So this is what I made!
My first idea was to use a pallet but I found this beautiful piece of weathered wood at an antique sale that I thought was going to be perfect!
Those were our finds, a vintage police whistle, the itty bitty shopping cart that my son plays with all.the.time. now and that beautiful piece of wood. GORGEOUS!!!
See, those marks on top of the vinyl? I made those with a meat tenderizer lol, but looks great huh?
The vinyl is layered 651 outdoor grade Oracal, except the black part. That's paint. I used black for the bottom layer and this beautiful turquoise color to go on top; I ended up sanding the edges and sealing my entire sign, since it will be left outdoors, with some spray sealant.
This hole on the E was part of the wood, I love it!
How I made it?
I painted my wood with black Glidden brand sample paint from Home Depot.
I cut the words on the right side of the 631 vinyl and attached it to the painted wood. Then I covered the entire piece with the turquoise paint, also by Glidden and when the paint was still wet I removed the letters. This will help avoid peeling the paint when you lift your letters. That's it! That's the stencil part.
For the lifesaver (file from the Sil store), I cut the inside part (black) and left it there to give me that background effect so I wouldn't have to use black vinyl. Then I layered the white 651 vinyl and on top of that the red part.
After everything was completed I sanded the wood and sprayed sealer all over it. Ta-da!
I hope you all like this craft, I am off to make one for my house. I love the colors I picked :)