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A Little Love Sign and Banner

Americana® Acrylics

A Little Love Sign and Banner
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A Little Love Sign and Banner

designed by Cristina Smith

Sign up for a colorful Valentine's Day with a wall accent made with Americana® Acrylics.

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SUPPLIES

Americana® Acrylics

  • Baby Pink (DAO31)
  • Peony Pink (DA215)
  • Razzle Berry (DA276)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • DuraClear® Matte Varnish (DS60) — optional

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • 2" flat brush
  • saw
  • 3/4" flat brush
  • #5 round brush
  • wood glue
  • steel wool
  • vinegar
  • assorted scrapbook paper
  • matching ribbon
  • E6000 Glue (or hot glue gun)
  • scrap wood
  • push pin
  • wood boards (2, measuring 3" x 4.5")
  • wreath (heart-shaped)

INSTRUCTIONS

NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. To get the aged effect underneath the wood, if it's not already aged, pour a cup of vinegar in a bowl with steel wool and leave overnight. Apply the liquid to the wood the next day with a 3/4" flat brush, and it will naturally age. Attach the two pieces of wood together at both ends with scrap wood. Use screws or nails to put it together.
    Step 0 Example
  2. White-wash the front and sides of the weathered boards in Snow White. (This does not have to have complete coverage.) Let dry.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Once the paint has completely dried, use sandpaper to rough up the paint and give it a distressed look. (Sand as much as you want for the desired look. )
    Step 2 Example
  4. Using a Word document, print the letters LVE in font Arial, size 700. Cut out the letters and line them up on the piece of wood where you want them to go.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Trace around the letters lightly with a pencil. (The lighter you go, the easier it is to cover the pencil with paint, but don't go so light that the letters aren't visible.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. Use a 3/4" flat brush to fill in the outlined letters with Razzle Berry, Baby Pink, and Peony Pink as desired.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Attach the wreath to the board using a glue gun or E6000 Glue. Carefully erase any left-over pencil marks, making sure not to take off the paint. The project can be sealed using DuraClear Matte Varnish.
    Step 6 Example
  8. To create the bunting, cut triangle shapes from assorted scrapbook paper. (The pink triangles shown are plain paper with hearts cut from glitter paper.) Attach them to Valentine-themed ribbon with a glue gun. Use push pins to hang.