Painted Wood Beer Plaque

OK, so this is pretty much one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. And I gave it away.

Beer Reverse Stencil Wood Plaque

I mentioned in my Potter Pub Sign post that I had an idea to do a painted wood sign for a craft exchange. Well, this is the sign. It’s only the second thing that I’ve ever done with a reverse stencil technique, but I love it so very much. And I gave it away in the exchange! And the worst part: I did a ton of work tracing and editing the beer glass image in the Silhouette Studio software and somehow I didn’t save it. So I’m sure that I could recreate it to make one for myself, but it will definitely take some time and effort.

After I created the design, I cut it out of vinyl (the vinyl was everything that’s cream in the image) and applied it to the wood plaque that I’d painted a few coats of cream acrylic paint. After the vinyl was applied, I painted over the inside portions of the design with a few coats of gold acrylic paint, and the outside of the design with the a few coats of the cobalt blue. When everything was dry, I very carefully peeled off the vinyl design. Peeling it off was a little nerve-wracking, but weirdly pretty fun!

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But seriously, how cool is this?! Pretty cool. The quote is one that is often misquoted as Ben Franklin’s (though he did write something very similar about wine), but is still a good one regardless. The cobalt blue, cream, and gold color combination is one of my favorites. I’m definitely pretty proud of this and I hope I can get my second attempt at it to turn out half as well as this one did!

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Potter Pub Sign

So there are a few things I like a lot – and Harry Potter and pubs are two of them! I was participating in a craft exchange a few months back and one of the crafts I had in mind was a painted wooden sign that I’d make using vinyl cut with my Silhouette as a reverse stencil. It sounded like a good idea, but I’d never actually used that technique before, so I figured I should create something for myself first, just to prove that I could make something that way.

I picked up this naked ornate-looking wood sign at Michael’s and a few bottles of acrylic craft paint. I thought it would make the perfect pub sign. Since my husband and I are big Harry Potter fans, I thought it’d be fun to do a Potter-themed pub sign. I downloaded a Gryffindor lion design from the Silhouette store (which is no longer there, otherwise I’d link to it…), and asked the girls from my craft group for some ideas on Potter sounding pub names. Someone suggested “The House Cup” and I thought it was perfect! I used a Harry Potter font (probably Wizard school) for the pub name, and cut everything out using indoor vinyl on my Sil.

A few coats of paint and some peeling later, and I had an awesome new Harry Potter-esque pub sign:

Gryffindor Pub SignIsn’t it just, like, the greatest thing ever?! I hung it in our dining room, across from the wine cabinet and wine glass shelves that we use as a bar area. It fits right in with our other beer and liquor related art and it makes me smile every time I see it in the room!