Part 1: Prepare Your Images
Locate deer and floral images from copyright-free on-line sources or use your own images. The deer image used in this project was found on Pixabay and the floral images on GraphicsFairy. The deer image is available below. Some lovely floral options may be found at Vintage Wallpaper Cabbage Roses, Victorian Large Roses, Vintage Roses, and Vintage Pink Roses.
Upload the image to Design Space. Select the complex image type to retain all the details of the image. (Note the difference in the image preview of simple vs complex type.)
Use the ‘select and erase’ tool to click to remove large areas of similarly-colored background.
Use the ‘eraser’ tool to continue to remove unwanted parts of the image.
Choose ‘Preview’ to help you see little bits of background that you might have missed.
Save the image as a Print Then Cut Image.
Print the image on regular copy paper using your printer. You can choose to print the image with or without a small bleed area around the image.
Place your printed image on a light grip cutting mat and load the mat into your Cricut. The machine will scan the image and then cut.
Carefully remove the cut image from the mat. Prepare your other collages images in the same fashion.
Part 2: Create the Collage
Paint the canvas board using acrylic paint in colors of your choice. The sample uses Manganese Blue mixed with white (at the center) and black (at the edges). Allow to dry.
Glue the collage papers to the canvas board using matte medium or decoupage glue. Be sure to apply the medium both beneath and on top of the papers, pressing them well to the canvas board. If desired, apply additional paint to help the papers blend into the background.