This is another craft project for my fireplace mantle.  I have a look I am going for in my mind for our fireplace for Valentine’s Day and I can’t wait to show it to you.

This sign will be the next layer of signs I am putting up on my mantle.  I wanted a sign with one of my favorite love poems on it from Elizabeth Browning.

I think in the video I call her Bronte- I meant Browning….it is one of my favorite love poems.

Sonnet 43, How do I love thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

I wanted this sign to look like an imperfect old typewriter printed it.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the vinyl. You can watch the video on how I “weed” vinyl here.

After weeding the vinyl it was time to place it on the canvas and paint it.  I used a stencil brush and black chalk paint. The stencil brush helps keep the paint from bleeding under the letters. Although with this sign I knew I was okay with imperfections!

Here is the step by step video I made with tips for painting with a stencil.

I added a one by two boards as a wooden frame and that was it.

I cannot wait to get all my crafts done for this fireplace reveal!

Here is the Link to the BIG reveal!

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