Several months ago, Jenny provided each of us Krafty Kats with a wooden letter of our first initial, and challenged us to alter it. I really enjoy doing altered projects occasionally so this was a fun challenge. I started out by giving my 'R' a couple of coats of paint to coordinate with the Graphic 45 Botanicabella papers that I was planning to use.
Once it was dry, I figured out which portions of the papers and coordinating tags I wanted to use. I tried to select ones that were significant to me, since the letter represents my name. I chose the seahorse and some of the sea elements to represent my love of diving, the grapes for my love of wine, the artichoke tag for my love of .....well..., artichokes, and the butterflies and dragonflies because I love them, too! I also selected a couple of butterfly brads that I have been hoarding for a long time. I cut the papers to fit the different sections of the letter and adhered them using decoupage glue. Once all the papers were in place, I went over the whole thing with one more coat of the decoupage glue to seal it up.
Since the artichoke tag had slots in each end, I needed some ribbon. Even with my somewhat significant stash of ribbon, I wasn't able to find one that was 'just right', so I whipped out my wide ivory silk ribbon from Sharon's ribbon store and proceeded to airbrush it with a Copic marker! It gives the ribbon a softer, more tie died look than taking the marker straight to the ribbon. But, you've gotta hold on to that ribbon, or the airbrush will blow it all over the place!!!
After I posted my Belli Challenge card on Wednesday, I realized I could have used this project as my sample for that, too. So, to my fellow Krafty Kats, if you haven't altered your letter yet, and to anyone else out there with a fun, alterable wood item, dress it up and enter it in the current Belli Challenge!
Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!