Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Don't Forget to Laugh!

Don't ya just love a good laugh???

Me too!

A while ago I found the cutest set of decorative blocks at Marshalls.  They spelled out LAUGH!  I thought they would look adorable on my entry table with a bunch of framed family pics.

However, the dogs thought they made a tastier snack!  Here's what's left of my cute blocks.  Sniff sniff  ) :

 So...I decided to make a little sign to replace my dearly departed blocks.

I started with a 4"x12" piece of mdf and spray painted it Heirloom White...my fav!

Once the paint was dry, I sanded all of the edges to give it a distressed appearance.

I found some really gorgeous papers last time I was at Hobby Lobby and combined two of the patterns for my sign.

I Mod Podged the papers onto my mdf.

 Once the Mod Podge was dry, I sanded the excess paper off the edges of the sign.

 Next, I took my Jim Holz Distress Ink in Soot and a foam paint brush...

...and applied the ink to the edges of the sign.

I printed out LAUGH on my Silhouette, and removed the inside of the letters instead of leaving the letters on the backing.  You can see what I'm talking about here...

Now I applied some transfer tape to the vinyl "stencil".  I used an old gift card to rub or burnish the transfer tape onto the vinyl.

Next, I appplied the "stencil" where I wanted it on my sign.

I used some black acrylic paint and another foam paint brush and applied my black paint to the stencil. 

Wait until your paint is dry to remove the vinyl "stencil"...I am imptatient and removed the vinyl immediately whice explains the messiness of the black paint...

No worries, though.  Once I sanded the entire piece to make it look more distressed, you hardly notice my oopsies!

To finish off my sign, I added a burlap rose that I made and some rhinestones for sparkle.

 Here's my finished sign!

I think I might add some black ribbon and hang it from the drawer of my entry table, but I don't have anymore right now.  I think it looks cute sitting on top of the table for now!

Oh, and you may have noticed that I've been playing around with new backgrounds and headers over the past few days.  I'm finally happy with the way things are looking!  What do you think?

Background and header courtesy of The Graphics Fairy!


1 comment:

  1. you are so creative! I love the new look!


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