How To: Personalized Wedding Art Gift

I made this artwork for several engagement presents and bridal showers. Of course, they are the perfect wedding present too! You can personalize the initials (or use the couple’s last name) and even use their wedding colors if you want.

If you look closely, the artwork, letters, etc. are made from tiny dots. The heart is 3-D so it sticks off the paper a little. Believe me, you can do it too! To make something similar….

Here’s what you’ll need:

*frame- I used a square frame with a matt opening of 9X9in (there are a lot of 8X8in too)

*computer & printer

*nice colored pencils (I use PrismaColors)

*decent quality ink pen, or even a thin sharpie (see picture below for the pen I used)

*drawing paper

*blue painters tape

*cricut, or a heart punch (or you can even just cut the heart old school)

*red paper

*ruler

*paper cutter/scrapbook cutter (or use a ruler and scissors)

Here’s what you do:

1. Birds-Find a picture of two birds kissing (or other animals) on the internet. I don’t use the EXACT picture, just the outline. I actually used a picture of a piece of jewelry with birds. The birds were on a very long branch and they didn’t have the little wings; I simply added these details when I was drawing. So use your imagination when selecting something. Before you print, you might have to adjust the scale to get it right (I adjust the scale by changing the percentage on the print page- from 100% to smaller sizes until I see it fits in the frame well). **Consider the frame/mat size when estimating the size!!

2. Letters– Open a word document and pick a font you like and type the couple’s name and wedding date. Use a large enough size and thick enough letter to be able to trace and color in the letters. You might need to play with the size of the font/bird picture to make sure they look good together. ***Again, consider the size of your frame/mat!!!

3. Tape– Tape the bird picture/letters to your drawing paper. You’re going to be tracing, so the image should be taped down, against the drawing paper. Make sure they are spaced correctly and that you use either blue painter’s tape.  If you use scotch tape I usually press it against some fabric (like my jeans) so that it loses some of it’s stickiness before it goes on the paper to avoid ripping.

4. Trace– Trace the OUTLINE of the birds and letters onto your drawing paper. I use my back door because the window brings in a lot of light. You can do it up against a window too. Just lightly sketch a basic overview of the lines. When I trace it, I also tape it to the window so it won’t budge. OR if you’re awesome you can free hand it.

5. Dots- Take off your tape and printed “cheat sheets”. Then start by making medium sized black ink dots along your traced lines. I made the outline a with larger dots so they are more pronounced. Try to make them even in size and take your time. I make the outline dots larger and then go to smaller pin-point sized dots inward. This is the time consuming part! It takes a while to get all those dots on there, be patient!

6. Fill In– After you have outlined all your words, start making small dots slightly inside the border. Your dots should be heavier around the edges then fade to light as they go into your letters. I also put some smaller dots on the outside of the letters. On the inside of the birds and letters I have almost no dots, as they will be filled with color anyway.

7. Erase– When you have enough dots and you’re happy with the overall look of it, erase any pencil marks. But make sure the ink is completely dry or you will smear it.

8. Border- I used a ruler to create a square border around the birds/letters. Remember to take your frame and mat size in to consideration when creating a border. Again, I outlined the pencil marked with dots. I used larger to small dots and I concentrated more dots in the corners.

9. Color- Using sharpened color pencils make small light circular motions. Be sure to create light marks using a uniform circle. This helps the color apply evenly. I also used a light grey/silver color around the border and in the corners to add more detail. I used heavier color where the darker/heavier dots were.

10. Heart – To make the heart I used my Cricut, but you could easily use a heart punch from a craft store. Or go old school and fold a small piece of red paper and cut it into the shape of a heart. I used a raised double-sided sticky foam square to give the heart a three-dimensional quality.

11. Frame– Frame the artwork using a mat to class-it up.

Here is another example of one I created….

I plan to do something similar for some expecting mothers. I want to try a baby elephant or cute animal and the new baby’s name and birthdate. I’ll post pictures when I get to it!

