Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Photo Block Tutorial

Hey Friends!

It's Kerrie again from WOOD Creations! Today I am here to do a Tutorial on Photo Blocks. This is where you put your photo on a block or photo plaque and it looks like its on a canvas. Great news for you is, we sell photo blocks, plaques and ALL the supplies to finish this project at WOOD Creations! YAY!

I chose this project because for one, it's SO EASY! Two, it's almost Christmas time and these make such FUN and Inexpensive Gifts! :) I also have a step by step tutorial on our Craft Tips Tab at the top of our WOOD Creations Blog. I will also have this labeled on this blog, at the side if you ever need it for future use! This blog post will also be on Pinterest if you want to Pin it to your boards as well! Don't forget to follow us on Pinterest and also our blogs! We are also on Facebook as well and we are ALWAYS having giveaways! You won't want to miss out!

This is the finished project I did of my cute little family! It took me about 30 minutes to do, and that is adding the drying time on there! It's that Simple! :) I LOVE this photo that my BFF Kellie Hales took! She is AMAZING and does such a great job!
First you want to get your supplies. I chose the photo block to use this time because you can hang it on a wall or set it on your shelf or end stand. These also come in various sizes. I chose to paint the edges black, but you can also do it any color and it will still turn out great!
 Once I had all my supplies, I sanded the edges to make sure they were all smooth. You can take a piece of sand paper or even a nail file works great!
 Then I painted the sides and around the edges on the front black. You don't need to paint the whole front because your picture will cover it.
 Once the paint was dry, I applied a coat of Mod Podge on the front of the photo block. You want to make sure every part is covered, but make sure there aren't any clumps. There are three reasons that your picture would bubble, they are the same reasons that your paper might also bubble.
1. If you miss applying a part of the wood with Mod Podge and it's dry when you apply your photo/paper, this will make it bubble.
2. If you have big clumps and don't get them out, this will also make your paper bubble.
3. If you put a top coat on your photo/paper and the coat underneath isn't dry, this will  also make your paper bubble.

As you can see, I put a nice coat of Mod Podge on there. I made sure everything was covered, but that all the big clumps were out.
 I apply my Mod Podge with a paint brush. You can use a Sponge Brush as well. It's just what you are more comfortable using.
 Next, put your photo on top of the block. Once I put my photo on the block, I use a clean rag and rub all over my photo to make sure that the photo is applied to the block. Then I take my scraper (you can also use a credit card or Pampered Chef scraper) and gently scrape over my photo like I would applying paper. You don't want to do it very hard. You also want to make sure you have a rag or paper towel handy in case the Mod podge comes out the side and gets on the scraper. I wipe off my scraper often to assure that there isn't any Mod Podge on it. The Mod Podge won't ruin your photo, so if some gets on, it's ok. Then I take my fingers and rub all over the photo to make sure that there aren't any bubbles underneath and it's all flat. Make sure to scrape around the edges too, so they are applied good. Then you will want to let it sit for about 10-15 Minutes. (I use my rag first because you can get most of the bubbles and Mod Podge out that way. Then you won't have to push with your scraper very hard.)
 Next, you'll want to get your Texture Cream, Roller, and Plastic Gloves, which we also sell at WOOD Creations. You'll want to make sure that you are wearing plastic gloves when you apply your texture cream. You don't want to get the texture cream on your hands. It's hard to wash off and will dry out your hands.
 Once you've waited 10-15 minutes, you are ready to apply your Texture Cream. After I put my gloves on, I dip my finger in the jar and get a clump of texture cream. A little bit goes a LONG way! I only used about three of these.
 I just dab it on the photo. I try to spread it out just a little bit, so it will cover all over the picture. If you don't have enough at first,  you can always add more. So I start with less and then if I need to, add more. This way you aren't wasting any texture cream.
 Then I take my roller and roll it all out. I spread it all over with my roller and then I just roll one way.  I will do it side to side and then change to up and down.

 If you do it side to side and then up and down, it gives it a canvas look when it dries. Once you've got it all spread out, you just have to wait for it to dry! You can put it in front of a fan or heater and it will dry faster. The length of time to dry just depends on how much texture cream has been applied. When you are washing out your roller, make sure to keep your gloves on. I wash them out with warm water, you can also use a little bit of soap if you want. Make sure not to take your gloves off until you have the  roller all washed out.
 Then, once it's dry you can add some ribbon to it if you want and you are done! You don't have to add ribbon. It looks great either way! The great thing with the texture cream is, not only does it make it look like a canvas, but it also protects your photos! This project will last for ever! It's such a fun way to display your photos in your home or to give as a gift!
 There are so many things you can do with your photos! The ideas are endless! No matter if you put them on a block or a plaque, the steps are all the same! You could even put them on smaller pieces of wood and put them on a candle stick. We sell the candle sticks at WOOD Creations as well! Come see us and pick up all the supplies you will need to finish this fun project! :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Kerrie :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Gift Card WINNER!!

