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November Craft Class – Ribbon, Pallet Board Art November 9, 2013

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We’ll start your Thanksgiving week off right with an upcycled Holiday craft. Crafters will choose from 3 designs: heart, cross or star. Size of finished product will be roughly 9 1/2″ w x 11″h. What a great way to get ONE of your Holiday gifts off your shopping list.

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If you happen to have a drill, bring it (electric or cordless – if it’s cordless, the drill needs to be fully charged when you bring it to class). We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own drill, feel free to do so.

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Craft class is Sunday, November 24th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
We are planning on holding the class at Brandon Elementary Art Room, (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070, but waiting for the final A-OK from the school. We’ll keep you updated.

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Register by Thursday, November 21st.

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To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class. All supplies will be provided by Katie and Korene.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions

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Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area. Please arrive around or before 2:00, we will be locking the exterior doors (for our safety) a little bit after 2:00.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, product consultant, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

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Bottle Cap Magnet/Message Center Craft June 12, 2013

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We had many requests for a craft class regarding a recycled bottle cap craft. The class was held this past January and we crafted up a storm. We incorporated a message board created from the backside of a cookie sheet.

You’ll find many uses for the bottle cap craft – a surprise birthday greeting to send through the mail, a quick and easy ‘Thank You’ to craft up , holiday themed magnets, necklaces, etc. This is a great craft for kiddos too.

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You will need:

  • Bottle caps
  • Scrapbook papers
  • Scrapbook embellishments (glitter, buttons, stickers, brads, glitter glue, rhinestones, pearls, themed confetti, plastic letters, etc)
  • Magazines, discarded books, cards
  • Ribbon
  • Mod Podge
  • 1” circle hole punch or a circle template
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Cutting board
  • Ruler
  • Tapes (optional – regular and double sided sticky tape)
  • Cookie sheet
  • 2 part epoxy
  • Button magnets
  • Hot glue gun and/or heavy duty adhesive (our favorite is E-6000)
  • Drill

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Directions For Bottle Cap:

  1. With your 1” circle punch (or circle template) cut out paper for the background of your design. Adhere paper onto the inside of the bottle cap with either Mod Podge or double sided sticky tape. Helpful Tip: Don’t worry too much about taking out the little plastic disc that’s on the inside of the bottle cap. You CAN get it out using a knife, pliers or the heat of a hair dryer. We found that the end product really didn’t change much with the disc in or taken out – but you can give yourself a pretty bad wound trying to get that outta there. So, leave it in.
  2. Decorate the inside. Get creative – use words from magazines, pictures from children’s books, special notes and sentiments, a scrap of fabric that brings back a memory. They’re actually quite fun to decorate. Results are quick. It’s like a miniature canvas, a diorama. That’s probably why kids enjoy creating these.
  3. Coat the decorated inside with a layer of Mod Podge. Let dry over night.
  4. To apply the 2-part epoxy check out our post ‘A Spoon Full Of Sweet Sentiments’ dated July 19, 2012: http://craftredo.com/2012/07/19/a-spoon-full-of-sweet-sentiments/ You’ll find step-by-step instructions plus a supply list.
  5. After epoxy has fully dried, attach button magnet onto the back of the bottle cap with hot glue or E-6000.

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Directions For Message Board:

  1. Drill 2 holes on the rim of the cookie sheet. We used 1/4” bit. Be sure to take a nail and make an indent before you start drilling. This is called a ‘tap’, it will help your drill not go so ‘squirrely’ when you’re drilling. Remove sharp edges with a file, wire brush attachment on your drill, or grinder.
  2. Determine your design for your board. We used scrap book paper in various colors/patterns. The sky’s the limit. You may want a simple single color pallet, or go crazy with multiple colors and patterns. Decide if you want a ribbon to help make the transition between paper pieces and choose that if applicable. You may just want to transition with fancy pattern scissors or even cut a scallop pattern freehand.
  3. Once you have chosen your materials for your board it is time to cut the paper to fit your cookie sheet. We experimented with many methods of cutting the paper. We found using a cutting mat, straight edge, and exacto blade to be the easiest way for us, but scissors worked fine as well. If you are using multiple pieces, let them overlap a bit. You can hide the transition with a ribbon and it is easier than trying to get them to line up exactly.
  4. After your pieces are cut to size you may want to hold them together with a bit of tape on the back side. Then you are ready to adhere the paper to your cookie sheet.  Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to your cookie sheet. Place your paper on your sheet and make sure it is lined up the way you want it. Rub gently with your hands to remove any bubbles. If you get a stubborn bubble, just let it be. It may settle after the Mod Podge dries. Adhere any ribbon you are using with Mod Podge. Next, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the paper and ribbon. We applied with brushes, but we suggest using your hands to smooth it out if you want to try and avoid brush strokes.
  5. Allow your Message Board to dry, then add desired ribbon through the drilled holes for hanging. We added small containers to some of our projects for an added bonus. Check your recycle bin. A tomato paste can works well for holding pencils or markers. A discarded juice packet box (the little packets that you add to bottled water to make it flavored) makes a great box to hold ‘chore slips’. Simply cover your container with your favorite paper and Mod Podge. Allow to dry and add magnets. Have fun with your new Message Board!

