This monochromatic lucky shamrock canvas art is so fun to make! This easy Cricut project can be made in an hour or less!
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- 12 x 12 Canvas– You can use any canvas size you want, however I love the look of the 4 leaf clover on this square!
- White paint & paint brush
- Green spray paint
- Glue stick– using a permanent craft glue stick will keep this piece of art together over time.
- Chipboard– You can use the thinner or thicker chipboard for this project, or even if you find a super thick card stock at the craft store it should work as well.
- Cricut Maker & knife blade– The Cricut Maker and knife blade are awesome! You can also do this project on an Explore with extra thick card stock, but not chipboard.
How to make Monochromatic canvas letter art
To help decorate my home for St. Patrick’s day I came up with this cute lucky shamrock canvas art, its a monochromatic piece of art with raised chipboard lettering. It’s simple to make with the Cricut Maker.
Cut out a large 4 leaf clover and the word lucky in different fonts in chipboard. I’ve provided the 4 leaf clover and lucky text in two SVG files for you for free. If you’d prefer to use your own fonts go ahead and select different fonts in Design Space and type the word “lucky”. If you don’t have a cutting machine you can easily purchase chipboard letters at the craft store.
Trace the shamrock shape onto the canvas. Lay your Shamrock template on the canvas and trace around it with a pencil, lightly. The pencil mark will disappear after you paint the canvas if it’s not too dark.
Lay out the words and glue them down. I used smaller letters for the areas where the leaves met because you have two lines coming together and larger letters will not fit.
Paint the canvas. First paint the letters white. Don’t skip this step! The first time I made a piece of art like this I didn’t pre-paint the letters and when I spray painted it they were darker than the canvas, so I didn’t get the desired monochromatic look.
Once the white paint is dry spray the entire canvas with a light coat of spray paint in the color of your choice. I used green apple by Rustoleum in a satin finish. You can also use a craft paint and paint brush if you prefer.
Voila! Now you have a fun piece of art to display in your home during March!
If you’re looking for more St.Patrick’s Day ideas check out my list of St. Patrick’s Day Recipes, Kids Activities for St.Patrick’s Day, St.Patrick’s Day Crafts, St. Patrick’s Day Outfit Ideas and St.Patrick’s Day Free Printables
Can I make this project if I don’t have a Cricut?
Yes! You’ll want to print out a large shamrock shape out of card stock or thick paper and trace it onto the canvas. For the lucky words just head to the craft store and look for chipboard letters. Look for a variety of different fonts, but stick to around the same sizes.
Tips for cutting chipboard on the Cricut Maker
- Use a strong grip mat. (the purple one)
- Push the chipboard down super well, if you have a brayer roll it over the chipboard several times.
- Use painters tape or masking tape to tape the edges of the chipboard down.
- Make sure you push the white roller guides on the Cricut to the side so they don’t make marks on the chipboard. You can push them all the way to the right.
- Use the knife blade.
If you’ve got extra chipboard to use check out my Cricut chipboard yarn wrapped letters for your next project!
Can I cut chipboard with a Cricut Explore?
It depends on how thick the chipboard is. Cricut brand chipboard is made for use with only the Maker. However you can get thinner chipboard or super thick card stock/ poster board at the craft store that a Cricut Explore should be able to handle. Try using 321 cut pressure and doing a multi-cut 2x’s. Check this cutting guide for more info.
Download the 4 leaf clover file HERE. Upload the 4 leaf clover into Cricut Design Space. Size the Shamrock to be 11" in height. Click Make. Make sure the chipboard is adhered to the mat firmly with a brayer, use masking tape or painters tape around the edges for extra security.
Remove clover from cutting mat and trace with a pencil onto canvas.
Download the Lucky words HERE. Upload into Cricut Design Space. Right click on the Lucky text and select "ungroup". Then select each lucky word one at a time and select weld so that each word stays together in the cutting process. You will need at least 2 of each Lucky so go ahead and select all the lucky's and copy and paste. Click Make and cut out words.
Lay your letters out on the canvas along the lines of the shamrock that you traced. Using a glue stick glue your letters down to the canvas.
Paint the letters white and let dry. This ensures that the final canvas will be monochromatic.
Once the white paint is dry spray the entire canvas with a light coat of spray paint in the color of your choice. I used Green Apple by Rustoleum
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