Saturday, June 1, 2013

Handpainted Sign on the back of a CABINET door!

I recently bought a Silhouette Portrait. I was so excited until I opened it up and attempted to use it (without reading any directions). I have to say, I'm pretty computer literate and this thing is extremely intimidating for me. Needless to say, I could figure out how to cut letters - so I cut the letters I needed for the sign I have been wanting - and here is how it turned out.

 
I painted the back of a cabinet door black with craft paint and laid out my letters (cut from plain cardstock). I put a dab of glue under each letter to hold it in place, then I used a dauber and went over all the letters again in black. As soon as it was dry to touch, I used the dauber and went over the entire sign with the off white craft paint. I like the rough, shabby look, so I wasn't too concerned with getting it perfect. 
 
Once that was dry to touch I pulled the letters off. A couple of them were already stuck to the board in spots, so I left them as-is. Since this was my first project and I was admittedly intimidated by the Silhouette, I didn't use vinyl because of the cost. Once I got all the cardstock off that I could, I used fine grit sand paper and sanded away - this removed the remaining cardstock that was stuck in places. At that point I used an artists brush to touch up some of the letters and voila - done...
 
But....as I looked at it perched up on top of my kitchen cabinets I felt as though something was still missing. So I put three quarter sized dots of paint on a paper plate (Bleached Sand, Raw Sienna and Fawn) and dry brushed them across the sign, like this.
 
 
Now, that is exactly the look I was going for....Here's the finished sign. What do you think?
 
 
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9 comments:

  1. I love your sign! It turned out wonderful. I love the two colors of paint and the wood showing thru ~ so cool!
    I'm visiting you today from Trendy Treehouse. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  2. The sign really turned out nicely and using the bleached sand, raw sienna and fawn gave it a lot of depth.

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    Hope to see you next week with another great project.
    BeBetsy Link and Hop

    The best to you,
    Sharon and Denise

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  3. Love your sign! I am new from southern charm! I would love for you to check out my blog and hopefully follow me back! Nicole

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  4. Thanks for visiting Petticoat Junktion. It must have been fate. I just unpacked the cameo silhouette that I have had for over 2 months. Now I have to figure it out. A friend said she buys white contact paper at Walmart,only $5 for the roll. Much cheaper for stenciling or vinyl lettering

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! Good to know. I bought Silhouette's vinyl at Michaels and it is specifically excluded from their coupons, so it was 14.99 - only to get it home and realize they're only stocking the Cameo vinyl - so I had a lot of waste, since the Portrait is 8.5 x 11.... Will definately try contact paper next!

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  5. I wanted to let you know that You Were Featured on VMG206 ~ Brag About It Tuesday's Linky Party from last week! I have pinned your project to my Brag About It Features Pinterest Board here. I can't wait to see what you've been working on this week!
    I have pinned your project to my Brag About It Features Pinterest Board. I can't wait to see what you've been working on this week!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

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  6. I just bought a Silhouette Portrait and your finished sign has inspired me. Awesome result!

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    1. Thanks Jeanine.... And a tip, in case you haven't already figured it out... Use black contact paper, in place of vinyl for this kind of project. Of course, I did it with cardstock - which was kind of time consuming. But I did some projects over the weekend with contact paper and it works GREAT!! And is so, so, so much cheaper than the vinyl!

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