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Create Gorgeous Canvas Prints for Valentine’s Day

Amy LocurtoAmy Locurto

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Photos hold a special place in my heart, and I always have my camera by my side. Like me, I’m sure you have a ton of photos sitting on a computer somewhere that you haven’t printed yet! Canvas prints are the perfect idea for showing off those photos. It’s so easy to send pictures to FedEx Office and have them turned into beautiful ready-to-hang canvas prints!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I decided to design a fun collage for my daughter’s new “big girl” room. We just began decorating, starting with a big section of wall that needed some love-inspired canvas art. What is more perfect than designing something just for her, including photos of our new kitten… her new best friend!

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My daughter had no idea why we were at FedEx Office; this was a total Valentine surprise. She was ecstatic when I revealed the wall art! I was extremely happy with the colors and impressed with the fast turnaround. Most orders are ready in 24 hours or less.  I sent the file online at 8am and it was ready by 2pm. Now that’s fast!

Need a Valentine’s Day gift idea? I’ve got some easy DIY tips to inspire you to create your own personal art gallery with customized canvas prints!

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Step 1: Choose the room where you want to display your canvas art.

This will help you decide which photos to use and whether to use black and white or color images. When in doubt, go with black and white. It’s a classic look and will always be in style. It will also help you decide what size canvas you need.

Step 2: Decide on your design.

You can easily upload one photo to print, or do a collage of several photos. I make my photo collages in Adobe Photoshop, but if you don’t know how to use that particular program, there are several free programs online that are simple to use. One I recommend is www.canva.com. Just type in your project size and start designing your canvas art using their free templates.

Step 3: Save your file in the correct size and format.

FedEx Office has three different canvas sizes to choose from, and they’ll even give you 50% off your canvas print order placed now through March 2, 2015.

Canvas Size Options:

To send your order online, you’ll want to save your images in PDF format. If you don’t have the ability to change the format, just save your photo onto a USB drive and head over to your closest FedEx Office location.

Step 4: Decide whether you will frame the canvas.

You don’t have to frame them since they are wrapped around a frame already. I have a canvas photo from FedEx Office in my living room that is not framed and I love it! (see photo below)Canvas Print 2

DIY Ideas for Canvas Wall Art

I loved how my daughter’s canvas print turned out, but she wanted to add some extra sparkle and cuteness to match her new room. In just a few simple steps, I added some bling and floral ribbon to the frame. I thought it turned out adorable! (see photos below)Valentine's Day Canvas Print 4Tacky Glue and Ribbon

I used Fast Grab Tacky Glue, blue jewel embellishments and floral ribbon.

After sticking the blue jewels on the small pink heart, I trimmed the ribbon to size so it would fit around the frame.

Lastly, I added dots of the tacky glue around the edge of the frame and stuck on the ribbon.

 

My daughter is thrilled with her new wall art! I love how it’s unique just for her and hope she treasures this special Valentine’s Day gift for many years.

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Amy Locurto

Amy Locurto is a graphic designer who shares party ideas, recipes, crafts and family stories on her DIY lifestyle blog Living Locurto. She is also co-founder of the award winning photography blog, I Heart Faces, where she hosts fun photo challenges, photo tips and tutorials. Her goal is to encourage others to live a more creative life! Amy’s DIY ideas and licensed art can be seen on various paper products along with US Weekly, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Apartment Therapy and The Huffington Post. Amy lives in Dallas, Texas where she enjoys getting creative with her two children. All contributions from Amy Locurto are through a paid partnership with FedEx Office.

Amy Locurto is a graphic designer who shares party ideas, recipes, crafts and family stories on her DIY lifestyle blog Living Locurto. She is also co-founder of the award winning photography blog, I Heart Faces, where she hosts fun photo challenges, photo tips and tutorials. Her goal is to encourage others to live a more creative life! Amy’s DIY ideas and licensed art can be seen on various paper products along with US Weekly, Martha Stewart, Real Simple, Apartment Therapy and The Huffington Post. Amy lives in Dallas, Texas where she enjoys getting creative with her two children.

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