A friend sent me an image that she had snagged from Pinterest and asked me if I could make her a tile like the image. sue music   The image had paper with musical notes on it and she wanted that in the background, just like pictured. Well, I wasn’t sure how I was going to accomplish that…but I did! I think I have almost an exact replica. :~) I found some scrapbook paper that had musical notes on it. Once I got it home I realized it was probably the exact same paper.  I then designed the saying in KNK Studio and cut it from vinyl. I like using “outdoor vinyl” on signs as it is meant to be permanent and seems to stick better. I used a 12×12 piece of thin pylwood and stained it. I then applied modge podge to the plywood and applied the paper. When that was dry I applied liquid laminate on the paper. I could have used modge podge but had liquid laminate left over from another project that I wanted to use. When that was dry I applied the vinyl. Here is my version of the plaque.

IMG_2230 Then, because I like that friend I decided to make another Pinterest project. It was a card that I saw and liked and decided to use the same paper for the card. In KNK Studio I designed the saying, saved it as a jpeg, imported it into Word and printed it. I used the KNK to cut the paper for the card…perfect every time.

IMG_2244 And THEN, because I had the modge podge out, and because My Vinyl Designer had a post on Facebook I decided to make my next project. Anyone who has tried to apply vinyl to canvas knows it can be a pain. I have had it where one color stuck perfect, the next not at all. Once again I like the outdoor vinyl but you are more limited by color choices if you like the matte finish. The post said that you should paint your canvas and let it dry. Then coat the canvas with modge podge and let it dry. And then apply the vinyl and it should stick like magic. I didn’t even waste time painting the canvas, I applied the modge podge to a bare canvas and let it dry. I then applied the vinyl. It wasn’t quite magic but I would say it was a 75% improvement.

IMG_2237 And my husband thinks I spend too much time on the computer. :O)



34 thoughts on “Music!

  1. Oh those are all terrific projects. And I can even think of places to use them, that’s even better. Thank you for sharing your projects with us.

  2. I have a friend who was a school music teacher. I need to keep this in mind for her. Thanks for all the good ideas!

  3. I have a friend who would love this. You have given very clear directions. Thank you.

    • When I modge podged the paper to the wood I used a brayer to smooth it out and get rid of the bubbles. It worked great.

  4. Wow what a great idea! Thanks you Nancy for sharing this project. My daughter’s BFF plays Violin in High School and this would make a great birthday gift for her!

  5. Hi Nancy beautiful work. I too am a Grandmother of 2 Lincoln 2 & Blake 6mths I love Twinkle Twinkle what fonts have you used on your subway canvas. Have a great day Cheers Val from Melbourne, Oz

  6. What a great idea, Nancy, and so well executed. Love the paper. All your projects are very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  7. What great projects! You make them sound really easy because your directions are so clear. Thanks for the tip about applying vinyl to canvas. I’ll have to give these a try.

    • They are so easy , especially the music plaque. The twinkle is more time consuming because there are a lot of letters to adhere to the canvas.

      • I know what you mean about applying the little items. I did one at Christmas with snowflakes. It was tough as I didn’t prep the canvas in any way first.

  8. Very nice work! I especially love the “Twinkle” tile. Thanks for the ideas.

  9. Great projects! You nailed the first project!! I like outdoor vinyl, too. There are a ton of options available, and it definitely does stick more aggressively!

    Thanks for Sharing!

  10. These are lovely! I think I will make something along the lines of your music tile for my friends daughter for her birthday. Thanks for sharing!

  11. U done a great job on the music plaque but I have to tell you I REALLY like the Twinkle Little Star the best and may just do one just like it. TSMFS

  12. I learned something today about modge podge and canvas. It truly makes a huge difference in allowing the vinyl to adhere. But today I made a canvas and didn’t allow the modge podge to dry as long as I should have. When I pulled the tranfer tape off the canvas it pulled some of the modge podge off making it look crackly in places. I grabbed my foam brush that I had rinsed out after applying the modge podge and squeezed it so that it was just a bit wetter than damp. I then went over the canvas, vinyl and all, placing a bit more emphasis where the modge podge had come off. It leveled everything off and you would have no idea that there had been a “problem”.

  13. My grand piglet is in the Jr. High band and plays a wind instrument..can’t think of which one..a bigger one than an oboe though. This is a perfect idea for a card for her especially when she wins another award! Thanks (Clarinet I think it is).

  14. Nancy, Have you ever tried to use vinyl on floor tile? I bought a slate tile to use as a monogram piece on an easel. I can’t get the vinyl to remain on it. I have used alcohol and cleaner on it to see if it was dirty or greasy and still no stick. Do you think if I spray a fixative on it it will work?

    • I have done a lot of tiles, I don’t think any of them were slate though. On normal floor tiles the vinyl sticks great. I generally use outdoor vinyl for the tiles because it sticks better. I had a friend who put vinyl on a pallet and she said she sprayed the wood with a spray adhesive and then applied the vinyl and it worked great. I asked her if the wood remained sticky where there was no vinyl and she said no, that when it dried it was no longer tacky. It may be worth a try. You could also try modge podge.

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