Friday, September 6, 2013

Paris Sign for a Giveaway at "simply vintageous"

My blogging friend Suzan of simply vintageous has just reached 1000 followers through Google Friend Connect and asked if I would participate in a giveaway at her blog.

The gift had to be something Paris related, so this is what I came up with, and how I made it.



I used a piece of poplar, which is available at most crafting type stores.  It's 1/4" thick and I cut it to 6" wide and 7 1/2" long:



Because I am going to distress this sign, first I put a base coat of black craft paint over the wood, including the sides (painting the back black wasn't necessary):


After this dried, I put a coat of white craft paint, the coverage was not so good (going over black), so I also added a second coat.  This shows just the first coat:

While this was drying, I printed out a Paris graphic.  Unfortunately I don't know where I got this Eiffel tower, but there are many similar ones you can find by simply typing "Paris Graphic" into your search engine. I added the word Paris underneath using the font "Edwardian Script" and scaled it all to the right size for this sign.

Then I put carbon paper between the printed sheet and the board:


Trace over everything with a sharp pencil, this transfers the design to the wood:

Here's what the whole design looks like once transferred:


After looking at that I thought it looked too plain, so I added some "flourishes" around each corner:


Then I used a fine brush and black craft paint and painted over all the carbon markings:


Many of the items I sell are distressed, and I thought it was more appropriate for Suzan and this project, so I lightly sanded over the whole piece, including the sides.  I hope you can see the difference this makes to this sign:


I added two "eyes" screwed into the top, and a small black chain for a hanger:

You can win this sign by going to the blog simply vintageous... by Suzan and entering her contest.



Also sharing at:
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35 comments:

  1. Hi, I saw you featured on Suzan's blog, and had to come and have a look. Wow, you create some beautiful pieces. I will be reading back through your posts.

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  2. Love your trays! I am so happy that Suzan pointed me in the direction of your blog. Following now!

    I got a compound miter saw for Christmas and am so pleased with it but I surely do covet your router! That is up next on my Christmas list. My sons think their mother has lost her mind!

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  3. I'm here from Simply Vintageous to enter this Parisian giveaway. So chic. Thanks for the opportunity. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  4. That sign is totally fabulous! Love your trays too!! Suzan sent me here and I'm now following you via GFC.

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  5. A beautiful sing, Julie! Awesome giveaway!

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  6. Hi! Suzan sent me your way! You are one talented lady! I love how creative you are....I wish I were as talented with power tools as you are.
    Have a great day!

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  7. I am definitely intrigued about your woodworking skills! Love this one you made for Suzan's giveaway

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  8. Wow! You make some awesome stuff! I have great admiration for DIY girls and their amazing skills! Coming your way from Suzan's blog and any friend of Suzan's is a friend of mine! Happy to be following along via GFC and looking forward to seeing more!

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  9. Hi there! I'm now stalking you through Suzan! She always knows about the best blogs! Love the woodworking stuff you do...looking forward to seeing more!

    -andi

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  10. Hi Julie...I've wanted to learn woodworking for years. Looking forward to inspiration here at your blog! I came over from Suzan's- your sign is darling.

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  11. Hi Julie,
    Love your blog and your work. Suzan has sent me over and I am your newest follower. Looking forward to watching what you do. :)

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  12. Am now following you. You are amazing. I would love to do what you do, however, I feel I will just order from you. Blessings

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  13. I came over from Simply Vintageous. Love all your creations

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  14. I am going to be following you after I write this note I will be signing up. You are one talented lady. I love everything you do. I am over from Suzan' blog!!

    Cynthia

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  15. Visiting from Vintageous and loving all of your wonderful items! Following you via Bloglovin! Love the picture of your legs and work boots....perfect!

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  16. I found you through Suzan's blog, and I am now following you. I know JUST where I'd hang that sign, too! You did a wonderful job...wish I were that creative.

    XOXO,
    Meredith

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  17. Hi, I found you through Suzan's blog. I am following you. Love your work. :-)

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  18. Hi, I'm visiting via Suzan. I can see that you are very talented. I look forward to following your blog :)

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  19. I stopped by via Suzan too. You are extremely talented! I so love the wooden trays.

    Pat

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  20. Looks like a good project to try!! Dianntha

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  21. LOVE your ideas! The Paris sign you made is very pretty. I have some shutters I need to make something with, I love the shelf you created with yours. Following you from Suzan's. Nice to meet ya!

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  22. I'm here from Suzan's blog. Your work is beautiful. Love the sign. :-) I'm your newest follower.

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  23. Following from Suzan's blog and I am glad I am!! Great work...loving it all!

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  24. Came over from Suzan's blog and I am so happy to follow you on Bloglovin'. You are such a talented lady and I love what you made for Suzan.
    Linda O.

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  25. Came over from Suzan's blog and I am so happy to follow you on Bloglovin'. You are such a talented lady and I love what you made for Suzan.
    Linda O.

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  26. The sign is gorgeous, I'd love a chance to win. I'm following you and can't wait to explore and see more of your fantastic creations!
    Patti

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  27. Lovely! Hope I win...I was so excited to see your work featured on Suzan's blog! Keep up the good work Julie :) So appreciate your tutorials.

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  28. Love your sign, and all of your woodworking! What a talent…Found you via Suzan's contest. Following you now!

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  29. That's such a pretty sign Julie! :) you did a fabulous job on it. I was going to buy some carbon paper recently... for some order forms... it was sold by 100 sheets and it was $17 !!!

    crazy!

    super job girl! love this sign.
    gail

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  30. Love it! Found you through Suzan 's blog and now following you. You do terrific work!
    Cecilia

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  31. What a sweet sign!

    I came over from Suzanne's. I especially loved the rabbit you made!!!

    You are so cleaver and creative!

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  32. Thank you so much for your generous offer to celebrate Suzan's 1000 follower goal. This is a beautiful sign and anyone would love to display it. I am a new follower.
    Ginger

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  33. Love your sweet little sign, Julie. I just joined you as a follower and can't wait to have some time to read back in your blog!

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  34. Love your sweet little sign, Julie. I just joined you as a follower and can't wait to have some time to read back in your blog!

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