I bought a Silhouette!! My new blog friend Gail at My Repurposed Life has shown so many new projects that I fell in "love" with the Silhouette... so... I took the plunge and bought one. The first thing I did was to cut a "Welcome" out of a regular piece of paper. Then, I decided I really wanted to redo this sign that hangs outside our front door.
My husband's friends made him this sign before we met (& married).
I went to the computer and designed what I wanted for
my our sign. (At this point I haven't said anything to my husband about changing the sign as I already know what he'll say, "It's ok the way it is.") I cleaned up the back side of the sign before I started attaching the stencil.
I have not received the vinyl that I've ordered so I used contact paper to create my stencil. (Also vinyl is a bit expensive to use as a "stencil.") Gail felt that vinyl 'may' stick to the unfinished wood but contact paper definitely would not stay. I had that little squeegee thing in my kitchen drawer. I've had it for years! I think it came from when I installed window tinting on a window in the house I had before I met my husband. I wanted to make sure that the contact paper was on there 'real good'. I wanted the edges to be 'sealed' as best as possible.
I also used my Pampered Chef pan scraper that I've had for years (and I use it for everything!) to make sure that the contact paper was down nice and tight. I used my tweezers from my beading kit to place the centers of the "o" and the "e's"
Then I proceeded to "stencil" the sign. I'm so excited! This is going to be SO EASY!
Ahem... do you see that? Here... look closer...
As hard as I tried, the paint bled under the edges. Hmmm... now what do I do?
Sand it down and start over?
I have a can of black spray paint.
Remember when I was working on painting the house?
(It's not completed by the way... it's too hot to paint now.)
What if I 'edge' the black letters with the lighter green paint?
At this point I'm not too sure if I like it.
Hmmm... still not sure... well... I'll hang it up and see what the hubby says when he gets home.
Actually, I do like it once I hung it up! I'm excited... I can't wait for the husband to get home and see it!
He came in the door.
Dropped off his lunch box.
Emptied his hands from the small grocery bag.
I asked him, "Did you see the welcome sign?"
He said, "Yes, it's laying there on the counter."
He's talking about the leftover stuff from the contact paper that I'd left on the counter!
He never even SAW the sign when he walked in!
So... What do you think?