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January 13, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Personalized Subway Art Project


Daddy D did something fabulous for me for Christmas.  He bought me a machine.  I am in crafting heaven!  For those of you who don’t know, it is a cutting machine that makes all kinds of letters and die cuts for scrapbooking.  It opens a whole world of scrapbooking and crafting possibilities!

Now, we’ve owned our new house for three months now.  As of today.  And there is so much work still to be done!  So I went on a Cricut project search on the web last week and came across on Subway Art from .  After this posted they actually had a Visit where over 100 projects linked up with all of their fabulous ideas.  So that was my inspiration and jumping off part.

In the end there wasn’t anything exactly what I was looking for.  I decided to go in my own unique direction.  I made a Subway Art piece with all of the places we have lived.  Since this is our forever house, I wanted to honor all of places we called home before we reached here.
This is how I did it…
To complete this project I purchased a 20 inch x 20 inch canvas from Michaels.  Last week they were 50% off, so I ended up spending about $6.50 on it.  I also bought a roll of adhesive vinyl to use with my Cricut machine.  This cost me $9 at Walmart.  I also used about half of a can of glossy black spray paint.  I already had this on hand, so it was no additional cost to me.
How to
I laid the blank canvas on my living room floor and spent one whole evening making a layout out of scrap cardstock pieces.  I made a list of all of the numbers, street names, cities and towns, states and zip codes I would need.  I then tried different fonts, styles and sizes with my Cricut cartridge (this was done with the Classic Font cartridge).  This takes awhile.  Be sure to write down what you have chosen for each word you cut so there is no guess work later.  Then arrange them on the canvas until you find a pattern you like.  You may need to recut a couple of the words to make them fit better or so that they are more pleasing to your eye.
When you are all done, and everything is written on your master list, take a picture of what you want your finished canvas to look like.  This is mine.
Now take your blank canvas, and following your spray paint’s instructions paint the canvas in a well ventilated area.  Be sure to get the edges and corners of the canvas because those will be left exposed.  This took three even coats for me to get the desired finish.  So glossy it reflects the flash back at me!
While the canvas was still drying I went to work with my Cricut.  Using the instructions on the vinyl I did what was called a “kiss cut”.  I used a depth of 6 and a low pressure setting to cut the letters and numbers.  This made it so that the machine didn’t cut through the backing, making it easier to peel the characters off of the sheet and place.
After I had cut all of my “master list”, I set to work on adding the lettering to the completely dried canvas.  This takes time and patience!  Also, have that picture you took of the layout handy to reference.  I would line all of my letters up with the proper spacing on a tool I use for scrapbooking to make my letters straight, but you can always use a ruler.  I then would place onto the canvas.
Slowly add until you are finished.
I love how it turned out!  I put it in my downstairs bathroom.  Now to come up with some other ideas to finish the room.  Maybe I’ll ask for help from you with that soon!
Not bad for $15.50, right?
I’ll be linking up here!
Serenity Now Crafty Cutter Party


  1. This is so great! It looks so great for it to be your first project! My subway art didn't turn out as well as I would have liked…I think it may be time to try it again:)

  2. oh this is fantastic! classy, cool and has meaning for your family! great job

  3. I LOVE this idea! I saw some really cute (and really expensive) nursery art that was like this. Now I can maybe (God help me!) attempt it on my own.

  4. Finally, some subway art with a Cricut (which I have) and not the Silhouette (which I obviously don't have!)

    I love that your project reflects something personal about your family. I always lean toward decor that has some meaning for us. Thanks for the great tutorial! I'm bookmarking you.

  5. This is just fab, might have to get my Cricut out and have a go! Thanks for sharing

  6. ~The Bargain Babe says:

    Saw you at the Crafty Cutter link up.

    Great job on the subway art! I have never used a cricut, but I do have a slice that I use for things.

  7. This is fabulous! I love it! It turned out gorgeous…and thanks for the idea!

    I'm visiting from Amanda's!

  8. Neat project! I like the nice, crisp fonts you used. I'd love to try this one, but we've only lived in 2 homes since we got married. 😉

    Thank you for joining my “I {Heart} My Crafty Cutter” party! 🙂 Hope you find some great inspiration, and come visit Serenity Now again soon. 🙂

  9. Kristina @ A Home Made by Kiki says:

    Great idea! I may have to wait to do this until we are in the home that we plan to be in for a long time. My husband is in the Navy so our residence is up to them at this point! Found you through Serenity Now's link up and I am your newest follower!

  10. Flipfloppingmamma says:

    I love this idea!!! We are in our 6th home since being married 13 yrs ago and my 19th since birth. This would make a great way to document all the places we have been together. 🙂

  11. This is a fabulous idea! It looks great, and I might just steal it!! 😉

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