Monday, May 2, 2011

Mod Podge Family Subway Art

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I've always wanted to try Mod Podge...it just seems so cool when I see all of you crafties out there creating with it. And for this first go-round, it did not disappoint!

I've been trying to think of a meaningful gift for my mother-in-law for mother's day. She adores crafty items. But, finding something for her at a normal shop is sometimes hard. So, I decided to make something. I'm really into creating subway art lately. It seemed like a great solution!

I decided to use all of our names to create the art...my husband & his two brothers, all three wives and all of the grandkids.

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I realized we had some leftover fence slats in our garage. They were 5 inches wide. I had my husband cut them down to 17 inches in length. I created a document in Photoshop Elements that was 5x17. I purposefully chose this size to make printing super inexpensive. I kept each name in its own layer to manipulate and rotate how I wanted. Each "generation" had its own font (and wives had their own, too). And my in-laws are in the center, in red.
I doubled the document on an 11x17 and then uploaded my PDF to Staples. And I had an extra half of my print to play with if I messed the first one up!
This is also very economical. I am planning to make a bunch of them for the graduates we know in school colors and such!

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Here's my print out, fence slat and materials.
Ready to MOD. Or PODGE. Or get my craft on.

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Layer one of Mod Podge.
After applying the print, I did three layers on top and then sealed it with varnish.

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Annnnd....DONE.
Can you see the slight chevron pattern on it, too? That just kind or makes me smile. ; )








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14 comments:

  1. that is such a perfect gift!

    I love everything about it!!

    Sarah
    http://craftingandcreativity.blogspot.com

    PS. I'm your newest follower :)

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  2. Love it!!! And what an awesome blog. So glad I found it! I'm your newest follower. Stop by for a visit sometime!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  4. I've been wanting to try Mod Podge too!
    You have inspired me to give it a go. . .
    Perfect gift idea.

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  5. Love the subway art!! It looks like a high-end art piece from a designer shoppe! Fantastic!

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    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

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  6. love this idea. sooo personalized!! love that chevron!! Would love for you to link it up on Sunday at our Sister Sunday Link Party.
    Amy
    www.SistersoftheWildWest.com

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  7. What a wonderful gift for your MIL! You did a fabulous job and I'm sure she deeply appreciated your thoughtfulness. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week!
    Vanessa

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  8. So cute!! I am new to mod podge as well. LOVE IT! This look's like something that my mom would love. Maybe next year. Thanks for sharing!

    Kadie @ seven alive

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  9. I LOVE this, Kristi! What a wonderful gift! With my new Mod Podge addiction, I sure I will be making one of these very soon! :) Thank so much for linking up and for all of your very kind word lately! I am SO sorry I haven't replied like I have intended to! I am featuring this tonight! :) Have a wonderful week! Let me know if your church is still interested in helping Amanda, every time I have tried to find out what she needs, I haven't been able to reach her... It is so nice to meet a "neighbor" blogger with the same Christian views and values as mine! :)
    Crysta
    www.homemakerinheels.com

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  10. Hi! I came across this tutorial today and thought it would also be great for a baby's nursery. Can we feature this tutorial at Baby Lifestyles? Email me at Editor at BabyLifestyles dot com to discuss further. Thanks! Tara

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  11. Love the subtle chevron background! Really great project!

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