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Inspire Quote Sign

by Amy Bowerman

As promised I have a fun Distress Paint project to share with you.  Today I’ll be showing you how to alter a wooden word sign with stamped quotes and Distress Paint! I’ve used my favorite word in the universe to create my quote sign…”Inspire”.

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I thrifted this wooden Inspire sign several years ago with every intention of altering it.  Alas,  it has sat atop a shelf in my studio untouched for far too long.  At long last I was finally  “Inspired” to alter it by the “Quotable” challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

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 Altering a Quote Sign


Obviously I have a thing for the word “Inspire”.  I also have a thing for inspirational quotes, so why not the combine the two into one piece of inspirational art!


  • Quote Stamps (I used Stampers Anonymous)
  • Embossing Powder (I used Distress Black Soot)
  • Distress Embossing Ink
  • Distress Paint or other Acrylic paint
  • Baby Wipes

Stamping Quotes

STEP 1:  Start by laying out your stamps to see where you want them to go.  *I used nearly every Stamper’s Anonymous quote stamp I own with a few of my favorite Dollar bin finds tossed in for good measure.

Inspire Quote Sign | @PluckingDaisy #DistressPaint #Tutorial STEP 2:  When you are satisfied with your stamp selection stamp your letters till covered with Distress Embossing ink.

*TIP*  You may find that a stamping block will get in the way for some areas.  If that happens remove stamp from block and stamp by hand.

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STEP 3:  Lay a sheet of plain paper underneath your stamped letter and sprinkle with embossing powder.  Shake off excess and return to container.

*TIP*  If too much embossing powder adheres to your image blow on it.  * Make sure the cap is on your embossing powder container when you do this or you will make a serious mess…yeah I’m speaking from experience. (Doh!)

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STEP 4:  Emboss with heat gun.

*Just to warn you if you DO decide to use Distress Embossing Powder be prepared to sit there heating it for a looooong time.  If I had to do it again I might stick with regular embossing powder…you’ve been warned.

 Painting a Quote Sign

Make sure you have your Distress Paints and a container of baby wipes laid out and ready to go BEFORE you begin painting.  Distress Paint dries fairly quick and if you don’t have everything at the ready you will have a tough time removing it from your embossed quotes.

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STEP 1:  Dab Distress Paint all over…working with one letter at a time.  *Don’t try to be a hero and paint them all at once (I did this and nearly ruined my project)

For those of you who haven’t tried Distress Paint yet please note the ease of control and flow of paint below.  I’m dabbing right up to the edge of that letter and the paint stays put without slipping or splattering over the edge.  Pretty cool eh?

Inspire Quote Sign | @PluckingDaisy #DistressPaint #Tutorial

STEP 2:  For hard to reach areas dab a foam brush onto your Distress Paint.

Inspire Quote Sign | @PluckingDaisy #DistressPaint #Tutorial

STEP 3:  Work the Distress Paint into corners using the foam brush.

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STEP 4:  Use a baby wipe to gently remove wet paint from embossed areas.  You MUST do this while the paint is still wet.  Rubbing and scrubbing will remove the embossing so be gentle…like a lamb k?

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Now take a step back and admire your new and improved “Inspire Sign”.  (Look I’m a poet!)  I placed my quote sign on top of the vintage curio cabinet that holds/is bursting with past projects.  And if you were wondering,  I DO plan to paint it ….someday.    I’m thinking turquoise would be a good color…what do you think?

Inspire Quote Sign | @PluckingDaisy #DistressPaint #Tutorial

Oh yeah, pay no mind to the photo of Tim Holtz in the bottom right hand corner.  What can I say,  the Man inspired most of the art that is in that cabinet so I like to keep that picture there as a reminder of where I find inspiration.  Is that weird?  Ah well, I embrace my inner weirdness and you should too!

Before I go I just wanted to share a little poem I wrote.  I like to send it to my creative friends when they are in need of “Inspiration”.  Since we are all friends here I’m sending it to you!

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See,  I told you I was a poet…well sort of :)  I’m no Emily Dickinson but it gets the job done!

Inspire Quote Sign | @PluckingDaisy #DistressPaint #Tutorial

Inspiration is EVERYWHERE….pass it on!

Have an inspired day!


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2 Carol May 8, 2013 at 7:26 pm

That gives me ideas of using wood letters of the grands names with stamps of things they love. One of my favorite words is Dream. I will need to see about doing something for my scrapping/sewing room.


3 Amy Bowerman May 9, 2013 at 7:45 am

Carol that is a fabulous idea! I’m sure your Grandbabies will treasure them! Please share your finished work I would LOVE to see it!

Dream is one of my favorites as well…in fact I just saw a wooden “dream” sign at the thrift last week. Unfortunately, I didn’t snatch it up because I’m running out of room…hoping the “dream” sign comes your way…keep a look out :)



4 Gloria Trinidad April 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

Hi Amy! Love your creative post and your fun blog design! Have a great weekend! #cbias


5 Sandra March 29, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Love your altered letters! What a great idea with the embossing powder and the paint. Inspire is such a strong and powerful word. The poem is beautiful! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra
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6 Audrey Pettit March 29, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Ahhh, you’re a poet, and you didn’t know it! LOL! This is fabulous, Amy! Such an awesome transformation for that thrifty find. Love all the color and love the text stamping behind!
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7 Anita Houston March 29, 2013 at 2:26 am

I LOVE this! You INSPIRE all of us with your ART! Wonderful use of embossing and paint! Love all of the quotes here too! That cabinet with all of your flowers is amazing! Thank you for using your words with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!
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8 Anne March 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Hi Amy, before I forget to say it, I love your poem! Love your INSPIRE project too, the colours are amazing (well they would be wouldn’t they with TH involved) and I love that you can wipe them back a little to show the inspirational quotes. Your cabinet is fabulous – I think turquoise would be amazing with a few shabby bits showing through here and there….. Hugs, Anne x
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