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« on: December 14, 2008 09:26:49 AM »

This is my pride and joy at this moment. I got the idea via Craftzine.com which directed me to this blog. Of course it seemed very simple at first. Hey, I'll just create some words with Photoshop, buy some foam board and hey, presto! Word art! Not so much. Just finding the right fonts took me couple of hours and then creating the words few more, so one can basically count one day of working for that alone. Then finding foam board (read: affordable foam board) took some time as I had to take the bus to city (nearly 45 mins one way). There actually was some price differences in shops. First one I went to; 11.90 for 50cmx70cm. Gasp. Then the next one 8.90 for 70cmx100cm.
Thickness was 3mm in both. Naturally I bought the cheaper one and headed home.
How did I do them:
1. Cut the word, which you have printed on standard copy paper and glue it lightly on the foamboard.
2. Cut around the word roughly with scissors so you have a smaller piece to work it.
3. Take your e-xacto knife and say good bye to the skin on your fingertips.
4. Prepare to spend up to an hour per word.
5. Accept the fact that the edges will be rough because there is no way in hell that  you can cut it neatly.

Since in the original concept the words were covered in glitter, I bought some from Ebay, BLACK (hey it is typography tree), and planned to use it. But now that the words are on the tree I think they look rather nice plain white. The baubles I bought a year ago from Ikea. They were clear and I painted them turquoise with acrylic paint.

Here are the pics.

Joyeux Noel



Joy (to the world)



The tree



The Tree bit closer



The words I used to describe Christmas:
Noel, joy, Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas, Santa Claus, Cheers, xMas

Hint: Joy is the easiest to cut. Not because it is short but because the shape of the letters combined. Works with every font (every font I used that is).

Oh. This was the beginning of the process.



This one took the longest...Santa Claus!



Thanks for looking and comments are appreciated. Anyone who has done this before...Tips of how to do
it better are very much welcome!


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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2008 09:31:39 AM »

Ohhh I love this.  Great concept!  Thanks for the mini-tute, I will try these out next year (this year I'm burned out already, lol).
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« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2008 09:45:23 AM »

Gorgeous, especially with the white tree.
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2008 09:58:54 AM »

I'm a huge typography nerd and this tree is AMAZING! I love it!! You did a great job.
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« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2008 10:05:43 AM »

Wow, these look really great on your tree.  Very cool idea... and just a tip.  If you lightly sand the edges of foam board with an emory board they will smooth out a bit.
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« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2008 04:11:54 PM »

I love this idea! I am going to spray paint a mini tree now so that I can try this!! (after christmas, i am going to try to find one on liquidation for next years use!)
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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2008 05:07:15 PM »

Wow, these look really great on your tree.  Very cool idea... and just a tip.  If you lightly sand the edges of foam board with an emory board they will smooth out a bit.

Thanks for the tip! Although it took me some time to figure out what an emory board IS? *lol*
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« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2008 02:54:44 AM »

please tell me you used helvetica!  Cheesy <3
i just bought a black artificial tree and these would do great to contrast with them (i may need to buy some white glitter though! heh)
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« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2008 05:04:33 AM »

please tell me you used helvetica!  Cheesy <3

Of course! There is one Merry Christmas in there although it doesn't show.
*shocked* How could you even think that I wouldn't use Helvetica?  Tongue
I'm appalled by your suggestion Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2008 04:31:48 PM »

please tell me you used helvetica!  Cheesy <3

Of course! There is one Merry Christmas in there although it doesn't show.
*shocked* How could you even think that I wouldn't use Helvetica?  Tongue
I'm appalled by your suggestion Cheesy

i had to make sure coz i couldn't see it Cheesy *bows down* i love it & i think i may be stealing this for next year. Grin
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