Establish your beginnings.
Here’s how I did it.
- Lightly sand a piece of wood so that the paint adheres well. Paint the background color and sand the edges when it’s dry.
- Cut your initial (ours was W) into your vinyl or contact paper, weeding out the letter and leaving the background intact.
- Using transfer paper, lay the background of your initial in the upper center of your board. You can measure to find the exact center (I eyeballed it).
- With a credit card or burnisher, make sure the stencil is adhered well, especially around the edges of the letter so your paint won’t seep underneath.
- Use a stencil brush and pounce the paint onto the stencil. Let the paint dry a bit before you lift the stencil, but don’t let it dry completely.
- Let the paint dry completely.
- Cut your name and establishment date from vinyl and place over the stenciled initial. Once again, I eyeballed it, but you can measure if you want to. The ruled grid on the transfer paper should help you line up the letters straight.