A little piece of my heart went into making this whimsy growth chart for a special newborn girl and I am so thrilled with how this growth chart turned out!
Supplies I Used
- 1″ x 12″x 72″ Pine Board sanded and cleaned
- I used the following Dixie Belle Paint: Stormy Seas, Aubergine, Soft Pink, Kudzu, Fluff, Caviar, Hurricane Gray and Driftwood.
- Dixie Belle Clear Coat to seal
- Sawtooth hanger and E6000 glue.
- Silhouette Cameo 3
- Growth chart stencil and flower stencils I cut with my Silhouette Cameo 3: Click here to see how I use contact paper with my Silhouette personal cutter.
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Labor of Love
This Whimsy Growth Chart was pure labor of love.
For this project I used a combination of stencils I cut with my Silhouette Cameo 3 and some freehand painting for the embellishments.
Let’s Get Started!
For the growth chart I started with a 1″x12″x72″ pine board from Falvey’s in Albia.
I sanded all sides, and cleaned the board.
To prepare the growth chart, I painted all sides with two coats of Stormy Seas.
Growth Chart Design
For this adorable project, I used two SVG designs I had previously purchased, growth chart measurements and an assortment of flowers.
I used an approved font by my client for the baby’s name.
Normally, I include a saying with my growth charts, but for this sweetie we wanted to focus on the whimsy flowered background and baby elephant.
Preparing to Cut the Stencil
For this particular project, I needed to separate my growth chart design because we are working in layers.
Therefore, I highlighted my entire design in my Silhouette program, and then made two extra copies of this design.
One copy I removed the flowers from the design.
The second copy I removed the measurements, numbers and the baby’s name.
I cut each of these designs separately in my Silhouette Cameo 3.
No mat required for Silhouette Cameo 3
I do not use a mat with my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut contact paper for my stencils.
For this project, I cut my contact paper down to 13″ wide by 75″ long to ensure my design would fit.
When the personal cutter is cutting contact paper or vinyl without a mat, I stick close by just in case the cutter jams.
I started off painting the background of the flowers with the stencils I just cut for the growth chart.
I laid out the flower stencils along the board, making sure to leave room for the baby’s name on top and the baby elephant on the bottom.
For my projects, I use clear contact paper as my transfer tape and applied them to the board.
I painted each flower using different techniques with Aubergine, Kudzu, and Soft Pink. .
Painting the Baby Elephant
The baby elephant had to be painted in three different layers.
First came the base layer of Hurricane Gray for the baby elephant.
Then came the baby elephant itself in Driftwood.
I added a little “blush” where I mixed Driftwood with Soft Pink and blended this over the baby elephants ears and cheeks.
For the baby elephant eyes, I used Caviar and Fluff.
For more details information Click here on how to paint in layers with SVG designs.
Painting the Measurements
For the growth charts, I make the same sized rectangle to represent the board in my Silhouette program for my border to ensure my design is centered or laid out correctly.
Click here for more information on how to center signs in your Silhouette designs.
For the baby’s name, measurements and numbers I used Aubergine and Kudzu with a little Soft Pink.
I blended Aubergine and Kudzu together on the stencil and kept Aubergine as the dominant color.
To brighten up these areas I added a watercolor effect using Soft Pink.
Tips & Tricks
Before removing the stencil, lightly sand first with 220 grit sandpaper or sand block if the paint is dry.
Sanding is not needed If you’re pulling the stencil with the paint still wet.
Either way, pull the stencil slowly and take your time!
Adding some Whimsy!
By watering down my paint, I added flourishes up and down the board from the baby elephant and to each flower and up by the baby’s name using Soft Pink and Kudzu.
Each flower also received extra flourishes around the petals and I also added small baby breathes around the flowers, through the flowers and up to the baby’s name.
Finalizing the Growth Chart
Add your sawtooth hanger to the backside when your paint is dry.
Don’t forget to seal your growth chart.
I usually apply three light coats of Clear Coat sealer.
Hanging your Growth Chart
For my growth charts, I like to give extra room for baseboards.
In our old home, we have 9″ baseboards.
Due to this, I make sure to leave room at the bottom before I add my 1 foot measurement.
Measure 12″ up from your floor and make a pencil mark on your wall that you can erase later.
Or you can mark this area with painters tape.
This will be where you line up your growth chart at the 1′ marking.
That is it!
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