Wednesday, December 21, 2011

London Canvas Photo Key/Jewelry Rack

So this past Sunday was el bff's b-day!
Saturday we commenced Operation Party All Day Long.
Well, for a few hours anyways.
I'm super impatient and couldn't wait to give her her present.
All handmade stuff!

Here's one of her gifts:

{there were others, but I'll show you those later!}

Wanna see how I made it?
I couldn't post the tutorial until after I gave it to her :)

For the photo on a canvas part, I followed this tutorial HERE over at Little Bit Funky.

First I cut out my 8.5 x 11 piece of tissue paper.

Then I ironed it with my flat iron on about medium heat.
Yea, I used my flat iron.... deal with it.
I don't own a regular iron yet, what do you expect me to do?

I scoured the internet for a black and white photo of London.
Nichole is a big fan of London!
I found an image on Deviant Art {all credit for the photo go to Leanne Hailer}.
I added some words {using the "eight fifteen" font from KevinandAmanda}
Then I ran it through my printer (an HP Photosmart All-in-One).
First print?
Epic. Fail.

So I replaced my color cartridge and...
Photo on tissue paper!

I was a little skeptical... I didn't think it would work.
But it turned out great!
Just handle it carefully and let it dry!

Then I mod-podged it to an 8x10 canvas.
In the tutorial, she trims it, but I just wrapped it down the sides of the canvas.

I then added a layer of Mod-Podge on top.
It kinda smeared the ink a little, giving it a greenish tint.
But I liked the effect.

Then I predrilled holes for the hooks and put those in.
Kinda like my jewelry rack and key rack.

You can still see my unfinished edges, so then I glued some black fabric around the edges.

And now it's finished!

Happy B-day Nichole!

On a different note, Christmas is WEARING. ME. OUT.
I'm STILL not done shopping.
I know.

Are you ready for Christmas?

DIY Club



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ash said...

So cute! I feel you on the Christmas thing. I just got done about 30 minutes ago. And that was only after the fiance told me I had to quit! Merry Christmas girl!

kayla said...

That is super cute, love it!! And yes, I was just saying on fb that I totally need a nap. Everynight has been filled with decorating, wrapping, shopping, more wrapping, and baking. I'm going to finish my baking tonight and the few gifts I have left to wrap. My house has been neglected, so if I have enough energy tonight after all of that is done, I'm going to atleast pick things up a bit!! ;) Merry Christmas Courtney!! :)

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

What an awesome idea - tissue paper! Love it. Will have to try this for sure. Thanks for the tut. What a great gift for your friend. Merry Christmas to you too.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love this! The image is great, and I love the wrinkly-effect.

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