I started by playing around in PrintShop until I was happy with a design. (I used chocolate tones - because, well, she's just crazy about chocolate)
I must have had "door" on my mind because I found this old door that came from the pedestal of our old waterbed when I was scrounging around for something to use as a base.
I think it appealed to me because it has those chocolate colors going on.
There was plenty of room on either side of the print when I started laying it out, so I decided to make some stars to fill the gaps. I printed the stars on white cardstock and then glued them to a piece of cardboard and cut them out with my Tomboy utility knife. (I love my Tomboy tools!)
The toothpick and ice pick were used to thread the stars onto a burlap string.
It was needing some contrast, so used black spray paint on the edges of the door and an 8 x 11.5 piece of heavy cardboard to place under the print black. I also gave the stars and the print a couple of coats of clear acrylic spray to protect and waterproof them. Hopefully they will withstand this awful Iowa humidity!
When it was finished I realized I hadn't made a sign for her door, I'd made a sign out of a door. Whoops!
Oh well, she said a sign probably wouldn't work on the door anyway because of the glass. She showed me a picture of her porch... authentic to-die-for white beadboard! I think this will work just fine on her awesome authentic wall.
p.s. It was hard for me not to add a "t" and make it say "the CUTE family" because that is true too!
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