This plaque is really simple to do and hopefully my tutorial will explain it quickly and easily for you too!?! There is a pdf file at the end for the words, and a link for where I got the Bethlehem Star from too.
Before I start, I've only tried this technique with darker backgrounds as it won't work for lighter ones. However, I will suggest other ideas of what you could use instead, but until I do one myself, I will not know what works best until I try it.
1. Choose what you want to have on your plaque, ie words, symbols, pictures etc. I chose to do 'Silent Night, Holy Night' for Christmas. Choose the fonts, size etc and no worries if it doesn't look like the end product, you can cut the paper up so that you can locate them where you want them to be.
2. Make sure your words fit on your chosen plaque before you start. For my 'base' I chose MDF (18mm thick) and sanded the rough edges down. I then painted it using Dulux 'Urban Obsession', I love it against the white lettering, and I only had to give it two coats too.
3. Cut your words, symbols etc into strips (if you haven't already), so that you can work on it section by section. Now rub white chalk on the back of your chosen piece of paper and then trace round the edge of each letter with a biro or pencil. You don't have to push too hard.
5. When you remove the paper you should have an outline of your word/image, like the above.
6. Now fill the chalk outline in using either a paintbrush or I cheated and did it the really easy way and used a paint pen marker...I love colouring in ;)
7. Attach a sawtooth hanger (if you so choose) to the back and you're done.
NOTE for lighter coloured bases - try rubbing a charcoal stick, or a pencil on the back of the paper, or use carbon copy paper between the paper and your base. I hope one of them works and don't worry I'll be trying one of the techniques soon so I will let you know how I get on.
Here's the links for the Silent Night words and the Bethlehem Star I used...