Helpful Tip: We live in Michigan, which tends to be quite humid, and we found that the gloss Mod Podge can have a tendency to be sticky even after it has fully dried. For the final protective coat over the scrapbook paper (on the message center) – we recommend using the matte Mod Podge, referencing the Mod Podge label for manufactures recommendation, or not to use anything for the top coat.

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Other gift ideas for this craft.

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‘How To’ and craft class photos.

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Valentine Craft June 5, 2013

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Our Valentine Craft Session was a success!FIRST SHOT 100_3076

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The great thing about this craft is you can give the craft all year round. My youngest son gave it to his teacher for a Christmas present. His teacher currently still displays the heart board in her entryway.

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For a full ‘run down’ on how to craft this lovely project, reference:

Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine

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You’ll need to download the heart template:

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On the template you will notice black and gray dots. We generally use the black dots, if you are reducing or enlarging the project you may find a different dot works better for your project. We wanted to offer other solutions for dot placement.

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Here’s a slide show of the class.

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Wood and Ribbon Cross Craft – Praise and Coffee the Magazine February 21, 2013

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Who knew that weathered wood could create such a stir in the crafting decor world? We have our own little secret stash in the back, hidden from husbands who would love to use it in a burn pile. Want to create your own weathered wood? Contact a local business that may use wooden skids – carpet store, restaurant, building supply, local farmer. Let them know what you’re up to, some may give them to you or offer them to you at a low price. Toss them outside where they will get exposed to the elements, wait a few months and there you go . . . or you can check craigslist.

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Now let’s get craftin’!

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You will need:

  • Roll of 7/8” ribbed ribbon (Ribbed ribbon tends to grip better on the screws)
  • An old towel, folded over a few times (To protect your work surface)
  • Weathered wood roughly cut to the size you need (Our wood was from old skids. We had 2 different widths, 5 1/2” and 3 1/4” – both were cut down to 9” long)
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Blue tape
  • Jute string
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  • Mending plates (We used 2”)
  • Screws for mending plates (We used #6 x 5/8”)
  • Screws for the front of the board. They need to be long enough to go into the board (not all the way through the board) and long enough for the ribbon to wrap around. (Use what you have. We had 1-5/8” gold screws on hand. They didn’t match the screw eyes, which were a silver color. You don’t notice at all. If anything it adds to the rustic charm)
  • Drill
  • Print out of the cross template. You can download it from the link below

Directions:

1. Lay out the boards the way you would like them to be displayed. Flip them over and attach the mending plates. To ensure you are screwing into the correct side of the mending plate, look at the holes on the plate. You will notice the holes have a contour to them. The screw heads will set flush with the plate when you place the screw through the correct side. We used 2 brackets for each board (Even for the 3 board craft. Place one plate on the right, holding the top and middle boards together. Place the other plate on the left, holding the bottom and middle boards together. The jute string will help hold the entire piece together.)

2. Cut a piece of jute string about the length of your arm span. Wrap jute string 2 times around board about 1/2” from the edge. Tie off, on the backside, with a double not. Trim off bow. This string will have 2 purposes – #1 it will act as a bumper to keep your board from scratching the wall. #2 if your board is not fully dried it will tend to crack and possibly break apart. By tying the string to both sides, when/if it does crack it will stay in one piece.

3. On the top edge of the board, drill pilot holes for the screw eyes to go through. With your fingers twist in screw eyes. To make screw eyes go into the board all the way – place a screw through the eye of the screw eye, use the screw as leverage to turn the screw eye deeper into the wood.

