Hello friends! I have a confession for you. I have always loved Valentine’s Day! It’s true! There is something so cheerful about the colors of red and pink. I am also completely smitten with the current trend of pairing red with light blue or aqua. It is so lovely. It was this, that inspired me to make this “You Have My Heart” vinyl stencil sign.
11 1/4 X 11 1/4 piece of lumber. (It is sold as a 12 inch width, but is really about 11 1/4.)
4 ft. length of furring strip
paint of choice for background
stain of choice for frame
paint of choice for design
Cricut cutting machine
12 X 12 piece of vinyl
Cricut image “You Have My Heart”
Instructions for frame:
Before making the sign
Cut the furring strips into lengths 3/4″ longer than the width and height of the sign. A eleven and a quarter inch sign would require 12″ lengths.
Stain the pieces and allow time to try. When possible, do the frame the day before. Set aside. Furring strips are pretty “rough” by nature. You may want to do some sanding if you don’t like the rustic look. Also, make your stain as “perfect” or “rustic” as you like.
After making the sign
I use a brad nail gun to attach the strips to the sign. Make sure you not only nail the strips to make the frame but that you also nail the strips to each other at the corners.
Instructions for sign:
Cut lumber into a square. Ours is 11 1/4 X 11 1/4. Sand the top if needed.
Paint your square using your desired method and paint color. I used some paint that I already had on hand using the BB Frosch Faux Stain method because I wanted some of the wood grain to show through. I did a soft aqua color.
Allow to dry.
Using your Cricut cutting machine, cut out the design in vinyl.
Weed out the lettering. You will be using the other part of the vinyl as your stencil.
Using transfer tape, remove your vinyl stencil from the backing and apply it to the wood.
Smooth out any bubbles and carefully remove the transfer tape, leaving the stencil on the wood.
Using a foam brush, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge around the edges of the letters. Allow to dry.
Using another foam brush, carefully apply paint to your stencil. It might take a couple of coats.
After allowing the paint to dry for a few minutes, remove the stencil. Set it aside to finish drying.Attach frame as described at the top of the post.
Apply clear wax if desired.
Learn more about faux staining with chalk paint from BB Frosch.