Monday, April 6, 2009

Altered Letter Tutorial and a Giveaway!!!!!

ETA: (on Tuesday, April 7th) I found about an awesome giveaway on another blog and just have to share with my blog readers! You can win a Cuttlebug...

at that blog. Good luck!!! And I have a new tutorial tomorrow. Don't forget to enter my teensy giveaway below! :)

Awesome news! I will have a tutorial in a future issue of Parasol magazine. I have been a HUGE fan of A Print A Day for a year or two. Then I when I found out Yasmine was starting an ezine I was so excited!!! Have you ever been online and found sites/blogs/galleries that inspire you so much? That is how I feel about A Print a Day---it infuses me with eye candy. When I found out my "unusual" tutorial may be in a future issue I was doing the happy snappy dance!

You can download Parasol here.

You can find the A Print A Day blog here.

I made up this tutorial (not the one for Parsol) because I love making my own home decor stuff! Enjoy! :)

Altered Letters by Tina Winkle
Get your ABCs on! I love altered letters! You can get any kind in any size. You can hang them on your wall, door, place them on your desk, or put them in your scrapbook.

Class Supply List:
Letter(s) that can be altered
A paint brush
Stuff to alter with, such as: acrylic paint, stamps, rub-ons, stickers, paper, fabric, ribbon, glue/Mod Podge/adhesive (acid-free if you are scrapbooking this).

It is up to you what you want to use--that is what makes them so easy and fun!
Where do I find letters to alter? You can make your own out of chipboard. I have used my Cricut and Sizzix before to cut my chipboard. If you do not own a die-cutting machine, go into MS Word and choose a large, bold font. Type your letters. Print it really large (well, the size you want) on regular copy/printer paper. Cut the letters out. Use removable adhesive (I used my Hermafix) and glue your cut out letter to a piece of chipboard (found in the back of notebooks/paper packs) or an empty cereal box. Now you have a pattern to follow.Take an Xacto craft-type blade and cut following your pattern. When done, tear the printer paper letter off and VOILA! You have a chipboard letter. You can purchase Provocraft wood ones in the unfinished wood section at Michael's Craft Stores. You can always buy them at your LSS or big box stores. For this project, I used paper mache letters I purchased at Hobby Lobby for under $2. You can make your own paper mache letters using cardboard and paper mache if you like.
So let's get started!!!
1. I painted my letters using acrylic paint. I chose not to make it heavy so I took my foam painter's brush and put paint on one side and then flipped the brush and used the other side to drag the paint (dry brushing). I like turquoise so that is what I used.
Loved them raw,too...
Paint your sorrows away!
I personally like to leave a little of the true color exposed in some areas. Shabby chic, baby!
2. The paper mache letters dried in about 5 minutes! Once your paint is dry, you can ink the edges if desired. I inked the edges because I liked the look of distressing. I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
3. Next, you can begin to apply rub-ons. I used rub-ons from Martha Stewart (EK Success), Basic Grey and Paper Studio. Apply rub-ons with rub-on tool (aka a popsicle stick).
Rub it!
4. After all my rub-ons were applied, I start stamping. I used Heidi Swapp word stamps, and then I used my Autumn Leaves swirl stamps. I used StazOn ink so my ink would stand out and not smear.
5. After my ink dried, I tied blue and brown Offray ribbon to my letter L.
6. There you go! Altered letters . Just hot glue a picture hanger onto the back, and it is ready to be displayed on your wall!
Other ideas: ~adhere distressed patterned paper ~add fabric ~adorn with ribbon ~use rub-ons ~cover in glitter ~outline in buttons ~decorate with photos ~stamp all over ~embellish with flowers ~apply stickers
I cannot wait to see your letters! Link them in the comments section.
My Supply List:
Papier mache letters: Hobby Lobby. Stamps: Heidi Swapp, Autumn Leaves. Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain), StazOn Ink (Black). Ribbon: Offray. Rub-ons: Martha Stewart (EK Success), Basic Grey, Paper Studio. Paint: Liquitex.


And I am having a giveaway this week.
You could be the new owner of these fun studio g stamps! You get 4 stamp sets and one acrylic block.
I love clear stamps because you can see where you are stamping so it limits snafus!

Just post a comment (it can be as simple as "I heart Twilight" LOL).
And I will have random number generator pick a # on Friday. Winner name will be posted on Featured Friday post, and if you win please email me at with your mailing address so I can get it out asap! :) Wheeeee! Good luck!
I am going to have more tutorials this week,too!!!!
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