Today's Lesson From The Craft Room: Delayed Gratification Can Help You Appreciate What You ReceiveIn today's world of instant everything, I find that I can forget to really appreciate that which I receive. We have learned that we can get what we need at the click of a button - be it information; something new we buy on the internet; a message we receive from a friend through instant messaging, texting, or email. It seems to train us to believe that everything comes quickly and it also seems to train us to not stop and really marvel at what we receive. If things seem to appear automatically, we can begin to take them for granted. So thank you for coming back by today for a little delayed gratification! I hope you didn't mind the wait...and if you did, ask yourself why you minded and whether you can slow down your desire to have it all "right now!" I am trying to teach myself this same patience and this same appreciation to allow things to come at their own time.
When we left off yesterday, I shared with you the sign covered in masking tape. The next step was to sponge Soft Suede ink to the entire piece. Next came some Chocolate Chip ink sponged in some places and then some Basic Black ink, sponged particularly around the letters to give them a bit of definition. I then used my fingers to apply Champagne Shimmer Mist paint to the entire panel, right over all of the ink. In person this sign has some great sparkle and shine!!!! The paint also acts to "seal in" the ink. I then stamped the word "create" from one of the stamps in the Charming stamp set. I used my Soft Suede marker and Very Vanilla card stock and then cut out the word and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink. The word was applied to the sign using glue. The brass hand was something I had in the craft room - it came in handy :) I attached it using matte medium. Next I stamped a brass metal tag using Staz-On ink and the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set. I attached it to the sign using an antique brad. Finally, I adhered the entire panel to a piece of Basic Black card stock and added some D-ring hangers with matte medium. I haven't decided yet if I want to hang the sign using wire or ribbon...but I know I will decided when the time is right :) I hope you like it! Tomorrow check back to see how else you can cover chipboard signs for a totally different look!