Monday, February 8, 2010

First Tutorial

Hello Everyone!
This is my first official post & tutorial on this blog.
I've found myself being in a rather crafty mood lately and thought it might be fun to have a blog dedicated to this sudden craftiness. I have two little ones that I stay home with so most of my projects are worked on during naptime or after bed. I'm not sure what to tell you to expect from this blog. ??? Perhaps a crafting tutorial here and there, a little decorating, maybe some re-decorating, and why not throw in a few recipes every once in a while?
All while I sip on a nice little cup of coffee!

With that being said.....
Let's get on with the tutorial.
I know there are tons of tutorials on these Decoupaged Letters but, I thought it would be a good tutorial to start with. Besides, this is my blog and I can do whatever I want :)

Step #1
Pick out a word!
I chose love because I am in the process of re-decorating our Master Bedroom and wanted something pretty for my bookshelf.

Letters (cardboard or wood)
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Sponge applicator/brush
Distress Ink

Step #2
Trace your letter on the back of your scrapbooking paper.

Step #3
Cut out letter.
(So far not too difficult. Right?)

Step #4
Spread a nice layer of Mod Podge on the front of your cardboard letter and carefully place your paper cut out over it. Smooth out any bubbles.

Step #5
Distress the edges of your paper with sandpaper or a file.
(Don't worry...This file has never touched my foot and will never touch my foot! I use it for crafts only! I personally like it better than sandpaper.)

Here is what your letters will look like at this point.
(You could stop here if you wanted a shabby-look.)

I was going for more of a distressed look and busted out the Distress Ink
(This stuff is totally my new Best Friend!)

Step #6
Rub Distress Ink on edges of letters.
I used a make-up sponge to do this and it worked great!
(My original plan was to cover the entire letter with paper but, I loved the look that the Distress Ink gave the cardboard and decided to use it on the sides of the letters as well.)

How cool does that look?

Step #7 (optional)
Cover letters with a coat of Mod Podge to seal them.
I suggest waiting for the Ink to completely dry before applying the Mod Podge to prevent smearing.
(This was really scary! I thought I ruined them for sure! It looks cloudy as it goes on but, will dry clear. Don't be scared!)

The finished project sitting nice and pretty on my Bookshelf...


  1. Brilliant!! These look very expensive and wonderful!! Blessings!

  2. Omgosh...look at you! Go Ashley! Those look amazing and I am totally gonna steal ideas from you. Thanks for sharing :-)

  3. That looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!