Hey everybody! So, I saw this project on Pinterest (of course, where else would I have seen it? ) and I thought it would be awesome to recreate as a hybrid!
What You Will Need:
-4 pieces of wood (or canvas, if you don’t want wood. You can do the same thing with a canvas piece)
-Liquitex (or something similar)
-Mod Podge (or something similar)
-a sponge or wash cloth
-hot glue gun (or preferred adhesive)
Step 1: find the wood that you want to use. I went to Michael’s and got these 5×5 pieces for $1.29 each – super cheap and smooth and it worked nicely. Then, decide which photos you want to use and print them out.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE PHOTOS:
1. Make sure you “mirror” them on your computer first, especially if you’re using words on your photos.
2. You can use black and white or color, doesn’t matter, and I showed you both purposely on my project for that reason
3. Make sure they’re laser copies and on the cheapest paper possible, not photo paper. You can’t use an inkjet printer because inkjet is water based, and your photos will run during the final steps.
-I took mine to Office Max and for my 3 black and white photos and my one color it cost me 65 cents. Pretty good deal if you ask me.
Step 2: Evenly brush the liquitex on to the board. You don’t need it to be super thick, just make sure it’s even and there’s no bubbles or anything.
Step 3: Place your photo on to the board. Make sure you place it photo side down so your picture will show up on the board (which is why it’s important to mirror the images before you print them.)
Step 4: Use your hand to smooth it out. I used the “pat down” method which seemed to work just fine. I smoothed it out a couple times and patted it to make sure it was ok. I used a credit card on my first attempt and ended up ripping the paper, because it’s such cheap thin paper, so I wouldn’t recommend that
And then you wait… atleast 12 hours, overnight if you are over paranoid like I am and want to ensure that it actually dries right But I ended up just waiting 10 hours and it was okay.
Step 5: Now here’s where the fun begins. You have to start rubbing off the paper. First thing I did was lay my washcloth over the paper to wetter it and soften it up. It made it much easier to rub off the paper.
Just keep rubbing off the paper until it’s completely off. Let it dry and then go back for a second round if you need to rub off anymore paper remnants.
You can see mine had a lot of paper remnants so I had to go back a second time to clean this one up
Step 6: Finish it off with some mod podge for a nice glossy look.
The rest of it is just decorating! I decided to print out some hearts and the little pin for my center piece. I superglued some ribbon on the back of the boards and tied a bow to it. Feel free to decorate and jazz it up however you want!
Here’s what I did that makes it “hybrid”. I actually printed out the scrapbook paper and used that as a background, just like I did my pictures. Then I just printed out the heart and the button and used pop dots!
And here’s the finished product. YAY!
So now it’s your turn!
P.S. – This would make a perfect Vday gift
P.P.S. (or is it P.S.S?) – Here’s the original Pinterest Posthttp://pinterest.com/pin/123708320986080704
And this is where the inspiration for the banner came from.