I want a Silhouette machine. Or a Circuit would do. But I don't have one and I don't have funds for one right now. So I make do. I recently figured out a new way to do lettering-which I used on my "Save the Date Blocks". No vinyl. No cutting out Freezer Paper stencils. Just printing off letters. This is super easy and anyone can do it.
1. PRINT OUT YOUR LETTERS ON THE COMPUTER.
I used a very large font size, about 300; and used an outline style letter, so that I did not waste all my computer ink. The blocks I made here, were about 5-6 inches high.
2.TAPE THE LETTER TO YOUR BLOCK. Paint the block and let it dry before putting your letters on the blocks.
3. TRACE YOUR LETTER WITH A BALL POINT PEN- PRESSING HARD.
Now your block should have a light outline of your letter on the wood block.
4. REMOVE THE PAPER.
5. PAINT IN THE LETTER. I used my old tole- painting brushes- some had flat bristles and others were very small and fine. You could probably use your child's watercolor brushes if you did not have anything else.
To paint these blocks, I used acrylic craft paints.
Not perfect, so an easy solution to make them look better, is to distress them a bit with some sandpaper. After that, they look like this:
And that is it. No special letter cutting machine, no stencils, just a font from your computer.
The possibilities are endless- but I'm sure if I did something more complicated, I would prefer a stencil or vinyl. But for now, this works great!