Give Thanks.

Posted by Michelle on November 17th, 2014 . Filed under: Design Team Work, Hazel & Ruby, Thanksgiving .

Hey crew!  Long time no see.
I’m back today with another wood & paperie project to share with you.   As I mentioned before, we have a big pile of wood that we got for free on Craigslist.   And again my son picked out some good pieces for me to make something fun with.

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Because we’re now well in to fall, it’s time for all those warm oranges and yellows and brown – fall – colors.  So I thought it’d be fun to pair Hazel & Ruby’s Wrap it Up paper in Newsprint Floral along with their Crazy for Chevy (corals) pattern.

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I wrapped my wood block just like I would a present.  And gave it a good coating of Mod Podge.

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And then I did the same thing but with the floral pattern.  I wanted to try something I have done on cards with 2 pieces of patterned paper and that is to tear one so that you have that torn edge and the second pattern peering through.  And then again, a good coating of Mod Podge.

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And then I laid out my Central Park Alpha stencils.
Here’s a little tip for you:  lay out your letters on your base before you start your project.  I found that #GIVE TANKS fit well, but #GIVE THANKS not so much – LOL  I really wanted that phrase, so I smooshed the letters together a little bit to make them fit.  And then I covered my piece with some white craft paint.

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I also sprayed some gold mist over it to give it a little sparkle here and there.  And then with a baby wipe I rubbed off some of the craft paint and gold mist so that the paper patterns could peer through.

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From my last project I remember thinking that I wanted to add some ink to my project to make my letters pop more.  So with a baby wipe I rubbed some orange ink all over my piece.

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And then I peeled my stencils off.  Love this part!

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One more coat of Mod Podge to make sure everything is nice and sealed.

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I wanted to add some dimension, and I had a spot on the top left of my piece because there were more letters in my bottom line than the top, so I made a little tag to finish it off with.  And then let it dry.  I love me some mixed media crafting but I tell ya’, waiting for layers to dry just drives me bonkers!

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But in the end, it’s all worth it.  And now I’ve got this out for what is now the season of thanks and giving.

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