Colorful ‘Creativity Takes Courage’ Sign + FREE Cut File!

So I’m currently in the process of designing the craft room of my dreams.  Yes, it’s finally happening! Part of the fun of that (besides getting organized and having my own creative space) is decorating the room ANY WAY I WANT.

Yep, while the rest of our house has a more formal, neutral, farmhouse vibe, my craft room is going to be the opposite.  Think modern.  Playful.  Colorful.  FUN!

As such, I’m going to need sources of inspiration, especially on a soon-to-be-completed gallery wall I have in the works….if only my husband would finally paint the damn walls! #slacker

Here’s a tutorial on a colorful inspirational sign I just finished up that has a saying that really speaks to me.  Creativity DOES take courage, folks.  And you can snag the FREE cut file too if you’d like to use these words of inspiration in your own life!

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

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Colorful ‘Creativity Takes Courage’ Sign + FREE Cut File!

Supplies

 

Creating My Mockup

I first created my mockup in Photoshop Elements.  I find it’s much more user-friendly than Silhouette Studio, especially when making all. those. dots.

When I showed my husband what I was planning on creating, he sarcastically said “Creativity DOES take courage, and all those soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy were very creative.”  -_-

Once I finished rolling my eyes at his mocking tone, I shot back with “There are different kinds of courage, dumbass!”

And there are.  It takes a lot to put yourself out there creatively (especially to complete strangers via a blog!  Ha!).  There’s lots of internal doubt and second-guessing before, during, and after the life of a project, at least with me.  I need a little reminder to not be afraid and let my creative juices flow!

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Ok, now that that little motivational speech is over, on with the tutorial!

The font I’m using here is called Unicorn Letters.  Isn’t it so fun?!  I love the carefree, playful vibe, and it would be perfect for this sign and the feel of my craft room.

Unicorn Letters Font!

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Cutting Out My Stencil

I’d be using my Silhouette Cameo (love it) to cut out a stencil in some Oramask 813 stencil film (love it too).  I’m not exactly known for my stellar handwriting, so I need a stencil and gorgeous font to give me the cool script look I’m after.

Once my mockup was complete in Photoshop, I fired up Silhouette Studio and recreated the text. After welding the words, there were a few places that needed to have the points edited and smoothed, which was no biggie.

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Once that was done, it was time to get cutting!  Here are the cut settings I used for Oramask 813:

  • Blade: 3
  • Speed: 5
  • Thickness: 10

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

If you’d like lots more information on Oramask 813 stencil film and why I absolutely love using it for making signs, check out this post!  I share lots of tips and tricks.

 

Tips for Using Stencil Film with a Silhouette | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Next, I loaded up my trimmed piece of stencil film and sent my Silhouette Cameo to work.

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

My craft tweezers made weeding (or removing) the words a breeze.

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Here’s how the stencil looked after I got my weed on:

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Craft FAIL!

Oh, and I should also note that I actually attempted this project twice.  My first attempt ended in a big fat CRAFT FAIL.

I unintentionally discovered that wood filler does not get along with stencil film.  It pulled right up and ruined my should-be perfect paint job.  Nuts!

So I flipped the board over and gave the whole thing a go again, this time sans wood filler.

CRAFT FAIL!

 

Painting the Sign

Thanks to my aforementioned craft fail, the edges of the board were already painted for Round 2.  I just needed to paint the other large side in some flat black spray paint.

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Next came Stencil Application 2.0.  I used the never fail hinge method (which you can read more about here) to get a centered and even application….

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….and it worked like a charm again.  Woot!

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Once the stencil was applied, I covered all the edges up with some painters tape, then gave it a shot of some white spray paint.

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

After letting it dry for about ten minutes, I started removing the stencil film….and crossed my fingers that this second signage attempt wasn’t another waste of time.

Luckily the crafting gods were on my side, and this paint job was a success!  Thanks, guys and gals.

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Adding the Colorful Polka Dots

It was now time to add some color.  I chose five colors from my paint stash that made a happy combination and would brighten this sign up perfectly.

{Lighting change alert!}

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

To make the three different sizes of dots, I used a glue stick, the eraser on a mechanical pencil, and the handle of a medium-sized paint brush.  No fancy formal daubers required!

All the large dots were added first….

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….followed by the medium dots….

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

….and last came the small ones.

I felt like I could go on polka dotting this thing till the cows came home, so I finally had to say “Enough, Christine!”  It’s not perfect, but I’m digging it.

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

All that remained was covering the sign with a coating of some clear gloss spray sealant to add some protection and a nice shine.  With that, my ‘Creativity Takes Courage’ sign was complete!

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

The Completed ‘Creativity Takes Courage’ Sign!

And here she is in all her glory!  Looks pretty cute, no?  I just love how happy and cheerful it is, from the Unicorn Letters font to the colorful polka dots.  It brings a smile to my face whenever I look at it, and the meaning gives me motivation to be brave and get my craft on, despite those ever-persistent internal doubts.

This sign will fit in perfectly on my craft room’s gallery wall, so stay tuned for the big reveal!  Just waiting on my husband to get his handyman on….like usual…. ;)

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

This is SUCH a cute, happy sign! Colorful 'Creativity Takes Courage' Sign + FREE Cut File! Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Download the FREE ‘Creativity Takes Courage’ Cut File!

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky toddler and his mini-me infant brother, and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. I (try to) spend their nap times getting my craft on and I blog about my creations and adventures in parenting at Where The Smiles Have Been. My loves are all things DIY, especially Silhouette projects, wreaths, & personalized decor. And ice cream....definitely love me some ice cream.

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