Today we are sharing this fun DIY mini photo canvas that mambi Design Team member Nicole Lensen (blog | IG) created using the new water transfer paper from our mambiMAKERS™ line. The DIY kits and supplies in this line allow to you create projects that make custom decor pieces, or are perfect for gifts!
About this project, Nicole writes:
"The new mambiMAKERS™ Water Transfer Paper is perfect for adding a photo to a canvas as a gift to your favorite mom and grandmom this Mothers Day! The project is so easy and turned out great!
The Water Transfer paper is thin, and it blends in seamlessly with the canvas - even taking on the texture of the canvas when it dries. I was a little intimidated by the paper before I started, but it actually turned out to be an incredibly simple project."
click images below to enlarge
- mambiMAKERS™ Water Transfer Paper
- blank canvas (Michaels Craft Store)
- scissors or paper cutter or large paper punch or Silhouette CAMEO/Portrait
- Mod Podge™ & foam brush
- Open your chosen photo with any photo software on your computer (Nicole used Microsoft Paint).
- Crop and re-size as necessary to fit on your canvas.
- Check your printer settings to ensure you are printing in the highest quality.
- Load the transfer paper into your printer following your printers directions to print on the proper side.
- Cut out your photo. Nicole used her Silhouette CAMEO to cut a simple outline. You could hand cut any shape, or use a paper cutter with a fun edge, or use a large paper punch.
- Prepare a shallow dish of water and have your canvas next to your water dish.
- Hold the photo under the water for just a few moments, you will feel when the photo begins to slip off of the backing and you can pull it out of the water.
- Place photo on the canvas and smooth from the center out. Now wait for it to dry.
- (optional) Use Mod Podge™ to finish your project to give it another level of stick, to ensure it is adhered for the long haul! Grab a foam brush and brush over the photo & the top of the canvas. Let it dry and repeat for one more coat.
"I can attest to how good it looks - my husband asked if that was what I bought from Shutterfly for $100! My husband is not a crafty guy so it is rare that he notices anything crafty around the house. Even HE was blown away by how cool this project turned out!"