A few months ago, I spotted some wall art that I thought would make a nice engagement or bridal shower gift. But, then I had a light bulb moment and I thought, “That would be even cuter done with some digital supplies!”
I always keep a little notebook with me to jot down ideas and sketches so there I stood…. in Target …. notebook in hand … sketching out how the alphabet letters were positioned so that my “I”, my “♥” and my “U” would line up correctly!!!
Let’s get started with our supplies:
- Dotty Gels: Black alphabet by Mari Koegelenberg
- Dotty Gels: Red alphabet by Mari Koegelenberg
- picture frame
- Red River 60lb. Paper Canvas
First, measure the opening of the frame you are going to use.
Tip: Even if I know what size a frame is, I still measure it. I’ve had to re-print too many projects in the past because it didn’t fit into the frame correctly.
The opening of my frame is 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches so I opened my program and created a new blank canvas using those measurements.
After opening all of the black Dotty Gel alphabet letters and the red Dotty Gel “I” and “U”, begin positioning the letters on the blank canvas in the following manner:
- A through E on the 1st line
- F through K on the 2nd line
- L through P on the 3rd line
- Q through U on the 4th line
- V through Z on the 5th line
Use the grid tool to help you space the letters evenly. Note that I left a border around the edges of my letters.
Replace the “O” with a cute heart from your stash – the heart I used is NOT included in either of the alphabet packs. Mari created the gel heart esp. for this project. Thanks Mari!!
Once you have all of the letters spaced to your liking, merge all of the letter layers and the heart layer together – but do not merge them with your background layer.
Increase the saturation on your alphabet and heart layer before printing for a nice strong color. Add a shadow to the alphabet letters. Merge visible.
Copy and paste your merged layer onto a blank 8.5 x 11 inch blank canvas for easier printing.
Print using your printer’s best print option – I printed on Red River’s Paper Canvas because of the rich, luxurious texture. It’s hard to see in the photo because of the glass.
tip: When photographing projects with glass, remove the glass for the pictures for a perfect photo with no glare!!!
(Unfortunately, I was unable to do this with this particular frame :()
Next, trim the printed piece.
Insert your art into the frame and you’re done!
Tip: Save your ready-to-print file to use as a template for any other “I *heart* U” wall art that you may want to create.
If you decide to create your own “I *heart* U” wall art, I’d LOVE to see it so please come back and link me up so I can leave you some luv!!!