Hosting a sign party with my Silhouette

I have wanted to host a sign party for a while.  I didn’t know the best way to go about it, so I never did it.  I decided to just dive in and go for it.

I don’t have much room and wanted to keep it small, so I limited the group to 4 ladies.  Everyone did the same design, so it was easier on me for getting things ready.

I cut the stencil on Oracle 631 and weeded the design beforehand for the girls.  I had cut a piece of contact transfer paper for them as well.

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I made sure everyone had their own weeding tool, scraper, paint etc.  I was able to set up the table the day before.  It was very helpful to be able to do it this way so I wasn’t rushing at the last-minute.

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I had the ladies apply the transfer paper and put the design on their pre-stained boards.  Then they peeled the transfer off and burnished to the wood.

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We applied one coat of chalk paint with a makeup sponge then waited 20 minutes.  I had food and wine for us to snack on while we waited.   I had them apply the second coat.  Then we peeled the vinyl right away while the paint was still wet.

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Overall, it went really well.  We did have difficulty with the vinyl not wanting to peel off.  I since bought new Oracle 631 and it works like a charm.  I am looking forward to hosting my next sign party!

Make it a great day,

Jen

 

 

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Home sign

I made my first outdoor sign.  I created the design in the silhouette design studio and then cut out the letters onto contact paper.  I am only working with a 12×12 mat at the moment, so I cut out the letters and had to measure and place them manually on the board.  I painted the top of the board with black chalkboard paint and let it dry all day.  I cut everything out and taped it down to see how it would all look before starting to apply the stencil.

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I used clear contact paper as my transfer paper.

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Then, using the hinge method, I attached the stencil to the wood.

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Once everything was placed, I painted over all the letters with black to prevent bleeding.  I let that dry for about 20 minutes.

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I proceeded with painting the whole board white.  I did two coats with 20 minute dry time in between coats.

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After I was done painting, I started to peel the contact paper letters off.  I did this when the paint was still fairly wet.  Just be careful not to smudge the wet paint.

At the end I used polyurethane as a sealer to protect the wood.

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I am really happy with how my first sign turned out and am loving the PVPP method for painting.

 

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Make it a great day,

Jen

Paint wood sign with a stencil

Yesterday I thought I would try to paint a wood sign again using contact paper as a stencil.  I wanted to compare the technique and outcome with the PVPP that I just did.

Paul painted the whole board white for me a few days ago, so there was no worrying about dry time.

I used the silhouette to cut the stencil.  I like using contact paper since it is a lot cheaper than vinyl.

I put the stencil on the board and made sure everything was flat and had good contact, no bubbles or spots where the contact paper was sticking up.

I only did one coat of paint, waited about 10 minutes and then peeled the stencil off while the paint was still a little wet.

I did notice I had some bleeding and the letters were not as crisp as the PVPP method.  It was the same brand paint that I used for both pieces.

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I will keep trying.  Practice makes perfect, but this morning I am leaning towards liking the PVPP method better.  And I did prep a board this morning to start a new sign.  Stay tuned!

Make it a great day,

Jen