I’ve been staring at the Heidi Swapp Marquee Love signs in Michaels and Hobby Lobby for quite a few weeks now. And as I stare I try to figure out what I’m going to do with them. Our house has very tall walls, the ceiling are about 10 feet tall, which are lovely and give a great amount of light and space to our home but they’re very difficult to decorate. Almost everything I put on them that is less than 3 feet tall seems dwarfed. These signs are definitely less than ten inches tall and no matter the configuration I tried to come up with in conjunction with my smaller photographs and artwork they still seemed too small.
Solution? Lighting and decor for my creative space, aka my craft closet. Before making these signs I had a clip on utility light with a 100 watt daylight bulb. My creative space has double doors and the lighting in the guest room which houses my creative space is limited to a ceiling lamp from the fan, two night stand lamps, daylight from three windows (depending on time of day), and the occasional box lamp that I have set up when taking photos for MindOverHobby. This previous set up was not exactly falling in line with my vision of a pretty and inspiring space for creating things.
Since Michaels and Hobby Lobby do not typically allow the use of their coupons for Heidi Swapp products I kept holding out for a sale to purchase these beauties. Then one day at Tuesday Morning I found them… at $9.99 each! Definitely a LOT better than the $24.99 price tag at craft stores. Let’s get started with making these lovely signs.
- Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Sign
- Kit includes: 1 sign, 2 rolls of washi tape (extra wide for the outside and wider than normal for the inside), LED lights, bulbs, sign stencil
- Hole punch
- Scrapbook paper (12×12)
- Cricut Explore One
- Light grip map, weeding tool, and white card stock (8.5 x 10 in)
- Laser printer
- Heidi Swapp Minc Foil in Rose Gold
- Recollections Extra Fine Glitter in Champagne
- Martha Stewart Multi Surface Durable Glitter Finish
- Glue pen
marquee love Tutorial
In Cricut, I imported an image of the word Create made using the Laser Metal font (download for free here) and then used the print then cut ability to print the image on to white 8.5×10 card stock using my laser printer and then fed this printed image into the Cricut using the cardstock setting. The result is the image to the left.
Note: I specifically used a laser printer for this step since toner from a laser printer will react with the Heidi Swapp Minc Foil, inkjet printed images will not react or stick.
Sandwiching the word Create between a piece of printer paper and then placing that in a thin piece of cotton fabric I used my iron on the hottest setting with no steam on top of an ironing board to try and get enough heat and pressure to have the foil adhere to the toner. Then, carefully, I used beading tweezers to live the foil off. The result was kind of “meh” in my opinion. The foil would have likely adhered better if I used the toner pen on the outside edges of the word, since the toner doesn’t go all the way through the paper to the core, or if I had used regular printer paper that was thinner than card stock.
Solution to my lack of foil? Glitter! Using champagne colored glitter and glitter finish I brushed on the finish then dusted with glitter, all of which was done on top of wax paper to avoid having the paper stick to the table.
Taking your wide washi tape, wrap a band of tape around the outside of your sign, smoothing as you go. Repeat this process on the inside edge of your sign using the enclosed washi tape that should be thinner.
Add the cut background to your sign by simply popping it in. Using a glue stick, apply glue to the back of the word Create and adhere to the center of your sign. Then add bulbs to the holes in the sign by gently popping them in. Complete the sign by taking the string of enclosed lights and inserting each LED into a bulb.