Recently my husband saw a sign at a restaurant that he told me he had to find. It was a $5 Charge for Whining sign. He wanted one for his workplace. I looked online and saw many versions of them but decided instead of buying one that I would make my own.
I was excited to get to use vinyl for the first time with my Cricut Explore. I designed the sign and uploaded it to the Explore to cut it out. I weeded out all the parts that wouldn’t be going on the sign and placed transfer tape over it.
I had already painted the wood with two coats of paint. Whatever color you want the words to be will be your first color.
I removed the backing and lined up the sign on the wood. I used the tool that came with my Explore to smooth it down good.
I saw a pin on Pinterest for this post that talked about Mod Podge being the secret for crisp lines when using vinyl lettering. It is absolutely true. I painted a layer of Mod Podge over the vinyl letters and let it dry. Then I applied a couple of coats of black paint on top.
Once the paint was dry I used a piercing tool to lift a corner of the vinyl and remove it.
This was my favorite part. It was so fun to reveal what was underneath the vinyl.
I finished the sign by applying Krylon’s clear matte finish spray paint. I was so pleased with how everything turned out. I haven’t had time to make another sign but I’m obsessed with using vinyl and can’t wait to make another.
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