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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Merry Christmas Sign

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
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Do you guys just love cute Christmas signs? I know I do! This one is easy to make because it uses a pre-made sign base (got in on sale at the craft store - which saved me the step of cutting and assembling the wood sign) and a single, pre-designed file in Design Space.

Once you have your sign base, either that you buy or make yourself, measure it so you know how to size the vinyl piece in Design Space.

For me, my sign was about 10 inches tall and about 19.5 inches wide. (Get access to the Design Space file here.) Resize the file so that it will fit nicely and fill your sign. This file is great because it can be stretched or compacted a bit to fit, and will still look great.

Next, cut out the vinyl. If you want a refresher, I have a great post here on how to cut and apply vinyl. We'll be using it as a stencil, so after the vinyl is cut, you will weed out all the letters and design elements (instead of weeding away the background.)

This is a picture of the transfer tape and vinyl down on the wood. 

Remove the transfer tape and make sure the edges around all the of the letters is pressed down really well with no wrinkles or bubbles. This will keep paint from bleeding. Now just paint in all the cut out spaces-- these foam stencil brushes work really well! I also try to not load my brush with too much paint, and that keeps the bleeding to a minimum. 

After the sign is all painted, peel up the vinyl, cutting as necessary to make it easier. Let the paint dry completely and your sign is all done! 

You might also like this post all about the new Cricut Explore Air 2, and this one where I compare vinyl cutting machines I've had in the past.

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1 comment:

  1. Love the sign!! Thanks for sharing how to use a vinyl stencil :)