Tuesday, March 3, 2009

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I love, love, LOVE this craft project that is in my home. I did this in a faux finishing school in Wichita owned by well know Faux Effects teacher, Deb Drager. I wish I could take the credit here... but I cannot.

Here are some pseudo directions for making one for your home. Be creative with the words. You could use "family", "love", "create", "pray", "blessings" or "art" just to think of a few.

The letters for the project can be purchased from stores like JoAnn's crafts... or I have seen them online. They are made of cardboard and are very lightweight.

We covered the back of this frame in scrapbook paper first with wallpaper paste. Look for a light colored color palette on the paper since you will glaze your texture with a light color.

Hot glue your letters on over your scrapbook paper. You can keep them straight and proper or turn they loose and funky!

We "stippled" (smooshed on) Faux Effect's Sandstone product onto the letters and randomly over the scrapbook paper. Keep in mind to not leaves open round holes on the paper.... keep it looking random and organic. Also, this project will not look good if you use joint compound here instead of a more professional faux finishing product. The properties in joint compound make it very difficult to glaze pretty. A product like Sandstone or Aquastone looks professional and soft. They are worth investing in.

While the sandstone is still wet, press in items that have to do with your "theme". I used keys, a small lock, etc.

After drying overnight, you will glaze over the whole thing. The glaze will tone the paper to age it and will color the white sandstone. We used American Walnut Stain and Seal and Rich Brown Stain and Seal. Both mixed with some FX Thinner and both from Faux Effects.

And that's it. A perfect weekend project for the home. It's on my list for mother's day for my Mom this year. She's been begging for one for years. I'm working on it Mom!

Feel free to head over to my Magic Brush blog for some inspiration today on STRIPES!


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15 comments:

  1. That is really neat, thanks for sharing the directions.

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  2. Hey I have friend who is a Magic Brush gal..love her. This is so darling.
    Thanks for visiting my blog today!!

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  3. Very cool. I'm going to give that a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I need me one! She keeps adding to my to-do list!

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  5. That Jennifer is so super cool! Love all of her projects, now if only she lived closer!

    Thanks for having her as a guest today.
    ~Misti

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  6. Just wanted to say, looks like Project Create a Home is going GREAT! Love all of the great ideas
    ~Misti

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  7. I love crafts like this even though I never do them!

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  8. Hi there...just popped over from Magic Brush...I love your project and added myself as a follower to your blog.

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  9. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing how to make this. :)

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  10. So neat and I love how you can just personalize it however it suits ones personality! Terrific! :-)

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