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Painted Santa Sign

Dec 22 2013 Liz Call
Christmas is right around the corner!  Can you believe it?  I have been very busy getting everything done so that I have been able to enjoy these last few days with my family.  Today I have one last project to share with you.  Last year I created a small printable with my favorite Christmas phrase.  You can read all about that here.  But this year I wanted to make a bolder statement.  I love it so much that I created this Some Cause Happiness Santa Sign.
The first thing I did was get my board ready.  I had these two scraps of wood from a different project that were the same size in length (15 inches), so my husband found some slats to screw them together on the back side.  The boards were 7 inches wide each making my finished board 14 inches by 15 inches.  I wanted to distress my board when it was finished so I first painted it with a light coat of green, watered down paint.  As you can see, it wasn’t perfect and that was the point.  I wanted it to be see through and streaky.  Once the green was dry, I painted 2 coats of a light ivory paint on the sides and top of the board.
I had my friend design me a stencil and cut it out with her vinyl cutter.  We removed the areas that we wanted painted and I put the stencil on the board.
Then I painted Santa red and the words black (because the vinyl is black, it all looks the same).  Once the paint was dry, I removed the vinyl stencil, which was a little tricky with the black paint and black stencil.
I took a piece of sand paper and roughed up the edges a little.  You can see that I lightly sanded the top and can see some of the green peeking through.  This is where you can do as much or as little distressing as you like.  It is totally a personal preference thing.
Now where to put it?  I think it looks really good by the front door.  Especially in the ivy that grows around our front porch.  Maybe I should put it on a stick and it can stick into the ground and be a little higher?
 But it also looks good on the other side, next to the snow man.  Oh decisions, decisions.  But no matter where it goes, it brings a smile to my face every time I see it!  If I do decide to put it outside, I will probably use a spray paint clear coating to finish it off.
Here are some other quick Christmas ideas you may like.
Front Door Gift Tag
Paint Chip Kid Craft
Happy Crafting! And Merry Christmas!

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Liz Call

Liz Call

Owner, Art Director and Disney Fanatic at Liz on Call
Liz Call loves to create. She loves to watch movies, read books and design on her computer. You can usually find her in the kitchen cooking something delicious (or making PB&J), kissing skinned knees, doing laundry, hosing off muddy feet, crafting up a holiday project, making a special gift for a friend, shopping at Target, or taking a break on the couch. As a wife and mother of 3 little kids, she is always on call to be whatever her family needs her to be. You can keep up with Liz at Liz on Call.
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