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

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.


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