Friday, 3 January 2014

'Please Remove Shoes' - Vintage Sign & Tutorial

 As some of  you may already know, I run a daycare but I also run a clean home. For either reason, it's kidlet centered and if my kidlets are living on the floor, it should be a clean down there. For that reason, I hang a sign right at my front door letting all that enter know,  your shoes need to be removed if you would like to venture past the front mat.

This is a typical practice around here anyways. I was raised learning that you removed your shoes when entering ANYONE'S home, even if they said 'Oh don't worry', unless of course it's a safety issue and then we likely won't want to go past the front door anyways ;)

It drives me INSANE watching television and people walk around their homes in shoes and then go as far as jumping in BED with them on! YUCK!! Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not real, it's a set, it's not really their home but could we at least have these characters remove their shoes when in bed. Clearly this is a sitcom I must be watching because if I was watching any kind of steamy bedroom scene and they had shoes on, that would just be silly. (Laughing at this scenario in my head, go ahead, take a minute, envision ONLY shoes! Lol!!!)

Okay, back to this sign business. Here it is from a distance, see it there beside the door.

 Things you will need to make this cute little sign are:

-a wooden block of any shape, I chose rectangular
-white acrylic paint
-paint brush
-distressing ink, I used Tim Holtz's Distress Ink in Black Soot & Tea Dye
-a printed scrapbook paper page, I used a black and cream toile print
-a linen texture scrapbook page, I stuck with the cream colour
-sand paper
-Mod Podge 

First, take your wooden block and paint the entire surface with white paint and let it dry.

Next comes a little creativity! First you need to download a few graphics for your frame and your shoe picture. I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Graphics Fairy and used one of her frames and vintage shoe graphics. She has tons to choose from so search away!

Next you need to layer your graphics. You can do this in Photoshop if you know how to, but it's super simple in Word as well. 

To create in Word you need to copy and paste your frame to a blank document. Double click on photo and then select the 'wrap text' button on the upper right hand side. From the pull-down menu select the 'Behind text' option. Next lay your shoe graphic by copying & pasting the same way but this time in the drop down menu you want to choose 'In front of text'. Next create a text box and if you like the little poem I have on mine it says:

Since little fingers
touch our floors,
please remove shoes,
once through the door.

Once you have your graphic assembled, print it out on your linen scrapbook paper. If it doesn't fit in your printer just trim the edges to fit. It is important to print on a textured paper if you want to get a faded antique finish. Cut out your graphic and then use your finger to scratch off and blend the letters of your poem. I liked this effect but it is not necessary if you like it sharp.

Next tear a rough size and shape of your wood board from your printed scrapbook paper and Mod Podge the back only to your board. Next lay your linen graphic page over that and Mod Podge the back only on top. I used a cosmetic sponge to push down the edges and make sure they were nice and glued down. Then it will look like this.

After that you want to take your tea coloured ink and stamp it around the edges of the board and rub it onto some of the exposed tears from your printed scrapbook paper. We are going for an antique look here. You can also wet a sponge brush or a q-tip slightly to help move some of the ink around. Don't put ink everywhere, leave some white peaking through. Then let the ink dry.

Next you need to sand off portions of your sign to give it an aged look. As you did the tea coloured ink, you are going to go in with your black. Just gently kiss the edges with the ink and rub it into some of the sanded sections. Leave your ink to dry again and once dried you can go ahead and finish your sign with some Mod Podge. My sign is hung outside but is under a covered roof. If your sign will be in direct contact with the elements you may want to add a varnish to your piece instead of Mod Podge.

You can use this technique to do lots of signs. I made this one for my Father-In-Law for Christmas one year. I had seen this version on ebay but wanted to make it more personal. Instead of using a textured paper this time, I Googled textured scrapbook paper and you'll see tons of any type of texture. This sign I did in Photoshop however, but can be done with the same layering techniques as above in Word. For this sign I added some wire to hang it with, fitting for a workshop.

Play around with different ideas and layering and have fun! As always, thanks for stopping by :D

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  1. What a fun sign! Love its vintage feel, too :)
    Visiting from Tatertots & Jello :)

    1. Thanks so much Selene! I took a peek at your blog and it didn't take me long to see I needed to follow ;) Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Great sign!! I always take my shoes off when I come home, unfortunately, my husband is does not. No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to break his habits from his childhood. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

    1. OMG Carrie! Really? Does he know whats on the bottom of his shoes? Lol! Thanks so much for the comment and for stopping by :D

  3. Cute sign! Thanks for sharing via Family Fun Friday.

  4. Your sign looks awesome!! I love the idea of using tea to "antique" stuff, so much you can do with it!! Thanks for sharing this :)

  5. Love these signs - they caught my eye over at the Whimsy Wednesday party!

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