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.
15″ KNK Maxx
Red Capped Blade
So many of the “hand painted signs” that you see are actually made with a vinyl stencil.
clear transfer tape
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
For this project I used a 12×12 piece of wood which I had stained black. I then designed my saying and centered it in a 12×12 square and cut it out. I weeded the letters out of the square and used clear transfer tape to transfer the 12×12 square of vinyl to the 12×12 square wood plaque. I then used a hard squeegee and made sure the vinyl was adhered to the wood plaque. After removing the transfer tape I went over the vinyl again with the squeegee. I then debated whether to use a brush to apply the paint or use spray paint and decided to use spray paint. I sprayed several “misting coats” until all of the lettering was white. Spray paint dries very quick so I was able to remove the vinyl after a few minutes
I had some one send me this picture and ask if I could make a wood plaque for them so they could make this sign that they saw on Pintrest.
MDF wood from Home Depot
Rustoleum 2X spray paint
15″ KNK Maxx
Red capped blade
Obviously the one in the picture was hand painted but she wanted to make a sign like it so that she could put her grandchild’s footprints on the plaque.
I get my wood at Home Depot and they are nice enough to cut it to size for me. I usually get it cut into 12″x24″ pieces and then if I need it smaller my husband cuts it. But, Home Depot will cut it any size for you. This plaque was 8″x 12″.
I then spray painted the plaque with white Rustoleum 2X spray paint. I like to let the paint dry for at least 24 hours. I then use a fine sanding block and lightly sand it. This makes a huge difference in having the vinyl adhere. I use a micro dusting cloth to remove any dust.
I designed the file in KNK Studio. The ovals represent the size of the little ones feet. It gave me a perspective for sizing the other pieces. The other “pieces” were either drawn in KNK Studio or used the basic shape tool.
I cut the pieces from outdoor vinyl.
I applied the words to the plaque and the rest of the pieces will be added once the foot prints are in place. She was making 4 identical plaques, thus all of the little pieces.
Here is the file twas the night before Christmas
So when you see something on Pintrest that you like don’t be afraid to try making it, you still have 10 days until Christmas Eve to make some awesome gifts. Enjoy the Holidays!
Last week, I worked with a customer on pixel tracing to create a stencil project. The final outcome was absolutely phenomenal and I asked if I could share it with you here on Team KNK, and I’m so glad she agreed.
Deb creates personalized, unique and beautiful designs in Make-the-Cut for decorative signs using her KNK Zing. Here is one example:
She uses stencil material; either a 6 mil mylar for one-time use or a 16 mil stencil material for multi-use.
Settings (KNK Zing):
- Speed = 13/13
- Force = 154
- Passes = 2
- Blade Height = 9 Post-it Notes
- Pixel trace the design in Make-the-Cut or create from scratch
- Use layers to separate each color for one stencil
- Cut the stencil material
- Apply temporary adhesive and press to substrate
- Cover any areas outside of the stencil that may inadvertently get sprayed
- Paint each layer and allow to dry between colors
And look how stunning this is!!!!
I want one! lol
Until you become a grandparent you have no idea how wonderful it truly is. These adorable little ones enter your life and if you are lucky, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy them. Here are 2 plaques that I have made so that grandparents can either hang their pictures or display their names on the hearts. The number of hearts can easily be changed. Here is the file for both team knk grandkids
Wood cut at Home Depot
Rustoleum 2x paint
Red capped blade