|Faux Leather Birth Announcement by Lisa Haney|
Recommended Makin’s® Tools
Leather Cording - Pink
Oil Paint – burnt umber, baby colors
Small hole cutter or straw
Beacon Tacky Glue™
Create a sheet of white clay by running it through the Makin’s Professional® Ultimate on the largest setting (#1).
Leave the sheet so it looks like a natural piece of leather (don’t trim it).
Lay the floral texture sheet on top of the clay. Use the roller to gently press the design on the clay to give it more texture when it is antiqued. Set aside.
Roll another sheet of white clay on the largest setting of the clay machine. Fold the clay sheet over for double thickness. Lay a cut open sandwich bag (or a piece of plastic wrap) on top before cutting out the letters. The sandwich bag does two things. It rounds the edges of the letters and it will keep the clay from sticking to the inside of the cutter. Cut out IT’S A GIRL, IT’S A BOY, WELCOME, BABY, etc., whatever is appropriate.
Use Beacon Tacky Glue™ to mount the letters and shapes to the faux leather. Make holes in the top for lacing.
Paint burnt umber on the entire piece to antique it. Immediately use a paper towel to rub the paint off. Go back around the edge of the hanging with the burnt umber paint to make the edge a little darker.
Paint the letters and other elements with the appropriate baby colors.
Lace the leather cording through the top and tie it in the back. Your Faux Leather Birth Announcement is ready to be hung! Hang it on the door at the hospital, work, or on your own front door to let everyone know that little baby has come. THEN, because it looks so wonderful, use it as a cover for your little one’s baby book!