Summer time at Hobby Lobby brings the start to the Christmas season for us. We start setting all of the Christmas picks, wreaths, ribbon, and of course crafts. My sister Jen saw this really cute craft that was the word Noel on four separate wooden blocks. This came completely unfinished so it could be customized to specific colors. I mentioned that I could make this for her birthday in October. Jen loved that idea. So I looked at the project on and off for the next few months and finally bought it in September. After I bought it, I proceeded to immediately lose it in my studio. Well the days and weeks passed an I forgot all about it. Finally the holidays were over and things slowed down both at work and at home. I got the chance to clean and organize my studio, and I came across the project….still in its packaging. So I decided there was no time like the present to get started. I ripped open that package and dug right in.
I started by figuring out what letter was to go on each block. The O was obvious, but the others were a little more interchangeable. I then dug through my scrap box to find the perfect papers. Jen decorates with a lot of red at Christmas, so that was the obvious color. Then the background, a rustic stripe. Next was the glue. I used Modge Podge to adhere the paper to the wood and let it all dry. After drying, i trimmed all the excess paper. I did a really bad job of the trimming, the edges were all ragged and torn. Luckily, I could take some sand paper to the egdes and fix all the mistakes! Then I took a red ink pad and rubbed it on the sides of the letters and the blocks. Then glued the letter to the block. I the added Paper Tape by Tim Holtz to the sides of the block and followed up by edging it with a metal taped designed for stained glass.
The only thing that was left was to stamp the back of the block with my custom stamp. My wonderful husband got this stamp for me last Christmas. I stamp almost everything the comes out of my studio.
Well Jen, I hope you like the way the blocks turned out. And remember, every great artist works on their own schedule, but better late than never!