Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Love Letters

There are 2 things I have been in love with lately, letter photography and anything black and white WITH red, or any color.  It would be super smart of me to buy stock for black paint and black ink. I brought them together to make this fun plaque.  I even made it Valentine-friendly by adding in some pink tulle that I will take off after Valentines.   


I took the camera around my house and found things that resembled letters.  For the heart, my sister and I found that out on my parent's lawn early one morning and she snapped a picture of it.  You have to get super creative.  I am building quite the collection and can't wait to try other things with them.  The great thing about doing a plaque like this is putting another word on the back and then you can just switch it around every once in awhile.

* I started with a 1x6 board and cut it to 23 inches.  
* After sanding the board, I painted it black and let it dry.


My pictures were 4-1/2 x 4-1/2.  I used photoshop to size them by opening up a 5x7 document and sizing the photo to the 4-1/2 x 4-1/2.  When it printed, I trimmed off all the white area.  When the board was dry, I positioned them how I wanted and mod podged them on.


For near perfect mod podging, check this link.  I like to add fun texturing by doing swirlies in different directions.  Another fun way is to do a sweeping motion in different directions. 


I usually try to get the edges too, because I am too messy not to get some there anyway and then when it dries, if you haven't done the sides, you can see your mistakes.


When it is dry, add some tulle and viola!  


Update:  Here is another version of the LOVE letters.  I used a 2x4 for this one with 2-1/2 x 2-1/2 inch pics.  I would have done 3x3 instead, but I already had them printed.  Again, I used pink tulle with the red and it can be taken off after Valentines Day.

  

Many of you have inquired if you can purchase these letters and the good news is yes.  They can now be found at my etsy shop here.


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29 comments:

  1. I decorate in Black Red and Whites too. I absolutely love this Bonnie! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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  2. Love this idea! I did the same thing with my last name, but I like the idea of making signs for holidays too! Thanks for the idea!

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  3. Oh lovely! Perfect for Love Get Crafty! Will be posted 1 Feb!

    Thanks for submitting! Do add a badge ;-)

    Maggy

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  4. OMG gotta do this!! #1 I work in the Maintenance Dept. @ work and we are called Plant Ops for "Plant Operations" well super short is PL OPS yeah plops I know hilarious right? well I want to make blocks from maintenanc'y items that would be hilarious!!!

    ~ Nikki
    Thanks for posting this in my linky hope to see you next week too!!

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  5. That is gorgeous! Thanks so much for linking it up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  6. Love it~ I am your newest follower!! Hope you will stop by and follow Simple As 1-2-3 soon!

    http://simpleas1-2-3.blogspot.com/

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  7. This is too cute! I'd love for you to come link up to my Love Linky Party!

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  8. Great Idea!! I have 4x6 that spell our last name. I've been looking for a frame forever and think this would be a much cuter way! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. SO CUTE! I highlighted you on my blog!

    swainstonvinylanddezign.blogspot.com

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  10. Hopping over to say hello and Happy Friday, Hugs Katherine

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  11. A-DOR-ABLE! Seriously cute! Love it! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  12. Love it. I did our last name in letter photography a couple of years ago and am thinking of re-doing it (I think my *eye* for letters has improved). Found you @ Show & Tell Saturday

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  13. Hi!! This is way cute!! I am highlighting you on my top 15 V-day crafts thus far!

    SIMPLE AS 1-2-3
    http://simpleas1-2-3.blogspot.com/

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  14. AsWsOmE!!! I love it! I would love to follow you...have you considered adding feedburner so that people can follow via an email subscription? I am going to "like" you on facebook, but sometimes I miss updates on that because I can't check that at work. Thanks so much!

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  15. @Gremma Thank you so much for your kind comments for my blog. I am new at blogging and coincidently just yesterday, I set up the feedburner for my blog. I still have no idea what it does, only that blogs offer it. LOL. So, as soon as I can figure out the fancy buttons to add it to my blog, I will let you know. Thanks again, and I would LOVE for you to follow along.

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  16. Love it!!

    ~ Just Jen
    http://www.justjenscrafts.blogspot.com/

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  17. This is awesome! Love that you "found" the letters in everyday household items! Hope you will share with my Pink Hippo Party @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/01/pink-hippo-party-11.html

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  18. These turned out so cute! What a fun idea!

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  19. Love this! I would love it if you would come and link up to my Fantastic Friday link party at http://ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com

    Thanks

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  20. Cute project! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

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  21. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...
    Barb

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  22. I just wanted to let you know that I featured you today! I absolutely love this project! Swing by and grab a featured button!

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  23. This is really cute! I would love to make this for Valentine's day!

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  24. How Fun!!! Thanks for linking-up

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  25. I LOVE these blocks sooo much! I featured them on my blog favorites for the week! Hope you grab your featured button @ http://pinkapotamus.blogspot.com/2011/01/pink-hippo-party-12.html

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  26. I featured you on Love Get Crafty today!

    http://www.redtedart.com/2011/02/01/love-get-crafty/

    Maggy

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