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:
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- 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.