Multi-Language Baby Name Plaques

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As a stay-at-home mom who is always busy multi-tasking and juggling family responsibilities, I treasure the moments that I can be creative and express my artistic side. I’ve created an at home small business that does just that. It is called Global Baby.

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Global Baby offers baby name plaques in multi languages. I produce my plaques using canvas and wood and acrylic paint. I offer names in English, Greek, French, Gaelic, Hebrew and custom languages as well.

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Here, I’ll illustrate how I design and produce the 6″x14″ wooden name plaques.

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First, I begin with a plain unfinished wooden plaque. I sand it to make it smooth. I paint it (both sides) and then attach a pre-painted wooden ornament (can be purchased at Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby or any craft store and online).

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Then, using a graphic-oriented software (I use Publisher), I produce the names on my computer with related ethnic fonts. I flip the font horizontally in order to produce a negative image. I then print it out on normal copy paper. I trace the name with a very sharp black charcoal pencil.

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I then lay the outlined charcoal name face down on my painted wooden plaque and burnish the image with a blending stump (found in the drawing art supply section of any craft store).

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Blending Stump

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I carefully paint the outlined name with black acrylic paint.

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After two or three coats to make sure the letters are solid (letting each coat dry approximately 1 hour), I use a special artist eraser and carefully erase any pencil marks or lines. I then spray approximately three coats of clear gloss acrylic spray. Then, I staple the ribbon on and form it into a bow, using a bit of hot glue to make sure the ribbon appears and stays straight.

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And there you have it! Global Baby’s personalized wooden baby name plaques. I produce them in Greek, English, French, Hebrew, Gaelic and the language of my customer’s choice (hence the Russian above). See https://www.etsy.com/shop/globalBaby to order your very own custom plaque.

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