I saw this on the all-knowing Pinterest (of course) and also Marilyn's blog, and knew it would be a good project for getting back into a groove. It's easy, I had all of the materials, and it's something I could make for shows when I have to fill a larger tent. Plus I had that cardboard P sitting in the studio for months and never got around to making it pretty.
Here's what I used:
|Not pictured: the paint. Duh, Paige.|
--a cardboard letter
--paint and paintbrush
The first thing I did was trace the letter on the back of the paper. You could also do it on the front, but my pattern was a little busy for that. Next I cut out the tracing, going slightly inside the lines. I did this because when you trace the outside of something, the line you get is a little larger than the actual perimeter. I wanted my paper letter to fit on top of the cardboard, so I cut it a tad smaller.
After the paper was ready, I set it aside so I could paint. (Trust me, you'll want to do this first. Painstakingly edging around the paper would be a drag.) I did the sides and up onto the top, just in case the paper didn't reach all the way to the edge there wouldn't be any cardboard showing through.
I gave the paint a few minutes to dry--it was going onto cardboard so it was quick--and then used rubber cement to stick the paper down. Mod Podge would also work, but I actually still haven't found mine from the move. It's here somewhere...
Rubber cement dries quickly, too, so in a few minutes I was done!
I'm definitely making more of these. It was fun and relatively mindless work, which means I could do it while watching Real Housewives of New Jersey. I mean Jeopardy. No, that's a lie, I watch crap when I work. Yesterday it was a marathon of Teen Mom.
Anyway! Have you made anything new lately? Ever used these cardboard letters?
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