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NYC Word Collage

NYC Word Collage
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My brother-in-law and sister-in-law live in the heart of New York City, just a block from Times Square. How’s THAT for a cool place to live? A year ago or so, when visiting home, my husband’s brother brought me some NYC maps, Broadway show flyers, menus and other goodies from The Big Apple. I don’t think he imagined I’d turn them into crafts for him, but I did! I used a map of New York City and used Mod Podge to attach it carefully to an 8″ x 10″ canvas. It was just one of the pieces of art I made for Dale’s family last Christmas.

Close-Up of the NYC Canvas ArtHere’s how I made the gift: I took a blank 8″ x 10″ canvas and applied a thin layer of Mod Podge with a foam brush. Then, I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge to the back of the map and while everything was still wet, I placed the canvas face-down onto the back of the map. The trick to getting Mod Podge to stick is to attach a wet surface to another wet surface. Then, I folded the rest of the map around the four sides and attached and trimmed the map and let it dry for 30+ minutes. You could do the same thing with scrapbook paper.

NYC Borough Word CollageThe next step was that I used the Cricut Word Collage and selected the New York collage image. I didn’t need to use software to do this, but when I cut vinyl, I like someone else to figure out the ideal speed and pressure for my machine. I made this project in December, before the Cricut Explore and Design Space existed, so I used my Cricut Expression machine and Cricut Design Studio to determine the proper size for cutting this project from black vinyl. Once it was cut, I weeded away the extra scrap I wouldn’t use and carefully applied the vinyl words to my dry canvas with transfer tape. Once any bubbles were smoothed out, I applied three layers of Mod Podge, allowing at least 30 minutes between each coat.

NYC Word Collage / Canvas Wall Art

The final step was spraying the finished canvas with a sealant. I sprayed this outdoors and let the canvas air out for a few minutes before bringing it inside to cure for at least 24 hours. Since I was mailing this (along with their other gifts) across the country in the dead of winter, I let the canvas cure for a few extra days. I wanted to ensure it was very well set and wouldn’t stick to the tissue paper and gift wrap.

NYC Word CollageThanks for reading my blog!

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