DIY Photo Canvases-Amy Howard Copy Cat

You can DIY inexpensive photo canvases at home using Amy Howard Copy Cat!!  There is even a YouTube tutorial!

Hey guys!!  Guess whaaaaaat?!?!  This girl started a YouTube channel!  Woot woot!!  So, this is something that I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time.  I have been hesitant because, let’s be honest, who wants to listen to me and watch me make things?  BUT, I decided to just jump in and do it anyways!  So, you may or may not go watch but I really hope that you do!

My first video is a tutorial using a really cool Amy Howard product called Copy Cat.  So, this stuff is kind of like Mod Podge but not exactly.  Instead of gluing the picture on you are transferring it.  The bottle cost about $25 but goes a long way.  I did 4 canvases and used about a third of the bottle.  Pair that with some canvases from Walmart and you have a super inexpensive way to recreate those great canvases that all the amazing bloggers are rocking in their gallery walls!

You can DIY inexpensive photo canvases at home using Amy Howard Copy Cat!!  There is even a YouTube tutorial!

Here is the run down on how this magic works!  I took a few pictures but in the excitement of making my first video I forgot the photograph some steps.  Doh!  Guess you’ll just have to go watch the video to see it in action haha.

Items Needed

  • Amy Howard Copy Cat
  • Photo Canvas (2 pack from Walmart-$5.98)
  • Picture (Printed on copy paper.  Inkjet is preferred)
  • Small Cup
  • Foam Brush
  • Old t-shirt
  • Water

You can DIY inexpensive photo canvases at home using Amy Howard Copy Cat!!  There is even a YouTube tutorial!

Step 1:

Cut down your picture.  If you are able to print to the edge on your computer you can skip this step.

You can DIY inexpensive photo canvases at home using Amy Howard Copy Cat!!  There is even a YouTube tutorial!

Step 2:

Tape off the edges.  This step is also optional.

You can DIY inexpensive photo canvases at home using Amy Howard Copy Cat!!  There is even a YouTube tutorial!

Step 3:

This part is where I forgot to take pictures.  Whomp whomp!  I guess you’ll just have to watch the video to see the rest but I will tell you what to do.  Using your foam brush, generously apply the Copy Cat to the canvas.  You don’t want to go lightly here, trust me!  Apply a generous and even layer.

Step 4:

Apply more Copy Cat to the picture.  You are going to apply it directly to the printed image so remember that your picture will be reversed when it’s done.

Step 5:

Put the picture (Copy Cat side) onto the canvas.  Using an old gift card smooth the paper and push the image into the canvas.

Step 6:

Wait 2-24 hours and then, using a damp old tshirt, buff the image until all of the paper comes off.

That’s it!  You’re all done!  I love how mine came out sort of antique looking.  A few tips before you get started though…

  • If you want a nice vibrant image try an ink jet printer.  My printer does not print great pictures at all so I wasn’t expecting to much.
  • Don’t be cheap with the Copy Cat.  Seriously, just don’t haha.
  • Lightly buff your image.  This isn’t the time to get all crazy guys!  Don’t take your frustration out on your beautiful photo canvas!

You can DIY inexpensive photo canvases at home using Amy Howard Copy Cat!!  There is even a YouTube tutorial!You can DIY inexpensive photo canvases at home using Amy Howard Copy Cat!!  There is even a YouTube tutorial!

I decided I wanted to do something fun around the border so I decided to use Amy Howard’s Variegated Copper Leafing!  I think it gives it such a fun touch!  I will be posting a blog post and video showing how to do that later on this week so stay tuned!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!

~Steph

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