Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Homemade Lacing Cards

I am sure you have seen these or something like them before. I decided that it would be fun for my kids if I made some with their photos.

The first thing you need to do is select your photos. I printed mine at Costco. I tried some that I had printed at home but the Mod Podge made the ink run - even after it had dried for a week.

You can use either cardboard or chipboard. Since I had some boxes on hand, I used cardboard. Trace around your photo.

Cut along your lines so the cardboard is the same size as your picture.

I like to use a foam brush that you can get on sale at Michael's at 10/$1.00. Brush the Mod Podge on in even strokes. I try to keep a continuous line from one edge to the next. When it dries, you will see these lines. It will dry clear.

I put 4 layers of Mod Podge, letting it dry completely after each application. I then sanded the edges, rounded some and left others pointed, really that is your choice. I also put a layer of Mod Podge on the back just to seal it. After I finished sanding, I put another layer of Mod Podge around the edges, again, just to seal it.

When you are finished, take your hole punch, I used a "Crop-A-Dile" and punch holes evenly around the edge of the picture. Use colorful shoestrings and start lacing.

I think these would be really cute with a patterned scrapbooking paper mod podged on the back.


Missy said...

You are so creative! Good thing I have people like you in my life to inspire me because I am so left-brained.

Connie Wallace said...

Very cool mod podge project. I have never seen one of these before.