I made two fun signs to decorate my house. One with a graphic, for my son’s vintage sports themed room. The other may seem odd, but there’s a reason for it! We have a bathroom on our patio that no one (especially muddy children!) remembers is there. I wanted something funny to put on the door, so when I saw my inspiration piece I knew I wanted to try to create a knock off!
- Rusted Metal Sheets
- Acrylic Paint
- Sponge Brush
- Cutting Machine (If you don’t have a cutting machine you can use stickers)
- Mod Podge Antique Finish
I started by rubbing the candle in the corners, along the edges, and in random places on the metal sheet. This will cause the sheet to resist the paint and allow me to achieve a worn, rusted look on the piece.
Then I painted the sheet with two layers of my base color.
I cut the text out of vinyl and applied the reverse image to my sheet to create a mask.
Next, I painted the letters and after it was dry, peeled the vinyl away. Some of the paint lifted off with the vinyl, because of the wax resist technique. Exactly what I wanted! I used a cloth to rub off more paint, then sealed my project with Mod Podge. I used the Antique Finish to give it an aged look, but you can also tint your regular MP with alcohol inks to get a similar effect.
For my bowling sign, I used the trace feature on my Silhouette to copy an image I liked. As above, I applied the vinyl to create a mask, painted, rubbed off paint in the corners and on the edges, and finished with Mod Podge.
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Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at morenascorner.com. Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!