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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Hocus Pocus

I had a wicked good time making this Halloween project! I wanted to do something fun and new that I could share on The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop over at Goin Over the Edge.

I set the blocks up on my fireplace mantel, so I could take a picture and share it with you. That was two days ago, and they are still sitting there, looking all cute. I guess I'm going to have to take it down soon, or people will have their suspicions of me being weird, confirmed!

I used retired Designer Series Paper, as well as current DSP from the Brights Collection. If you want to do this project, you should hurry over to Stampin' Up!'s clearance rack and grab some Wicked Fun Specialty Designer Series Paper ($4.79) before it's gone!

I went to a local hardware store and bought a 2" x 3" x 8' piece of pine. I had them cut it in half so I could bring it home easily. When my husband got home from work, he noticed it immediately, and gave me a "what are you up to now" look. I told him that I need him to cut blocks for me, unless he wanted me to attempt it myself. Now, I'm totally sure I could have done it, but I like to make him feel needed (heehee).

Okay, I'll speed up the story.... I sanded the edges smooth and painted them with black craft paint. Then I used Collage Podge (I prefer this over Mod Podge), to adhere the DSP. Follow the directions on the bottle, because it will help you from getting bubbles.

The letters: I used the Harrington font and enlarged it and stretched it to fit each block. This is not a fun task. Lucky for you I have block sizes and I have saved the letter files. If you are interested in them email me and I will send them to you. I hand cut (YES by HAND, with scissors) the letters out of Basic Black card stock, then I inked them up directly on my Versamark Pad and heat embossed them with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. I love this glittery look, and the glitter stays on! Last, I Collage Podged the letters on the front, let them dry, and then coated all sides of the blocks.

I went back and forth about adding stamped images  or embellishments to the blocks, and I finally decided that they looked great just the way they were, so I called it quits.


Merri said...

OMG! Deena, I absolutely love it!!!!!!!

Terry said...

This is so incredibly cute! A lot of effort, but well worth it. I might've wimped out on the project and settled for BOO. hee hee Only 3 letters in that! I think this looks FABULOUS! Thanks for adding it to The Great Pumpkin Blog Hop. I appreciate that!



Deena Boos said...

Thanks Merri and Terry!

Terry, the cutting out is the hardest part! You are right, is is well worth it!

Barb Archut said...

This is adorable! I like the story about your hubby coming home and knowing you're up to something. Sounds like my home too :)
Very creative. Nice job!
I am now one of your followers. Would love if you followed me too, barbscraftspot.blogspot.com

scrapfancy said...

This is so cute and my favorite holiday. Could you send me the measurements for the wood. ssher1992@gmail.com

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