Friday, July 27, 2012

Altered Glass Block - Christmas In July Blog Hop

Welcome to Mark’s Finest Papers, a Heinrich Company’s Christmas in July blog hop!  We are so glad that you joined us.  We hope that you will enjoy the tutorial each day and the projects on each of the blogs.  The blog hop will run 23-29 July, with a new tutorial and project each day of the hop.  Please note, if you are not a member of Speedy TV you will need to join the site before you can view the tutorials.  Joining is quick, easy and FREE, just click the tutorial link below and it will take you right to the home page where you can join.  The sign up button is on the right hand side of the page.

    Monday July 23rd —Christmas Cards in a Gift Box
    Tuesday July 24th —Stocking Stuffers
    Wednesday July 25th—Gift Bag
    Thursday July 26th—Gift Card Holder
    Friday July 27th —Ornament with Shrinky Dink
    Saturday July 28th —Glass Block
    Sunday July 29th —Decorated Tissue Box

Below are the designers participating in the hop. Some may have a tutorial or project each day, and some may not.

My project today is an altered glass block that can be found at any Hobby Lobby store, drilled with a small glass bit, and then put a small strand of lights inside for an unique, however personalized, decoration.

Since I was using one of the pre-drilled glass blocks, I started out by sponging white acrylic paint onto the block and then stamping images from the Little Church mini and New Pines stamp sets in pallet noir and pallet burnt umber before setting the inks with an heat embossing tool.  Once the ink was set, I cut up some sponges and lightly sponged Tim Holtz forest moss, pine needles, and brushed corduroy distress inks.  Once I was satisfied with the ink coverage, I took a couple of Stampin Up! markers and dabbed the colors into the church windows and roof.  My final touch was to add a recycled red/green/gold ribbon from a past Christmas and tie it into a bow.

Here's a another look at the finished block, only with the added inside lights plugged in.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day and don't forget to stop by the rest of the design teams blogs to leave some love.

Stamps: MFP New Pines, Little Church Mini
Ink: Pallet Noir, Pallet Burnt Umber, Tim Holtz Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy, Forest Moss Distress Inks
Accessories: Hobby Lobby Glass Block, Christmas Light Strand, Ribbon, Sponges, Acrylic Paint,


  1. Especially like the way these look with lights. You indicate that Hobby Lobby has the glass blocks. I've not seen them these so I need to find what section to look for them in.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the pines across the top.

  3. Bonnie, this is just beautiful! With one sentence you told me what I did wrong -- your sponged on the paint (I brushed it on)! The garland across the top of your block is amazing, and I am very impressed with this project!!!

  4. Bonnie,
    Another gorgeous project! The scene is absolutely beautiful and I love the pine cones across the top and it looks awesome with the lights on!

  5. This is gorgeous!! And thank you for deets!