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Easy Photo Transfer Mother's Day Gift

By: Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
Chris Myer Williams
I have always found comfort and happiness when I was busy designing and creating. I have many interests and talents and often I am torn when deciding which art medium to work creatively in. Decorative painting is my first love; however, I also enjoy stenciling, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, needlework of all kinds, cooking, card making, faux finishes, decorating and gardening. Working in the craft and hobby industry for many years, I have enjoyed the pleasures of traveling, teaching, and sharing with others basic crafting how-tos! Currently, I am employed as the Marketing Education Director at Plaid. My career journey to this day, is still allowing me the gift of sharing with others the joys of crafting and finding their creative spirits! I hope that our creative paths may cross one day. Until then... happy creating!
Use Mod Podge photo transfer to create a special gift for Mom this Mother's Day.
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Supplies

Mod Podge ® Foam Brush Set, 4 pc.
Item #24959
Great for applying Mod Podge, this foam brush set has an applicator for any size project.

$2.99

FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Glacier, 8 oz.
Item #34162
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is an ultra-matte chalk finish acrylic paint that requires minimal surface prep, is easy to distress and can be layered and sanded to give you a perfect aged look and feel. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is great for furniture, cabinets, walls, decorative glass, metal and more.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Brushes - Chalk & Wax Brush set
Item #34909
Use with FolkArt Home Decor Chalk and Waxes to create smaller projects and get into small detailed areas.

$15.99

FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Summer Porch, 8 oz.
Item #34923
FolkArt Home Décor Chalk is an ultra-matte chalk finish acrylic paint that requires minimal surface prep, is easy to distress and can be layered and sanded to give you a perfect aged look and feel. FolkArt Home Décor Chalk is great for furniture, cabinets, walls, decorative glass, metal and more.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Cottage White, 8 oz.
Item #34929
FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is an ultra-matte chalk finish acrylic paint that requires minimal surface prep, is easy to distress and can be layered and sanded to give you a perfect aged look and feel. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk is great for furniture, cabinets, walls, decorative glass, metal and more.

$7.99

FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Maui Sand, 8 oz.
Item #34932
Paint furniture, cabinets, decorative items and craft projects. No priming or prep needed – paint over existing lacquer. Heavily pigmented paint provides one-coat coverage on most surfaces. Distress and age projects with ease – paint won’t “gum up” sandpaper. Brush-on Clear or Antique wax to add durability and protection to completed projects. Wax buffs to a soft glowing sheen. Waterbase; Non-Toxic. Soap & water cleanup.

$7.99

Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Item #CS11201
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish

$7.29

Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

$7.29

Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 8 oz.
Item #CS15067
Create decals or appliqués from any original photo or artwork with Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. Applies to hard surfaces. Hand-washable on fabric.

$9.99

Other Supplies
Brush Basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam plate for palette
Medium grit sandpaper
Scissors
Photocopies of photos
Waxed paper
Cellulose sponge
Three wood blocks

Instructions

  1. Basecoat all six sides of each block with Maui Sand. Allow to dry for two hours.
  2. Brush over the Maui Sand with a different color top coat for each block: Cottage White, Summer Porch and Glacier. Allow to dry for two hours. FolkArt Home Decor Chalk will dry to an ultra-matte finish.
  3. Using medium grit sandpaper, sand edges to distress and review Maui Sand basecoat. Lightly sand over surface of each side of block creating a smooth finish.
  4. Scan and size photos to fit surface of block. Print or copy photos using a dry toner printer or copier.
    • TIP: If transferring a photo that contains text, be sure to print using the mirror image or reverse image button. Photos can be printed in color, grayscale, or even sepia tone for a variety of looks. Trim image to desired size.
  5. Position a sheet of waxed paper over work surface. Lay trimmed image face up over sheet of waxed paper.
  6. Using 1” foam applicator, brush over face of image with a medium application of Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. The medium will be opaque and image will no longer be seen.
  7. Carefully lift image off waxed paper, making contact only slightly with the image edge. Flip the coated image over and position over the block surface where desired keeping the wet medium to the block surface. Lightly press from the center out to release any captured air pockets.  Wipe away any excess medium that may have been squeezed out from the image. Allow to dry overnight.
  8. Wet cellulose sponge with water, squeeze excess water from sponge then dampen the exposed backside of the image transfer. Immediately as the paper is wet, an image will appear. Allow the wet image to rest a couple moments to soften the paper.
  9. Using your damp sponge or a fingertip, begin to lightly rub over the damp paper to peel away layers. Be careful not to be rough with the wet paper as it may be fragile. After removing several layers of paper, stop and allow transferred image to dry. Once dry, white areas will appear where paper remains. Repeat steps to moisten and lightly rub the surface to remove the remaining paper layers. Allow to dry.
  10. If desired, brush a coat of Mod Podge Matte or Mod Podge Gloss over the project surface to seal and protect.
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