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How to: Hand paint your own wine glasses

You’ll be so pleasantly surprised when you realize how easy it is to paint your own wine glasses.  They make the perfect gift for anyone on your list!  Whether it’s for the bride and groom, the bridesmaids, your best friend, your mother, your sister or a neighbor.  You’ll need at least a solid day or you can spread it out over a weekend or just work on it when you have the time!

What you’ll need:

Wine glasses (If you’re only doing 1 or 2 go to the dollar store- they have amazing glasses!!)

Glass paint (Go to Michaels and get the kind that is food safe and that you can bake!)

Toothpicks

Paint brushes (small and large)

Tape

A printed image

Wet paper towels

Dry paper towels

Oven

Time!

Please take the time to clean the wine glasses before you start!

Always start by sketching or having an idea of what you want your wine glass to look like.  I like to add dates and names and usually a personal message on the bottom of the glass to really personalize it.

You may need to print off several images to make sure you get the perfect size for your glass.  Tape the image inside of the glass at the top and bottom to secure it in place.  This way all you have to do is trace the image onto the glass!  So simple!

You may be surprised to hear that I do a lot of my painting with toothpicks.  You get minimal paint at the precise location you want it!  I sometimes snip the end of the toothpick off to make it a little easier to cover larger area that may be too small for a paint brush.  Play around with it when you are just getting started either on scrap paper or on a large section of the glass.

** If you make a mistake just wipe it off with the wet paper towel!  It’s so easy when you just get started… a little tricker when you’re almost complete.  Make sure you’re working on a dry surface before you start painting again!

Basically you’re just tracing from here on out until the image is finished.  I usually start with the largest area to paint (in this picture the hair).  I usually use a paintbrush for the large areas and a toothpick for details.  Paint the largest section first and then let dry for at least 30 minutes to up to an hour.

Keep painting the image in sections.. ALWAYS let the last section dry before stating the next section ESPECIALLY if it’s in the same area.  This will ensure you don’t smudge the paint which is really hard to fix!  If you’re painting multiple glasses I suggest painting the same section of the image at the same time. For example, if I were painting this image on multiple wine glasses I would paint her hair on all of the wine glasses before starting on her white face.  You’ll find that the more you paint an image the more comfortable you will be painting it again and again.

I also like to paint the bottom of the glasses, this allows you to write a message below or just to add extra color to the glass.

Continue painting… waiting… painting… waiting until you’re all done!  I usually print off the words to help me plan where the lettering is going to go.  I use a toothpick to write.

Make sure the paint has an hour to set before you bake it!  Play around with different images and maybe start with a simply image… a flower or just words.  I’ve been painting glasses for 5 years and am still prone to mistakes!

Put your painted wine glasses in a cool oven and set for 350 degrees and cook for 30 minutes. Feel free to add as many glasses as you can.  When the timer goes off turn off the heat and open the door and let the glasses cool in the oven.  Once cool they are set to use!

** Please note that not all glass paint can be baked!  See the back of the paint bottle or check out their website as to how you can permanently set the paint!  Some you have to air dry for 21 days to set it.

**You glasses can go in the dishwasher on the top rack or can be hand washed with the non-abrasive side of a sponge!

These were another set of the glasses I did for a bride and groom in November.  I used the same painting procedures as I listed below.

Please let me know what you think!  I posted some other glasses I’ve painted later!

It’s about time! Wedding Shadow Box

After 8 months, I finally got around to making our wedding shadow box. I had a lot of things from the wedding I wanted to put in a scrapbook, but were too big to fit in the book. I also like the idea that if I ever want to wear the locket or hairpiece I can take them out. (They are attached using pins.)

Also included:

*I put in some lace from my mom’s wedding dress that I had around my bouquet.

*My bustle broke on my dress and popped some of the buttons off! I put one of the buttons in.

*I included  a few small dried roses from my bouquet and the sixpence I had in my shoe! I also glued in a matchbook from the reception.

*The 7.2.11 sign was something I made for the wedding day. I made the sign using a plain brown sign from PaperSource (I think it was a dollar!) I painted it champagne, and wrapped lace around it. The white numbers are scrapbooking stickers.

How’d I make it? 

*I bought the shadow box from my local craft store. It’s not very big, maybe the size of a regular piece of paper and about 2 inches deep.

