Tuesday, January 31, 2012

You & Me Wall Letter Tutorial

Hope you're not sick of hearing about our new {word set} yet.  :)  The design team had so much fun working with these.  Our final project using these new letters is by Cathleen. I love the black and cream with touches of red!

If you've ever ordered our letters you'll know they come to you fully sanded and ready to decorate to your hearts content! :)  I love that they're so versatile and just so much fun!  Cathleen created this great tutorial on how she created her letters.  Have fun reading along...

1. Begin with your bare wood letters from Say It With Letters. I'm using the new "You & Me" letter set - which can also be rearranged to read "Me & You".

2. Next, choose your decorating medium. These wood letters can be painted, stained, decorated with paper, material, yarn, ribbon - you name it! I chose the Le Creme collection of papers from Die Cuts With a View.

3. Since the papers I chose are black and cream, I wanted to darken the edges so as to add a little dimension. I used a Prismacolor black marker, but you could also use paint or stain for a slightly different effect.

4. Next, I traced each of the letters onto a sheet of my paper choice. The back of the letters will be facing you as you trace each shape. Notice how each letter has a special carve out keyhole, which makes hanging your finished creation a breeze!

5. Once your letters are traced, cut out each piece and adhere to each letter using an adhesive that is conducive for adhering paper (or your other medium) to wood. I used Beacon's Zip Dry. After I adhered the paper to each letter, I did a little bit of sanding on the edges to give it that distressed look that we all love. I also used a little ink on the distressed edges. I picked Clearsnap's Fluid Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown, but any of your favorite colors will work.

6. Once my letters were decorated and ready to go, I got to thinking that Valentine's Day is just around the corner - that meant red hearts and ribbon! I added red chipboard hearts (painted in metallic red paint), red ribbon and black lace, and a few strategically placed black buttons. Happy Valentine's Day!

The ribbon and lace is tied onto the letters, and the buttons are adhered with adhesive glue dots.

So sweet!  What a fun project, Cathleen.  Thanks for the inspiration! 


LaurieStar said...

What a great tutorial! I loved it. Were there pictures? I didn't see any.

Scrap for Joy said...

I can't see the pictures, either :(
This was a fun month. I loved everyone's projects!

Scrap for Joy said...

Sorry Deb-there are just little boxes with an x in them.