projects at my weekly linky party….that I host every Friday. I think my viewers will LOVE your projects too. Thanks for the consideration.
    Tracy ~ Craft Junkie Too
    T.G.I.F Linky Party

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  24. These are awesome what a great idea and so smart abotu printing them off at costco! I tried to make modge podge subway art but printing on cardstock, cutting the pieces and arranging them and it looked like crap! lol

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  25. love it!! im having a giveaway for a beautiful vintage tin! please share the word and sign up
    www.bamitsvintageglam.blogspot.com

    thx xox

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  26. This is great- I love subway art and this is a really wonderful piece of it! I would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime! :) Thanks for the tutorial too! :)

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  27. I absolutely adore this project! What a great gift. And I love your motivation behind these.

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  28. These are awesome! We did that same theme for our VBS. I should make one for our Sunday School room.

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  29. These are sooo sweet! Love them <3
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

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  30. Hi :) I'm your newest follower from Trendy Treehouse. Your canvases are amazing! I love them!

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  31. At first I thought this was vinyl but I love how you got it printed and then Mod Podged it. Thanks so much for linking up to this week's BFF Link Party!

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  32. I LOVE this!! I am featuring it on my Handmade Features and I am sure it received other features as well, too beautiful!

    www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  33. Oh my! I love love this project Jamie! Thank you so much for shraing!

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  34. Beautiful artwork! I love this idea! Forgive me if I missed this part, but how exactly do you do the distressing bit on the font? I think it looks great. :)

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  35. I really, really, like totally and completely love this! I've been a fan of subway art for awhile, but using the special God-given attributes your child has to create art? Fantastic! I am definitely putting this on my "to make" list. Thanks for sharing.

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  36. I love subway art. What a great gift for your nephew.

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  37. Beautiful. I have a party every Monday. I would love for you to stop by and link up your subway art and any other projects you would like to share. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

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  38. This is beautiful! What a sweet and sentimental gift.. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

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  39. What an encouragement! Security from the love of parents is priceless. :)

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  40. Thank you sooo soo much for this post! Great idea! I do have a one of a kind kid but really- they're all one of a kind :). Love a parent who likes to remind their kids just how special they are :)
    I'm your newest follower from the "Made with Love" hop. Stop by my blog if you get a chance. Its still new but I've got a great start.
    http://yesyolanda.blogspot.com

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  41. That is so cool! (Do people say cool anymore? Ask that along with "hip." I think they do :)

    I love this! It's really a neat idea for kids. How did you transfer the words on to the canvas? Did I miss that part? :)

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  42. Thanks for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional! You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button!
    http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/08/favorites-from-last-weeks-tuesday.html
    ~Macy

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  43. Beautifully done, and such a wonderful message and meaningful gift!

    Thank you for sharing your creativity and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

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  44. I love this! I can't believe how inexpensive it is too! Thank you for sharing!

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  45. I LOVE THIS! I was waiting for you to say you used your "Silhouette" to cut out the letters (I always pout when I have to realize I don't have a Silhouette) but you didn't have to use one for this! So awesome, I must try this!

    Found you on Mad in Crafts!!
    http://www.releasemecreate.blogspot.com

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  46. I am totally blown away by this lovely and work of art. In this day of drama and confusion it would become easy for a youngster to become lost in the shuffle of life. What a wonderful way to remind them how very special and unique they are. Thank you for sharing. I LOVE THIS!

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  47. Love this and I just googled how to do subway art with photoshop, since that is what I have. I hope it turns out as amazing as your did! What font did you use on yours? I love how clean and crisp it looks! Thanks for taking the time to make this tutorial to help inspire all of us!

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  48. that looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!

    natsknapsack.blogspot.com

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  49. Thank you so much for this. I've been wanting to make something like this for my mantle but I wasn't sure how to go about it.

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  50. I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

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  51. Really love this! You were the most view linked at my {wow me} wednesday link party last week. Featuring you tonight over on my blog! Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you'll be back this week, too. Have a great night. :)

    Ginger

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  52. I just found this and my son turns ten next month. I'm going to make one for him. Thank you for sharing this awesome idea!

