Do you know Michelle over at:
If you don’t know Michelle, you should really check out her blog. She works really hard to share a lot of creative ideas from all over blogland! In early December I was lucky enough to win a giveaway for vinyl from:
Laura is so sweet and I was very impressed with how quickly she put together a customized piece for me.
Laura and Beckie (Infarrantly Creative) have joined forces and are making unique vinyl wall definitions. Can you tell by looking at my banner (above) what definition I requested?
If you remember my Family Rules sign, you know that when I do subway art type signs I use Luan instead of 1/2 inch plywood.
I used the same technique for this artwork. However it was 18 degrees the day I cut the lumber for this project so I moved indoors as soon as I got my cuts made. Because I didn’t want to venture back outside to get my nailer, I used Gorilla Glue to adhere the 1x’s and the Luan.
I cut my Luan 24 inches square. I ripped some 1x’s to 1 1/2 in width. I made a little frame on the backside of my Luan. Luan has a definite right and wrong side. You can see I was working on two projects at once. The one in the foreground is a top secret project I won’t be showing until after Christmas. The larger one (background) is actually very thin plywood that had wood grain on both sides. I chose the better of the two sides for the “right” side.
To hold the 1x’s on the Luan, I used Gorilla tape while the Gorilla Glue’s bond set up.
I painted the board with Behr’s Black Suede.
I followed the directions from Say It On The Wall and let my vinyl lay flat. It was a little curled from being shipped.
I used my handy dandy sewing gauge to measure the distance from the word to the edge, making sure it was the same distance on all four sides. You can see how nice the sewing gauge works for this. The little slider makes this task so easy!
You can see here why I use the 1x frame. It gives the wood depth, as though the sign were made from a solid piece of lumber.
I have no in-progress photos. I don’t think I have a chance at becoming a professional vinyl applier. I was definitely vinyl applique challenged!
Here it is hanging on my kitchen wall. I haven’t found a permanent home for it yet. I may put it in my hallway, and I won’t be able to get a good picture of it there. If it weren’t so cold, rainy, and snowy, I could take a good shot of this with some natural light. That’s not going to happen anytime soon.
Thanks so much to Michelle at Someday Crafts and Laura at Say It On The Wall for this wonderful piece!