The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Ombre subway art for Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so when Plaid Crafts sent me a whole box of Martha Stewart Craft Supplies and asked me to create a Mother’s Day project, I jumped at the chance.

I decided to make some Mom-inspired, ombre subway art.

Ombre Mother's day artwork

Supplies needed:
  • a 1/4″ plywood board. (mine is 24 x 24 inches)
  • white spray paint
  • vinyl letters (I used Contact Paper and my Cricut, but you can use pre-cut adhesive letters)
  • 3 shades of Martha Stewart Satin Paint (I used Sea Lavender, Blue Sky and Surf)
  • An exacto knife
  • a sanding block or hand sander
I painted my plywood board with white spray paint.  While it dried, I looked up the word “mother” in different languages and began to cut them out using my Cricut.
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I got a general idea of where I wanted the letters to go, then started adhering them to the board.
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I chose 3 graduated shades of blue and divided the board into thirds and put a big bloop of paint where I wanted the color to change.  (Bloop is a technical craft term. It means to squeeze an amount of paint in a haphazard style…)
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Starting with the lightest color first, I began painting the top third of the board, then worked my way down to the darkest color, blending as I went along.
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Don’t you judge my paintbrush.  We have a lot of history together and I love her.
To be completely honest, about this point I tried to add stenciled roses to the back ground. Total craft fail… it looked awful, so I painted over them and pretended it never happened.
While the paint is still a bit tacky, begin peeling off the letters.
The color looks all weird on this… sorry!
Let the board dry thoroughly, then sand it to create a distressed look.

I am pretty happy with how it turned out!

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There were so many wonderful goodies in the Martha Stewart Line to choose from and play with that I know I will be making more projects very soon! Be sure to check out Plaid Crafts online and to follow them here:

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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

April 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm
This is so sweet Viv!! I love the ombre and the way the wood shows through in the letters!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

April 24, 2012 at 7:10 pm
Loving the ombre! And the bare wood in peeking through. Cute idea!!

At The Picket Fence said...

April 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm
That is so cool and it looks fantastic Vivienne! :-)

Emmy said...

April 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm
That did turn out cute! I like the color choice and how it is shaded.

jennykate77 said...

April 24, 2012 at 8:02 pm
I'm ombre crazy right now! LOL. I want it on my why not some subway art! ;)

I kinda like it with the bare wood showing through, but the white-washed look is really cute too!

Connie Weiss said...

April 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm
I love it!

How do you pronounce Ombre?

Richella said...

April 24, 2012 at 8:59 pm
This is REALLY cool, Viv! It must have been great fun to get that box of goodies--and you put them to good use! Who wouldn't want to get this for Mother's Day?

Kim Wilson said...

April 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm
What a special gift that would be! I love the color choices too!

Amy Anderson said...

April 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm
The blue is great (well, my fave color :D) - and I too love how the wood background shows through. Perfect touch!

Shawn said...

April 25, 2012 at 12:27 am
I keep saying I'm going to make one for every season/ know how many I have done right?

Love ths one!

Natalie Dixon said...

April 25, 2012 at 1:35 am
Love it! I'm such a fan of reverse stenciling and the ombre effect is superb! Great job!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

April 25, 2012 at 1:43 am
Viv, this is beautiful! I love the ombre effect. :)

jrmahon said...

April 25, 2012 at 2:16 am
You are SO imaginative and talented, I would never have thought of doing that!

Creative Raisins said...

April 25, 2012 at 5:19 am
Such a nice sign I love the ombré effect

SueAnn Lommler said...

April 25, 2012 at 9:54 am
Love this...the colors are fabulous!!

Alma said...

April 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm
Great project! Love the ombre look. :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

April 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm
Very cute, Viv! My project went up today too. So great to meet you at SNAP, it was a whirlwind of fun, wish I could have hung out with more of you home girls too. Not enough time to get with everyone.

Katie's Cucina said...

April 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm
I love your mothers day ombre art! And glad to see a fellow cricut user out there! :)

Amy Fountain said...

April 27, 2012 at 4:01 am
this is truly a special project! Lovely!

Taylor said...

April 27, 2012 at 6:06 am
I love this!! What infinite possibilities! :) I would love for you to share this over at my linky, Unveil Your Genius...

Happy Friday!

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

April 27, 2012 at 11:24 pm
This is cutie! I just need someone to buy me a cricuit-hee hee. The blues are fantastic and I could paint the words on myself-I am old fashioned (and cheap) like that. Get your but over to my link party this weekend if you have a sec:)
xxx Kim
22. said...

April 28, 2012 at 12:26 am
I love making signs - I have got to try this ombre technique. Thanks for sharing. Saw you on TT&J

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

April 30, 2012 at 10:37 pm
Love love love this - I love the color and especially the wood showing through! Thanks - stopping by from Craft-o-maniac!

Vanessa Barker said...

May 1, 2012 at 4:52 am
Love this one! I'd love if you'd come link up at my Tutorial Tuesday over at Our Thrifty Ideas that just went up.

Taylor said...

May 4, 2012 at 5:20 am
I featured your project in my Unveil Your Genius Link Party! Go grab a featured button:

:) Thanks for linking up, Vivienne! I hope you'll link up again soon! New link party starts every Thursday!

Sierra Mama said...

June 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm
How do you adhere the letters to the board? I don't have a cricut so I was going to find a friend that may have one OR just purchase the letters.

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

June 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm
Sierra Mama, I used letters made out of contact paper. Just peel off the backing and stick to the board.

Sierra Mama said...

June 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm
Thank you!

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