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  53. OK so I am a little slow....:) You modge podged the image onto the canvas, right? This is adorable and so do-able for the average person, LOVE THAT! I just became a follower and found you thru Ginger Snap Crafts.

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  54. You've been featured!

    Check out your feature at my weekly Hookin Up with HoH Link Party!

    Feel free to stop by and grab a button if you'd like.

    xoxo

    Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  55. Love it...very inspiring! Found you on Thrifty Thursday Week 34...have a super day and I will be back!

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  56. CONGRATS! You're awesome project was in our Top 3 projects of the week at CraftJunkieToo -- please stop by and pick up the Top 3 award and link up again this week. YAY!
    Tracy
    http://www.craftjunkietoo.com/2011/08/tgif-linky-party-19.html

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  57. That turned out awesome and I WILL have to do this soon! Thank you again for sharing this idea with us on The Sunday Showcase ;-)

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  58. I just posted a comment on your other post.... but, I have to give you a "thumbs up" on this one too!!! I have a teenage nephew that I am always looking for special one-of-a-kind gifts for him. I can't wait to give it a try!

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  59. I AM IN LOVE WITH THESE!! I have Adobe Illustrator and I wondered if you would be willing to share your file with me so I can just modify it to my children. I took a class in college with that program (why I have it) but it's been 10 years so it would be so helpful if I didn't have to start from scratch. What do you think? Pretty pretty pretty please with whip cream and sprinklers and a cherry on top...??

    Rachel
    iheartcraftytings@yahoo.com
    http://www.iheartcraftythings.blogspot.com

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  60. Whoops! It would be helpful if I got my email address right, so sorry! Now I'm just a little embarrassed! :)

    iheartcraftythings@yahoo.com

    Rachel

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  61. I saw this project and love it, then today I saw something similar on Thrifty Crafter Girl's blog http://thriftycraftygirl.blogspot.com/2011/08/wordles-youve-gotta-try-it.html
    And she shared a FREE website that basically creates it for you! Its fantastic! http://www.wordle.net/
    You have to give it a try!

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  62. I love your Subway Art! I've done very similar things. I like how you painted over the top to get a worn look. So cool!

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  63. This is awesome! Is there a way I could possibly get the adobe illustrator file from you?

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  64. Sorry about that... here is my email address. sadielhogan@gmail.com. Thanks :)

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  65. I think everyone is in agreement, this idea is AWESOME and I am going to do it for my son's room.

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  66. ok, i think this is absolutely lovely. but i'm totally lost....you had each image {each word??} printed as an 11x14? could you explain that a bit more, pretty please? :)

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  67. thank you so much for clearing that up....i was thinking it was a bigger canvas and you had used several pix and then pieced them together somehow! ;) i'm a bit dense. obviously!
    and i'll fix my e-mail settings...i didn't know i even had them blocked! lol
    anyway, thank you again!! can't wait to make some of these for christmas!! :)

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  68. This is going to be my next project. So Amazing!!

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  69. Just another YAY about our canvas!! Jamie did the lyrics to our first dance from our wedding on a canvas, and I gave it to my husband as a first anniversary gift. It's above our bed, and it's a beautiful reminder of the day. He was blown away, Jamie.

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  70. I absolutely love this! I found you through point of view and will be featuring it today.

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  71. These are AWESOME! But I'm a little confused. How is this printed to have a dark background and light letters? That's a lot of ink! :) Is it even possible to do this on a home printer?

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  72. I'm sorry, that last post wasn't very clear! My question is...is this printed on black paper or white? Does that even make sense?

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  73. I love this so much! Even more, I love your faith and the message you are sending to your children! I'm now a follower! Hope you will check out my blog as well! If you're ever interested in sharing about your faith on a series I have called "Share Your Story Sunday" please let me know. You can check it out here: http://bonniegetchell.blogspot.com/search/label/Share%20Your%20Story%20Sunday

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries
    http://bonniegetchell.blogspot.com

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  74. Hi ... Thesis beautiful and it caught my attention even more because microns name us Evan. I am wondering what size canvas you used? Thanks!

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  75. Umm my sons name is Evan (my fingers aren't keeping up with my thoughts!)

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  76. Ever heard of wordle....www.wordle.com. I bet you could make your sign there and print out, then place on plaque with modge podge.

