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March 12, 2015

Rainbow Birthday Board: Sisters' Challenge Project


Well, this month's Sisters' Challenge didn't work out exactly the way I planned, but my kids love it so much that I'm going to share it anyway.  In a perfect world, I would re-do this project to make it perfect, but hey- I'm on a deadline here!

I've been wanting to try this kind of PVPP project for awhile (Paint, Vinyl, Paint over, Peel).  In this style of project, you paint your base coat in rainbow colors so that's what will end up showing through in your letters.  I've seen this used in all sorts of ways, so I finally gave it a try.

Can you tell why I'm not super thrilled with this project? Look closely- my letters bled a lot.  Turns out I used some crappy vinyl that didn't stick very well to my board.  Normally I would paint over the letters with the base coat color to "seal" them- but I didn't see how I could do that with this rainbow method.  I crossed my fingers, hoped for the best- and it didn't quite turn out.  Still- from a distance it looks fabulous-- and now you know that even craft bloggers have FAILS!
Here's how you do it:
1.  USE GOOD VINYL (see above!)
2.  Paint your board in rainbow colors.  I just kind of eyeballed it based on the layout of my words.  There is not right way to do it- just paint how you feel like painting.
3.  Apply your vinyl decal with transfer tape.  Push down carefully to make sure it sticks well to the board.
4.  Remove transfer tape, leaving vinyl behind.  You may want to paint over your vinyl in the base coat color before continuing to "seal" the edges of the letters.  That way, if anything bleeds, it will be the color that's already there.
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5.  Paint over your vinyl in desired color.  I used black craft paint to really make the letters pop.
6.  After your top coat is mostly dry, remove the vinyl letters carefully with tweezers.
Now you have a fun decoration to display for a birthday or party!  We have some fun countdown blocks the kids use to get ready for their birthday, so this will be joining the blocks.
I hope you read yesterday's post from Laura.  Not only is her Rainbow Scarf beautiful, but she shared with us all here decision to "retire" from blogging.  While I'm sad to see her go, I'm grateful for the help she's been here and all the creative projects she's shared.  I fully support her in her new piano-teaching efforts and wish her every success in that!
That leaves me here by my lonesome.  I no longer have someone to share the load with, so I'm going to be figuring out a new posting schedule and some new ideas to keep this blog fresh and moving.  I hope you'll stay with me and see all the fun things I have in store!  If you have any suggestions on things you'd like to see here on Occasionally Crafty, let me know in the comments!
Tune in tomorrow to find out how I lost 10 lbs in 8 weeks- the right way!


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13 comments:

  1. If you paint the edge of your vinyl lettered with clear gel medium, it should work the same way as painting over them with the base colored paint. I've never done this on canvas or vinyl lettered, but it works on walls and wood with tape! :)

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    1. Oh that's a great tip! I tried Mod Podge once but when I peeled the letters it peeled up the paint with it. Thanks! (And thanks for the compliment below :)

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  2. Oh! I forgot to say that I like it as is! The bleeding gives it a rustic, or older look! Character. Perfection is overrated! :)

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  3. I love it the way it is, looks great =)

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    1. Thanks Christine. I'm kind of a perfectionist so thanks for helping me see the positive in it!

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  4. It looks very vintage chic like that ;) I think it still looks great!

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    1. Oh, thanks Shannon! I like it a lot- I just wish it was perfect you know?

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  5. This is a great project, and you're awesome for posting something that you didn't consider perfect. There aren't enough lessons learned on the internet! We'd love to have you join us at the Idea Box link party---its brand new and started today! http://www.creativeclementine.com/2015/03/idea-box-link-party-week-1.html

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    1. Oh thanks! Hopefully someone else can avoid my mistake! I'll check out your link party- thanks!

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  6. I'm a crafty gal myself but have not done anything like before. A very cool craft and it turned out great

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    1. Thanks Kim! I appreciate your kind words!

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  7. Looks very cool, you are crafty Valerie!

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  8. Love this! What a great idea. :)

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