Welcome back! Last week I created a Youtube video on how to make an anchor in Silhouette Studio. Today I wanted to share this Seas the Day wood sign that I made with my anchor file.
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Now I have to confess that I did a little editing on my anchor after I posted the video. I wanted to add a rope and it was quite easy to do.
When making the rope, I drew a curved line and offset the line. Now a little slicing with the knife here and a little welding there…. Trust me, you can do it too!
There was a little point editing, one of my favorite panels in Silhouette Studio.
The “Seas the Day” text was made with the Bluebell font from Creative Market. I love how this text works with this design.
Painting the Background
The wood for this sign was just a piece of scrap left over from another project measuring about 10 1/2 inches square. I had originally painted it white with Waverly Chalk Paint.
It had gotten a bit scuffed in my projects pile so giving it a new look was in order. I used Deco Art Americana Primary Blue. I also used Delta Creamcoat Antique White and then some Craft Essentials Ocean Blue from Joann.
Using a foam brush I did my best to create a washed, sort of ocean look. It wasn’t perfect, but in the end I was good with it.
I let it be for about 24 hours.
Cutting the Stencil
I cut the stencil from a closeout vinyl that I purchased from Vinyl World. It is very similar to Oracal 631. I love it for cutting stencils. It is easy to weed and I rarely get a bleed with it.
The matte vinyl settings with the blade on 3 usually works well for me when cutting the Oracal 631 or similar vinyl. Every machine is different. I’d certainly do a test cut if you are still getting to know your machine.
Painting the Sign
Again, I just used what I had as far as paint was concerned. I mixed my own color with a combo of the Primary Blue and the Ocean Blue that I used in the background.
My best advice for crisp letters is this:
- Be sure to let your sign background cure. I like to give it 24 hours for painted signs. Sometimes more for stained.
- Use a good quality vinyl for your stencil.
- Run your finger over the edges of the stenciled text and images to be sure everything is well sealed.
- I use a foam brush and dab off quite a bit of the paint. Less is better.
- Fill in the stencil areas with a short up and down motion. Use light coats and come back and fill in with additional coats.
- Some people peel while the paint is still wet. I usually peel the stencil when the paint is almost dry and has turned from shiny to more matte looking.
To add to the nautical look I added some rope. This is the Fab Lab Jute Rope from Joann. I left a knot at the top, wrapped the rope twice around the sign using hot glue to secure it.
Now my ‘Seas the Day’ wood sign is complete. It’s going to go in my bathroom as part of my nautical theme decor.
I hope this tutorial was helpful to you. If you would like to share designs and projects of your own, you are welcome to join my Facebook Group. I would love to see you there!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!!