Wednesday 26 September 2012

Weddings Signs & Birthday Card

Hey again!
I've been working on trying to do some signs for a friend for her wedding... The task at hand was to re-create something similar to this pin (i don't know who to give credit to..?) However, I was to make 4 signs by doing both sides of some wooden plaques I picked up at Michaels.

See the pin to the right.  Beautiful, hey?  She has two ring bearers who will bring the sign "Here comes the bride" before she walks down the aisle and "they lived happily ever after" when they go back. She also requested "Thank You" and "Mr. & Mrs." signs for photo ops. This is very trendy these days and I am in love with it!!

Firstly, we painted both sides of the plaques with acrylic black paint.  We then painted white acrylic paint over top.  Nothing fancy here as we were just going for the vintage feel.  Miss Baby J even helped out!!
Next was just sanding the edges of the wood.  I used my little sanding machine that I have rather than go through the hard work. LOL. My initial thought was that I would make these signs using a stencil that I created from my Cricut.... However, I did not like how they turned out so I axed that idea!! Test it out if you like though.

I then decided to test out my handwriting, which was not too bad but nobody really likes their own handwriting.  I didn't take a picture of this... I forgot!!  Every time I redid something I just repainted the white and distressed/sanded the wood.  It didn't take long so it was fun to play around doing different things.

Finally I decided that I would try to use white card stock with the words printed on the signs.  I then would get the distressed look by using Colorbox chaulk dye to create the black and white lines. I also used some Tim Holtz White picket fence stain just to have some faint white streaks as well. I did this and let it dry before I printed the words on the paper.
I then traced the plaques and cut out the shape for each of the signs. I glued those onto the plaques and trimmed off the edges. I then sanded the edges manually so that it would blend in nicely. I also added liquid pearls around the edges and some ribbons to match her decor.
 And here's the final products (2 of the 4):
Today is my husbands 31st birthday so I had to get a card done for him as well!!! Male cards are always so difficult!! I tend to sway towards that twine... love it!!  But this time I crinkled up the "happy birthday" banner to give it an old look.  I also stamped some more vintage type stamps on the patterned paper.  It's clear I am getting braver and braver as I did some doodles in the upper left corner and lower right. Check it out!
Materials Used (all Stampin Up Products): Grundge Rock & Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets, Festival Series patterned paper (5x6 paper pad), hemp twine, library clips and SU basic black
Have a great day!!

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