Natalie Wagstaff here with you today. I don’t know about you guys, but I like to leave my Independence day decorations up for all of July. To ring out the end of the month I have made a frame with my state and a few cute words, Land That I Love- from our National Anthem. To get started I gathered:
red acrylic craft paint
light ivory acrylic craft paint
charcoal acrylic craft paint
two 1″ foam brushes
wood glue or craft glue
a vinyl applicator
Brooklyn Alpha Stencil Masks from Hazel & Ruby (can be found at Michael’s craft store)
Chalk Art Alpha Stencil Masks from Hazel & Ruby (can be found at Michael’s craft store)
a pin or needle to help pull up stencil masks without tearing
I cut the state of Utah in vinyl from a Silhouette Cameo, the pattern was $0.99 from their website.
an 8″x10″ frame, I chose a white distressed one
a piece of 7.75″x9.75″ mdf wood
I started by sanding my mdf wood, I bought this from The Home Depot, they will cut any size you ask. After it was sanded I double checked that my stencil masks would fit all on the wood where I wanted them to, then I painted just the front with three coats of light ivory craft paint. After the paint dried I applied my stencil masks and the Utah vinyl, to be sure that no paint would seep underneath the stencil masks I lightly smoothed out the masks with my vinyl applicator taking care to not tear the letters by pressing too hard.
Next I peeled off the transfer tape that was over the vinyl Utah. Then I started painting charcoal acrylic paint over the entire board, it took about three coats as well to cover up all of the light ivory paint.
Before I peeled everything off I added a little bit of red acrylic paint over the opening of the heart in the Utah vinyl. I proceeded by peeling off the stencil masks first and cleaning them with baby wipes, then reapplying them back to the backing they came on to keep them nice and organized.
I chose to remove the glass from the frame then used wood glue to glue my masterpiece to the frame. And voila, patriotism for your land!