A great plaque, a sad story

I hesitated sharing this story because it is not pretty. But if it makes one person extra cautious when going through a divorce it is worth sharing.

My niece started selling real estate with the same company as my son-in-law so he became her mentor. My niece lives in the same town that she  grew up in and she has 3 kids and was a teacher for a period of time so she knows a lot of people. One of these friends was her first “sale”. The couple had 3 kids, the eldest was about the same age as my nieces eldest who is 11. My son in law said they were the nicest family. So they bought the house and moved in. My niece had me make this sign for the family.

A few months later the husband was arrested for domestic abuse. The wife filed for divorce, the husband got out on bond. Long story short, he went for supervised visitation with his kids and as his wife dropped off the kids he killed her in front of his parents and then committed suicide. Domestic abuse happens every day, in every walk of life. Leaving is the most dangerous time.

Materials

Wood

Stain

vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK MAXX

red capped blade

force 36

speed 500

The sign is 12×18. It was stained with a gray wood stain and allowed to dry for several days. The laurel wreath design is from My Vinyl Designer. It was cut using my 15″ KNK MAXX and applied to the board using clear transfer tape.

 

Happy 4th of July!

A friend of mine is hosting her Family Reunion. She asked me to make signs for door prizes and also wanted some patriotic signs for the veterans in her family.

This is what I came up with.

Materials

Wood

Rustoleum 2X spray paint

vinyl

Settings

KNK MAXX

red capped blade

Force 36

Speed 500

Once again it was just a matter of picking 2 different fonts and resizing them to fit on the board. This was an 8×12 piece of wood that I spray painted white. I always allow the paint to dry at least 24 hours. I then lightly sand the painted board and wipe it clean with a microfiber cloth. Then it is simply applying the vinyl. Here is the file land of the free 7 2018    land of the free svg   I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th of July!

 

Simple, quick, and sweet!

I seem to have a lot of 8×12 scraps of wood and there always seem to be fun things to do with them. I saw this idea on a Facebook page and decided to make it for a niece. I believe the fonts are King Basil and Euphemia.

Materials

wood

Rustoleum spray paint

vinyl

clear transfer tape

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 36

speed 500

It was a simple matter of choosing the fonts & welding the script font. I then made an 8×12 rectangle and  sized and arranged the words in the rectangle as I wanted them to appear on the wood. Then I cut the words from vinyl, weeded them and used clear transfer tape to apply them to the wood. With in minutes I had this sweet plaque!

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Hot Mess

One of the new “crazes” is the “hot mess”. It looked like fun so I thought I would give it a try.

You start with a board painted white. Then you start adding brush strokes of color.

You continue adding colors until the entire board is covered.

 

Materials

Wood

Paint

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

red capped blade

Force 35

Speed 400

Then you add your stencil, this will be the design that shows through at the end.

 

I chose a rooster and a cow. Then you paint the entire board white again. Paint away from the design to help eliminate bleeding under the stencil and use light coats until you have the coverage you desire. Mine is pretty white, some people like to have the colors show through subtly.

I then used a brush dipped in gray paint and then wiped almost dry and made random brush strokes over the board. When everything is dry, peel off the vinyl.

And here is the end result. It was fun to try. Here is the file for the cow and the rooster in KNK, SVG, and MTC   hot mess rooster and cow

 

 

 

Family Tree

I had a request for a family tree. The person sent me an image of what she wanted and I was able to duplicate it fairly close. First I stained my wood.

Then I cut my tree in vinyl and weeded the tree out.

I then applied the vinyl to the stained wood and made sure that it was adhered well.

Then I painted the tree using a dry brush method…dipping the brush into the paint, painting most of the paint off onto a paper towel and then painting the plaque. The result was very faint so I kept applying layers until my white was nice and bright.

I then removed the vinyl. I cut leaves from various colors of vinyl and then cut the names from vinyl and applied them to the leaves. I then applied the leaves to the tree. I cut the family name and applied that. It was a fairly easy project and while the dry brush paint method was slow it was therapeutic  and the result was no bleeding.

Materials

Wood (Pine)

Stain

Vinyl

Settings

15″ KNK Maxx

Red Capped Blade

Force 33

Speed 350