4. On the front of the board – find the center of the board, with chalk and a ruler draw a vertical line down the center of the board.

5. Print off template, it may need to be enlarged or reduced to fit your board. Trim off excess paper and tape template onto your board – aligning center of the template (gray line) with the center chalk line on the board. The black dots on the template are where you will be drilling in the screws for the cross layout.

6. With the hand drill, drill the screws through each black dot on the paper template into your board. Place the ribbon next to the first screw to get the correct depth of your screw. Use the first screw as a ‘master’ to base the depth of the other screws. It works best to start at the top of the design and work your way down. Drill the screws through each black dot, there will be 13 total. When done, pull off paper and tape.

7. Use a rag to wipe off the chalk line.

8. Grab the ribbon. Tie a double knot on the screw marked ‘Start’ (reference template). Take the ribbon to the screw above the ‘Start’ screw, go on the right (inside) of the screw. Run ribbon to the screw to the left, go on the outside of that screw. Go up (outside) to the next screw. Over to the right (inside). Up (outside). Right (outside). Down (inside). Right (outside). Down (outside). Left (inside). Down (outside). Left (outside). Up (outside). Tie off ribbon with a double knot. Trim off excess ribbon.

9. With a separate piece of ribbon, tie a bow around the screw head marked ‘Start’. The knot of the bow will cover up the head of the screw. (We used about 30” of ribbon to make the bow). Trim ends of ribbon at an angle.

10. Cut a length of ribbon, measure from your nose to the end of your fingers, for the hanger. Tie the 2 ends into a bow. Trim ends at an angle.

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Download the cross template:  CROSS TEMPLATE

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Valentine Craft Class February 6, 2013

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This Sunday, February 10th Katie and Korene will be hosting a Valentine craft session.

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Deadline to register is 2:00pm THIS Thursday (7th).

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Finished board will be roughly 9 1/4” wide x 11” high (file attached).

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Here’s the details:

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When: 2:00pm – 4:00pm; THIS Sunday, February 10th

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Where: Brandon Elementary (Martin Public School) 1619 University Street; Martin, Michigan 49070

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Please register no later than Thursday, February 7th. To register, send us an email at: craftredo@aol.com

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Cost for the session is $20 per person. Please bring payment to the craft class.

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Feel free to bring your own treats and drinks. No alcoholic beverages, please.

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We ask that we keep the session for adults only (no kids please). Teens 13 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a paid adult. Feel free to invite friends.

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If you happen to have a drill (electric or cordless, fully charged), bring it. We will have some available to use – but if you can bring your own drill, feel free to do so.

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Here’s a link for the directions to the school: http://www.martinpublicschools.org/schools/brandonel/directions
Enter through the main entrance on the West side of the building (Elementary entrance). Please park in the parking lot – NOT the loop or the student drop off area.
Classes will be held in the art room. Follow the signs.

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Don’t forget: There will be a table set out if you would like to display a flyer/brochure of what you do. Are you an exercise instructor, writer of a magazine, the head of an organization? Bring a brochure or flyer to display on the table.

 

Capturing Winter – Framed Ice Skates January 5, 2013

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Frames are a great, inexpensive way to showcase just about any item. Any time we are shopping at a resale shop, Goodwill®/Salvation Army® or garage sale our sights are always on the look out for unique picture frames. We prefer frames with bold details and solid construction. So when you’re out and about, keep your eyes peeled for picture frames. Now, grab a can of paint and let’s get going.

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You will need:

  • Frame
  • Set of ice skates (check garage sales, resale shops, Goodwill/Salvation Army, your own basement or garage)
  • Ribbon – a wider ribbon (for main bow) and a coordinating smaller width ribbon (small enough to go through eyelets of skates, this ribbon will replace the shoestrings from the skates)
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Screw and a washer
  • Drop cloth
  • Wood block scraps (optional)
  • Screw eyes and wire (for hanging)
  • Wiping cloth (discarded washcloth, T-shirt, sock, etc)

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Directions:

