THIS is why I love crafting – when you make something and just love it and how it turned out. This is why my cutting machine is my most favorite craft tool, because I can whip up projects like this whenever I want. And with awesome fonts and cut files on hand, the possibilities are endless. Today I want to show you how to use a cut file to make a painted sign – with those awesome crisp paint lines, grateful sign. And TOO funny, it’s actually a GATHER sign, but I keep using grateful and gather hand-in-hand, whoops!
So good, right?! I love it! Here are some pinnable images if you want to save those on Pinterest for later:
Gather Sign Thanksgiving Craft Idea
–my FAVORITE transfer tape, it’s the best!
Video Tutorial, Crisp Paint Lines
Lucky you, I have a VIDEO tutorial that is just a couple of minutes long, to walk you through the process:
Crisp Paint Lines, Grateful Sign
If you prefer a step-by-step photo tutorial, I have that too! Let’s dive in!
Next up, weed out the vinyl and then use transfer tape (loving this new transfer tape, clear with grid lines!) to transfer the design onto your project.
Remove the transfer tape and voila, decal is on your project and you’re ready to dive in to the next steps.
The SECRET to Crisp Lines
The secret to crisp lines is to seal in your stencil. Paint over your decal with the same paint as your background – here it’s white. That way, if there is any bleeding through, it will be the same color as the background. And that color will fill in any gaps in your stencil and “seal” the edges. Let dry.
Next up paint your color coat – here I used a chalky black. Let dry.
Now comes the fun part – go ahead and peel up your stencil decal – look at how crisp and clean those lines came out – soooooo goood!!
Next I sanded my project to give it a more distressed look and so you can tell it’s painted and awesome.
That’s all there is to it!!
Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas
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