I don't know about you, but I've been eyeing those canvas wrap photos for a while, but I just can't bring myself to pay what the companies want me to. So I just don't. I've seen many pins for making your own canvas wrap, but I haven't tried it yet...it sounds a little iffy if you ask me. Cait was braver than I am and plunged into one of the versions of the DIY canvas wrap. Here's her story:
The Original Pin:
Cute, no? And I love those gnomes.
"FAIL #1: I followed the tutorial's instructions and tried using a piece of tissue paper. It never came out of the printer. I spent about 20 minutes picking ink-covered tissue paper shreds out of my husband's printer. I probably should have taken that as a sign and stopped there."
"FAIL #2: I tried translucent vellum paper next, which is used for invitations and is meant to be used in inkjet printers. My photo printed out perfectly... I was excited! I figured if I can't use tissue paper, this would be the next best thing!"
"I put on what I thought was a thin layer of mod podge.. turns out it was way too much. The second the vellum paper touched the mod podge, it curled and wrinkled and then the ink started to come off. To try to save it, I started mod podging the top, which only made the bubbles and wrinkles worse.The result would almost be passable as some sort of "texture effect" except the computer ink bled all over when it touched the mod podge."
"NAILED IT! It looks like a photo canvas that barely survived a house fire."
"All the red you see is computer ink:"
"Oh well.. live and learn."
I have a love and hate relationship with Mod Podge. I have such a hard time using it successfully with paper. I ALWAYS get wrinkles. I'm getting better slowly but surely, but it still isn't great. And I haven't had huge luck with mod podging something down after it came out of my printer. The ink just wants to spread and run.
Here's how "awesome" I am at Mod Podge. I'm working on redoing a nightstand for our room.
|Here's the little beauty. I picked this up for $20 at the Antique Mall.|
I sanded it down and repainted it, but the piece had received water damage on the bottom (which is why it was so cheap at the Antique Mall) and I wanted to cover it up. I had the great idea to mod podge some scrapbook paper on the bottom. I tried to be careful and at first I thought I had it wrinkle free, but as the paper soaked up the mod podge, it began to wrinkle. I kept smoothing it out and pushing the air bubbles out, but I finally gave up. I went back to it the next morning expecting to have to pull the paper off and as the paper had dried it had tightened back up somewhat and the wrinkles are a little less pronounced. It's still not as pretty as I had hoped, but it's not bad.
|The green paint is still drying, so you get to see my awesome carpet while the nightstand lies flat for the drying time.|
|I think a little fairy or gnome stepped on the drawer before the turquoise paint could dry. Anyone else see the little tiny footprint on the right side of the drawer?!|
Mod Podging paper can be a little tricky (okay, for me it's a lot tricky). Ages ago I saw this pin:
I immediately pinned that to my "Reference Section" board and promptly moved on to find the next amazing thing to pin. I never opened it and read it, until today. Isn't that how it goes? Genius, I know. So I just went and read it and here are the tips they give for mod podging paper:
Had I only read this before doing my nightstand project I would have known to spray it first and mod podge second. Next time I'll try that.
I also found that when I am trying to smooth down the paper to be wrinkle free that if I have a ruler or some straight edge, I can use it to help press down the paper as I slowly lay it on the mod podged item.
But...I'm still not great at it. It's a learning process. Anyone else have some more tips for successful mod podging on paper?