For Father's Day, I decided to make him both something that would help him keep track of all the little notes he takes for his games (and the list of projects I have for him to help me with, I hope) and give him something "Super" for his desk. This thing is pretty sweet, iffin' I do say so myself! ;)
A layer of cork is backed by a recycled napkin holder, and the bat signal is sponge painted and sealed.
Step 1: Materials Used
Exacto knife or Fiskars Fingertip Craft Knife (shown)
Self healing mat or cutting mat
Craft Smart paint in 'Bright Yellow"
hot glue gun
1/4 inch cork, from old cork board
Mod Podge Clear acrylic spray
For the Stencil:
Printed copy of Batman Signal
clear .003 acetate sheet drafting film/stencil material (just about anything that's clear, plastic and thin enough to be cut with an exacto knife will work.)
Step 2: Cut It Out
2. I traced the surfaces that I wanted to have cork (front and top) with a marker onto the cork.
3. Using my Fingertip Craft Knife, I cut the shapes out from the cork, going slowly for a smooth cut. Up-down motions are better for cutting cork than a side to side sawing motion.
Step 3: Glue It Down
Step 4: Make Stencil
Step 5: A Dab Will Do Ya (Paint)
2. Holding the stencil firmly into place, dab in an up and down motion, onto the cork. Sideways dabs will let paint get up under your stencil.
3. Lift the stencil carefully, directly upward.
4. Allow to dry. I let mine dry for a few hours.
5. When the paint is dry, apply 2 coats in a fast side to side motion, of the clear acrylic seal.
6. Allow to dry overnight for best results.
Step 6: Give Gift to Bat-Dad
My husband LOVED this gift! He is so excited to have a cool way to keep track of his notes. "Just cause I'm an adult doesn't mean I have to have a boring office!"
That's right! Happy Father's Day, Bat-Dad!