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Sign Making 101

Saturday, February 11, 2012

If you are like me and don't own a Circuit or other type of cutting machine it can be hard to imagine how to create a great sign without the perfect stencils...



If you have been following me on Facebook then you know that I just took the leap and opened a booth to sell some of my stuff at a local vendor -YIKES!

I really wanted to make a sign for my booth, but was at a complete loss of how to achieve the look that I wanted without a stencil or the slightest bit of artistic skills. 

That was until I stumbled upon this great tutorial on transferring letters!  I was so excited to try this out! 

 I will not go into too many details on the how to process because she does a very good job of breaking it down step by step.

I made my sign from a couple boards from an old pallet that I painted off white and then sanded heavily.

I then followed her method to the "T" :-)


Until my impatience got the best of me :(  I just couldn't handle waiting until the next day to peal off my papers and therefore I had a hot mess on  my hands!  My wet paper ended up sticking to my letters and picture. 


I used a razor blade and scraped off the sticky paper and was happy to see that most of my images transferred okay.

I picked up some craft paint and painted over the top of my images...


And then sanded over the top of them once again when everything dried. 


I tied my little signs together with twine to go with a more unique look (I seem to have an obsession with twine lately - see my posts here and here).  It is amazing how far one roll of twine will go!


Although, as usual, I made it a much longer process; I couldn't be more pleased with the end result! 

This post will be featured at Mom's Fun Money this week.

I will be linking up to the following parties...

; http://sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.laughloveandcraft.com/ ; http://www.thestuffofsuccess.com/ ; http://www.remodelaholic.com/ ; http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/; http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ ; http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com; http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com ; http://kissedbyafrog.blogspot.com/ ; http://www.happyhourprojects.com/ ; http://www.homemakerinheels.com/ ; http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/; http://littlebighouseontheprairie1.blogspot.com/; http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/; http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com; http://todayscreativeblog.net/;http://twenty-eight-0-five.blogspot.com/; http://www.thegunnysack.com; http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com; http://athomewithk.blogspot.com/; http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com; http://space46.blogspot.com; http://www.itsoverflowing.com/; http://5minutesjustforme.blogspot.com/ ; http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com ; http://www.herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com; http://www.tipjunkie.com; http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/; http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com; http://findingmywayintexas.blogspot.com/; http://www.tipjunkie.com; http://howtonestforless.com; http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com

26 comments:

My Great Finds by Linda said...

Love the sign! You are on the ball, have yet to get to make one for my booth. That's on my list of things to do.

Jaime Lyn said...

so so so cute!!! :o)
Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

Sherry said...

I love it! So cute!!!
Sherry's Bees Nest

aimee said...

wow, such a gorgeous sign, good luck with your booth, i would love for you to link up at http://twiggstudios.blogspot.com/2012/02/try-on-tash-mirror.html

Elisa said...

I love your sign - so cute! When I get impatient I get out my heat gun to make sure it's really dry before I wet it...just an idea for you.
Have a great day - thanks for sharing!

{northern cottage} said...

ok this is pretty stinkin cute! love our industrial vibe going on! mmm I heart junk too! xo

www.NorthernCottage.net

Our Delightful Home said...

This is such a creative idea! I would love for you stop by at my party and link up via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Mrs. Delightful
Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

your sign looks great! Thanks for sharing the tut!! Visiting from Sunday's Best Party! Drop by my blog sometime!

Tabitha said...

That is so pretty. I just love the bird with an extended tail.

Mel's Designs...'n Harmony said...

I like making signs like that...good job! I've also used twigs to make my letters....give that idea a try for your shop...good luck! Mel's Designs

Stefanie's Blissful Happiness said...

Wow, thank you! I am just like you with no cutting machine and no writing skills what so ever! I cant wait to try it out!

Stefanie

http://myblissfulhappiness.blogspot.com/

Q @ JAQS said...

Oh I love this sign. I'll need to try this out.

Love for you to share it at my linky party here if you haven't already :)
http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-18-linky-party-and-features.html

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Love your sign! Good luck in your booth...it's scary at first, but sooo much fun :) Laurel

chateau chic said...

Love your sign! Hope you do well with your booth. I'm in the "business" and it's a lot of fun. You meet amazing kindred spirits as well.
I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

'Love it! -Marci

Courtney said...

Wow thanks for sharing this!! I've always thought there must be an easier way!

cathy@my1929charmer said...

What a cute sign. I wish I had a cutting machine, but don't. I know I will try this method out, it looks pretty easy. Congrats on your booth, hope it does well, I just started my own too. So exciting! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay! Now following you on Linky. Please follow back!

How to Nest for Less said...

That is so adorable!! Fantastic job Brooke!!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Love the sign! I will have to check out the method you used and try it out myself.
I am newly following your google and linky tool, visiting from FNF.

~Shanon

Jessica Kielman said...

Oh my goodness! I love it...it is so different than the other signs I have seen, and I love the jute tying the layers together! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to link this up, along with anything else you like!
http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-1.html

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Honey at 2805 said...

Cute sign, Brooke! Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

By Libby O said...

Great sign, love the vintage look!

Lynda said...

Thank you for posting this wonderful tutorial! I have 4 planks I have been wanting to do this to :)

I found you at Under the Table and Dreaming & am your newest follower <3

Have a wonderful week,
Lynda
http://misstoristreasures.blogspot.com/

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Looks fab in the end! And good luck with that booth. Scary & exciting all rolled in one ...

:)

Linda

Q @ JAQS said...

I featured you today :)


Thanks for joining JAQS Studio "Made by ME" Linky party!

http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-19-linky-party-and-features.html

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

This turned out AWESOME!!!! Thanks so much for sharing at my party!!! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!!! Just in case you haven't entered, my giveaway for 1000 full color business cards ends tonight at midnight!!! Glad to be following you!! XO, Aimee

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