I learned some tricks along the way and am happy with the final results - I love the wood showing through - it matches the stain on my bedroom dressers and the color of "gecko" is an accent color in my room.
So first up, get a board. I bought mine at Lowes and it was cheap - $11 for a 4x8 sheet. It was the step down from plywood underlayment - not sure what it's called. I had them cut it into pieces - makes it easier to transport, and ready for crafting. I went with 2 3x4 boards and one 2x4 board. This one is 3x4.
Next up, cut out letters. I used my Cameo machine. Depending on how cheap-o you are, I have a tip to use contact paper. I use it for projects like this where the vinyl would get thrown away in the end. But heads up, it's hard to see cause it's clear and you may curse it a few times. But compared to vinyl, a roll of contact paper is so cheap!
Anyways, put the letters where you want them. Now, prepare to be wowed - paint over the letters with mod podge. Wha?? Well, all stickers will have some seeping, and I wanted a nice crisp outline. So painting all the outlines with mod podge will let the mod podge seep under - but it's clear, so no big deal. Then when you paint the color on, it can't seep under because the mod podge took care of that. Genius, right??
I painted on a couple coats of color then let it dry overnight.
I wan't sure the mod podge would work. I prepped mentally for a craft fail because I was skeptical. I've done this type of thing before, but the letters underneath were painted to I touched them up with paint. Since this time I wanted the wood to show through, there was no backup plan to touch up with paint. Even Trevor tried to prep me "you know, this font you picked has some pretty skinny sections...." - yeah, I know.
But then wowza, I amazed even myself! look at that!!
It just peeled right up, so crisp!!
I don't have a complete picture with it hanging on the wall, so you'll have to imagine - it'll go beside the tall dresser and bring color to that side of the room. I'm leaving for Hawaii in less than 18 hours - I need to be packing, not hanging up wall art, crazy priorities.
Here's hoping for your vote!!