Monday, 24 December 2012

Winter Sign With Beckie Wagner

Now, I know I have told you before I am terrible at lettering by hand. Hopefully with this project it will not take away from the overall enjoyment for my fellow crafters. Even though my hand writing stinks, I think my little sign is adorable. It is perfect for that friend who is into the country chic look to hang on her door or kitchen window.

My sign was very easy to make. Let me show you how to make one of your own with supplies you may already have in your craft room.

First, pick a sheet of your favorite paper. I like to use the 6x6 pads as they have a small pattern print on them. Those pads are perfect for a small scale project like this. Next grab some 20 gauge craft wire, glue, 4 craft sticks with the ends cut off, and finally a few different flavors of markers. I have my trusty Kuretake ZIG! Writer in black, Wink of Stella, and Calligraphy Metallic pens to add shimmer, shine and depth to the sentiment. Each one of these pens can be found together in the Memory System Starter Set for maximum value.

On the backside of your paper, glue all sticks down. Make sure you put a bead of glue on the edge of the stick so it will adhere to the stick above. Once dry, trim the paper to the size of the sticks.

After daubing the edges with ink to give an aged look, I penciled in my sentiment. I used the pencil before because I just don't trust my handwriting. Then take your Writer (using the 1.2 mm side) once you like how it looks and trace. Going over and thickening the lines where you want to add a little more style. I traced again with the Wink of Stella pen to make the black shimmer, then added depth to the letters with the silver Calligraphy Metallic pen.

To get my mini sign to hang, I punched a hole on each side. Thread the wire through and twist the ends to keep them secure.

I finished it off with a few buttons to match the paper. It would also look cute with a couple die cut snowflakes, don't you think? Well, there you have it, a mini Christmas sign to hang. It won't need anything too strong either, as it's very light.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you liked today's project. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions. I would also love to have you stop by my blog, The Happy Card Encouragement Factory, sometime. We have cookies! Have a great day and happy crafting!

Writer in black by Kuretake
Wink of Stella in clear by Kuretake
Calligraphy Metallic in silver by Kuretake
Peppermint Collection by Crate Paper
20 gauge wire
craft sticks