Congrats to Laura Perez!! You are the $20.00 Gift Card Winner!! Come into WOOD Creations and I'll have your Gift Card at the front desk!! :)

Thanks everyone who participated! Watch for a Thanksgiving one coming soon!!
Have a great day!

Kerrie :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trick or Treat Block Tutorial

Hi Friends!
It’s Kerrie from WOOD Creations! Not only am I a designer at WOOD Creations, I also have this little blog “Simple Treasures” that I will demonstrate simple techniques along with fun crafts we might have out in the store!
I'm here today to do a tutorial on our "Trick or Treat" word blocks we have at the store! I picked the "Trick or Treat" blocks so I would be able to show you a few different techniques! I have been getting LOTS of requests from customers who wanted to see if I could demonstrate how to chalk, tricks with applying paper so the paper doesn't bubble and also applying vinyl! So I thought I would hit three birds with one stone today! :)
Our “Trick or Treat” blocks have been a huge hit this season! I’m so excited! They are very simple to do and they also turn out so stinking cute! They are easy for crafters at any stage! I have also put instructions on the “Craft Tips” page on our WOOD Creations blog if you ever have any questions after this post. All you need to do is click on the “Craft Tips” button at the top of the blog and I have step by steps instructions with pictures!
The very first thing you want to do is take a piece of sand paper and lightly go over the edges to make sure they are all smooth. Then trace your wood onto your paper. I turn my paper over so the side I want on the front is facing down. You will also want the front of your project facing down as well! Then you just take a pencil and trace the around the wood onto the paper.The next step is to paint all the edges and back Black. I also paint the very edge on the front as well. That way if your paper doesn’t go all the way to the edge, the raw wood isn’t showing. You don’t need to paint the whole front because we will be putting paper on the front. Remember we sale all the paint, paper, chalk, glitter, ribbon and everything you will need to finish your project at WOOD Creations.After I have painted everything, I cut my paper out. That gives the paint some time to dry.
Once everything is dry and cut out, it’s now time to apply the paper onto the wood! I know a lot of you get scared with this part! I promise…. It does get easier and easier with practice! There are just a few little tricks to not making your paper bubble. You want to make sure that all of your wood has Mod Podge applied to it. If there is a spot on your wood that you have missed and is dry, that will make it bubble. Once I have applied the Mod Podge and made sure everywhere has been applied to, I take my brush over it and get all the clumps so it’s smooth. Another reason for you paper to bubble would be if there are clumps of Mod Podge on your wood when you apply your paper.Once I have done these two steps, I put my paper on and run a plastic scraper all across it. If you don’t have one, you can also use a credit card or a plastic Pampered Chef Scraper also works great! After I have run my scraper all across the paper, I then run my fingers across everything and make sure there are no lumps in the paper and I’ve gotten everything smooth. This helps to know that the clumps are out so the paper doesn’t bubble. If I have paper hanging over the edge a little bit you can get some sand paper or a nail file and just scrape the edge a little bit to get the paper to the edge. If you push too hard, you might need to touch up the paint on the sides. After I have done all these steps, I let it sit for about 10 minutes to insure that the Mod Podge is dry under the paper. If the paper isn't dry and you apply a top coat, this is will make the paper bubble!This is where you can apply your chalking. (We also sell this at WOOD Creations) I put my chalking on before I put my top coat of Mod Podge because it shows up a little darker. If you happen to forget, you can still apply it on top of the Mod Podge once it’s dry. To apply the chalk all you do is rub it along the edge of the wood. It’s actually like a stamp pad and not actual chalk. You can add as much or as little as you want! You really can’t go wrong with the “Chalking”! I LOVE it! I honestly don’t know what we did before chalking? Stippling?? Ha! Ha! That seems so “Old School” now! The chalk kind of gives it a little character and can also make it look a little antiqued as well! It just gives your projects a little something, something that adds that finishing touch!Once you have your chalk all around the edges, you can now apply your vinyl! Applying vinyl is also really easy! All you need to do is pull back the clear side of the transfer tape. If the vinyl sticks to the paper side, just go back a little bit and push the sticky taped side with your finger and it should pull back with it. This is another one of those things that practice makes perfect! Once you’ve got your vinyl onto the sticky side of the transfer tape, get your wood and put it in front of you. I hold my vinyl up just off the paper to help make sure it’s going on straight. You will want to be very careful not to get the vinyl too close to the paper because it will stick to it and probably won’t come off! Once it’s straight, I lay the tape onto the wood and then get my scraper again that I used to apply the paper and scrape the top of the transfer tape all over. Then I start at the top left side and start to pull the transfer tape back. You will want to go a little slow to assure that the vinyl doesn’t come off with it. If it happens to pull back with it, just take your scraper and go over it again. You can even use your finger. I apply my vinyl before I apply the top coat of Mod Podge so it seals it. If you happen to forget and put a top coat of Mod Podge on before you apply your vinyl, that’s okay too. You can still apply your vinyl on top. You will just want to make sure your Mod Podge is TOTALLY dry or it will make the vinyl not stick.Once you have your chalking and vinyl done, you can now apply a top coat of Mod Podge! I put a top coat on top of my paper so it seals it to the wood! You don’t have to do this step if you don’t want. I have also found that it makes it A LOT easier to dust and also gives it a finished look!While you are letting your Mod Podge dry, you can tie a little bow around the witch’s hat. I put a little dab of hot glue under the bow to ensure that it won’t slip off. Then once everything is dry I hot glue the hat onto the wood so it will stay. You don’t have to have the witch’s hat! I just thought it added a cute little addition to the project! We also sell the Witch Hats at WOOD Creations!
Ok crafters, here is the fun part! If you leave a comment on this post, you will be entered to win a $20 Gift Certificate to WOOD Creations! Make sure you also leave a comment on my Tutorial Post on WOOD Creations Blog as well to be entered to win ANOTHER $20 Gift Certificate to WOOD Creations! That's TWO Chancees to Win!!
I will have different posts on there that will hopefully help you with all your questions on how to finish your project. My email is also available on there, in case you have any question that I may have not answered! I will have another tutorial soon on one of our Thanksgiving Projects that are coming out VERY SOON! Watch our Facebook Page to know when that will be! If you haven’t “Liked” us on Facebook, make sure to do so! We have great giveaways and specials ALL the time! We LOVE our Customers and want to give back to you for being so supportive and wonderful! We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of you! So THANK YOU!
P.S. We are also on Pinterest!! YAY!! :)
Kerrie :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