*The background was a grey fabric, which didn’t match my color scheme. So I took some ivory card stock measured and fitted it to the box.

*I used floral pins (with the little fake pearls on the end) to attach the locket, and hair pin.

*Some things I hot glue gunned down (like the matchbook and the 7.2.11 sign), others like the picture/invitation I just used scrapbook tape.

How To: Make your Own Fork, Knife, Spoon Menu Cards

You’ll need:

-background paper- I used 8.5X11 black cardstock purchased from my local craft store. You can do any color of course!

How much will you need? I made 3 menu cards from 1 page.

-corner punch- you can find cheap ones on Amazon (they have tons of crafting supplies for relatively cheap!) or at a craft store like Michael’s.

-Fork, Knife, Spoon Stamp & ink pad- I got mine at Paper Source. But I’ve seen them other places.

-Card stock or printer paper for the text- I ordered this 8.5 X 11 in. metallic champagne paper from Paper and More.  Again 1 paper= 3 menu cards

-printer/computer

-scrapbook adhesive/paper cutter

How To:

1. Black Background: For the black background cardstock I used my paper cutter to cut it into 3 parts. You need to turn the paper so it’s “landscape” (aka the 11inch side), so that each paper will make three 3.6in menu cards.

2. The Text: I  typed up the Menu on my computer. I was able to format the document to “landscape” so I could fit 3 menus across. On Word I selected “3 Columns” so the text would be spaced properly.I used different fonts for the food and for the titles like “Starter”, “Dinner”, “Dessert”, etc. I also had to do a few trial and errors to see how much room to leave for the stamp.

Of course if you do three on a page they will need to be cut down, because if not it’ll be the same size as the border. So I also formatted it a 1/4 inch to one side so when I was cutting I just cut 1/4inch more. You also need to account for this on the top (and you need to account for the stamp!). Just print one @ a time and play around before you print them all! Once you have it correct, print them, and cut them out.

3. Stamping: Finally, use black ink to stamp the fork,knife,spoon stamp on the champagne paper. (other colored ink would be awesome too!). Remember when stamping:

** Always clean the stamp before and after you use it. If the ink is not adhering correctly, I’ve heard of a little tip to use a regular pencil eraser on the stamp. I guess rubbing the eraser on it helps clean and prep the surface for ink.

** Before you start make sure the stamp is completely covered in ink.

** When pressing the stamp down, do not “roll it”. Simply press it straight down and press firmly.

** If you need it, use a “guide” like a book or some other object that you can make sure is straight to help anchor your stamp. Once the guide is in place it can ensure your stamp is in the right spot on the paper and straight. Just practice a few times to make sure it’s where you need it. I always have a ton of “practice” papers at the end!

**Make sure the ink is dry before doing the next steps or before stacking them onto each other!

4. Corner Punch: Then you punch all four corners with your corner punch design. Do it over the trash because little pieces fly!

5. Attach it!!: I used scrapbooking tape to glue the champagne paper with the text onto the border. I didn’t agonize over each corner. I simply put one strip of adhesive down the back.

It is somewhat time consuming, but once you are done formatting the document if you get 1-2 people to help out you can pound it out in a few hours. And there you have it!

How To: Make Baby Bows with a Fork

For my wedding I  learned how to make these baby bows myself (well I used our good ole friend, YouTube). It’s super easy. They are a cute touch on invitations, programs, decorations, etc. Come to think of it they’d also be cute for baby showers too… hmmm…

fork bow

You’ll need:

1. a fork

2. ribbon in your color choice. Cut to about 9 inches or so.*

3. Glue gun . The glue gun is not for making the bow, it’s just the best way I’ve found to attach the bows to whatever it is that you’re making.

* For the ribbon it’s best that it be relatively thin (1/4 or 1/8 inch ). The thicker I tried the harder it gets OR the longer prongs/bigger fork you’ll need. However, if it’s really thin like string it’s also a little hard to get it perfect, but you can do it.

I though it might be easier if I just post the YouTube video I learned from (thanks pinkscrapper!). Another good video is by nbean73. It takes a little practice, but once you get the hang of it you can make them so quickly.