In this video I’m going to show you how to make a really great personalized wall decor using these Scrabble blocks that I made. If you want to learn how to make these well then follow me! What’s up Glue Dots I’m Elaine the Midnight Crafter and today’s project as you saw is the Scrabble blocks, but they’re not the little itty bitty Scrabble blocks, they’re big ones that we’re going to use to make wall decor. The wall decor is so cool because you can personalize it to family names as I did in my one other video which I will link in the card above if you want to see it. or you can do just names that means something to you, words that mean something to you, whatever you would like. So it’s a really cool project and they’re really easy to do too and inexpensive, which is always a plus! A big thank you to my friends at Skillshare for sponsoring this video. 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Hit the bell next to it and it will inform you every time I upload a new video also give me a thumbs up if you’re liking my videos and leave me a comment down below because I love hearing from you! Anyway, let’s get to this video!! Getting started on this project there’s a couple things I wanted to point out. So obviously we’re going to need to pull these front pieces here off of these but what I wanted to show you is if you get these exact artwork frames, the black ones peel off …this design peels off differently than this or any of the other ones. I noticed that while I was working on it when you go to peel this design off it leaves the glue in a weird sort of way and it’s something then that you will need a straight edge razor to scrape off and it’s more work to scrape that off. There’s a plus to it in that it pretty much leaves the paper intact. The difference between that and the other colored ones is when I pull that off this is glued on with hot glue. You can see the residual there of that now some of it peels right off and some of it is stuck on where again so so you can get some of it off but sometimes in removing this it actually tears the the paper backing so it’s up to you on how much work you’re going to want to put into this as far as taking these apart or actually as far as what you’re going to even be able to find. It is definitely easier to get this hot glue kind off, but like I said, sometimes you peel it and it takes the paper. But anyway, go ahead and remove all of your little sequin word thingy majiggies’ and then we’re going to be painting these to kind of resemble this wood color like the Scrabble blocks would have. Now the paint that I used for that I use the Apple Barrel light mocha from Walmart and to me it seems to be the closest to the actual natural wood color of the little Scrabble pieces. So I’m going to go ahead and get all of those prepped and then we’re going to move on. We’re waiting for all of our art pieces to dry what we’re going to be doing is go ahead and print out all of the alphabet letters that you need for your project and I have left a link below that you can click on and it’s going to take you to a free download for these for 6×6 which is what I have here. If you want to make these bigger or smaller… if you’re like me and technically challenged this would be a great time to use the Skillshare which is what I talked about in their sponsoring my video today and Skillshare has all of those great classes you can take so if you want to take a class on Adobe Illustrator to learn how to make these type of things that would be a great reason to take the class, which is exactly what I’m doing. Alright, so print out your letters and then what we’re going to be doing is taking the letter flipping it to the backside and you’re going to use a pencil and go over behind where the lettering is and we’re going to be using this to create our shape that we’re going to be painting in so wherever your letter wherever you have lettering or a picture or whatever you’re going to be transferring you want to go ahead and dirty it up with your lead. Now if you have carbon paper just happen to have that laying around you can use that too. It may be… I don’t know if it may be messy or it may get on the paint but you know, we all have pencils so why not do something like this with a pencil? The only thing I discovered is I don’t have a pencil sharpener anymore. So what I had to do was use my Exacto knife and shave off my pencil edge which actually works out Okay. So now that we have that done you’re going to take that and you’re gonna flip it over and take your artwork, which these I have painted ahead of time so I have these dry and let me just again, no brainer, but make sure this darn little hook is facing up. Three of them I did the dork move of forgetting to check and they were on the bottom and on the side and I had to pull them off and re hot glue them on. So these PDFs that you’ll be printing out do have a line here as a guide and you’re going to line that up with the edge of your box frame. Now, it’s really great if you put that up against the light and you can line it up. Right now it happens to be dark and it’s going to be really hard for me to show you on camera if I’m holding it up to the light. So I went ahead of time and folded it just so I could be able to go ahead and place this. So once you get this placed you’re going to go ahead and trace exactly along where your edge of your letter is and don’t be too concerned if you get slightly off because though it does leave the mark behind, it’s not super super dark, and you will be able to kind of fill it in and shape it when you’re painting it if it gets a little bit kind of jiggly wiggly in there. Trace out your whole letter and then also don’t forget to trace out your little number over there as well. I got a little off over here and that’s okay. I’m going to fix that with the paint. So now when you take that off, it should leave you a really nice little imprint of your letter. So once you have your letters traced on like this and you have your outline you’re going to use the Sharpie to go over this and as I said it is so much easier to do it with the Sharpie than just going directly with the paint. So here’s a tip for you. Do not press real hard with a sharpie because the paint will actually come up and stick to your Sharpie. It may come up a little bit anyway, and that’s why you don’t want to press hard and you may want to have a little piece of something nearby if it does just to kind of clean off the excess any paint that might stick on there. But this is your opportunity to kind of straighten up any lines that are crooked and kind of get the shape you want. Your corners are going to be the most important these little edges here because it’s really hard to get that a really good good corner with your paint, so doing it with the Sharpie you’re going to get a much sharper edge the other thing, just a little tip….I mean you can do whatever you want, but what I found is when I’m on the inside of the letter as opposed to trying to draw the line from the outside I get a much nicer line and I think it’s because of the bumpiness of the paint itself. So you can get just a much nicer line if you’re on the inside and I also found that a thicker line is an easier line because that will just give you a better line to paint. Now if you have a Cricut machine or another type of vinyl cutter Silhouette, maybe you want to cut your letters out of black vinyl. I know that not everybody has those machines and so I opted to do it this way so that everybody can have the opportunity to be able to make it. Also, if you have a black paint marker that you like to use that’s another option. I don’t have any paint markers so that’s why I’m going with the Sharpie and the paint instead. And occasionally a Dollar Tree you can find Sharpies. Alright, so now that the letter is completely outlined we’re gonna go through and paint it and you do want to try and find a brush that is a rectangular shaped brush. My brush is about a quarter inch wide and it’s really a good width for painting in the letters and if you have a smaller one you want to use for the numbers. That might be helpful. Otherwise, you can carefully do the numbers with this larger size. I’m just using black paint from Walmart nothing, too interesting, just your basic black paint. This one happens to be opaque licorice outdoor paint… doesn’t really matter whatever you’ve got is just fine and though, I’m sure a lot of you probably have painted before I’m gonna… I like to always give options because in case someone’s a new new crafter, load up your brush. Get a pretty good amount of paint on it. Not so much that you don’t have control but enough that you can easily kind of slide down your uh, the line here. It just got an itty-bitty little smudge here and I’m going to just leave that alone for now and go back over it maybe with some of my base colored paint later because if I try and do anything with it now, that black is so concentrated it’s going to make a big ugly mess on on my backboard here. woow They’re an online learning community would over witt wit over 25 haha But before we get to the video, please click that subset sub budden… I’m not liking that… This time we’re gonna make our own and do some really cool wall decor that is personalizable yes, so you can make it say whatever you want in other word also the first The first of my 500 subscribers that go clicks on that link will get a free tri…tsk The first of my subscribers to hit that link button for Skillshare will get… free trial Maaaa if you need help with adobe illustrator for projects like this one or….maaaah…I don’t like it… down I’ll show you a little clip a little later on but first…. 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