Thankful for You – NC Demos Blog Hop

I hope you’re enjoying the October NC Demos blog hop!  You have probably just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s post.  She is a very talented artist!

Thanks for stopping by my post.  I hope I can inspire you to make a wonderful, simple project for the holidays.

Have you ever had an idea for a card or non-card project that ends up being even better than your original plan?  Well, that is the case for the project I’m sharing in this month’s blog hop.  I was planning an upcoming card club meeting and stopped by a “big box” store to just walk around for inspiration.  Usually, my inspiring walks take me through the stamp and scrapbook sections.  Not this particular time – I decided to take in more of the store and came across cute, pre-cut pieces of wood.  The plan for the stamp club project was set.  Below is a picture of the finished design.20161017_200733

The picture just does not do the finished project justice.  You’re going to just have to trust me on that, or (better yet) make your own wooden masterpiece by following the steps outlined below.

Here is a picture of two finished, pre-cut pieces of wood.  There are many shapes and sizes to choose from, and the pieces are very inexpensive

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I used the new Basket of Wishes stamp set to create the main focal point.  Since this stamp set is a two-step set, I practiced stamping the basket and fruit on my scrap paper before stamping on the wood.   Memento black ink works very well for this project.

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Before coloring the basket and fruit, I sprayed the wood with a sealant.  When you do this, PLEASE make sure that you spray outside in a well ventilated area.  Spraying the wood helps set the ink.  It also provides a sealed surface for your coloring.  If you start coloring the images without spraying the wood, the ink will soak into the wood and bleed.  Here is a picture of this step and the sealant that I used.

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If you happen to stamp the fruit a little higher than the rim of the basket, no worries!  Get your markers out, and draw a fine line at the bottom of the fruit.  Problem solved.  Look at the square piece of wood to see where I did this to fix my stamping.

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Now, on to the coloring!  If you want to see what a specific color will look like on the wood, flip the wood over and test on the back.  The back of the wood will end up being covered.  I used a few markers on my project and tried to add different colors to each individual piece of fruit.  Don’t over color.  You can always add some color where you need it.  Notice that I also added a little color on the swirls on either side of “for the” in the sentiment.

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The project is just about finished.  There are two more steps.  The first is to spray the wood with sealant again.  I recommend that you spray your project.  Allow the sealant to dry.  Then, spray one more time to add a final layer.  You can also use spray gloss or varnish if you want to turn your plaque into a coaster.  Now, wouldn’t a set of four coasters make a wonderful Christmas or birthday present?

The final step is to add adhesive felt to the bottom of the project.  I picked up the felt at the “big box” store.  You could also glue regular felt or any other backing that you like.  Trim the edges of your backing to fit the sides of the wood.

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And, you’re done!  I really hope that you try this technique.  There are infinite possibilities of the wonderful gifts that you can make.  Don’t be afraid to just get a piece of wood and experiment.  Here is one final picture of the finished project without the stand.

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Shown below are the products that I used for this project.

Be sure to continue your blog hop!

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Demos October Blog Hop Participants:

Jo Anne Hewins
http://luv2create.typepad.com/my_blog/2016/10/a-thankful-nc-blog-hop.html

Michelle Irinyl
http://makingmemorieswithmichelle.weebly.com/home/nc-demos-blog-hop-thankful

Melissa Kerman
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/thecraftingtreehouse/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/60800/entry/masking_with_leaflets_timeless_textures

Tracie Evans Langley
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/traciesallaboutstamping/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/86481/entry/nc_demos_october_blog_hop

Laurie MeierYOU ARE HERE
http://stampedgreetings.com/thankful-for-you-nc-demos-blog-hop/ ‎

Lisa Tedder
http://tedderbearstamping.com/nc-demo-blog-hop-stuck-santa/

Frances Wagner
http://wagstamps.blogspot.com/2016/10/giving-thanks-nc-october-blog-hop.html

Jar of Cheer – Christmas Card

It’s never too early to start planning and making Christmas cards.  The card pictured below is one of three projects that our stamp club made last weekend.  The clean lines and simple design make this card a stunning Christmas greeting for your friends and family.

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Below are the instructions to make the card.

  1. The card base is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  2. The card front is a piece of Whisper White card stock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  3. Using the large mason jar framelit from the Everyday Jars Framelits, die cut a jar shape on the card front as shown in the picture.
  4. Using Memento black ink, stamp the candle image and jar image (from the Jar of Cheer set) on a piece of vellum.  Make sure the vellum is cut large enough to cover the opening for the jar plus, at least, half an inch on each side.
  5. On the unstamped side of the vellum, use markers to color the stamped image.  This technique is stained glass coloring.  Be sure not to go outside the lines of the image.
  6. On a silver piece of card stock, stamp the jar lid in Memento black ink.  Die cut the lid with the corresponding framelit from the Everyday Jar set.
  7. Stamp “Merry”, from the Jar of Cheer set, in Emerald Envy ink as pictured.
  8. Hopefully, you can see that the sides of the card front have scored lines as subtle decoration.  The score lines are 1/8″ apart, and the outer score line on each side is 1/8″ from the edge.  Use your favorite scoring board and bone folder to add these decorations.  Score on the back side of the card front.
  9. Die cut pine boughs with the smallest pine bough framelit from the Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  Multiple shades of green card stock help add interest to the card.  Also, die cut a bow with the smaller bow framelit.  Choose your favorite red card stock for the bow.
  10. Before assembling the card, cut a piece of Crushed Curry card stock that is about the same size as the vellum.  This piece will be put behind the colored candle and will give a subtle illusion of light shining in the jar.
  11. To assemble the card:
    • Adhere the Crushed Curry piece to the card base.  Make sure the Crushed Curry is adhered so that it will be positioned behind the jar opening on the card front.
    • Adhere the vellum to the back of the card front.  Tape is the best adhesive for this since it will not cause rippling in the vellum.
    • Next adhere the jar lid as shown in the picture.
    • Place the pine boughs around the bottom of the jar.  Glue the ends of the pine boughs to the card front after you’ve decided on their arrangement.  Then, adhere the die cut bow where you would like.
    • The finished card front is then adhered to the front of the card with dimensionals.

Below are the products that I used to make the card.  If you click on any of the products, you’ll be taken to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!
Laurie