Thursday, October 21, 2010

Buchanan's Dead & Breakfast

This sign is to hang outside in the courtyard. Do you think it will invite people to come in? JK.... Here we go.

You will need:
1. Some wood, cut how ever you want
2. Craft paper with the name of your "Dead & Breakfast" printed on it and other clip art you might want (don't forget the DaFont site with free fonts and dingbat fonts.)
3. Black paint 
4. A lot of Mod Podge
5. S hooks, or something to hang it from. I used black ribbon and some brass circle hooks I found in my work room.

I found this old sign in a box buried deep in the basement! My mom thinks she grabbed this jem at one of her sisters garage sales... probably in the 80's (I hope you didn't want that, Patty!)

 I taped some craft paper haphazardly together so it wouldn't look too neat. Then traced the  wood sign on the paper and cut it out.


Spread the Mod Podge all over the wood then place the craft paper on top. 

Then put more Mod Podge on top of that making sure to get in the cracks of the paper.

Place your printed peice on the wet Mod Podge and cover with more Mod Podge.

I noticed it started bubbling up so I put some weights on to flatten it. Place some wax paper down before you put the weights or books down to protect them from sticking together.

Cut out your additional clip art things and Mod Podge them together.

I noticed my "Buchanan's Dead & Breakfast Inn" was crooked. Ugh. So I printed another one, made it a little bigger, tore the edges and Mod Podged the heck out of it.

With black paint, make a border around your sign. Messy it up a little with a dry brush. That way, you won't have to worry if its not even.

 If your black paint isn't glossy, you can put Mod Podge over that too.

And there it is.

I think I'm going to do something with glitter next....

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Gargoyle Chic

My first post as a blogger! Well, I'm not going to waste any time and get right to it!!

I got this idea from How She Does. Super cute. 

Ok, so I searched for about an hour through my clip art... and I found some that I thought were gargoyle-chic. Yeah, I made that up. A great way to find good FREE clip art is through fonts. DaFont is a great free font site. There is a section full of dingbat fonts that you can use as clip art!

I printed the image on regular paper and stapled it to 2 pieces of black card stock and started cutting.

I used an x-acto knife to get into the tight corners. I would recommend a less intricate image. This was not easy.

Here are the final cut out images. Next,  I repossessed some black frames that I gave to my sister last month! Luckily, she hadn't put them up on her walls yet! I took two 5x7 frames. Then I went through the news paper to find big blocks of text to cut out. I tried to avoid color, images and big head lines.

I traced the back of the frame on the newspaper. I could have gotten a ruler but I am too lazy for that. Even though I had like 12 right around me.

The hardest part of this whole project was burning the newspaper. It burns fast and uneven so be careful! 

To stabilize the thin newspaper, I used thick craft paper. I glued the newspaper to the craft with rubber cement but a regular glue stick will do. If you use liquid glue like Elmer's the newspaper will be bumpy it won't flatten.

So, glue the silhouette image on the newsprint.

And there you have it!!

Try it!! It's fun! :) Let me know how it turns out!