Monthly Archives: August 2012

Project #8: Decorative Letters

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Football season is upon us! My beloved Michigan State Spartans kick off the season tonight against Boise State. So, I decided my office needed a little more Spartan spirit (though, I’ll admit, it was already pretty spirited to begin with.) These letters are actually quite easy to make, but the project involves a lot of steps. You could spell out a little girl’s name in cute pink and purple, or “NOEL” in a Christmas design. Be creative, have fun! But don’t use my idea to make any damn Wolverine stuff.

Whatcha Need: Materials for this one are relatively cheap.  I say relatively becuase if you’re crafty, you already have some of them.  You’ll need the paper maiche letters (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 each… which is why my windowsill now says Go State instead of Go Spartans,) scrapbook paper of your choice, a stamp ink pad, an exacto knife, craft acrylic paint in your choice of color, a cheap foam brush, and modge podge.

First, paint the letters using the acrylic and foam brush. This is just so the original brown doesn’t show when they’re displayed.  No need to be Rembrandt here… just apply a medium coat using even strokes.  Make sure you get the top and sides of each letter.  Once it is painted and dried (should dry quickly), cut a piece of the scrabpbook paper to slightly larger than the width of your letter.  Feel free to protect your $99 dining room table with the ads you never look at and would otherwise just throw away.

 

Next, using the Modge Podge, glue the BACK side of the paper to the FRONT of your letter.  Most of my letters looked the same from front and back, but that E sure would have looked weird backwards.  Unless you’re a big Eminiem fan… then maybe a backwards E is cool.  Make sure the modge podge dries completely before you move onto the next step.

 

The next step is probably the hardest one, and it’s not even that hard.  Using an exacto knife, cut around the edges of your letter to trim the paper to the proper shape.  Don’t worry about it being completely perfect – we’re going to fancy up the edges a little later.  Crafty Tip: the sharper the blade on your exacto, the better.  Also, try to use a lot of T’s in your project because they’re super easy to cut.  The S and G, not so much.

Your finished cutout should look something like this:

As you can see, the edges aren’t perfect.  But, as promised, it’s time to make them fancy! Run your stamp ink pad along the edges to give them a finished/distressed look.  You may need to use an inky finger to get to some of the curves and inside edges.  I made these last night and there are still traces of ink on my index finger.  Looks sweet.

Your distressed edges should look something like this:

Last but not least, modge podge the hell out of the front to seal and add shine.  I used 5 coats – letting each coat try for about 15 minutes.  Follow the instructions on the modge podge bottle.  It’s not hard.  Just be sure to use even brushstrokes, because they will show a little bit up close.

You’re Done! Perch your letters in your office window so everyone knows just who you’re cheering for this college football season!

Project #7: Wedding Program Fans

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I’m back! I haven’t posted a project basically all summer, and for that, I admit I suck.  I’d like to give you all sorts of excuses, but they pretty much don’t exist.  I just never got around to it.  With that said, Graham Crafter’s Project #7 is a super easy wedding program.  The program is intended to be a fan, but if you were at my sister’s wedding, you know they got used more as umbrellas and wind blockers.  But they looked damn good getting wet!

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Sorry, no step-by-step photos this time – I didn’t take any as we were making these.  Credit to Timeless Elegance Photography for the beautiful photo above.  Credit to my iPhone for the not-so-beautiful ones below.

Supplies: You’ll need cardstock, wide popsicle sticks (available at any craft store – nobody wants their wedding program to have sticky orange syrup dripping off it), rubber cement, and ribbon.  A corner punch is optional.  You also need the program itself.  I did this one on Microsoft Word, and designed it to fit on a standard piece of 8.5×11 paper.  Then, we had copies made (the copy place even cut them in half for us.)

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Once the program is designed, copied, and cut… you can use a corner punch to add something fancy.  We opted for a clean rounded edge.  First, rubber cement the popsicle stick to the backside of one half of the program.  Let it dry a bit, then load the entire page (stick and all) up with rubber cement and carefully attach the other side of the program.  Again, let it dry a bit.  Once the programs are dry and you’re sufficiently high from the rubber cement fumes, tie on the little ribbon.

Like I said – easy.  This one is not rocket surgery.

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