Around this time last year, I made custom picture frames using scrapbook paper and Mod Podge. I couldn’t believe how easy the process was. That post was my 2nd most popular post for 2012 (right behind my hair bow picture frame) and is still going strong this year. It’s probably also one of my most pinned (and repined) posts on Pinterest.
So when I was working on my Easy Photo to Canvas Craft earlier this week, I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic – I mean, the process was essentially the same as those picture frames, I was just unsure if the printer paper would transfer to the texture of the canvas. In the end, the canvas wasn’t as forgiving as the wood and I wondered how a photo on regular printer paper would have transferred onto wood. And I only tried it on canvas because I didn’t have any scrap wood laying around. But then it hit me – the craft store has plaques. So armed with a coupon I headed out to my local craft store and found the perfect 8×10 plaque to do the transfer. The result turned out beautifully!
You will need:
Photo printed on regular printer paper
8×10 Wood plaque (or size of your choice)
Foam tip paint brush
White acrylic paint (I use “Basics” brand and LOVE it, worth the little extra $)
Sand paper/nail file
Credit/Debit/AAA card – basically any flat plastic card you might have in your wallet
Step 1 – Print out a picture on regular printer paper. Using scissors, trim picture down so it is just a little bigger than 8×10. Since I used a black and white picture for my canvas project, I decided to use a color picture this time (I was also determined to show you that the color of the picture is not affected by the transfer because my pictures of the canvas looked a little blue in the photos…I promise it’s not the transfer, just the bad lighting in our house).
Step 3 – Cover the very top, raised portion of the plaque with Mod Podge. Careful to only cover the top; you do not want the sides covered.
Step 5 – Using the edge of the debit/credit/AAA card, press down on the paper to smooth out the wrinkles and bubbles that may form between the picture and the Mod Podge covered plaque. Then put the card flat on the picture and continue to work any remaining bubbles/wrinkles out from under the picture. Allow to dry.
Step 7 – Cover the entire plaque with Mod Podge, sides, edges, and all (except you don’t need to do the back). Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.
Another post brought to you by the awesomeness that is Mod Podge…not sponsored, I just love the stuff. And I promise, this is my last photo transfer project for a while!