Reverse Stencil Vinyl Sign

Remember how I mentioned last week I had a new friend, Portia, my Silhouette Portrait?  Well, we’ve been working together on quite a few projects.  I was so very nervous to try her out that first time.  I must have watched the Silhouette Portrait tutorial DVD a dozen times.  I played with the Silhouette Studio software for a while before actually allowing her to cut anything.  My experienced Silhouette-using friends recommended that I practice with cardstock before I try the more complicated materials.  I think this is sound advice because it did take me a little while to get used to everything.  Plus, I was so worried about ruining my vinyl.    Finally, I used some vinyl and a spare piece of wood to make my first project.

My Mom Made That: Reverse Stencil VInyl Sign

Mellow Man was the inspiration for the project.  First, he was showing me all of the cool techniques that his router could do on the edges of wood.  He made an example piece of wood that was about 8 inches long and 4 inches wide.  I thought it was too nice to waste.  Once Portia, the Silhouette, arrived I knew that I should make him a sign for his office.  When Mellow Man gets frustrated or annoyed with people, he frequently exclaims “Seriously?!”  Now Frog and I also use this saying.  I know that Mellow Man gets annoyed at work when people make silly mistakes that cost time and energy, so I thought this would be perfect for him to hang up.

Before doing anything with Portia, I used semi-fine and fine grade sandpaper to sand the routed edges.  I wanted to make sure that the sides that were cut against the grade of the wood were smooth to the touch.  After making sure that my surface was ready for vinyl, I played around with the fonts in the Silhouette Studio program.  I got a $25 credit to the online Silhouette store when I received my machine, so I downloaded several of their fonts.  I knew that I needed a taller font to fit the proportions of the wood.  I actually cut the words out in cardstock first, and then used them to see how the font would look.  When I was satisfied, I turned Portia on and had her cut out “Seriously?!”  Now, you can use any color vinyl for this technique, that’s what’s great about it.  I had some lavender vinyl that I had gotten as a sample, and let’s face it, pastels aren’t used a lot in my house of men, so this was a perfect time to put it to good use!  Position the vinyl directly onto your sanded wooden sign.  (Now if you wanted the word to be a color, you could have painted it, but I wanted the word to be in the raw wood.  Once I positioned the vinyl, I put a light coat of Mod Podge over the vinyl to seal the stencil.  I got this hint from Ginger Snap Crafts!

My Mom Made That: Reverse Stencil Vinyl Sign

Next comes the painting.  I wanted the sign to be nice and shiny, so I used a High Gloss Paint.  It took several coats to get the level of coverage I want.  You’ll still be able to see the vinyl beneath the paint.  Hopefully, you can see the word “Seriously?!” beneath the paint.  I get so impatient when painting.  However,  as you probably know, the coverage is better when you wait between coats.  Does anyone else have trouble waiting for paint to dry?

My Mom Made That: Reverse Stencil Vinyl Sign

Once everything has thoroughly dried.  Again, try to be more patient than I am.  (Actually this time, I put on the last coat, and went to bed– that way I could remove the stencil as soon as I woke up!)  You’ll need a pair of tweezers.  I liked using the bent nose kind, but I’m guessing that regular tweezers would work. Next pull the vinyl off carefully and gently although I found it came off very smoothly.  The best part is the wood underneath creates a lovely contrasting texture and pattern.  I love the way it turned out!

My Mom Made That: Reverse Stencil Vinyl Sign

The last step is to attach a hanger.  I actually used sticky, industrial strength Velcro since Mellow Man needed something to stick to his fuzzy walls at work.  I can’t wait to do this technique again!  Other than waiting for the paint to dry, it was an easy and fast project!

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  1. Loving it! So proud of you for mastering the Silhouette! Woohooooooooo!

  2. thats great- seriously!

  3. What a great tool, love your sign!!!

  4. Love it! It looks great. I can’t wait to get mine. I am sure I will be just as nervous!

  5. I love this and I SERIOUSLY need a silhouette!! Can’t wait to get one:) I did a reverse stencil recently- love the look of the wood showing through. Looks fabulous!! Can’t wait to try my own (hopefully soon:)

    • Yes, they are awesome machines. I’m so lucky to have won one. I bet there will be another contest in early August. You should try and win one!

  6. This project is so cute! I love the reverse stencil idea.

  7. This is great! I can SO relate to this post because I say “seriously” ALL the time! I also am in LOVE with my Silhouette machine {I have the SD} and I too have difficulty waiting until things are dry. I’ve never used the mod podge on the vinyl first, I’ll have to remember that and try it out on my next vinyl project. Thanks for sharing. Oh and I’ve pinned it too!

  8. SERIOUSLY! clever. Your sign turned out great and I am sure your husband thinks you are as fantastic as I do. We would like to invite you to party with us at 5:00 on Thursday evenings at the new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your very creative and clever idea. Come on over!!

  9. Cute! I have a front door sign I want to make, but alas, no Silhouette yet!

  10. This looks great! I say that all the time too! LOL! 😀

  11. Love this! Boy those vinyl signs are just the best! ox

  12. Love this!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday!

    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  13. I love this sign!! What a different idea to not leave the vinyl on the sign. It turned out great! My husband says the same thing ALL the time when he’s mad.

  14. I lvoe this, you did a great job! Come link it up to my party, if you’d like! Visiting you today from Dorothy Sue and Millie B’s too….. and I’m following you on Pinterest!

  15. Seriously?! How funny! Cute too. I love it! Now following on bloglovin.

  16. This is “seriously” cute!! I love this! Thanks so much for the inspiration – don’t you just love the Silhouette! . . . hmmm, now I just need to get a router ! 🙂 Thanks!

  17. Clever! Looks like you’re having a great time with your new “baby.” Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  18. I have been wanting to find a sign with a particular saying forever. Since I am not crafty, I never thought to make it myself. You are inspiring me too. This will be a feature on Thursdays Treasures.

  19. Sylvia Nolen says:

    I seriously need this sign. In my classroom, I probably say this a million times a day to my very active, silly, goofy junior high boys. I could just point to the sign and save my voice. They would love it.


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