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Canvas Stencil Art


I was in need of some Valentine’s Day decor so I thought creating a festive canvas would give my son and me something fun to do together. This Valentine’s Day canvas was deceptively easy to make. Stencil vinyl helps creates a crisp design and double-sided adhesive makes adding glitter easy.


  • The first thing I like to do when working on canvas is make a mock up of my design in Silhouette Studio. It helps me make sure my designs are appropriately sized before I begin cutting.

Valentine's Day Canvas Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • I wanted to create a reverse stencil with the bottom half of the design so I cut only that portion out of stencil vinyl. I weeded out everything but the letters and arrow and then transferred it to the blank canvas.

Valentine's Day Canvas Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • It was time for my son’s favorite part…painting! Reverse stenciling is perfect for all age groups since you’re going to end up with a gorgeous design no matter what. Seriously, go wild with the paint! As long as the stenciled parts are painted over you really can’t mess it up.

Valentine's Day Canvas Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette


Valentine's Day Canvas Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • When the paint was completely dry I took my hook and removed the vinyl letters and arrow. Be careful not to poke through the canvas with it.

Valentine's Day Canvas Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • I went back to my Silhouette Cameo and cut the “love” part of the design from a sheet of double-sided adhesive. After placing it on the canvas my son and I worked together to cover it in gold glitter. Without the help of the double-sided adhesive sheets I’d never dream of letting him use glitter. It makes it fool proof though.

Valentine's Day Canvas Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette


In my eyes, this is the perfect piece to display for Valentine’s Day since it was made by my little love. It doesn’t scream of being painted by a three year old, but I love knowing that it is.


Valentine's Day Canvas Tutorial | Analisa Murenin for Silhouette



Hi there, I’m Analisa! I love to travel and explore new places along with my husband and son. When we’re not on the go I’m happily crafting. I’ve been a crafter for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I collected every craft kit I could get my hands on. Not much has changed. I love my Silhouette because it such a versatile instrument for creating. I can stencil fabric with one project, then create stickers for my son with the next. I love experimenting with all it can do.

Designs Used:

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®


CAMEO 12-inch cutting mat



stencil vinyl

double-sided adhesive

glitter: essential colors


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  1. Great idea for a kid’s activity Analisa…and it came out beautifully too!

    1. Thank you Annie! I really love it and will probably end up leaving it up all year round.

  2. Super cute way to involve the little man
    I like your heart bunting in the background too.

    1. Thanks Torrie! Thankfully he is always eager to paint.

  3. So cute! My 5-yr old son just told me he really likes this, so we may be adding that to the to-do list. 🙂

    1. Kelly, your kids must have so much fun crafting with you!

  4. I love this and I was just painting with my 2 yr old granddaughter yesterday, we could have been painting this!! I will grab her up again to make this a present for her mommie… Thanks:)

    1. How fun Bonn! I’m sure her momma will adore it 🙂

  5. Love the glitter!

    1. Me too Martha! I just love how fine Silhouette’s glitter is…makes me want to put it on everything.

  6. I love, love, love this for a grandkids project! I’m just so new to this all: if i could have a little help in finding the design you used? When I searched it, I get over 44 pages with over 4.000 designs to choose from. i know I could figure something out, but I’d really just like to replicate yours, Analisa!

  7. I did finally find it! It was easier (much) to find when i added “arrow” to “love is all you need”. 🙂

    1. I’m glad you were able to find the design Bonnie! You can actually click on the picture of the design at the bottom of our posts and it will bring you to the exact design in the Silhouette Design Store. If you prefer to open it in your Silhouette Studio browser just find the design number and then search for it that way. Hope that makes it easier in the future!

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