For a change I used pressed cardboard letters, these are slightly larger than the wooden ones I normally use. Plus I liked the unfinished kraft look of them, it seemed appropriate for fall themed letters. I also found after finishing the project that I liked these even better than the wooden ones. The paper decoupaged on like a dream and got a really good bond.
Trace each letter in reverse on the backside of the paper you've chosen. I happen to be using two sided paper. For the letter E the green is the backside and the pumpkin side is the one I want showing. Cut out letter.
Apply mod podge to letter. Carefully line up paper on top of letter and press out any bubbles.If part of the paper hangs over the edge, that's fine.
Because you can sand off the excess and make a smooth edge. It's possible to go very slowly and get a smooth edge without distressing the edges very much. Likewise, a cutting knife can help you get in close too, if you don't want a distressed edge.
I already knew I was going to cover up the edges. You can also leave each letter like this, it gives it a kind of shabby chic look.
I chose to ink my edges, to give them more definition. Run the ink pad along the edges and use the sponge to get into places the pad can't get too. A Q-tip works well for corners and tight spots. Let ink dry completely, because rushing can lead to the ink smearing when sealing. Apply a coat of mod podge to further seal the paper to the letter and protect the surface. Go over the edges of the paper and smooth them down during this step. Repeat steps for each letter. Then have fun embellishing each letter. I used gold tone jewels for some sparkle and cool puffy sticker letters. The other letters are covered in paper with busy patterns so I didn't add anything, but think the I still looks a little bare. Any suggestions?Part of...