Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A quick crafty project - Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter

Last week I was very kindly sent one of the Heidi Swapp Marquee Letters from the distributor to see if I would like to stock them in my shop. I had seen them on instagram but not really given them much thought (sorry Heidi!). So when it came I was natutally intrigued and of course I wanted to give it a go.

We had a quiet Saturday mooching about at home so I thought I would give this a go. I was sent the letter 'B' which is very fitting for our Brim household and I was also sent the 'rust kit'. You can either paint your letters or decorate them in other creative ways such as with decopatch. I personally love the look of rusty letters like this and they had sent me the painting kit so it made sense to give it a try.

So the first things first, I used the sponge applicator to apply, very roughly, the darker of the two paints. I was not conscientious in my application and was just applying loose strokes in any direction and if some bits of white were showing through I was not bothered about this because I think it adds to the overall look of the piece.

Next up I used the stiff bristly brush and the paler coloured paint and both dappled the paint on as well as using rough brush strokes. Again this was very rough and all to give as much texture to the piece as possible.

Once the paint had dried I then used the gold ink pad and brushed this over the letter and then popped in my bulbs. That is it. All done!

I absolutely love it and the way it looks just like a rusted letter. When I look at it now I can't believe that the letter is actually card, you would think it is metal.

After it had dried on Saturday evening I put it on the sideboard in my living room and it looks right at home there. On Sunday I decided to switch my decor as we still had a 'winter thing' going on so I got my Spring bits out and I think it looks just as lovely with those which shows that it is very versatile and goes with most decor.

The great think about the kit is that everything you need is included so you don't need to search out the right materials, that being said if you are a seasoned crafter you probably have this stuff already in your collection so there are both pros and cons to buying the decorating kit depending on the type of person you are.

I think the kit would make a lovely housewarming present for someone who is a little bit into DIY. You don't have to be mega arty and it was really quick and easy.

So what do you guys think? They do seasonal shapes for Halloween and Christmas so I think I will have to get those in later on in the year!

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