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I had seen these on Etsy and figured that they were really cute and something I could make for a fraction of the cost. So here are my results and instructions.

 

I purchases black acrylic paint, white pearlized acrylic paint, crackle medium, two wooden plaques and foam brushes from Michaels. I painted both plaques with the black paint and allowed to dry.

 

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I then painted a thick coat of the crackle medium over the black paint and allowed to dry over night. The thicker the crackle, the deeper the cracks.

 

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The pearlized paint was semi transparent so I decided to do two coats.

 

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I still wasn't happy with the look, so I added a third coat, and then used a wet foam brush to add some black into the cracks.

 

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Eventually , I was pleased with the background. I printed out the words "Bride" and "Groom" onto regular paper to fit the plaques. I used a pen to trace the outline of the words onto the plaques. This left an indentation in the paint that was barely visible. Finally, I used a very fine paint brush to paint the words onto the plaques.

 

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I plan on using the same technique to decorate a wooden treasure chest for our ring bearer.

 

 

 

 

 

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These turned out well!!! I may be using the same technique to paint my "reserved" signs for the parents =) Thanks for the instructions!! Did you get your wooden plaques from Michaels too?

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