Here's the next easy Valentine's project...
- 4 blocks cut from a 2x4 in the following heights:
- 4 different scrapbook papers cut about 2 3/4 inches wide and the following heights:
O-- 2 1/2 inches
V--4 1/2 inches
E--3 1/2 inches
- lettering L O V and E--I used cream colored cardstock
- red craft paint
- Mod Podge
- distressing ink in a dark brown color
- sponge brushes
- sand paper 80 grit and 150 grit
Using 80 grit sandpaper, sand the cut edges of your blocks so they aren't sharp or splinter-y. Switch to 150 grit and sand the whole block so it is smooth.
Paint your blocks red. Remember red usually takes more paint than other colors. I painted 3 coats on these instead of my usual 2 coats. I also covered the entire block even though I am going to cover most of one block face. It is just easier as far as I am concerned.
Use distressing ink to ink the edges of your scrapbook paper. Glue the scrapbook paper on using Mod Podge. I use a pretty thick coat and then use a brayer to smooth out any air bubbles. Using the brayer will also squish the excess glue out the sides and it is easy to smooth out with a sponge brush. I always let it dry for about an hour because I want it really dry before I coat the paper with Mod Podge. Otherwise, it has a tendency to bubble or ripple.
I used cardstock for my lettering. After I cut it out, I used distressing ink to add some depth. Be patient on this one--it is kind of tedious to ink all of those curvy edges. Next, I ran the letters through my sticker machine to make them adhesive. This is a lot quicker and easier than glue when there are lots of tiny details or pieces like the letter "L", but you can also Mod Podge the letters as well. Adhere each letter onto the scrapbook paper which is glued to the block.
Paint your blocks with a thin layer of Mod Podge. I painted the front and two sides, let it dry and then did the back and the other two sides. I did three layers of Mod Podge so the blocks are covered and sealed well.
When storing letter blocks after the holiday, I always wrap them individually in plastic grocery sacks (which also won't stick to the block). The few times I haven't, things have stuck together by the next year when I take them out of storage. Mod Podge cures as times goes on, but it takes at least a month so I like to play it safe.