WOOD Creations and Blog Update!

Okay Friends!

I know it has been a Very Long time since I’ve last posted anything! I’m Grateful many of you still have me on your Blog List! I have had a Very Crazy and Exciting Year! I have had the privilege of being a Designer at WOOD Creations! It is such a fun job! If you haven’t been into the store yet… YOU HAVE TO GO!!! It’s So Fun! You will be totally Addicted to ALL the Fun Stuff we have in there!! You can also pick up EVERYTHING you need to finish the project! We have paper, paint, glitter, chalk, wire, mod podge, brushes… and SO MUCH MORE!
I have decided to start posting on my blog again, not only to show new crafts I have that are at the store.. but to also answer lots of your questions and give tips and tricks. I have been getting lots of emails and texts on my secrets to using Mod Podge and not having my paper bubble, to using Chalk and Glitter. I have a tab on WOOD Creations Blog under Craft Tips as well that shows pictures as well as a step by step tutorial, but I can also give that here! I just wanted to highlight some of the new things in the store for Halloween! They are so fun and so cute! I’ll also be doing tutorials to show you how we’ve finished our projects and to show you just how easy it is to do!

Check out WOOD Creations Blog and also “Like” us on Facebook! We have Giveaways and Specials that you won’t want to miss!
We are working on Thanksgiving Stuff right now... which will be coming out in a couple weeks! YAY!! Then we are on to Christmas!

Friday, April 15, 2011

New Spring Stuff! :)

Here are a few more Spring & one Easter thing I've slacked posting! ha! ha! Better Late than never right? :0 I still have a few more projects that I'm working on that I need to take photos of and get uploaded! Here are some Some More SUPER cute new flowers!! I LOVE These flowers! The photos don't give them justice on how big they are! I need to take a picture of one on my door so you can see! These are my new favorite! Large Yellow Flower Door Hanger $25.00 Large Pink Flower Door Hanger $25.00 Large Purple Flower Door Hanger $25.00 Eggs Block Saying: $20.00
Fun Spring Flowers $15.00 Can also custom them to any color! I did a Bright Red one that also turned out super cute that I'll post.

Fun Tulips that look SO cute on your Shelf. $8.00. Again, I also did one in Red and lighter green... SO CUTE!

Tulip $8.00

Here is a fun Black bird. I had a lady custom order one and I LOVED it! So I've made some more.. and they've been a hit!

Birds are $20.00

Friday, April 1, 2011

Spring and Easter Stuff

Here is some of my Spring and Easter stuff! I've also got some new things coming that I will post very soon! :) Spring Letters: $40
Happy Easter Bunny Door Hanger: 35
Happy Spring Hanging Bunnies $20
Bunny Door Hanger: 20
Standing Bunny $6.50
Egg Soor Hanger $20
Tall Standing Bunny with 3 Eggs $23
Daisy and Tulip Standing Flowers $15
Yellow Flower $15
White Flower $15
Red Flower $15
Purple Flower $15
Pink Flower $15
Funky White Flower $20
Funky Red Flower $20
Funky Pink Flower $20
Red Flower Pot $20
Spring Flower Pot $20
Spring Blocks $10

Red Bird $20

Blue Bird $20 Teal Flower $20
Purple Bird $20
Pink Bird $20