I made some last minute gifts for my husband’s family as we celebrate Christmas with them on New Year’s Day. Everything I made was inspired by this group and I just want to thank everyone again for their generosity, support, and creative energy. You guys are fantastic and GF is extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful customer base.
I made two puzzles for my father-in-law, who is an engineer and a big puzzle fan. I forgot to take pictures of the boxes, but the first one said “#Sorry” and the second said “#NotSorry.” Thanks specifically to @m_raynsford for the fractal puzzle design. I had a glue mishap, so some of the edge pieces wouldn’t lie flat, but all the engineers enjoyed tackling this one. They were thankful for my brush strokes which kept the puzzle challenging, but not completely frustrating. The second puzzle is my in-law’s Christmas card photo (my kids are the ones in the back wearing “I’m the favorite” t-shirts). It’s just difficult enough that it’s fun for an adult to put together in one sitting.
These are gifts for my 11-year old niece. I made earrings depicting some of her hobbies and placed them in a box that says, “Ginny’s favorite things.” These are inspired by the pins @Xabbess has been making (and I also learned about the Noun Project from her). Images from The Noun Project (I subscribed and it has been well worth it) . The designs are etched/cut on Baltic Birch. I then colored them by hand with colored pencils (and my reading glasses AND a magnifying glass!). They are sealed with Glossy Accents from Ranger. And, yes, I completely forgot to Weld/Unite my text before converting it. Oops. The surfing earrings are my favorite. They were actually colored with Chameleon markers and I like the watercolor look.
Things I learned:
- I used ModPodge to glue the image down to the wooden photo puzzle with mixed results. I’d use a spray adhesive moving forward, but I only had a repositionable spray adhesive.
- I tried to use Krylon Satin Finish for a top coat, but it did not go well. I think because I used cardstock instead of photo paper, it soaked in and didn’t sit on top. Maybe a few more coats would have done the trick, but I was running short on time and the fumes were an issue.
- I ended up finished the puzzle with ModPodge hard coat and that was perfect. So now I will remember to spray first, brush after, rather than the other way around!
- Glossy Accents is the perfect finish for the earrings BUT it sinks into the etching on the wood and leaves a grooved surface on top. A few of the earrings got a second coat to try to smooth things out with mixed results. I’ll play around with that to figure it out. Also, G.A. is not waterproof, so I don’t know how well the earrings will hold up. I need to make myself a pair and just wear them for awhile to see!