Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Avengers Assemble! Sign

Husband and I did not officially discuss it but it was understood we would give dog chemo to each other for our anniversary because Blitzkrieg is our most precious gift.


It is in line with tradition. The first anniversary is Paper. The fifteenth anniversary is Dog Chemo.

Now you know.
 
On a recent walk with Blitzkrieg (made possible by you and dog chemo), I discovered the little darlings from the neighborhood next door kicked in several slats from wood fence that divides the two neighborhoods – two feet from the fence gate. AGAIN. Apparently, the cherubs think the word condo means rich. *sigh*

The weathered and broken boards somehow made their way to my garage.



The boards are broken and can't be reinstalled on the fence.

After 15 years of marriage, I wanted to give Husband a  little something to let him know how much I love him. I made him a stenciled Avengers sign from reclaimed wood because he has been counting down the days until The Avengers movie opens. For real.


Hulk Assemble! 

 

How to Make a Wood Avengers Assemble Sign

You will need

Assemble artwork
Freezer paper
Pencil
Craft knife
Reclaimed fence board or piece of barn wood
Compound miter saw (a circular saw or jigsaw will work too)
Stencil spray adhesive
Papers tape
Craft paint and pallet (I use a plastic lid from an old oatmeal container as my paint pallet)
Water
Stencil pouncer

Make it:

1. Win Epic Wife Points by conducting extensive Avengers research and know the difference between The Avengers, The Secret Avengers Dark Avengers, The New Avengers, West Coast Avengers, The Mighty Avengers, Avengers: The Initiative, MC2, and The Ultimates.


If you need further proof, I give you Husband's childhood Mego Hulk.


You can skip this step if you want to. However, with all of Husband’s childhood comic books in my house for 15 years, I might have read one or two for the sake of my marriage.

2. Create the Assemble! artwork by scanning Assemble from a comic book and printing it. I had to print my artwork on two pieces of paper and tape them together due to the size.

3. I don’t have a fancy Silhouette or die cutting machine. No problem! I made my stencil old skool-ish. I traced the artwork on freezer paper and used a craft knife to cut out the letters.

The A is the key in this design according to my resident Avengers expert.

Make sure you cut out and keep the interiors for the A and the B.

 4. I cut the wood fence slat to size using my compound miter saw and at an angle for interest.


Tip: I removed the nails from the reclaimed wood by turning the board over and using my Auto Hammer to back the nails out of the board. It’s easier than using a regular hammer.


5. Spray the paper stencil with the spay stencil adhesive and attach it to the reclaimed wood sign.  My board was rough. The spray mount didn’t want to stick to the board right away.

 Stenciling Supplies Assemble!

 I encouraged this by adding painter’s tape to the edges of the stencil. I put a pile of heavy books on top of the stencil and let the adhesive dry over night.



6. I want Assemble! to look weathered to match the wood. I watered down white craft paint on my super fancy expensive painter’s pallet – a repurposed lid from an oatmeal container.



7.Loaded the stencil pouncer with paint. Blot the pouncer on a piece of scrap paper to offload the paint. Use the pouncer to paint the stencil.



8. Remove the stencil while the paint it wet.


9. Add a saw tooth hanger to the back of the sign if desired.



Husband went nuts for his Avenger’s Assemble! sign. 

You might think a wood Avengers movie sign is an unusual anniversary gift. I’m sure it is for most people.  However, Husband has been waiting for The Avengers movie to come out since he was 12 years old.

Fun Fact: Husband spent almost all of his childhood paper route money on Marvel comic books – which we still have. We need the escape comic book geek culture provides right now.

PS: If you haven't seen The Avengers movie. Go. Husband took the afternoon off on the day The Avengers movie opened so we could see the movie ASAP.  Matinees are less expensive than evening showings.


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