{DIY} Tissue Paper & Mod Podged Chipboard Letters

I love Mod Podge! It's quite magical, in my little opinion.  I love that it works as a glue, a sealer, and so much more, all in one little jar.  A month ago I was starting to work on some decor pieces for my baby shower, and I was going to create a "Wishing Box", for people to put well wishes for our baby into.  I wanted to create a Wish sign that was large enough so people would notice it, and leave those sweet messages, but I didn't know really where to start.  I knew I wanted to somehow use tissue paper and mod podge on letters of some form, but I wasn't sure just how to do this.  

I began my search on the web to find tutorials and ideas for using tissue paper and mod podge, and thanks to the wonder that is YouTube, I found this great tutorial:

I'm not copying this idea exactly, but I wanted to share this video for the tissue paper mod podge technique to then craft what I wanted.  

Here is what you need.

Chipboard Letters-whatever size you desire (I found these in Hobby Lobby)
Tissue Paper
Mod Podge Gloss
Embossing Gun
Ink Pads
Cutting Matt (Any kind of matt surface to protect your table/work area)

Step 1:

So when I originally did this project, I used a foam brush to spread the mod podge onto the letter.  This covered the letter great, however it ran over the sides, and made the letter stick to the matt surface.  When I pealed the letter off the matt, remnants of the chipboard remained on the matt, making the letter less dense-not fun.  So, I decided to try q-tips, which let me manage the amount of mod podge covering the letters, and allowing it to not run over the letter.  This worked like a charm! I held down the letters with a straight pin to help hold the letter in place, while I covered it with mod podge.  

Step 2:

Then I took a piece of crumpled tissue paper (white in this example above), lay it on top of the letter, and covered this with another layer of mod podge to help seal it, and this also provided a glossy sheen once dried.  

Step 3:

At this point I took out the embossing gun to help dry the glue onto the tissue paper.  A hair dryer might be too harsh and blow the mod podge away.  From here on out I guess I went to work and didn't stop to capture the next few steps, which were cutting out the letters from the paper, and then using the ink pads to add depth to the letters.  The video shares how to cut out the letters.  

Step 4:

I then took pink and gold hued stamp pads.  I gently tapped the stamp pads onto the letters to add complimentary colors to the paper, with the results seen below.  The best way I can describe the gentle tapping is to lightly kiss the pad, so it doesn't saturate, but adds embellishment.  

I added the pieces to burlap pennants, to create a sign that will be hung.  I attached the chipboard pieces to the burlap with mod podge-oh it's a glorious glue!  Be careful, however, once the letters are adhered, pulling them off will ruin the fabric and the letters, so make sure they are the way you want them before you adhere.  I connected the pennant points by sewing buttons, which goes with the "Cute As A Button" baby shower theme.  

To make the sign hang, I took two dowel rods, I hot glued some twine to the back of the two end pennant points, and then tied the twine to the rods, letting the twine hang like ribbons, and stuck the rods into a styrofoam block.  I did have to use a paper weight to help the block not fall over, which it wanted to to do with the weight of pennant.  

And the end result at the shower:

I had more people talk about this than any other decor element for the shower.  I've created something I will surely create again and again for years to come.  This concept can totally be done for weddings, with the same "wish" message for the couple, to make Mr. and Mrs. signs for the head table, "I Do" signs for the cake, let your imagination go wild! Instead of buttons to connect the pennants together use brooches, fabric flowers, etc.  

Hope you enjoyed this simple project!