Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Mantle Sign

So excited to finish this yesterday!  I love how easy the project was (and I didn't spend a dime!) and it makes such a statement (literally) on our mantle.  I first saw the idea on Pinterest - thank you Red Letter Words!  - and wanted to make my own version.  First thing I did was rummage around in our garage for a suitable piece of scrap wood.  I lucked out and didn't even have to cut anything as I found a perfectly sized piece of luan.  I brushed it off (ewww- it had been in there awhile) and brought it into the house.  It sat on my mantle for a week or so before I finally got to bring it up into my craft room for its makeover.  I found some acrylic paints in my stash to use - a charcoal grey, country blue, and metallic gold.  I simply squirted the grey on first and brushed away! I kept it pretty dry and thin, so the wood shows through a little, too.  I added a little blue and gold, using the same brush.  It all blended together nicely for a weathered look.  I painted the star with more acrylic - a mustard gold - again with the dry brush technique.  I added a bit of yellow and crystal stickles for a bit of glimmer.  I cut my letters using my Cricut - Sophisticated (for "love") and Lyrical Letters.  I used some pages out of an old hymnal - Christmas hymns of course.  Then I laid them out on my board and mod podged them all in place.  The manger scene can be found it the Inspired Heart Cricut cartridge.  Love this project and love that it's a big reminder of the reason to celebrate Christmas!

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  1. this is FABULOUS!!
    i love it.
    thanks so much for sharing such beautiful design work!
    i'm following!
    {love} lauryn @

  2. Absolutely beautiful! I really love the sign. It's a great message and incredibly well done.

  3. Oh goodness, Karen! I absolutely LOVE your sign. You did a fabulous job. I appreciate you stopping by Take Six!! Best wishes for a very Merry CHRISTmas!

    I am your newest follower!

  4. I love this and I always enjoy your projects.
    I am looking for people to do tutorials for January and I am actually looking for new people. It will be a new year after all.
    Email me if you are interesed in doing a tutorial on the CSI Projct
    I have Jan 2nd and 4th open
    and Jan. 10th and 11th

  5. Simply beautiful! A great reminder of why we're celebrating. I would love for you to share this here: