Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sweet Simple Spring Sign

I'm still not convinced that Winter is going to lay dormant and Spring will come to life. But I went ahead and jumped on the "spring" sign bandwagon.

I started with a 1/4 x 4 (really 3.5) x 2 plain board.
Sorry- painted it before I grabbed my camera. WHEN will I ever learn??
I mixed a little Ace Hardware Besalt into a smidgen of Ace Hardware's Polliwog (green) and stirred. =) Ho I added a little of the blue concoction I made the other day and a dab of Benjamin Moore's Cloud White. FOCUS! Stirred it all up.

And ended up with this...which you probably can't see very well:
*I did not sand or prime...I just went for it!*

I dry brushed Eddie Bauer's Bittersweet across the front. In no particular fashion.
I let it dry then I rubbed walnut Distress Ink into the corners and along the edges.

I created a Spring vinyl design and cut it with my Silhouette. *Memory card full* No pictures for a few steps. Sorry. I applied application tape to the vinyl design.

In the meantime, I painted the inside of a toilet paper roll Copper Glow and the outside with a mix of Burgundy craft paint and BM's Cloud White. Once it dried I made a cute spring flower. I first saw these little nuggets of goodness on the DIY Show Off's link party.

Allison at: A Glimpse Inside
 has a great tutorial on how to make these little beauties:

I painted a clear button burgundy and strung twine through the holes. And hot glued it to the flower.
Oh. so. cute!
I put the vinyl on my sign making sure to measure, measure, measure. I gave it a good dry brushed coat of Cloud White. And peeled the vinyl lettering off before the paint was completely dry. Once dry, I hit the edges and corners again with the Distress Ink. And in some spots across the front but not very many and not with much pressure.

AWESOME!! Sign is dry & has been distressed! I wrapped one end in hemp about 1" wide securing it with hot glue in a few places. I made an X in the front and shoved a brown thumb tack through it. ;)
I hot glued my pinkish and orange buttoned flower made from a toilet paper roll to the other end. A neat lil Spring sandwich. Sorry, couldn't resist.

And here is how it turned out.

I used hemp string attached by...again...thumb tacks on the back for hanging. It's VERY light.

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  1. I love it!!!! Again!! The hemp is a cool idea and I love the flower!

  2. Thank you Tammy! The hemp was actually a last minute add decision BUT I am so glad I did it! =)

  3. I just found your blog and I am really loving it!! I love how distressed everything is. Where do you get your walnut distress ink? Is it like an ink pad? I've tried so many different distressing techniques and haven't like any yet.

  4. @Brock and Emily...Thank you! You can find Distress Ink in the stamping aisle at Hobby Lobby. I Didn't check for it anywhere else. But I'm guessing it can be found at most craft stores. There are several different colors to choose from. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Love it! Very cute! And thanks so much for sharing my flower. Yours looks great on your sign.

  6. That flower is a great accent! Thanks for linking up!

  7. @Allison~Oh good! I am so glad you like it! I thought the idea was so fun and I couldn't wait to try it. I'm going to teach my nieces how to make them.

  8. @Jaime~it added just the right touch of spring huh? Thanks for hosting your party! ;)

  9. that is too cute, love the details on the ends. this is a great idea. thanks for sharing this at my party!

  10. That is SO cute!!! I may have to make one! I would LOVE it you linked it up to What's in Your Garden!


  11. awwww, I especially love the twine tied around the end, very nice touch!


  12. @Kim~It did add just right touch! Come on Spring!! =) Thanks for stopping by!

  13. I don't get a chance to use paint much, but that flower is too cute and looks great on the sign. I might have to try making some of those!

  14. yet again, amazing. that lil flower is an added touch. i made those a while back and added a gem in the center of the flower to ground it...

  15. Beautiful ideas!! I'm a new follower...thanks!

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