I started by taping off the wood background with painters tape - overlapping the tap layers. I then printed off a silhouette image of North Carolina from the internet and taping it down over the tape layers.
I then traced along the silhouette with an exacto knife. It was kind of hard along the coastline, darn awesome coastline of NC!
I was then able to peel away the excess tape around the silhouette of NC.
I was left with a tape version of NC
My first thought was to use dark stain to paint over the wood. Turned out to be a bad idea. I may have done it wrong but I painted it on and wiped off the excess but when I pulled off the tape there was a lot of excess that bled under the tape. I abandoned ship on that piece of wood - actually used it for another craft - so it wasn't a total loss.
So I started again - I liked this longer skinnier piece of wood anyways. I repeated the steps from above and painted over with some paint that we used for another home project.
Before it dried completely I peeled up the state of NC and was left with a crisp outline.
To match our room I painted a blue heart where Charlotte is - its gotta match the decor!
Ended up with a meaningful piece of art.
Great and easy way to impress your Valentine - and you get to look at something pretty as well! Sounds like a good deal all around!