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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Just Married Sign

When I got married, I made a "Just Married" sign for the back of our getaway car because I didn't want anyone to shoe polish our car or make it tacky in any way (I'm controlling like that).  It was so cute and tasteful and simple.  So the "Just Married" sign was the very first thing that my friend Christa inquired about when she began discussing design for her wedding.  She asked me to make it, and then that got my foot in the door to totally take over be able to bless her with more of the design elements for her wedding.

The whole thing cost me about $6.  It was $4 for the foam board (which I later saw at the Dollar Tree for $1 - darn!) plus maybe $2 for the suction cups.  

So here's what I did.  I printed up the design on a regular 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  Then I put a piece of cling wrap over the paper and traced the letters and oval with a Sharpee.  
I then whipped out my trusty overhead projector that I scored on Craig's List for twenty bucks a couple of months ago, taped the board to the wall, and traced with pencil.  (If you don't have an overhead, you could print the letters out to the desired size and trace them directly onto the board.)
After that I copied over it with Sharpee again.  In reality, though, my Sharpee died, and so this is the combination of 4 different dying permanent markers that I found around my house.  Remember, it doesn't have to be perfect because no one is going to be seeing it up close.  ;)
So then I attempted to cut the oval out with scissors, but my suspicions were confirmed when that didn't work (it crumples the board and makes the edges jagged).  So I had to use the Exacto knife.  I didn't really try to do it very slowly or methodically, so there is a bit more imperfection than I wanted, but I think it's fine.  (Plus, I had a teething baby pulling at my leg most of the time, so I'm good with what I got.)
Christa's graphic artist friend that designed the invitations emailed me the files of the graphics that she used, so I printed up the swallow and glued it to the scrap of foam board.
I used the Exacto again to cut it out, but it was really rough looking, so I filed down the rough edges with an emery board.  It worked surprisingly well.
I then eye-balled an outline, penciled it in, and then painted it with the grey paint that I've used for all of the other decor that has been painted.  (I mixed together a jar of grey and a jar of yellow to use for everything.)
I decided to do the edges, too, because it just looked better.  I set it atop a paint jar to dry.
Then I painted the yellow line.  (If you add a tiny bit of water to your brush, you're able to make longer, smoother, straighter strokes.)
That all dried pretty quickly, so I was ready for the next step.  I got some suction cups and removed the hooks.
Then I hot-glued them to the back.  This is how the sign will stick to the back windshield of the car.  It's an extremely strong hold.
Bodda-bing-bodda-boom!  Imagine it with some silver cans wrapped in 3-4 inch yellow ribbon dangling from the back.  :)  Cute!

I'm linking up to my sweet friend's awesome party!

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  1. That is awesome, you do such creative things.

  2. Love love love love love. Hummmm I think that is all I can really say right now. Ohhh but wait how about shoot my friends wedding is Friday and I don't think I will have time to make her one DARN! How cute is this! LOVE!

  3. Love it! I know I say this ALL THE TIME! But heck, its the first word that comes to mind while reading your blog! You are amazing! :)

    Cute! Great job!

  4. Wow that is a great idea! I would have liked this instead of the shoe polish that dripped while it rained and got onto the paint of our car! It looks very durable!

  5. That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! No joke! I would have never thought of that!



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