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Saturday, August 1, 2009

{canvas board/tissue paper frames}

This project came about by accident--it started out as one thing, and turned into something else completely. I started out by wanting to find scrapbook paper to cover 11x14 canvas boards for the nursery. I looked and looked, but nothing stood out. Then I decided to try the fabric store, and searched through my favorite designers to no avail. I loved a lot of the things I looked at, but nothing seemed quite right.
One night I had some tissue paper that I gift had been wrapped in laying by my bed. It was darling--white with large, brown polka dots. I was hit with sudden inspiration, and decided to try it. It could have gone either way--tissue paper is really fragile, and I wasn't sure how it would do with Mod Podge in this certain circumstance, but it was worth a try.
It ended up turning out exactly the way I imagined, but I soon realized that it wouldn't work with the vinyl letters I had planned on using on top. So, I decided to make it into a picture frame instead, and it ended up being the perfect thing for the nursery!


-Art canvas board (I used 11x14)
-Tissue paper of choice (Make sure you have enough to cover canvas board and overlap the edges by an inch or two. You can always use scrapbook paper as well.)
-Mod Podge and foam brush
-Photo of choice (I used 5x7, I wanted a large border.)


-Apply light layer of Mod Podge to canvas board.
-Gently lay tissue paper on board, and smooth from center out. (My tissue paper was already crumpled, so I squished it into a ball, then smooth it out so it would look like it was meant to be crumpled---just gave it a slightly different look.)
-Apply another light coat of Mod Podge on the top of the tissue paper, going slowly and being very careful not to rip the paper.
-Using scissors, trim the edges of the tissue paper to the edge of the canvas board.
-Taking your brush, use a small amount of Mod Podge to smooth any rough edges made by the scissors.
-Let dry completely.
-Mod Podge your picture to the center of the board and let dry.


Blogger Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! Thanks for a great idea.

August 1, 2009 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

What a great project. It turned out just perfect. And speaking of perfect, the babies are adorable and just perfect. Lucky you.

August 4, 2009 at 1:07 PM  
Blogger Mod Podge Amy said...

Tissue paper is SO hard to Mod Podge, but you did an awesome job! Love it. If you like Mod Podge, come visit me when you have a chance. Cheers!

August 4, 2009 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger T-licious D-zire and C-hillins said...

I had forgotten about this blog..... haven't looked since I saw the cute Christmas gifts for your girls. You are so creative and talented! I don't know how you find time to do all you do... it seriously makes me jealous!! You rock!!!

August 6, 2009 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Shady Creek Lane said...

I just found your blog and am impressed with your projects. Thanks for sharing your little discovery by accident with the tissue paper. I will have to remember that.

August 13, 2009 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger A said...

I love this!!! I have some cheap canvas boards in storage, and I just bought some Mod Podge a few weeks ago!

September 3, 2009 at 12:24 AM  
Blogger KC said...

Looks great! I'm searching for brown polka-dot tissue you remember where it came from? Thanks.

November 19, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger The Duckworth Family said...

I actually used to ONLY mod podge with tissue and napkins. That's how I learned when I was a little girl. You can decoupage all kinds of shapes and curves and really hide the folds or crinkles because it is so thin! I think the canvas turned out great!

February 25, 2011 at 12:17 AM  

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