March 22, 2012

The Grass is Always Greener Sign and a Silhouette Promo

Before I show you the project for the day I wanted to tell you about a Silhouette promotion going on from now until March 28th.  Here's the deal:


You get 1 Silhouette CAMEO and 1 Silhouette Studio Designer Edition Software for  $269.99 (MSRP $350)!  Click the picture to go to the deal and use the promo code "ROAR."    OR, if you already own the Cameo, you can buy the software for 50% off!


Features of the Design Edition Software:
Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition contains all the same functionality as Silhouette Studio® plus the following designer features:
  • Ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files
  • Rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs
  • Sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • Creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • Enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • Built-in ruler and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing
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Today I wanted to show you a project I just used my Cameo to create.  Remember the quote you guys shared with me on Saturday?  I liked it so much I made a sign.  (There were a few different versions of the quote, so I went with this one.)


I'm so excited to hang it up.  Okay, here's how I made it.  I played a long time on the software designing it.  It's 36" tall and 11" wide.


The reason I made it those measurements was because I bought a 1x12 pine board to put it on.  A 1x12 is actually only 11" wide.  I bought a 6' board and had them cut it into two 3' pieces.  It was around $8.  You can buy one that's 4' long and cheaper, but the 1' would have gone to waste.  I wanted to have another 3' piece in case I wanted to make another sign.

I cut the vinyl without a mat, which I had trouble with in the past.  No problems this time around.  It cut it perfectly.  Then I weeded out the negative space.


I applied the transfer tape....because I wouldn't dare not use it.


I applied the vinyl and sprayed white spray paint in three, separate, thin coats.  I removed the vinyl when the paint was barely dry.  I don't like to leave the paint too long or I think the vinyl ends up bringing some of the paint with it.


Now this is where things got crazy.  I wanted to weather the wood.  I read five hundred tutorials on how. I purchased a steel cleaning thing and white vinegar, but it wasn't actually steel wool (even though the package said "steel") so it didn't work.  Then I drove to five stores with my kids to find some.  I finally found it but I didn't have enough time for it to work properly.  I tried to rush it, but that didn't work.  It needs to sit in the vinegar for 24 hours.  Then I got super annoyed and took action.


I decided to glaze it by watering down black acrylic paint.  I should have done this hours before hunting down all the stores for steel wool because it worked exactly how I wanted it to.  Yay.


I brushed it on...


...and then wiped it off with a paper towel.  Super easy and it still looks like gray, weathered wood.


I need to give it a little clear coat, but it's essentially done.  Wahoo!



ADDENDUM: You can now buy the vinyl for this sign HERE for just $20 and there's another tutorial for how to complete it HERE.

I feel like I had a lot of project frustrations and fails this week, so I was really ecstatic when this turned out the way I had envisioned it.  Rex has told me multiple times this week, "Not every project works out Mom."  He's a funny little guy with a lot of advice for being a four-year-old.  

Thanks for stopping by.

21 comments:

  1. What a super cute sign! Is there any deal on the Designer Studio software for those of us that already own the Cameo?

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  2. Absolutely adorable! I love the quote and the idea... you blended them flawlessly :D

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  3. I adore this!! You did a fantastic job - just perfect.

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  4. Cheri,

    Where are you going to hang or place it? What about somewhere where the family gathers the most? There is a lot of watering that gets done when family is together.

    Maureen

    P.S. How is the boys bathroom decorated? I went through the archives looking for a post on that topic but couldn't find one. I'm just curious because the rest of your house is done so nicely.

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  5. This is too cute! I don't think I would be able to pull off something so cleanly done - wish I could buy something like this!

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  6. I love this combo of the quote too, much better than the images I get with the ones that say the grass is always greener where you fertilize it. =)

    I have done so many fun projects that have been inspired from your posts, probably because I have boys with similar ages.

    I have the Cameo and have had issues using it with the mat so I have been reluctant to cut vinyl because I didn't want to waste it but would really like to try now. I would love more info on the layout for designing this if possible.

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  7. Love it. Love the promo, too. I'm going to go check the couch cushions for an extra $300.... ;)

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  8. OMG I love this sign. You are so awesome!

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  9. I love this sign , and thanks for the promo code for the design studio !
    I wonder if it would be possible for you to share what fonts you used , and where you got your graphics.
    Glad I found your blog!

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  10. I love it! I so wish I could make my Silhouette sing like yours does! Wait, that totally goes against the message in your sign! :(

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  11. I am completely in love! Any chance you could get me your file for this so I don't have to reinvent the wheel here? I got my silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I am having so much fun using it to decorate my home and my little boys (2&4). Do you have a shop or something?

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  12. Great job...I bet it felt so good when it was finished!

    Going from store to store with kids can be a bit stressful...glad it all worked out in the end ;)

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  13. Your sign looks awesome! You are a talented chick.

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  14. I absolutely love your sign!....Can you make this file available in your etsy shop as well? Pretty Please???

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  15. Gorgeous!!! Completely gorgeous!

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  16. Any chance you could share the file? I have access to professional vinyl lettering machines and would love to do this sign on a door off my back deck :)

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    1. It's not an easy file to share because you have to go out and download every font I used. Otherwise, it won't work. It's not a PDF, it's just saved as a Silhouette file. I'm not sure how to easily get to people who want it. Sorry!

      Cheri

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  17. Yes. Just read the red lettering at the end of the post. The vinyl is for sale, but you have to apply it to your own sign.

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