In this tutorial I am going to be finishing the “gold” wood set. The supplies needed are: 5 sheets of paper (1 glitter black, 1 glitter gold, and 3 green print), paint (black, desert sand, powder green) modge podge, brushes, scissors, pen/pencil, black tulle, light green tulle, light green wire, gold ribbon, and gems (I used light green)
Next you are going to trace your letters onto the corresponding paper. This can be done either before or after you paint the wood. Lay your letter front side down onto the back of the paper and trace around all of the edges.
With these letters, as with many, there are areas and corners that you are unable to fit a pencil in to trace. On this letter, these are the two areas marked with the red arrows. In these instances trace in as far as you can then leave the finer detailed tracing for the next step. Continue tracing the rest of your letter and cut it out.
Lay the cut out letter on top of the wood with both fronts facing up and press down with your finger on the areas that you were unable to trace. Press hard enough to get a good mark, but not hard enough to tear the paper. This will leave an embossed marking that you can now finish tracing and cutting out. You will need to use this technique with the letters G, L, and D.
Next we are going to modge podge the paper onto the wood. Use a light layer on both the paper and the wood. Putting it on both will allow you to slide it into the correct place easier, and provides a better bond between the two. Make sure to use a light layer on each. If the glue is too thick the paper will bubble. Also, to prevent bubbles make sure to smooth the paper out really well.
There are two ways we can do the edging. One is using an ink pad, which is what I will use on the G, L, and D. The other way is using paint and a foam brush. This is the method I am using for the pot of gold. Dip your brush into a little bit of paint and blot off most of it. You will only want a little bit on the brush. Brush it along the edges using either the same color as you used for the wood, or you can use any color you want.
To distress the edges using an ink pad just lightly brush the pad on all sides of the letter. The harder you press, the darker it will be. I typically use either brown or black when doing this. The paint brush method was used on the pot using the same colors as the wood, and a black ink pad was used on the green letter.
Now that we have all of the letters done, we will decorate them. This is the best part! You can do as little, or as much as you would like. First I am going to do a bow on the letter D using tulle and ribbon.
Tie the tulle around the wood in a bow, fanning out the loops.