Monday, December 10, 2007

12 Ornaments for Christmas Day 6, Altered Block Ornament tutorial...

12 Ornaments for Christmas Day 6
Altered Block Ornament tutorial

Wow this is the half way point in the 12 Ornaments for Christmas, are you having fun?
This ornament is really special for me because it takes Mod Podge to make it, and my blog readers know that I am not so great with the stuff. But it was my early New Year's Resolution to learn how to use it and guess what I have, YEAH! I have many thanks going out to Emilymomtohreeboys on SCS, I love reading her blog daily and she uses Mod Podge with many of her projects so I sent an email to her asking for her tips and she helped me out. Here are the tips she had for me, thicker card stock and the fact that she did not put it on top of the paper, and not using so much of it. Guess what it worked I used Basic Grey paper and only used the Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the blocks then when that was dry I sprayed them with sealer. I got the idea of altering the blocks from Emilymomtothreeboys blog Stamping and Stuff then I added my own twist to them by placing screw eyes in the top and threading ribbon through to make an ornament.

So many thanks Emily for your tips and the inspiration for altering blocks you have so many creative ideas thank you for sharing them with us and helping me out with my "sticky" situation.

So to make this ornament you need 1 1/4" blocks from Hobby Lobby
Mod Podge
Heavy DP Card Stock
Small screw eyes from Wal-Mart
E6000 adhesive

First paint the blocks a light base coat, (I used white acrylic paint)

Cut your squares of Card stock 1 1/8" by 1 1/8"

Use a small amount of Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the block (I used three different patterns from the Basic Grey Blitzen collection)

Let the glue dry then lightly sand the edges

Stamp on the letters to form your word (I used the Quirky Alphabet from Stampin' Up, this is my fave alphabet set to use ever) with Black Staz-on

Layout your blocks as you would have them appear, I staggered mine some on one that I made the other is in a straight line

Find the blocks where you will put the screw eyes

Find the center of the block and screw in the eye (you do this by making an X on the top of your block and where the lines cross is your true center)

Use E6000 adhesive to stick the blocks to each other

When the adhesive is dry make your ribbon hanger by knotting the ribbon behind the screw eyes

You are finished, is this not great!


jodene said...

I love all your ornaments. great picture with santa. Those are the one's that last a life time!!

Wanda. said...

These blocks are adorable!