Fall in the Pacific Northwest is absolutely beautiful and such a fun season to decorate! It is the time of year that we are moving back inside and are wanting to create a warm and cozy environment. We love that fall signs can be displayed September – November, so there is a long time to enjoy them. Our favorite sign in the fall collection is the Pumpkin patch sign! This sign was designed to make a statement in your home by incorporating several different materials and textures. The Pumpkin Patch sign is a labor of love… in fact, 11 different people worked on just this one sign between vision, creation, production, and putting it all together.
Step 1 – Graphic Design
- Our graphic design team is amazing!!! I share with them a vision and they create a few different proof options to fit that description. Together we make adjustments if needed until everything is perfect.
Step 2 – Printing Metal
- The digital department sets up the art and gets it ready to go into production on the large format Titan Printer.
- Anodized aluminum was selected as the metal because it is a non-shiny surface and the ink will not scratch.
Step 3 – Printing Canvas
- The digital department sets up the art for the next phase and gets it ready to print on the large format Titan Printer.
- Canvas was selected to provide texture and warmth.
Step 4 – Applying Adhesive and Bonding to Sintra
- A laminator is used to apply heavy-duty 3M adhesive to the metal.
- Then the metal is carefully lined up to fit onto the flat black sintra material.
- The bonding process secures the adhesion of metal to the sintra.
- Sintra was selected as the base because it is a very sturdy flat black material (6mm) that will provide depth and dimension to the final project.
Step 5 – Cutting out the Metal Trucks
- The large format Esko Router is used to cut out the trucks mounted to sintra.
- This is a long process because each layer of material takes two passes. In addition, the cutting bit needs to be manually switched out for the different surfaces.
Step 6 – Cutting out the Pumpkin Patch Letters
- The large format Esko Router is used to cut out the 6mm sintra letters.
- This process is tedious, it takes two passes and each individual letter needs to be cleaned to ensure there is no cutting debris attached.
Step 7 – Template is Designed and Cut
- The large format Esko Router is used to cut out the template to ensure everything is lined up perfectly.
- The blade bit has to be changed out again for cutting thick cardstock.
Step 8 – Putting it Together
- The final step is a lot of fun and very time-consuming!
- An adhesive is manually applied to the back of each truck and letter.
- Then they each need to be individually placed into the correct spot on the template and placed into the reclaimed barn wood frame.
- The final product is high quality and beautiful!
Thank you for taking the time to learn about all the LOVE that goes into our Pumpkin Patch sign!!!