With only two weeks to go, I’ve opened up the Halloween bins and put up some decorations. The girls get super silly and scatter skeleton bones around the house and drape snakes around their necks. I debate between trying to keep the mess contained and letting them have their holiday fun. I was brainstorming ideas for this month’s Cricut Design Space™ Star Challenge and found myself really wanting to make a big chalkboard sign to bring something new and fun to our Halloween decor.
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Once I put together the image file in Photoshop, I was able to create the project with my Cricut, vinyl, and a large canvas. I’ll share the file if you’d like to make one, too. Don’t have a Cricut Explore? Well, BIG NEWS!! My team is giving one away to one of you! There’s a Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post where you can get all your entries in! I’m excited for ya because this machine is so much fun to use! Let’s get to the project:
You will need:
Cricut Explore or cutting machine with 12″x 24″ cutting capability
12″ x 24″ cutting mat
vinyl (12″ x 24″)
vinyl transfer sheet (12″ x 24″)
Halloween Chalkboard Sign file - click here to download
15″ x 30″ stretched canvas
liquid chalk pens or white paint
Begin by coating your canvas in chalkboard paint. I used a canvas that already had a coat of pink latex paint on it and my chalkboard spray paint completely covered it in just one coat. If you don’t have paint to prime the canvas with first, it may take more than one coat. Allow the canvas to dry completely. If you want to use a different size canvas, you should be able to easily use anything smaller with just a little adjustment of the image.
Upload the Halloween Chalkboard Sign .png file to your Cricut Design Space software. Adjust the image to fit a 12″ x 24″ cutting space. Lay your sheet of vinyl with backing attached onto the cutting mat and cut out the image. This will take a while, but hang in there – the Cricut Explore doesn’t need babysitting and I haven’t had it mess up in the middle of cutting yet. Grab a fresh cup of coffee and check up on your drying canvas. Once the design is cut from the vinyl, you will need to remove all of the words and images so that only the negative space remains.
You will need to use a vinyl transfer sheet to move the design outline from its backing onto the chalkboard canvas. This is painless as long as you use the transfer sheets!
Once you’ve placed the design onto the canvas (centered please!), peel off the transfer sheet and you’re ready to paint in the design. I used a liquid chalk pen because I thought it would give the canvas a more authentic chalkboard feel. The chalk pen bled a bit under the vinyl, which hasn’t happened with regular paint when I’ve done something similar in the past. Use whichever painting medium you prefer. Peel off the vinyl, using the pick tool to remove the small pieces, such as the centers of a’s and o’s and your canvas is just about done! You can gently spray it with a couple coats of clear paint to set the chalk or just leave it as is. Hang or prop it up on the wall and admire its festive beauty!
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