Good morning! :) A while back, I posted some signs of a couple blocks/signs I had made! Here's a tutorial on how to make one! I know there are many tutorials out there, that use various methods. Though I use them all, including making vinyl on my Cricut, this is my go to method for small blocks.
First, sand and prime your block of wood. I like to prime according to the color I will ultimately paint the piece in. I chose grey since I was painting it is a silvery color. I spray-painted the front and the edges, then, I chose some coordinating scrapbook paper as a background. I used some good ol' Mod-Podge to attach the paper to the block, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles as I laid it down. (Tip, apply Mod-Podge to both the wooden block AND the paper's back, allow to FULLY dry before sealing it with another layer on top.)
Once all layers of Mod-Podge are FULLY dry, print out your quote or saying using the "Mirror-image" option on your printer. If you don't have this option, just flip the image on either Word or Photoshop. I've seen several tutorials on how to transfer images to both wood and a decoupaged item. However, I find the easiest way is to simply but firmly "color" (with a pencil) on the opposite side of the image and you will find some of the ink will just be charcoal-transferred on. No need to trace outside the image on the right side up, no need to use newspaper, or charcoal paper...just print on a laser printer, with the "Mirror-image" feature and scribble away! It's light enough to disappear beneath your paint, yet dark enough to show you WHERE you need to paint. I made it even easier than using a paintbrush, by using my paint pen. I chose a coordinating copper color and steadily filled it all in.
I made this block two days ago, on my husband's birthday, because I truly believe in what it says. I've spent 12 years alongside this wonderful man, (10 married) and we've had our ups and downs; but through it all, LOVE has held us together and conquered every hurdle. God put him in my life when I needed him most, and for that I'm immensely grateful. I love you, Gabe! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Here is the finished product!