My Someday in May

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Easy Graphic Transfer Project

I love projects that are extremely easy and only require a few supplies.  I especially love projects that are BOTH.  My mom gave me this old wood box that has been sitting in her garage for years.  Being the frugal girl that I am, I took it because it was free and I figured I could make something out of it.  It wasn't until I started browsing through The Graphics Fairy website that I decided I could turn this old boring box into something rustic and therefore fabulous.  I used this old french graphic I found HERE.  You will need to print out the picture that is the mirror image graphic.  The Graphics Fairy is awesome and already inverts the image for you.  All you do is follow the link and print it out.




Next, you will need to cover the graphic completely with Mod Podge (who doesn't love this stuff?) and lay it flat, face down where you want the graphic to go.  Make sure you smooth it out so there are no bubbles.  Now you get to wait for the graphic to dry.  I waited a couple hours just to be safe. When you feel like you've waited long enough, dip your finger in water and start to rub away the paper.  I learned the hard way that this needs to be done very gently or you'll lose some of the graphic.  I wanted mine to look old and worn so it actually worked out.  Just be careful!  Psst... If you're thinking to yourself, "Wow, she has baby hands" you'd be right.  Those are actually Lucy fingers.  She wanted to help :)




When you get the paper wet enough and rub, it should start to look like this.  I would rub away some and then wait for the paper to dry for a while and then come back to it and rub again.




When the rubbing was done, I put some Mod Podge over the top of it to seal it.  I think it makes a fun centerpiece for my little table.  Happy crafting!




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