Saturday, June 13, 2009

Altered Cross

Here it is... see picture below in previous post to see what I started with.

Here is how I did it.
I first took the flower off by inserting a butter knife under it and prying up a little moving around the whole flower being gentle so it didn't break. Once it was off I gave it a quick sanding using fine grit sand paper, to get in the small areas I tightly wrapped the sandpaper around my bone folder.
After sanding I dusted it off with a old rag then I laid the cross down on the paper I choose to cover it with and traced closely with a pencil and then cut it out. I then applied Mod Podge to the cross and let it set for about for about 30-45 seconds then carefully placed the paper on and rubbed it down with my fingers, paying careful attention to the edges going over them several times. I used a small craft rolling pin to smooth it down really well working out any bubbles that might form.
Keep a eye on it for about 10 minutes in case bubbles form you can work them out while it's still wet.

Let it dry for a few hours.

Once dry trim around the edges with a pair of small scissors, you don't have to be too precise the sanding will remove the rest. Now take your sandpaper and wrap it around a bone folder or whatever else you have on hand and sand all around the edges moving in a downward motion only! If you sand in a upward motion it will loosen and tear the paper. Sand until the paper and wood looks like it's become one and it is free of any loose fibers from the paper.

Then decorate to your liking. Oh, I forgot "FAITH" was printed out on regular printer paper using the batik regular font. I then took the paper cross that I traced and cut it in half right below the cross part and lined it up on the printed piece then taped it on and ran it back through the printer. Did that make sense?
I guess you could do that step before cutting it out, I didn't think of it until it was cut. If you have any questions. let me know.
If you try this post a picture on your blog and let me know.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Hubby is still in Nevada so I'm looking for another project, see ya soon!


sophiesmama said...

Lizzy that is absolutely gorgeous! And thanks for the instructions on your techmique. Wow, is that beautiful! Can't wait to see your next project while hubby's away. You go girl!

Lizzy said...

Thanks for you sweet words Mary!

Janis said...

So pretty! Can't wait to see what you get into next.

Pam said...

That is lovely! So nice to have the instructions too.
Thank you for visiting my blog and for your nice comment. I appreciate it so much!

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