Thursday, June 7, 2012

Chin Up Butter Cup - Sign Tutorial


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I LOVE word art… but I don’t have a cameo or a cricut :( So I always felt like I couldn’t make pretty word art like everyone else. Until one day months and months ago I came across a tutorial on using chalk on the back of your design. Of course now I have no idea where I saw it and I didn’t pin it… silly me! So I thought I’d show you how I made this Ombre Word Art WITHOUT Vinyl :)

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What you need:

Chalk (a contrasting color to what you’re painting is Ideal)
Paints – 2 or 3 shades of the same color, white, and a contrasting color for the text.
8x10 canvas or piece of wood
Paintbrushes – fine tipped for the outline, one slightly larger and flat to fill in the letter, and one for blending in the ombre colors
Newspaper to make clean up easier

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Start by laying your canvas flat on top of newspaper. Using the darkest paint, squeeze a line at the top of the canvas. Paint to the edges and a third of the way down. Add the next paint in the same manner. Be sure to blend them together. Add white at the bottom, blend well.

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Allow the paint to completely dry.

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Using your computer and printer, print the desired saying in a Bold font with straight lines. Flip that sheet over and on the BACK scribble over the words with the chalk. Making sure to leave as thick a layer as possible.

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Place the quote on top of the canvas, right side up and tape in place. Using a pen or pencil trace along the edge of the letters using consistent pressure.

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Once all the letters are traced, carefully remover the tape and sheet, revealing the chalk letters. With a fine tipped brush carefully outline the letter in white paint. Using a slightly larger paintbrush, carefully fill in each letter as you go. Working from top to bottom.

Once the paint is completely dry use a damp clothe or paper towel to remove the left over chalk.

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And there you have your word art without using any vinyl! I think I’m going to go make another one now! :)


I’ll be back in a couple hours to announce the official name of my new lace clutches and the winners! :) Check back soon!


  1. I have a Cricut but sometimes I don't have the right font. You would do this with any font directly from your computer! Great tutorial! I'm pinning this one.

  2. This is such a clever idea. I don't have a machine either and this would definitely work. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  3. What a great idea! Love it!

  4. Great tutorial! I featured you this week at my Unveil Your Genius link party! I hope you'll link up again soon! :)

  5. Ok I love this post! I wanted to do this a long time ago and tried something off of Pinterest and it was a COMPLETE FAILURE! this looks like it would work great! I am going to try it soon!! Thanks for sharing this at our party!

    Just wanted to let you know that we featured this at our Naturally-Nifty Party this week! Stop by and check it out and grab a featured button to brag with! We will also be pinning this!


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