Monday, September 27, 2010

October's Plaque Attack!

October is such a fun month. 
It heralds the beginning of autumn and the holidays.
October's Plaque Attack reflects our first fall holiday...
Last month I introduced a new monthly feature on my blog -- the "Plaque Attack" club! The best way to describe "Plaque Attack" is that it is a plaque-of-the-month club. Each month -- a few days before a new month begins -- I will make a post featuring a new plaque. The plaque wording will reflect holidays or activities unique to the coming month.
If you like October's plaque and would like to make one for yourself, please email me requesting the document. (Make sure you specify the month you are requesting.) My email address is on my sidebar. I will be happy to send you the wording for the plaque in a Word document via email. No purchase necessary. Then all you'll have to do is select a sheet of scrapbook paper, print it off, and follow the instructions below...

You will need the following materials:
1- 6 1/2" square wooden plaque
(Plaques can now be purchased online here.)
1 - piece of scrapbook paper
Spray paint primer (optional, but recommended)
Spray paint in your choice of color
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Start by sending me an email requesting the Word document for "October's Plaque Attack." Print it off on a piece of "Halloween themed" scrapbook paper.
A 6 1/2" square wooden plaque can be purchased at most hobby stores. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for a grand total of $1.47. The wood products at HL go on sale at 50% off every few weeks. If you're going to be making a few of these throughout the year, you might want to stock up when sales come around!
I lightly sanded my plaque, primed it and spray painted it black. No need for fancy-schmancy spray paint here. I bought mine at Wal-Mart for about $2. I used "glossy" for this project...
When you print the wording onto scrapbook paper, let the paper rest for about 12 hours to fully dry the ink before you attach it to the plaque, otherwise the ink may run. Then trim the paper to the correct size of your plaque. Paint the front of your plaque with a layer of Mod Podge. Then do the same to the back of the scrapbook paper, and apply the paper to the front of the plaque. Make sure all bubbles under the surface of the paper have been eliminated and that the paper is nice and flat. I have found that as the Mod Podge dries little bubbles under the surface of the paper will flatten out. Let dry. Then, liberally apply a finish coat of the Mod Podge over the entire front of the plaque to give it texture and sheen. Let dry...
if you would like to join in on the fun
and become an "official" member of the 
"Plaque Attack" Club,
just email me and request "October's Plaque Attack!" 
I will send you the Word document so you can make one for yourself!

By requesting this document via email you are agreeing not to sell the pattern or sell products with this pattern on them. You may make as many products as you would like for personal use or gifts.
Look forward to November's "Plaque Attack" toward the end of October!
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