“When Sarah came across our sign, the prince was looking dreadful; he was fading and peeling,” said Geoff Webb, principal/general manager, the Black Prince Winery, of the previous image painted on metal. “The sign had lasted through 10 Canadian winters but had taken a beating. It wasn’t nearly as good as what we’ve got now.”
Toupin used Adobe Illustrator software to manipulate the winery’s high-resolution PDF file of the prince’s image, which was digitally direct-printed with an Oce Arizona GT 350 UV flatbed printer onto a sheet of Dibond in the Brushed Silver color and the 3mm thickness. The 18-inch by 24-inch sign featuring the image of the Black Prince was cut with a CNC router.
Black Prince Winery personnel installed the new Dibond sign directly over the fading image of the prince. (Toupin also offers installation services with stainless steel standoffs.)
“The faded pocked-mark prince was covered over with the beautiful shining prince that you see now,” said Webb. “He went from ugly one day to a great example of his former self the next. … I’d definitely use this product again. We were very happy with the service and product that Sarah provided. It all worked out well. The sign has withstood our winter weather very well. We expect this sign to be as good as the last one if not better.”
In December 2012, Toupin expanded her outdoor offerings to include circular holiday tree and door ornaments in the 3-inch, 5-inch and 7-inch diameters – featuring both English and French greetings printed on 3mm Dibond in the Brushed Silver color and targeted to meet the seasonal home décor needs of the mass-market consumer.
“I started selling these ornaments for the 2012 Christmas season but soon realized that they weren’t just for Christmas,” said Toupin, who now offers a variety of seasonal and year-round ornament and door décor sold via her on-line Etsy store (www.etsy.com/shop/sarahtoupininc).
Her latest consumer offerings – colorful garden stakes printed on 3mm thick Dibond in the Brushed Silver color – will be debuted at the Sarah Toupin Inc. Booth No. E229 at the National Home Show & Canada Blooms March 15-24 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto.
“Dibond also is perfect for creating these eye-catching home décor pieces,” said Toupin. “It’s so lightweight but sturdy. It’s the best construction possible. The ink adhesion on Dibond is great. I just love this material.”