It’s graduation season! A friend of mine graduated this past Sunday from medical school, and I made this signing board for him and his fiance. They are moving to Atlanta in less than a month, and I thought this would be a great way to bring a piece of home along with them. It was really easy to make and relatively inexpensive, which makes it a great project for both the crafty and the frugal! I completely forgot to take pictures because I was in such a rush to get it finished in time for his party, but here’s a quick rundown:
A REALLY GOOD ERASER
A ruler (longer than the longest side of the canvas)
Glossy photo paper
Glue (rubber cement is excellent)
Precision scissors (THESE ARE AMAZING)
*I purchased these from a local art store
- The Letters: I printed out the letters, super big, on glossy photo paper, and cut each. one. out. I used the Princetown font because it is relatively easy to cut out, and has a cool academic look. The letters are hollow (I don’t know how else to say this) in the middle, so I filled them in with the paint bucket tool in photoshop. Hint: “Congratulations” is font size 144px, and his name is size 288px. The date is size 48px
- Face: I took pictures at his ceremony earlier that day, then used photoshop to cut out his head, and printed it on photo paper. Hint: After you’ve outlined the shape you want to cut out, use the “refine edge” function to get a really great edge. Also, if your camera isn’t the best quality, use an artistic filter to disguise the fact.
- Aligning the Letters: Use the pencil and ruler to draw lines on the canvas to help you line up the letters in a straight line. Arrange everything on the canvas, and use glue to stick them in place. To get the best results, line up the letters first to get the spacing right, then glue each one down, one at a time.
- The Border: I used the ruler and pencil again to draw in the border around the letters, and a black paint pen to fill it in.
- Attaching the Pens: Using masking tape and twine, tape a long length of twine to the bottom of each paint pen, and tie the twine around one of the wooden supports behind the canvas.
When it’s outlined like this, it seems so easy, but cutting out each individual letter took FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRR!!! It was worth it though =)