A long time ago, I saw these really cool blocks that someone had done using pictures to commemorate their wedding. I searched forever, thinking I would find them again, but I have no idea where I saw them, so I can’t give credit to whoever it was. I originally did a block featuring my grandparents a couple of years ago, and was asked to do another one featuring my aunt and uncle for their 40th anniversary. Instead of the black and white theme I did on my grandparent’s one, I decided to go with purple and green, one of my favorite combinations.
I started by gathering my supplies I thought I would need. I had Double D cut a 2×4 so that it stood 8″ tall, and he sanded the corners a little so they were rounded. I needed my clear contact paper, scrapbook paper, punches, pictures, and laser jet printed sayings. My aunt and uncle did ask to have their faces pixelated to put on the internet, so I did that for them. One picture is from their wedding day, and the other is their 25th anniversary picture.
While the block was drying, I started working on the sayings. I had printed them out using a Laser Jet printer. That is important. Then I cut them out, and stuck them in between the sticky contact paper and the backing, facing front. I like to take my fingernail and really apply pressure to make sure the ink sticks to the contact paper.
Then you can start taking the paper off. I like to remove the first layer, and let the layer with ink soak a bit more. After you do that, just take the pad of your finger tip and lightly rub the paper completely off. The goal is to leave the ink stuck to the contact paper, and not any paper. You can see the discarded paper in the bowl in the picture below. You also don’t have to worry about the finished product still being sticky. The stickiness stays:)
And then I just started Mod Podging the pictures and paper to the block. I knew I wanted as much of my aunt’s wedding dress as possible, so I chose to make that picture longer. I also added a piece of ribbon that was already sticky to camouflage the joints between the pictures and paper.
After the paper and the pictures dried, I was able to use the contact paper sayings to go down the sides. I just lined them up and rubbed them on. I also added the embellishments to each side and also to the top. In the below picture, you can see the sticky ribbon I added.
And here is the other side. I didn’t take a picture of the top, but I believe it said Cherish on the chipboard tag. I can’t remember:( Unfortunately, these are impossible to capture a picture of both sides. I think that is what I like about them though. You can show whichever side you feel like at the time.
Thanks for looking!
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