Sharpie on Canvas – Giving an Old Footstool New Life

Photo of old foot stool that needs new cover.

Old Footstool

This old footstool has been kicking around my attic for a while. I think I picked it up at a second-hand shop…. somewhere. I have been meaning to recover it, but haven’t gotten around to it.

I love using a Sharpie in my Zing. I especially like the result I get when I draw with a Sharpie on canvas! So, when I cleaned up my attic room and took another look at the old footstool, I decided to use this process to create a cute new cover for it.


Canvas Drop Cloth

Ultra Fine Sharpie

Freezer Paper


Red Capped Blade

Sketch file (Free file includes everything except text)

Settings on Zing:

Photo of Zing settings

Settings for Sharpie on Canvas

Force – 10

Offset – 0

Passes – 1

Speed – 9

Pen height  – 25 sticky notes


Measure and cut your canvas.

Photo showing affixing freezer paper to canvas and trimming edge Cut freezer paper to fit fabric. Use hot dry iron to affix freezer paper to canvas, making sure to put shiny side against fabric. Pay extra attention to be sure edges are adhered.

Trim edge of canvas and paper, making sure to cut off any loose threads. Check edges again to ensure they are still stuck down to paper. If not, press again with iron.

Carefully feed canvas with freezer paper into Zing. You will  not need to use the mat for this. Make sure fabric is smooth and even. Check for any loose threads and remove if found.

Insert Sharpie pen. Check settings. Cut file. Have fun watching the Sharpie draw on the canvas. Look here to watch the magic!

My new cover and a little paint…. and I have a “new” little footstool!

Photo of finished footstool.

Finished Footstool


Haunted House Napkin Holder & Centerpiece – Free File

I love fall, especially when it is a pleasant fall like we are having this year in the midwest. I can’t wait for the trees to start changing color! And nothing feels more like fall than Halloween! This file can be used as a 2 dimensional design, or as a 3 dimensional design. Using WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky, it is sturdy enough to hold more than napkins. It could also hold candy for the desk at work!

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Settings (Maxx Air):


  1. Open the haunted house file (free for a limited time).
  2. Cut the interior color from WorldWin CutMates.
  3. Cut the exterior from WorldWin ColorMates Smooth & Silky.
  4. Assemble with scrapbook adhesive.
  5. Embellish.

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Although I made this house for halloween, with a different color scheme it could easily be used for a multitude of projects and events. Picture a white card stock colored with red brick pattern on the walls and black shake shingles for the roof!


Every once in a while I get asked to make a “memorial” tile or plaque. They are never easy to make, but yet they also make me happy that I am able to make them for the family. None have touched me more than this one. It was for baby Gabriel . The image I selected for this post is not the picture that was included in the finished product, it was of a private moment between mom and baby. The family had pictures taken as it would be the only pictures they would ever have of their sweet adorable baby. I was amazed at the strength the family had at what was undoubtedly the worst moment in their life. Tears just seeing it again. IMG_3869 Materials


Mat for picture frame


KNK Maxx

red capped blade

force 40

speed 350

I simply selected the font, Lavenderia regular, typed the words, and arranged them to fit the mat or the frame. I then cut the saying from vinyl and applied it using clear transfer tape.


Distressed Fall Wood Sign

While getting my fall decor out, I realized I didn’t have any wood signs.   A few shopping trips did render any that I liked.  I got the idea that I could raid my husband’s wood stash and make my own with what I wanted on it, in the colors that match my other decorations.



Materials used:



  • Force: 15
  • Offset: .35
  • Passes: 1



  1. Choose the font and images that you want for your sign.  I chose Times New Roman for the font and I pixel traced a clipart I found online. FallSign MTC
  2. Cut the project out of the material of your choice for a stencil.  I chose contact paper because its cheap and I didn’t have spray mask vinyl. stencil
  3. Transfer the stencil over to the wood using transfer paper. stencilon
  4. Carefully paint on your colors, making sure to paint towards the center of the cutout to avoid bleeding.                                    paintedsign
  5. While the paint is still damp peel off the stencil so you don’t pull off all the stuff you painted (made that mistake on another project).  Allow the paint to dry. stencilremoved
  6. Take 220 grit sandpaper to distress the paint making sure to use a new little piece for each color or you will mix colors.       distressedsign
  7. Display your new sign!                                  display


Vinyl Decal on Framed Prints

Sometimes a framed print or photo needs a little something to make it special. I have found that using a vinyl decal on the glass or frame can be just the trick to make it “pop”. It works well for adding identifying information to a photo, or giving a print a bit of a 3-D effect.

Vinyl-Enhanced Framed Prints

Vinyl-Embellished Framed Prints

Here are some examples of prints that I’ve embellished with vinyl decal text. For the photo of my granddaughters, I added the date and place that the photo was taken. The other two images are designs of mine. I simply left part of the image off when I printed them, and added that part as vinyl to the glass.

Below are some close-ups so you can take a look at the detail.

Close-up of vinyl on glass

Close-up of vinyl on glass


Framed print

Oracal 651 Vinyl

Clear Transfer Tape

KNK Zing with MTC software

Red Blade

Exacto Knife

Rubbing Alcohol




Force – 15

Offset – .35

Passes – 1



Choose the font and create text in MTC. A script type font is easiest as it can be welded and is easier to weed. Adding extra weeding lines is also helpful.

(Alternatively, I sometimes use a drawing tablet and freehand tool in Inkscape to create my own text. I then save it as an SVG and import into MTC.)

Cut text out of vinyl. Weed excess vinyl. Add clear transfer tape. Squeegee to make sure transfer tape is adhered.

Clean glass with rubbing alcohol.

Add vinyl decal to glass. Carefully use squeegee to remove bubbles. Remove transfer tape.