Thursday, August 12, 2010

Glitzy Fall Plaque by Amy Anderson

I'm getting excited about fall so I decided that my fifth blog post should be a celebration of the upcoming season! Yes friends, it is I - Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! I attended CHA and went on a few vacations, but I never forgot about my "gitter-bligations." I kind of went a little nuts this time with so many glitters, but hey, that's what I'm here to do.

I'm celebrating fall with a plaque. I am going to attach a ribbon and hang mine inside, but you are welcome to do whatever you want with yours. It's small enough to hang on an outdoor wreath on your front door, or on your mantle if you please. I love the colors. Yes, I'm very excited about autumn weather. Here's how you make my plaque.
Gather These Supplies:
Walnut Hollow 5" x 7" wood plaque,
Art Glitter - Ultrafine Opaque: #65 Old Gold, #56 Pumpkin, #132 Saddlebag, #234 Turquoise, #58 Brown
Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Mod Podge Matte
FolkArt Acrylic Paint - Metallic Copper, Dark Brown
Martha Stewart Double-Sided Flora Sticker Roll
Scrapbook paper, 1 sheet - I used Making Memories
Wood letters - spelling "its fall"
Flat paintbrush
Scissors or craft knife and mat
Pen or pencil

Measure a 5" x 7" rectangle from your scrapbook paper and use your craft knife to cut out. Set aside.

Paint your plaque with the color of your choice - I used Metallic Copper since it coordinated with my paper and glitter. Give a few coats and allow to dry.

While your plaque is drying, paint your wood letters with Dark Brown. Give a few coats and allow to dry.

While your letters are drying (I'm a huge multi-tasker!), go back to your plaque and apply a medium coat of Mod Podge.

Adhere the scrapbook paper and smooth down. Smooth thoroughly until all of the bubbles are gone. You'll see up above that I have some extra Mod Podge on the sides - that's okay. I wiped away the Mod Podge that squeezed out the sides with my brush. Set aside to dry for 15 - 20 minutes.

Take your flora sticker roll and cut out the stickers that you plan to use so that you can organize them on your plaque. I used my craft knife to separate them. Set aside.

The wood letters should be completely dry. Using your Designer Dries Clear glue and a brush, spread glue over the top of the letters . . .

and apply your Brown glitter. Shake the excess glitter off and set them aside to dry completely.

Go back to your plaque and apply a top coat of Mod Podge. Allow to dry and then add another coat. Allow that coat to dry.

The Martha Stewart stickers are awesome - you simply position them down individually, smooth and then peel away. The leaf sticker is left behind.

You then spread glitter directly over the sticker and tap off. Voila! The glitter is left behind on the sticker. It's a quick and easy way to glitter in a shape. I used several of the stickers with glitter colors to create my floral pattern.

To finish the project, glue the letters down with your Designer Dries Clear glue. You'll notice in the finished photo that I added an apostrophe between the "t" and "s" to finish my saying. No one wants bad grammar on their plaque!

Hang your plaque wherever it suits you. I'm hoping that by hanging this in my kitchen, it will make it so. See you soon - and don't forget to stop by Mod Podge Rocks any time for great decoupage inspiration and tips.