  1. Take shoestrings out of skates, save shoestrings for later.
  2. Remove glass and backing materials from frame. Lightly sand frame. Wipe down frame and skates with a cloth, making sure dirt and dust have been removed.
  3. Lay down drop cloth. At this point, lay down wooden blocks (optional). We use wooden blocks to prop up items when spray painting. Doing so, makes it a bit easier to get full coverage of the items you’re painting.
  4. Spray paint frame and skates (both sides). Allow to fully dry. Apply another coat. Allow to fully dry.
  5. Lace up skates with the smaller ribbon. Use the original shoestrings to measure the length of the ribbon you’ll need. Twist ribbon so the front design of the ribbon shows. If you’re having trouble with the ribbon fitting through the eyelets, wrap the ends of the ribbon with tape.
  6. Attach skates onto the back of the frame by screwing a screw (and a washer) through both sets of ribbon. Puncture a pilot hole through the ribbon first (use a utility knife or nail). With the drill, carefully screw the screw through the ribbon first and then onto the back of the frame. You’ll need a partner to help hold the ribbon while the other person screws the screw through the ribbon. Go very slow with the drill. (Here’s the placement of items: Washer first, put the screw through the hole of the washer, screw the ribbon on, then attach entire group onto the back of the frame)
  7. To hang the piece, we attached screw eyes onto the back of the frame. Attach screw eyes on each side of the back of the frame, about 1/4 of the way from the top. String wire through a screw eye, wrap wire around itself to attach to screw eye. Pull wire through other screw eye, holding up piece to see if more or less wire is needed, wrap wire around itself, trim excess wire. You will be able to hang the piece from this wire with a sturdy wreath hanger.
  8. Attach bow with wire (or hot glue or your favorite adhesive). Wrap the wire around the frame, twisting the wire together at the back of the frame for a secure hold.

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How to make a bow:
Our friend Tammy showed us how to make the beautiful bow. We used a spool of ribbon that was 9 feet long and it was just enough.

  1. Unroll ribbon. Leave a ‘tail’ that’s about 14 inches long, this will be the ribbon end that hangs down.
  2. Fold ribbon back and forth onto itself, making a figure eight shape (check out the pictures, you’ll get a better idea of what’s going on here). Do this four times so you’ll have 4 soon-to-be bows on each side. Our bows measured roughly 8 inches across the entire figure eight shape.
  3. Hold ribbon together temporarily with a paper clip.
  4. With floral wire, wrap wire around the center of the ribbon and twist to secure. Remove paper clip when wire is securely attached.
  5. For the center of the bow, do one loop to one of the sides and attach it to the main ribbon with the wire. Our center measured roughly about 2 inches across.
  6. Twist wire on the back of the bow so it’s all secure.
  7. Spread out the bows. You may need to turn some of the bows right-side-out.
  8. Trim ends of the ribbon at an angle.

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Get bold and unique with your color choices.

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Crafter’s Note: We recommend placing the framed skates in an area that will not have a lot of movement. A door that doesn’t get opened, a wall, etc. Definitely do NOT hang them over a window. The skates are quite heavy. We also recommend to keep the piece in an area that may be protected by the elements. Rain, snow and extreme cold may cause the paint on the skates to peel or crack. The skates are usually made out of leather and the leather may expand/contract due to the temperature change. My skates are hanging inside the house, in our foyer over a closet door (with a very heavy wreath hook). Also, do not hang the piece over an area where children play. Again, the skates are extremely heavy and there always is a possibility of the piece falling. Use thoughtful judgment when hanging your skates.

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Photo Transfer to Wood January 1, 2013

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The Photo Transfer Class was a huge success! We had 18 brave participants. Everyone’s projects were beautiful and unique. In the beginning of our class, Korene made everyone pledge to not be disappointed if their projects did not turn out perfect. This is not a 100% photographic technique, rather a semi-rustic technique.

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You will need:

  • Wood (cut to desired size)
  • Sand Paper – coarse and fine grain
  • Photo printed with Inkjet printer on general purpose paper (image must be mirrored)
  • Gel Gloss Medium
  • Paint Brush
  • Roller
  • Washcloth
  • Mod Podge®
  • Soft cloth (we use baby socks)
  • Scissors

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Directions:
1. Prepare wood – We used a 1×8, 6 foot untreated common pine (construction grade) for our project. We found this species works well and the price fit our budget. Select pine works better, but it’s a bit pricey (over double the cost). Choose a board with minimal knots, without heavy grooves, etc. Cut wood to desired size.

