Here is what I made and I will try to give you a tutorial of some sorts for how I arrived at this finished project.
Once the Mod Podge had dried, I started layering my colors. I used a combination of blues, browns, gold and bronze. I also used a stencil to add some background to the corners and bottom of the canvas.
Once I had finished painting the background, I removed the vinyl letters, exposing the white canvas underneath.
I then painted the tree branch and bird to finish off the look that I was going for.