Friday, February 22, 2013

Distressed Photo Jewelry Tray

A little while ago, I decided I needed a tray on my dresser where I could place my jewelry, such as my wedding ring, when I took them off for the night. I am a sucker for anything with my little girl's face on it, so I made this distressed tray with her picture using Mod Podge Photo Transfer. I expected this project to be hard, but the hardest part ended up being waiting for it to dry! It was worth the wait. I loved the results.

For this project you will need:
A wooden tray
A picture printed on regular paper from an inkjet printer
Mod Podge Photo Transfer

With photo transfer, you can transfer a image to glass, wood and even fabric. I found a wood tray that I thought was about the right size at Hobby Lobby for a couple of dollars.
The first thing I did was sand and paint my tray. Some of the paint will come off in this project, so be prepared to touch-up or paint after you do the transfer.
Print your picture on a regular printer on regular paper. If there are words on your picture, make sure to reverse the image before printing it! Trim the picture close to the edges.
Completely cover the picture in a THICK coat of photo transfer. All you should be able to see is white.

Place the image face down on the tray and then smooth out the paper, starting at the center. Wipe away any extra transfer as this medium does not dry clear.
Leave the the project to dry for 24 hours. Like I said, this was the hardest part for me, I kept wanting to peek!
After 24 hours have passed, wet the image with a wet sponge, wait a couple of minutes while the water seeps through the picture and then slowly, using circular motions,wipe the sponge around the picture. The paper will start to flake off and leave you with a gorgeous image print.
After my image transfer was complete, I used a paint brush a touch up the edges of the transfer, where I hadn't wiped enough of the excess away. This is also where the tray changed colors from a straight up black to a charcoal. I decide charcoal worked better for what I wanted, so I repainted the edges.  I then used a piece of sand paper and distressed the edges of the tray and then the photo lightly, until it was the way I wanted it. I sealed the whole tray with a coat of Mod Podge.

Along with the Photo Transfer, I was also able to test out Mod Podge's paper, acrylic shapes and Glitter Mod Podge (I am madly in love with the Glitter Mod Podge), which I used to make the Eiffel Tower necklace in the picture at the beginning of the post. I will share the tutorial for the cute necklace on Monday!

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