Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Blocks

Several months ago Karlee over on Karlee Krafts made some blocks with letters that spelled words on them, and I’ve wanted to do my version ever since.  I wanted blocks that were about 2” but couldn’t find any.  I finally settled on some that are 1 1/2”.  They turned out quite nice.  P1070327

I have to apologize though because I was in such a big hurry to get them on my blog that a few hadn’t dried all the way.  However, you get the idea, right! 

I started with the following supplies:

6- 1 1/2” wooden blocks

Glossy Mod Podge

3 sheets of cardstock: 1 green, 1 red, 1 black

1 sheet of DCWV gold from the Glitter stack

1 sheet of patterned paper


1 paint brush

Xacto knife

Sand paper. 

Cricut Expression

Base Camp Cartridge

Storybook Cartridge

Paper trimmer


To begin I cut 18 1 1/2” squares of red and 18 1 1/2” squares of green card stock, and 36 1 1/4” squares of the patterned paper. P1070320

I generously applied the Mod Podge to the blocks, stuck a square of cardstock onto the painted side and generously applied Mod Podge to the top of the cardstock too. 


I did this until all sides of all blocks were covered, and then I allowed them to dry.

Next I followed the same process to add the patterned paper to all sides allowing the blocks to dry before continuing.



This what they looked like at this point. Also at this point I used my Xacto knife to trim excess paper and did a little light sanding.


Knowing I had a least two more coats of Mod Podge to go, I decided to use my gold ink pad and ran it around the edges and lightly across the flat surfaces to add some depth of color and glimmer.

At this time I loaded the gold Glitter paper from DCWV into the Expression and cut all my letters at 1.2” as well as the swirly embellishment to fill the empty squares. Then I loaded the black cardstock and cut the shadows.

I decided to spell these words:







I glued the letters to the shadows, and I was ready to start adding them to the blocks.


I followed the same process as before, painting Mod Podge on the surface of the block, applying the Mod podge to the back of the letter, and mod Podge on the whole surface. 


Since I was so close to being done, I got in a bit of a hurry since I wanted to get this on my blog tonight.  I intended to spray the blocks with Glimmer Mist Gold., so I went ahead and did it even though there were a few letters and swirls that were not finished.  Still they turned out very nice.

Now pictures for the whole set.



It’s really hard to see in the photos but the Glimmer Mist and the gold stamp pad gave the blocks a very glitzy look.







Jean said...

Cute blocks. Thanks for playing along with us at FCCB this week.

Karen said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing all of the pictures. It makes for a great tutorial.

BrendaB said...

Beautiful project! Thanks for joining us at FCCB this week.

SpantastiKreations said... cute.


Andrea said...

Wow - such a clever and beautiful idea. Thanks for joining us at FCCB!

Ladybug Designs said...

those are really nice looking blocks.

Val said...

Your blocks are darling!! Thanks for joining us at FCCB:)

Luv Scrapping Together said...

Great idea! Thanks for joining in the fun at FCCB!