Monday, January 23, 2012

Embossed letter

Hi friends, I hope everyone is having a great first of the year! I'll admit after Christmas my crafting has died down a little, and it is about this time of the year that I start dreaming of spring and garage sales. :)  Although, here in Oklahoma we are lucky enough to have had a VERY mild winter season so far.  I do not like winter, so I'm pretty happy about it!  We had fun celebrating Cart's birthday last weekend, we had it at a gymnastics place.  Adults could even get in on the fun in the foam pit, and yes it was FUN!  I think it would be my husbands dream to have a foam pit in our backyard. ;) I wouldn't be opposed though, those things are awesome!

Let me just say.. how hard is it getting a 3 year old to take a good picture?  Literally can't do it, I have accepted that all of his pictures from this stage will be blurry, eyes closed, hand on face, or something to that effect.  But we did manage to get an ok one together. Hooray! :)

So anyway, I haven't made anything recently but I wanted to share a gift I made for a friend last year that I thought was different, an Embosses "Metal" Letter.
Have you ever seen those cardboard letters at Hobby Lobby?  The are so light weight and you can do so many things with them! Wrap them, paint them, glue them, etc.  I love them, and they are super cheap!
I have seen a lot of faux metal letters around lately and I love that look, but I wanted to add a little more to it.  I love texture on stuff so I thought it would be cool to do embossed letters on the letter.

I started out with the cardboard letter and cut lots of G's out of card stock using my silhouette machine, I just did random fonts, upper and lower case.  Using modge podge I glued them on.   After that, I painted it all white.
I used a metallic acrylic paint with a dry brush, I painted it then wiped it off, over and over until I liked how it looked.
So this is how it came out. I gave this as a gift, so I didn't end up taking any cute pictures of it, but I think you get the idea.   I love how it looks all industrial-ish. :)  I'll have to make myself one!

I have seen where you can use hot glue, or Elmer's glue and paint over it to achieve the embossed look as well.  Here are some cool ones I have come across.

Here is really cute idea from Shanty 2 Chic with chipboard.  LOVE those Shanty 2 Chic girls.

This one from Virginia and Charlie uses puffy paints, I love that design she did.

You can take all of these techniques in so many directions too.  Fun stuff! ;) 
Yesterday I was just anxiously tapping my toes saying ugh I wish Hobby Lobby was open on Sunday so I could get my craft on! lol
I think I will be getting some stuff done this week, I have so many ideas in my head that I need to just hurry up and do!
Thanks for checking in, hope you all have a great week!


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  1. What a cute idea!!! I love how the "G" turned out! I may have to try that myself... =)

  2. "G" for great! LOL....felt like a cheerleading moment right there. Seriously, love how it turned out! Happy belated to the little guy.

  3. OMG! I love that letter! It looks so awesome! :)

  4. LOVE that G! Think I might have to copy that! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  5. That "G" is awesome1 I love it:) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Very cute. Great way to use up all those left over letters.

  7. That turned out GREAT, Kimberly!! Thanks SO much for sharing it at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

  8. That's very cool! I bet your friend loved it!!

    Thanks for linking up at Simply Klassic Home!

  9. Kimberly, this was such a great project I just had to feature you over at I Gotta Create! Thanks again for linking up :) You can grab a button!

  10. Your letter(s) turned out great. What a great project. I would love to be on your link party list. My party – The Inspiration Board is up right now. Hope to see you there.