Ladybug Crossing

Spring is here, or so they tell me, and I can't wait to get out in the garden.  As most gardeners do, I love seeing ladybugs and decided a sign was needed.
  The first thing I did was find a piece of wood in my box of wood chunks - yes, I actually have a box of of wood - and give it a quick coat of stain. Then I went on Design Space and designed my lettering for a stencil.  Since stencil vinyl can be expensive, I use contact paper from the dollar store.  It's very 'budget friendly'. 
When the stencil was in place, I used an old gift card to burnish the edges to prevent the paint from bleeding through.  Using black acrylic craft paint, I began stenciling with very little paint - actually, almost a dry brush.  This is another way I keep the paint from bleeding.
This was the first coat.
I continued stenciling with light coats of paint until everything was filled-in.  The stencil was removed, and I had the lettering done.
With a piece of chalk, I drew my ladybugs on the sign and painted them with more acrylic craft paint. 
A few ladybugs later, I was done!
I did give it a few coats of Krylon clear spray for some extra protection and it sits in a local store window with some of my ladybugs:
Not the best picture, but it's the one that was sent to me.
I started making ladybugs a few years ago.  If you'd like to see how they are made, you can read that post HERE.
Happy Spring, Everyone!

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  1. Adorable! I'm so impressed with your stencil making skills.

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    1. Thank you, Kim, but in all honesty, DS did the heavy lifting!

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  2. Your sign is super cute and looks good paired with your ladybugs!

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    1. Thank you, Carole! so glad you stopped by...

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  4. Ann, love your ladybugs and sign --- adorable. I've made 3 ladybug theme wreaths over the last year or so and your crafts would go great with them.

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    1. Thank you, Debbee. We both must have ladybugs on our minds!

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  5. This is adorable, and great tips for painting too, thanks. Here in the UK we call them ladybirds which we know makes no sense at all but there you go!!

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    1. Thank you. I've heard them called laybirds too. It's a much prettier name!

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  6. This projects is just so adorable, thanks for sharing pinned.

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    1. Thank you, Anita. I appreciate the pin!

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  7. Adorable! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

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    1. Thank you, Cecelia. Have a great week!

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