I did keep the lines I weeded out, as my letter was slightly taller than the 12x12 sheet I cut. Oops.
I prepared my letter by painting it the base coat, or the color I wanted the area under the red vinyl to be.
Make sure you let this completely dry! I'll show you why in a minute.
When it is dry, I applied the vinyl using transfer tape, then cut it down as close to the letter as possible.
You'll notice I had to add two extra zig zags at the bottom. Don't do what I did- just cut a longer sheet of vinyl from the beginning.
I removed the transfer tape and made sure the vinyl was firmly attached to the letter.
This next step is super important for clear, clean lines. I painted over the edges of the vinyl (or stencil) in the base coat that I already used. That way, if anything was going to bleed under your stencil, it would be the base coat.
Now I was ready to paint my second color in between the vinyl stencil. Start lightly- it's better to do a few light coats rather than one heavy coat.
I let the paint dry, then peeled up the vinyl I used as a stencil. Then, I wanted to cry!
Now you'll see why it was so important to let your base coat dry. I thought I did, but obviously I didn't! When I pulled up my vinyl, half of my base coat came up with it!
If this happens, you've got twp options. 1- Chuck it in the trash and start again or 2- Get out a small brush and carefully paint in the most noticeable parts. Please give #2 a try before you do #1!
I decided to paint in all the big gaps where paint was missing, but I kept a lot of the smaller "scratches", since I was planning on age-ing it a little with sandpaper anyway.
Go over the whole thing with sandpaper and, if desired, a clear coat of sealer.
Attach a hanger by tying wired ribbon in a triple bow, or whatever kind of bow you desire. I attached mine to the back of my letter with a staple gun, but you could use a strong glue as well. Just let it dry before you hang it!
And now you have a cute letter to hang on your door!