VidaDIY logo wood plaque

April 29, 2016: As I prepared for the official launch of my website this month, I made a VidaDIY logo using Canva.

Transparent VidaDIY (White)

I loved how it came out so much that I added it to the header of the blog home page as a favicon for the CondoCrafting.com website, and as the site’s social media badge for Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

I decided to also make wall art out of my awesome new logo. Using the same technique as my Bedford Stuyvesant wood panel and squares project, I created a transparent overlay of the image over wood.

I first printed the image onto Computer Grafix adhesive printable transparent sheets. Here’s a photo of the printed image below next to a round craft wood plaque. I picked up the unfinished wood plaque from A.C. Moore for $1.99.

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After peeling off the back of the printed adhesive sheet, I applied it over the wood plaque.

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I used my crafter’s knife to cut away the excess of the transparent sheet. Looking great so far.

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After more trimming, here’s how the plaque looks so far.

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Although the ink doesn’t smear or bleed to the touch, it does fade and can be scratched. So I used some clear sealer and finish to protect the the image. I placed the plaque out on the balcony to dry for about 20 minutes.

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Once dried, I added Mod Podge to the top and around the sides of the plaque. This will add an extra layer of protection. And it will provide the brushstrokes texture that I like.

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I left it on my desk to dry overnight.

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The following morning, I pulled out some large size 3M Command picture strips to add to the back of the plaque.

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I added hot glue to two strips so that they will stick to the wood surface.

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Once I had the strips positioned on the wood…

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…I added the strips that will stick to the wall.

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This plaque can go in a number of places in the condo (and will most likely be moved a couple of times). But for now, I have it mounted next to the pantry cabinets.

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It looks good to me. Maybe a little lonely on that wall. Already thinking up some other ideas for wall art.

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Here’s a close-up of the plaque. Some of the background ink was sprayed away when the sealer was used. This is fine by me…adds some weathering to the piece. And I didn’t want it to look too glossy. So that’s why using Mod Podge to add the brushstroke texture is a favorite technique of mine.

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Wall art done in a flash. And inexpensively. This project cost $5 max.

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I really like these wood overlay creations. I’m brainstorming more design ideas to make more of these. After I complete whatever is on my crafting and building list for the balcony (and for Mother’s Day). V-

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