Are you ready for SUMMER? I’m not quite there – but, I’m having fun playing with these gorgeous, fun & fruity papers from Close to My Heart. My latest project was to add the B&T Dous patterned Taste of Summer papers to wooden letters. I get my letters from Wood Creations (www.woodcreationscrafts.com) here in Utah. They always have cute wood cut decor that’s ready for crafting.
This is a very easy and fairly quick craft to add some cute summer fruitiness to your home or to give as a gift. All you need to do is –
Prepare the Wood – wipe off excess saw dust and sand any rough edges if you want (I hate sanding, so I don’t do this). Then, paint the letters in colors to coordinate with the papers you are using. This is what takes the longest because you have to wait for the paint to dry (and I’m NOT patient). I apply 2-3 coats to get good coverage
Cut the Paper Letters – it doesn’t get much easier than this – just trace around the letters, then cut. I like a little of the paint to show around the paper, so I cut inside my tracing line a good bit. Then I hold the paper in place and trim back areas where I want more paint to show through.
Break out the Modge Podge – apply a generous coat of modge podge to the surface where you’ll be putting the paper – I like to use a sponge brush, or a sponge roller if I’m doing a large area. Carefully align the paper with the wood and smooth down. I use a store customer card to help smooth the paper and keep out air bubbles. Pampered Chef scrappers that come with stoneware work good as well. You’ll want to pay particular attention to the curves for air bubbles. Just smooth them out.
Next apply another light coat of Modge Podge on top of the letter and smooth it again. Once you have the paper smooth & air bubbles removed, set it aside to dry.
Add embellishments – ribbon, twine, sequins – whatever sparks your fancy.
If your’e interested in these bright, bold papers – you can find them during May 2015 through your local Close to My Heart consultant or gerri.ctmh.com
Have fun creating something! I would love to see your ideas.