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Patriotic Canvas Tutorial by Gillian Nelson

Today's step-by-step tutorial was created by Gillian Nelson (Blog: Gillian Nelson | Instagram: @gnelson05 | Pinterest: @gilliann | Twitter: @GillianNelson05)

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Supplies: Shimelle True Stories (370704) – Grey Floral Paper, (370719) – Berry Infusion Paper; Gems (IR002267) – I-Rock Adhesive Gems; Paint – CraftSmart; Sealer – Mod Podge; Gel Medium – Liquitex; Spray Mount – Scotch; Die Cut Machine – Silhouette Cameo

Trim the True Stories (red diagonal) Berry Infusion paper into three 4×4 squares. Cut or punch several star shapes out of the (navy blue) Grey Floral paper. Cut the letters “USA” from white cardstock.

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Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on three 4×4 canvases.

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Apply a square of the red paper to each of the canvases and allow to dry.

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Spray the back side of each of the USA letters with temporary adhesive spray. Allow a few minutes to pass so that they become tacky and then apply each letter to a canvas, roughly centering the letter within the space.

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Brush a thin coat of white paint over the entire surface of each canvas. (I mixed some heavy gel medium into my paint first as I was concerned that the inexpensive craft paint would be too thin.) Keep the coverage relatively light so that some of the patterned paper still shows through.

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Once the paint has dried, carefully remove the letters from the canvases revealing the bright patterned paper beneath.

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Brush a coat of Mod Podge on the backs of the navy blue stars and apply the stars to the canvases. Give the adhesive a couple of minutes to set and then apply a thin coat of the Mod Podge over the entire surface of the canvases. Allow to dry.

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Paint the edges of the canvas with navy blue paint and once dry, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the painted edges.

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Adhere gems to the stars using a liquid craft glue and then proudly display.

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