Monday, February 08, 2010

Chocolate Says it Best...

I've been enjoying looking at Valentine decorations on many blogs lately, but I just haven't had it in me to participate much in the decorating aspect of Valentine's Day until today. I don't usually spruce up for Valentine's Day, but today I decided to make a quick decoration that would commemorate the day! First, I bought a few items at Hobby Lobby...

4 - 8" paper mache letters, $2.50 each, $10
latex paint, $.99
4 scrapbook papers, $1 (on sale)
Total: $12

Have on hand:
Mod Podge
paint brush

Then I went to work. I began by putting two coats of latex craft paint on the sides, back, and front edges of the paper mache letters. Then I placed the right side of the letter onto the wrong side of the paper and traced around each letter. I cut out the traced paper letters and Mod Podged them onto each corresponding letter block. (Remember when you glue with Mod Podge to "paint" the Mod Podge on both the paper and the item you are gluing it to for proper adhesion.) When the Mod Podge was dry, I went around the outside of the letters with sandpaper to distress the edges. Then I took a paintbrush and put a thick layer of Mod Podge over the sides and front of the letters. When I paint on Mod Podge to create a shiny varnished surface, I use short strokes -- about 1+ inch long -- in all different directions. This adds "texture" to the surface when it is dry.

When it was dry,
I added another thick coat of Mod Podge to the sides and front of the letters...

Then I added a layer of Mod Podge to the back of the letter
to finish it off...

Now, for the good part. What would Valentine's Day be without chocolate? Or any other day for that matter? I never want to find out the answer to that question. I shiver at the thought of a life without Peanut M&Ms or a Snickers bar. For that reason alone, I am often drawn to the color "chocolate" in fabric and paper. Instead of purchasing a more typical red or pink scrapbook paper for this project, I chose a variety of chocolate and pink papers...

They reminded me of this...

(Please excuse me while my eyes glaze over...)
Ahem... here's the finished project: