Saturday, January 21, 2012

Love Conquers All! Block Tutorial

Good morning! :) A while back, I posted some signs of a couple blocks/signs I had made!  Here's a tutorial on how to make one!  I know there are many tutorials out there, that use various methods.  Though I use them all, including making vinyl on my Cricut, this is my go to method for small blocks.

First, sand and prime your block of wood. I like to prime according to the color I will ultimately paint the piece in.  I chose grey since I was painting it is a silvery color. I spray-painted the front and the edges, then, I chose some coordinating scrapbook paper as a background.  I used some good ol' Mod-Podge to attach the paper to the block, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles as I laid it down.  (Tip, apply Mod-Podge to both the wooden block AND the paper's back, allow to FULLY dry before sealing it with another layer on top.)

Once all layers of Mod-Podge are FULLY dry, print out your quote or saying using the "Mirror-image" option on your printer.  If you don't have this option, just flip the image on either Word or Photoshop.  I've seen several tutorials on how to transfer images to both wood and a decoupaged item.  However, I find the easiest way is to simply but firmly "color" (with a pencil) on the opposite side of the image and you will find some of the ink will just be charcoal-transferred on.  No need to trace outside the image on the right side up, no need to use newspaper, or charcoal paper...just print on a laser printer, with the "Mirror-image" feature and scribble away!  It's light enough to disappear beneath your paint, yet dark enough to show you WHERE you need to paint.  I made it even easier than using a paintbrush, by using my paint pen.  I chose a coordinating copper color and steadily filled it all in.

I made this block two days ago, on my husband's birthday, because I truly believe in what it says.  I've spent 12 years alongside this wonderful man, (10 married) and we've had our ups and downs; but through it all, LOVE has held us together and conquered every hurdle.  God put him in my life when I needed him most, and for that I'm immensely grateful.  I love you, Gabe! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Here is the finished product!


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  1. Evelin, so pretty! I absolutely love it!

  2. Thank you for sharing this lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

  3. I'm following you on linky

  4. So pretty! I will have to pin this to remember your instruction! Now following via LF :-) Hope your husband liked his present!

  5. Super cute & happy birthday to your man! I'm your newest Linky follower. Love for you to follow me too.

  6. Very nice! Congratulations on 12 yrs! Following you via LF and the LF blog hop. Hope to see you at Take Six.

  7. Im a new follower from the Linky Party Blog Hop please visit my page and follow back at Thank you

  8. Great quote and your kids are adorable! Glad to have found you at Cheri's blog hop party. New Linky Follower! Hope you pop on over soon.

  9. Thank you guys! I will definitely check your blogs out when I have the chance to sit at my computer tonight! <3

  10. Love the sign! You make it look so easy.
    I'm your newest follower and hope you stop by for a visit.
    Mary Alice

  11. So clever and sweet! I'm on the hunt for a good paint pen, preferably for canvas. What do you recommend?

    1. :) Thank you so much! I really love the paint pens Sharpie makes and Elmer's makes some pretty comparable ones as well!


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