Monogram Wall Plaque

It's still Use it or Lose it November and here is a project I bought long ago and never put together. I think it's finally time to complete it.

 Assemble your supplies.

Assemble your supplies.

SUPPLIES:

  •  Decorative wooden plaque 
  • Wooden scrollwork
  • Wooden letter
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • VersaMark ink pad
  • Embossing powder
  • Heat embossing gun
  • Exacto knife
 Applying the second coat of white acrylic paint to the wooden plaque.

Applying the second coat of white acrylic paint to the wooden plaque.

First, I coated the top, bottom and sides of the wooden plaque with white acrylic paint to seal and protect the wood. Also, the white on the sides will help the plaque "pop" off a colored wall. Once the paint is dry, I applied Mod Podge to the plaque, working in small sections, smoothing the scrapbook paper over the wet Mod Podge. Continuing across the plaque: Mod Podge, paper, Mod Podge, paper, so on.

 Trimming the scrapbook paper.

Trimming the scrapbook paper.

I carefully used my exacto knife to trim the scrapbook with a gentle downward cut while following the edge of the wooden plaque.

 Coating the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge.

Coating the scrapbook paper with Mod Podge.

A couple coats of Mod Podge on top of the scrapbook paper helps seal it, keeping it on the plaque and easier to dust.

 Time to apply the scroll work.

Time to apply the scroll work.

I used Mod Podge to adhere the scrollwork to the plaque. Then, applied a couple thin layers of Mod Podge over the scroll work to seal the wood. It was a bit of a tedious task to get the brush into all the little crevices but I coated every spot I could.

 The monogram paint dries

The monogram paint dries

I chose to paint the the letter c dark grey as a background for the pewter embossing powder I was going to add.

 Inking the letter with VersaMark in preparation to emboss.

Inking the letter with VersaMark in preparation to emboss.

Next, I inked the top of the letter c with VersaMark ink and quickly applied the pewter embossing powder. The heat gun is used to melt the embossing powder to created a shiny raised surface. As you can see below, I have not attained a beautiful smooth surface. Never have gotten a perfect result with embossing powder. [sigh]

 The final product.

The final product.

The last step is to apply the monogram to the plaque using more Mod Podge. I'm looking forward to hanging this up in our bedroom. I think I'll use a strip of burlap to make a loop for hanging. This wall plaque was fun to put together and I hope you too have the satisfaction of completing a neglected project.