Life is Good

By Chris Wallace for Walnut Hollow

Indeed…….Life is Good!

40255When you see the Hinged Sign in a craft store for purchase this is what it will look like. It’s covered with plastic wrap and includes a little label showing you it can be used 2 ways.Walnut-Hollow-Hinged-Sign


I have created 2 projects here to show you both ways.

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The first project is a made to look like a little “sandwich board”.

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Using DecoArt® Americana® Indian Turquoise acrylic paint with Americana® Clear Chalkboard paint over the top of it. When you apply the Clear Chalkboard coating over any acrylic paint it simply turns the surface into chalkboard. Great product!

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Once all the paints were thoroughly dry, I adhered washi tape around the outside edges of the chalkboard area. Use a Marvy/Uchida® Bistro Chalk Marker to write any saying.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnother way to use the Hinged Sign is standing on the side. It can be used in many ways, but this time I made it as a frame for pet photos.

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Adhere decorative paper to the raw wood leaving a small frame of raw wood showing. Mount your photos onto a matching cardstock paper and adhere it to the decorative paper. Adding a few “X’s” and “O’s” makes a finishing touch of color and meaning to the photos. We love our pets!

 

 

Table Top Quilt Sign

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Quilt Sign Angled copy

I have never actually made a quilt- but I love the way that they look! I adore textiles and their unique patterns and colors. When I received the Ann Butler inks, paints and stamps I was really excited to make a “quilt like” project. There are several quilt makers in the Walnut Hollow office and I created this project for them! It would make a great addition to any quilter’s studio, sewing room or crafting space!

I started out with Walnut Hollow’s 5″ Wooden Letters and a 23″ Wide Name Signboard. I sprayed a base coat of Krylon ColorMaster White Primer.

1 Spray Wood White

I painted the edges of each letter using a different color of Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Designs Iridescents. The colors are bold and go on very smooth. They have a subtle shine that really enhanced the appearance of the paint when I applied it over the white base coat. It took 2 coats of each color to get a nice vivid hue.

2 Pick Colors for Painting

3 Paint Edges

4 Edges with Paint Color

When the Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Designs Iridescents was dry I picked out all of the 2″ square Ann Butler Designs Unity Stamps. I practiced stamping them with the Clearsnap® ColorBox® Crafter’s by Ann Butler. Once I was comfortable with the stamps and ink, I used random squares stamps to stamp onto my letters. I used all of the colors of the Clearsnap® ColorBox® Crafter’s by Ann Butler to create a “quilt like” pattern on all of my letters.

6 Start Stamping

7 Stamping

When my letters were all stamped I dried the ink with a heat gun.

8 Set Ink with Heat Gun

To prepare the base I taped off the top edge and pained the surface with Americana Chalkboard Paint. Apply using the manufacturers instructions.

5 Tape off edge of Plaque

I used a chalk ink marker to add some “stitching” to the chalkboard base.

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I arranged my letters where I wanted them on my Wide Name Signboard and marked the space with white chalk.

11 Mark Chalkboard

10 Adhere Letters

I used Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs to attach the letters to the base. The tabs are very strong and hold the letters on very well.

9 Arrange on Chalkboard

 

Quilt Sign

I love the way the sign turned out… now I just need to start quilting! 🙂

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