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  77. Which adobe illustrator do you have? I would love to learn how to do this for my kids. THANKS!.........Susie Fendley

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  78. another cute twist on this is something I have done with canvas' I have made. Use the prints/colored duct tape on the edges. You can really add alot of flair to it at very little cost and no artistic talent needed!! Love the way it turns out!!

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  79. I have seen a lot of Subway art lately. I was not to sure about it, but I love this one. I will be making 3, one for each of my kids, in the next little while. Great gift idea. I love when I hear that such a craetive talented blogger loves God. He is Good!

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  80. Please help! I created a Wordle Art from their website and had it printed at Office Depot (very cheap!). I covered my canvas with fabric so the sides would be pretty, however when I Modge Podged the paper to the fabric, all it did was wrinkle up :( I was wondering what you had your (Adobe Illustrator)image printed on? Paper doesn't seem to work. Unless I should just remove the fabric and paint the edges instead. Does the paper not wrinkle when applied directly to the canvas? Or did you have your image printed on something stronger like photo paper? My image is 18x24 so I may be limited to what I can have it printed on. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! darraghm@bellsouth.net

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  81. I am doing an 18x24 canvas. Will Costco be able to do a print that big or will I have to do several smaller ones? Do you print on photo paper or another kind? Also, are the instructions the same for modge-podging on canvas and/or wood plaques like the instructions you have posted? Or is there anything specific needed to accomplish this on a canvas?

    Thanks for your help! sarahjharnden@gmail.com

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  82. What is the name of the font that you used?
    Love this idea, and the message!

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  83. LOVE this idea....am really into printed truth hanging on the walls!!
    Have a few questions, if you don't mind emailing me & letting me know...thank you!!
    1) I ditto another question I saw up there, what is it printed on? I have contacted costco to see if it is something they will do, but don't know what to ask them to print it on.
    2) have you tried to print it yourself? possible?

    Thank you so much!!
    rjwood616@yahoo.com

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  84. Did you get a response about what type of paper was used and if you can print it yourself?

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    1. I wouldn't recommend printing it yourself... I've heard some bad things about doing it that way (like the image turned green, etc). Just get it printed professionally at a photo place like Walgreens or Costco!

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  85. Jamie - How do I print out the words. If the canvas is painted black and I want the letters to pop then the letters should be white? Should the words be printed on a laser printer? What about painting canvas vs. painting wood? Could you give more specific instructions?
    Thank you for your inspiration!!

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    1. I am glad I saw this! I usually delete "anon" comments from my inbox because I've been getting so much spam lately. Make sure you get the print done at a place like Walgreens, Costco, etc (a professional printing place). I've heard about prints turning green if you do it on a home printer so I can't guarantee good results with that. You could use wood instead of canvas. And I do recommend using a light or bright text against a dark background.

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  86. Hello! Thanks for your great idea! I may have missed it but I didn't see the answer in the comments about what type of paper you had it printed on? Photo? Thanks! nikispurling@gmail.com

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  87. I found this on Pinterest - beautiful! What a fabulous & creative idea -you are so talented! This would be great in the kids' scrapbooks too.

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  88. Hello......just curious. I love the design on the side of your canvas. Did you paint that, or use some other medium? Also, have you had any luck with larger sizes? I am loving this idea, and my mind is going a million miles a minute with projects! Thank you!!
    Rookhuizenj@gmail.com

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  89. Hi there- I love this picture you have created! I have been trying to make one but am having problems with the picture bubbling up on the canvas once modge podge is applied. Any suggestions/advice are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. oops my email is rachelparrish24@gmail.com

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  90. Thank you, this was awesome! I have 21 nieces/ nephews and 3 more on the way. I LOVE to give gifts but sadly am not a millionaire, so I go for personal over spendy. This worked perfectly for the older set! God bless your future ventures!

    Gabrielle Poole
    Jxpxgxpx@gmail.com

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  91. How did you did you distress the canvas?

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  92. How did you did you distress the canvas?

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  93. This may be a silly question, but I'm assuming using a word document and word art is not a vector program. Any free programs out there for something like this? If I keep it small enough, will that help?

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