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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Birth Stats Board (with DecoArt Dimensional Effects)

We recently had another nephew join our family, and since I couldn't attend the baby shower in another state, I decided to do something that I could send after he was born.

I found an 8x10 wood board at Michaels and used these other supplies as well:

stencil brush (so it was stiff)
DecoArt Dimensional Effects
black, white and light blue paint Deco Art 132276 Americana Acrylic Paint 2 Ounces-Baby Blue-Opaque (Google Affiliate Ad)

Start by mixing 1 tablespoon of Dimensional Effects with 1 teaspoon (approximates) of black paint.  Use the stiff brush to drag the medium across the board.  Don't worry if the coverage isn't perfect, and you want lots of lines in it as well--this will create the raised lines that will sand off and look distressed later.

When that's dry, cover the whole board, including the sides, with blue paint (or whatever color you want your letters to be in the end)

Cut all your information from vinyl and stick to the board when the blue paint is dry.  Paint over everything with white paint and remove the vinyl.

When the white paint is dry, use sand paper to take off some layers of white and blue paint.  The raised lines of the Dimensional Effects give great texture to the final product.

For other ideas on how to use Dimensional Effects, visit the DecoArt website.  They asked me to create a project for them, and I made these two picture frames, creating different patterns on them by the way I applied the Dimensional Effects.  I used a stencil brush to make the swirl marks, and on the other I used a popsicle stick to get thick lines. I have on my list to try this same kind of thing but using a color other than black to add in too.

Click here for a great post on How to Cut Vinyl


**I was compensated by DecoArt to create a project for them, but was not required to write a post about it--and of course all thoughts and opinions are my own**


  1. Beautiful job! Honestly, I can't thing of a single parent that wouldn't absolutely love this gift!!!!!

  2. I really love this idea and think I might tuck it in my back pocket for baby nephews 1 year bday. I always make them a scrapbook for the 1st year, but this would be a fun addition and way to remember :)

    thanks for sharing

  3. Love this! I want to do something like this for my son when he's born! Pinning!

  4. Hi Stephanie! You have the CUTEST BLOG EVER! I am new to blogging and addicted! We are actually related! I'm married to your cousin Brady...son of Barb & Rory Richeson. You have such a beautiful family.

    I adore this subway art! And I especially love the the stockings from the next post that you were finishing up!

    You'll see me checking in around here...so glad Aunt Terrie included your blog on the Year in Review!

  5. super cute! i really need to try these. thanks for sharing:)