Thursday, December 5, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas Day 5: Repurposed blocks and Chalkboard Art

Happy Fifth Day of Christmas everyone!  Today I have a little something different to share with you!  If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you know I have used some of my sons old wood blocks to create some fun seasonal projects and I thought it would be fun to add a Christmas project to the block series!  The blocks looked like this  before I started:

I took those plain old blocks that were sitting in a box collecting dust and turned them into this:
The fun part of this project is the Chalkboard Technique theme.  I actually used a free printable on one of the blocks and I used Papertrey Ink Stamps on the other one.  The honest truth is they are both easy and fun to make, it just depends on how much time you have and what sentiment you want.  I spent an hour tonight loading up fonts for the chalkboard technique so that I can make some wall art in the next few days.  I really want to put my spin on the whole digital side of this technique, it's just going to take me a little bit of time to put it all together.  In the meantime, I Googled free chalkboard printables and you would be amazed at how many free printables there are out there!!  The sky really is the limit with this technique!  The first block I have featured here is the stamped block.  I used PTI Photo Finishers stamps along with a sentiment from Stylish Sentiments: Holidays.  I stamped them with Versamark ink onto some Glitz Design Patterned paper and embossed the images with ultra fine white embossing powder.  Then I took a dried wipe and dabbed it on a white ink pad and added some white highlights like you would find on a chalkboard.  I added a nice big red bow and some pretty little embellishments to finish the little package.
 For the second block, I used a free printed chalkboard from this site.  I resized the printable in Photoshop so that it would fit on my block.  I printed the image and added some white ink just like I did on the stamped image.  I embellished with a big red bow, snowflakes and holly leaves.

I hope this inspires you to look around the house and repurpose some of those things that are collecting dust and make something pretty with them!!  It is so fun and very cost efffective too!!

Supplies Used:
Wood Blocks
PTI Photo Finishers and Stylish Sentiments Holiday
Versamark Ink
Ultra Fine Embossing Powder
Snowflake Dies
PTI Holly Jolly Dies
PTI Peace be Still Dies
Ribbon, Bells, and Boughs from my stash

Thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun of the Twelve Days of Christmas!!


Stephanie said...

I LOVE these! They are gorgeous!

Holly Saveur said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE them so very cute....such a great idea!

Alex said...

What a great idea! My dad was in construction for years and always had boxes of wood blocks and tile squares laying around in the garage! Your blocks came out great! And thank you so much for your offer to cut some die-cuts and send them to me, if I am in desperate need I might take you up on your offer. Have a fabulous weekend!

Helen F. said...

WOW! You've made these blocks into perfect Christmas decorations, Kristii ~ love this fab idea!

Colleen said...

Oh, I love this idea.
I have so many of them unused wooden blocks that wood mounted rubber stamps come on that I didn't know what to do with them all.
Couldn't throw them away cause I just knew someday they would be useful.
I can now get busy suing up my blocks.
Thanks for the great inspiration

Joyce said...

What a fantastic idea. I have a huge bin of those kind of blocks--my girls are way to old for them, but I cannot part with them. I love how you have turned your blocks into a work of art.

Carolanne said...

I am really enjoying your 12 days of Christmas posts! This one is a fantastic idea!!!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, these are fabulous, Kristii!

IamDerby said...

This is the cutest thing ever!!! I want to go out and make some now!