Yesterday I shared my 2015 Stampin’ Up! Convention swap cards with you. Woo hoo! I was happy to showcase all five of the awesome 2015-2017 In Colors in these cards, but the defining element (in my opinion) was the glossy white Expressions Natural Elements that graced the front of each. If you missed yesterday’s post, please take a peek back so you won’t miss anything.
Here’s a look at some of what you missed:
Today’s post is all about the transformation of those Expressions Natural Elements. I thought I’d get away with just spraying my wooden elements with glossy white spray paint, but they needed a little more effort than that. First, here’s another “infinity view” of the finished swap cards:
CONVERTING THE NATURAL ELEMENTS TO GLOSSY, WHITE & SHINY
STEP ONE: Paint the edges with a small brush and white paint primer. Although I purchased an primer-and-paint-in-one spray paint, the edges of these elements needed special attention. The fronts of the elements are finished with a lovely shellack, but the sides are rough to the touch, so they required quite a bit of primer to prevent paint from just soaking in. I wanted every visible edge of my sentiments to be white and glossy, so I had to start with a layer of primer around the sides.
STEP TWO: Adhere the elements to a surface to be spray painted. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to a small pile of tongue depressors to give me a perfect handle for spraying the sentiments. I’m not sure how I acquired the depressors (I know 100% I didn’t pay for them), but they sure came in handy!
STEP THREE: Go outside of the Fungeon to spray your wooden elements with primer-and-paint-in-one spray paint. I chose a glossy white paint. Make sure you spray the front and sides evenly without spraying too much.
Note: When I first decided to try these, I adhered an element to a piece of cardboard with some temporary adhesive and stood on my back deck to spray the element. Not smart. The adhesive didn’t hold, and the painted element came flying off the board – headed for my deck. With cat-like reflexes, I kicked the painted element into the air so that it flew over the railing and so that no paint ruined the finish on my deck. I’m good!
STEP FOUR: Let them dry. I let these bad boys dry for 24 hours. The can indicates that they should be dry sooner, but I didn’t want to take chances.
STEP FIVE: Carefully Peal them off the Tongue Depressors. The last thing you want to do is break these beautifully painted sentiments in half while pulling them off the tongue depressors – and I’ll tell you I broke several of them. The easiest method of removal was to wedge in a pair of snips sideways to cut the dimensional. If I got really close to the element, there was very little cleanup. Yippee!
STEP SIX: Glue them down. These elements are easily glued down with Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I added large dots of glue along the thick portions of the words and small dots randomly elsewhere. It really took some patience, but the time was well-worth it.
Papers: 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stacks, 2015-2017 In Color Cardstock, Whisper White Accessories: Expressions Natural Elements, 2-1/2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I’m headed back from Convention today. Woo hoo! I look forward to sharing my experience with you in blog posts this coming week.
Thanks for stopping by today!