DIY: Glitter Deer Head Decal Gift

Glitter Deer
(heylaurenrene)

Step One:
Gather your materials
-Cardstock deer head template (download found here)
-Canvas (any size, but this one is 12"x16")
-Gold glitter
-Small bottle of black gloss acrylic paint
-Large paintbrush
-Small paintbrush
-Pencil
-Yardstick
-Liquid gold marker or pen
-Blue painter's tape
-Elmer's glue
-Clear enamel spray or hair spray

Step Two:
"I printed out the deer head then enlarged it by 20% on my printer/copier onto two sheets of cardstock.  Taped them together and cut out the silhouette (you can leave it an on an 8×10 if you want I just wanted mine a little larger)"

Step Three:
I marked off 2″ wide stripes on the canvas with a pencil and the yardstick (just divide evenly based on the size of your canvas)"
(heylaurenrene)

Step Four:
"Use blue painter’s tape to mask off the stripes you don’t want paint on.  Wrap the tape around the sides to the back so you can paint the edges too.  Once the blue tape is on, paint the black gloss paint on the alternating stripes.  Allow to dry.  Then remove the painter’s tape."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Five:
"Place the deer head cutout on top of the canvas and trace with a pencil."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Six:
"Once you have traced the whole template, remove and go over the pencil with the liquid gold marker.  This is a huge step a lot of the tutorials skipped, but I think it’s so important.  It’s hard to get clean edges with the glue so the gold marker will give you a perfect outline."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Seven:
"Use a combination of your large and small paint brush to fill in the outline generously with white glue.  The thicker you put the glue the more dimensional it looks.  Try to stay slightly within the gold outline so the edges stay crisp."
(heylaurenrene)

Step Eight:
"Dump on the glitter and let it set for about a minute.  When done shake off into a paper grocery bag (so you can pour the excess back into the container).  If there are any spotty areas you can touch them up with glue and glitter.  I also used a dry paintbrush and brushed away any glitter that fell outside the lines.  When done give a light coat of enamel spray or hairspray to keep the glitter in place."
(heylaurenrene)