Hello! I'm Heather! Thank you for purchasing one of our take and makes! Here is a video of me painting a sign from start to finish in my home! Fair warning! It's REAL LIFE from a maker momma! That means there's kids and dogs and distractions, oh my! But it may feel totally normal to you!
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•Use the yellow sponge to evenly spread your background paint color.
•Build the paint slowly and do not let it puddle.
•You can do several coats, allowing them to fully dry in between layers.
•Use your hairdryer to make sure your board is extremely dry!

TIP: Black, Navy and Gray as a background are not recommended as they have a high primer content and make the stencil hard to apply.

2. Distress – Dry brush technique (OPTIONAL) (START HERE if you opted to have your background pre-painted) ** Do this step EXTREMELY lightly and build as you like! **
•Dip just the tip of your paintbrush into your distressing color and unload the MAJORITY of your paint back onto your paper towel.
•Lightly tickle your board from edge to edge to create light lines through the board.

** This step is VERY important for the stencil to stick! **

• Lightly sand your board with the included sand paper.
• This lays the grain back down and allows your stencil to stick!

4. Stencil
• Rub the front and back of your stencil with a credit card.
• Flip your stencil so that the front is face down on a hard surface
• Peel the white backing from the sticky blue stencil slowly at a 45 degree angle. (Be very careful with the stencil. It is EXTREMELY sticky and will cling to any surface)
• Line your stencil up on your board - sticky side down and place in desired location.
• Take your credit card and rub the entire surface of your stencil firmly to ensure that the blue stencil has full adhered to your board.
• Slowly peel the clear transfer tape off of the top of the stencil. • If any of the blue parts of your stencil come up, be sure to gently push those back down onto your board.

5. Painting your Design
• Use the white sponges and dip the side end of the sponge into the paint.
• Dab your sponge on a paper towel removing any excess paint.
• Stamp or pounce your sponge in an up and down motion ONLY. TIPS: Be sure to never drag your sponge across your board. Always dab or stamp in an up and down motion. DO NOT blow dry your board when you have completed this step.

6. Remove your stencil when your paint is still damp.
• You will tear the stencil as you are lifting it up – this is completely normal.
• Once the majority of the stencil is removed, you can use tweezers to help peel up the centers of your letters, or any stubborn pieces that still remain.

REMEMBER: Through all of the steps, you will want to apply your paint LIGHTLY! You can always add more. Applying in layers will provide better results!