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2. Prepare photo on your computer or have it printed out at an office supply store. Make sure the photo you are using is high resolution. If it doesn’t look ‘pretty’ on your computer screen it won’t get any better when you print it out. In a photo program, you may want to increase the contrast of the image (the more you work with your computer and printer, the more familiar you will be with the outcome). By adjusting the contrast, details in your photo will be more prominent (this step isn’t required). When printing out your photo – you’ll need to ‘mirror’ the image. This step is necessary. The photo printed out on paper needs to be mirrored so photo turns out the correct way when you transfer it onto your board. It’s similar to a transfer that would be printed onto a T-shirt, where the imagery is in reverse. Size photo to fit your cut wood piece (photo hung slightly off the edge about 1/8 inch on all sides). Print prepared photo on general purpose paper. Trim out photo.

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3. Sand sides, face and back of wood piece. Start with a coarse grit paper and then move to the fine grit to get a nice smooth surface. Sand wood with the grain, don’t go cross-grain you’ll get scratches in the wood. Wipe board with soft cloth (we like to use baby socks or whatever discarded cloth we have around the house) to remove any sanding dust and debris.

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4. Applying photo to board – Decide which side of the board should be the image transfer side (pick the best looking side). With a paint brush, apply Gel Gloss Medium to the top of board. Use enough Gel Gloss Medium to liberally ‘paint’ the board. Do not leave any dry spots, but making sure not to use too much. Place printed picture face down on your prepared board. Be very careful to line it up correctly. Do not fuss with your photo once it is down on the board. Leave it wear it lands!

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5. Gently press the photo onto the board using your hands. Using a roller, gently roll over the photo. There may be a few wrinkles. Do not over roll, excessive rolling may cause the paper to lift off (which is not good). Just go back and forth a few times with the roller to make sure the image is adhered to the board as evenly as possible. Wipe off excess Gel Gloss Medium that may have squirted out the sides.

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6. Now it is time to let your project dry for 24 hours. Do not go back and peak at it to see how it’s doing. Leave it alone, walk away.

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7. Removing paper from board – After board has dried for 24 hours, get ready to see your results. Wet the wash cloth (not dripping, not totally wringed out). Lay the wet washcloth over the entire board. Lightly press down over the board with your hands to wet the surface. When you lift your washcloth you will see the image is now darker (and getting wet). Check for any spots that didn’t seem to absorb the water (they will look white still) dab these spots with a little bit of water and let it set so the water can get absorbed into the ‘troubled spot’, it will start to turn dark.

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8. Once your paper is wet, you are ready to remove the paper. Use your fingers and gently rub/burnish across your board. Paper pulp will start to roll up. Continue this process until you have removed as much paper as possible from the board. Be sure to keep the board wet while you are rubbing/burnishing, this will make the process easier. Do not rub too hard or you may rub all the detail off the board. Go over board one last time with wet washcloth to remove pulp residue.

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9. Allow board to dry. We used fans and had dry boards within 15 minutes. You will notice that the colors of your photo will fade as your board dries. Not to worry! When you add a sealer to the board, the colors will look as they did when the board was wet.

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10. After your board is fully dried, use sandpaper to sand the edges of board. For example, you may want to remove some of the photo from the corners for a more rustic look. Remove any sanding debris with a soft cloth. (At this point, sometimes we paint the sides and back of the board with black acrylic paint.) Apply Mod Podge to the top surface and sides of board. We prefer Gloss Mod Podge, colors appear to pop more with the gloss.

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11. Displaying your board – Your board can be finished at this point, or you can choose to add a hanging method. We have used a traditional ‘D’ hook/strap (string ribbon through ‘D’ hook/strap and hang board from ribbon) and saw toothed hangers (both found at your local hardware store). Upholstery nails and ribbon will also work. Poke the upholstery nail through the ribbon, hammer nail onto back of board. Be crafty, hang or prop it any way you wish!

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Crafters Note: Inkjet prints VS LaserJet prints. We’ve used both. The LaserJet prints – end product may have a bit more detail, but they’re a bit more costly (plus you have to plan a trip to the office supply store). We like to keep crafts cheap so we mostly use our Inkjet printouts since we have them in our homes. Hey, it’s a rustic technique, if you want something 100% photographic just have a photograph made. Just don’t get discouraged if the project doesn’t turn out the first time. We’ve had to redo projects 3 times. Experiment, you’ll be amazed at what you discover.

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