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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Hubby's V-tine Gift: Final Reveal

So here is my husband's Valentine surprise. This post was promised two whole, entire days ago...sorry!  We had a few problems hanging the photos.  But it's all figured out now and here is the grand reveal.  I was so happy with the way it all turned out, and my husband loved it. Yea...score!


Check out this post for the how-to on the canvas quote print. The pictures turned out to be cheaper and simpler than I thought.  Well, simpler after I got the process down. In fact,  I'm already planning my next picture project : )





Here is what I used:
  • black foam board (20"x 30")
  • engineer prints
  • Mod Podge
  • spray glue
  • Velcro
  • 2 small nails
It would have been cheaper to buy white foam board and paint the edges, but I was lazy and bought the black instead. The foam board comes in a perfect 20" x 30" size.  I loaded my pictures onto a thumb drive, brought it over to FedEx Kinkos and asked for engineer prints. They are not photo quality but still come out very clear. One of the best parts is that these two prints cost me less than $5, and I was able to get them in the exact dimensions I needed. 

I spray glued the prints to the foam board.  Then using a rag, I applied the Mod Podge in a circular motion beginning in the center of the photo and working outward.  I Mod Podged small sections at a time and used a blow dryer so that it would dry more quickly.  This also gave me a chance to smooth out any wrinkles along the way.  There WILL be wrinkles.  Resign yourself to the fact.  It's actually not an unattractive effect in the end.  

Hanging the photos became a little bit of a chore. Because the foam board is so lightweight, I didn't want to ruin it with conventional hanging methods.  My husband came up with the brilliant idea to use velcro, that way we could reposition the board however we wanted. Sticking the velcro to the wall would have done some serious damage, so I used a small nail to fasten the loop side of the velcro to the wall.  I then stuck the hook side of the velcro to the back of the photos and there you have it.  If the picture was slightly of-center, I could just pull the picture off and reposition.  Great idea, Babe!

This turned out to be such a fun and satisfying project. If you want to try your hand at these awesome foam board photos, just be prepared to experiment. I had read several tutorials before I started and had a totally different experience than all of them. Whatever you do, have fun doing it!!









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6 comments :

  1. This is beautiful!! I am a new follower from Nap Time Crafters. :) I love your birdcages on the blog. Beautiful!

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  2. Jane....this turned out SO SO beautiful!! I LOVE the pictures you chose to go with it as well....just sweetness!!

    Hugs,
    Michelle

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  4. Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…Have a wonderful Sunday:)

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  5. What a super special Valentine gift. I've never heard of engineer prints before. We have FedEx, but not Kinkos. Great job! Visiting from Serendipity and Spice.

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  6. Worth the wait. He had to feel great when he received that touching gift. Thanks for sharing on BeColorful
    pam

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