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Over the years I’ve taken lots of pictures. For this blog, family, our home, kid activities, vacations and more. Somewhere along the way, I stopped creating photo albums and just saved the photos to files on my computer or on a disc or flash drive.
When Shutterfly offered me some complimentary prints with the challenge to create something with them I was intrigued. I real print? That you order? It had been years. I uploaded my prints to Shutterfly and then presto – within a few days they were in my mailbox. There’s something exciting about opening that package of prints. It reminded me of the old days of film cameras. Dropping that roll off in a drop box and excitedly picking up the photos and looking through them. Oh how times have changed.
The prints were gorgeous. So different than printing them out on your own home printer. The images were clear and sharp and there’s no comparison in the quality of color versus my inkjet photo printer.
I chose a photo of a rusty pitcher and a white flower for my project. I love the detail of the patina and rust and the in-focus flower. For my project, I decoupaged layers together to give the appearance of a double mat. Here’s the step-by-step:
- Choose a cardboard mat or cut one to fit your frame. Add a layer of fabric smaller than the cardboard mat. I intentionally didn’t cut my fabric perfectly to make it more interesting. Cover the cardboard and fabric with a layer of Mod Podge Matte Finish. Let dry.
- Position your photo on top of the fabric and cover the photo and mat with another layer of Mod Podge.
- Don’t panic. Although the Mod Podge looks like it has completely covered your print it will become more transparent as it dries.
- The subtle brush strokes will remain on your print adding an interesting layer of texture.
This photo shows the brush strokes on the completely dry print. It resembles wood grain and I’m sure you could experiment with different brushes and finishes for different looks.
I’m using my new print in our bathroom. It’s amazing what a small change can do to a shelf. The old print was was starting to fade and looked dated.
Even the lotions and potions look prettier next to the new print. Like I said, it’s amazing what a small change can make.
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