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Through the Craftroom Door Holiday Edition Blog Hop October 23, 2012

Posted by Danielle in Crafts.
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Welcome, Ladies and Gentlemen, to the Holiday Edition Blog Hop for Through the Craftroom Door!  What a fun way to introduce the latest edition of the magazine — hope you’re as excited about it as we are!

Through The Craft Room Door 2012 Holiday issue is now available for viewing!! It is loaded with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas cards and holiday tutorials! Included are 4 free digital images  and digital Christmas paper by Anne Fenton and Sandi Huggett which gives a grand total of 24 free digital images by various digital artist in the “Subscribers Only Area”

If you are not yet a subscriber you are really missing out! For $18.00 per year you receive an online bi-monthly magazine filled with awesome creations, tutorials and free digital images. So far the digital images available for download number 24 — with more added each issue.  (That equals to 75 cents per digital image and the magazine is free!) You also have access to all the past issues.  It doesn’t get any better than that!

You can go here to subscribe to the magazine.

You should have reached me from Deonna’s blog.  If you have, then you are in the right place!  If you would like to start at the beginning, then please start at the TTCRD site.

My contribution to the blog hop is a tutorial on how to do photo transfers to wood.  This is definitely a time-consuming project, so please be sure you leave enough time to complete the project to your satisfaction.

You will need the following items:

  • smooth wooden surface
  • Mod Podge
  • Medium Gel Mat
  • 0000 grit steel wool
  • foam paintbrush
  • photograph, printed using mirror image on a laser copier
  • 400 grit waterproof sandpaper
  • sponge (optional)
  • bristle paintbrush (optional)
  • acrylic paint (optional)

You will need to start with a smooth wooden surface.  These wooden pieces can be purchased from Michaels or Joann, or you can sand your own.  You may also need some fine grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges before you begin with your photograph.  When choosing the wooden surface, try to choose one with an even coloring to it, or some of the wood grain may show beneath the photo itself after you have transferred the image.

This is one of the photos that I chose to transfer to wood.  For this particular method, the photo does need to be printed with a laser printer.  The photo must also be altered so that when it’s printed, it is a mirror image of the original image.

Use the foam brush to place a thin layer of Medium Gel Mat (I chose to use Liquitex) on the photo.  In this case, less is more!

Place the photo, face down, on the wood surface.  Smooth the surface so that there are no air bubbles and let it dry for 8 hours or overnight.  I used an old hotel key card to smooth it out.

The next day, you will begin to remove the paper from the wood.  Do this slowly and carefully if you are working with photographs!  The lightest parts of the photo will be the easiest parts to remove from the wood — which also means that you can easily remove more than intended!  Take this part of the process slowly.  If you are looking for a more vintage look, you can get the paper damp (not wet) and then start removing the paper using your fingertips.  Gently rub the paper and it will begin to come off.  In my trial and error phase, using my fingers removed more of the photograph than I wanted.  My next try was using a washcloth, but the paper gummed it up.  My third try was using a cheap cellulose sponge.  I rubbed it over the photo when it was damp, definitely not dripping wet.  Again, less is more here.  In between rubbing off the paper with the sponge, I let the paper dry completely.  When I tried to rush this step, I wound up ruining the photos by removing more of the paper than intended and leaving blank spots in the transfer.

The first few times you remove the paper, you will get bigger pieces of it coming off.  As you get closer to the toner in the copy of the photograph, you will get less and less paper coming off at a time.  You will need to continue gently removing the paper until you get a dry image that you’re happy with.  If you look at the image while it is still damp and then start the Mod Podge step, when it dries, it will return to whatever it would have looked like when it air dried.

Once you are happy with the dry image, it is time to start layering on Mod Podge, again using a foam brush.  Multiple thin layers work much better than fewer thick layers, by the way… Brush on the Mod Podge, let it dry completely, and then brush another layer on.  Repeat a minimum of five coats of Mod Podge.

Once the layers of Mod Podge are complete, wet sand with 400 grit sandpaper until it is smooth.  Wipe the surface dry.

Polish the surface with 0000 steel wool.  This will remove any leftover ridges from the Mod Podge.  Wipe with a damp cloth.

If you are happy with this as the end result, then you are finished!  For my project, I then painted the sides and backs of the wood with acrylic paint.  After that dried, I applied a coat of Tim Holtz’s Picket Fence Distress Stain to the edges.  This is a photo of some of the 8×10 photos I transferred to wood.  They are displayed on the dessert table of my parents’ 40th anniversary party.

Thanks for hopping along with us for the latest holiday edition of the magazine!  Your next stop along the way will be Colleen’s blog.

So how does this work? Visit each blog and leave a comment. At the end, visit TTCRD magazine and leave your information in Inlinkz and you could win a grand prize of a 1 year subscription to the magazine. The Blog Hop will run for a full week so you will have lots of time to check out each of the Design Team members blogs.

Here is the list from start to finish, just in case you got lost somewhere along the way:

  1. TTCRD Challenge Blog
  2. Sandi Huggett
  3. Jo Ham
  4. Roxann Suits
  5. Anne Fenton
  6. Darlene Lyons
  7. Penny Mull
  8. Deonna Bemish
  9. Danielle Linton (You are here!)
  10. Colleen Holmes
  11. TTCRD Challenge Blog


1. Penny - October 23, 2012

Danielle, these pieces turned out beautifully! You created such wonderful vintage plaques that could be passed from one generation to the next–how cool! Love that you gave such great instructions on your tutorial–thank you for that! :^)
Hugs, Penny

2. sandi - October 23, 2012

This is a great tutorial Danielle! I like the way you explain everything, you have made it very easy to understand. I will have to give this a try soon.

3. karin - October 23, 2012

what beautiful pictures has a great vintage feel.

greetings karin

4. Colleen Holmes - October 23, 2012

Danielle, I love, love this technique!! Your photos looks so awesome being made into vintage. I am going to try this for sure and love how I can follow your tutorial very easily!

5. Tabbatha S - October 23, 2012

What a fantastic tutorial, and I just love how your finished images came out. Thanks so much Danielle. 😀

6. christine Garner - October 23, 2012

Oh man what a great idea. I will have to do this for my grandmother. She has pics every where. Thanks for sharing.
Christine Garner

7. Dawn C - October 23, 2012

This is a great tutorial and the end results look fabulous! Thanks for the tip about the steel wool 🙂

8. Carla Suto - October 23, 2012

Great tutorial, Danielle! Thanks for sharing how to make these beautiful keepsakes!

9. NanaConnie - October 23, 2012

These are great, Danielle! What great little family gifts they would make, especially with the grandkids’ school photos each year. Great tutorial.

10. ChrisA - October 23, 2012

Thank you for the great tutorial!!!

11. Cindy P - October 23, 2012

awesome tutorial Danielle, what a great idea for the 40th anniversary…they look amazing. I may have to try this sometime, your instructions are very clear but I will most likely have a time of it, LOL
I didn’t see a “followers” button so I joined by email, and it says I want to follow your blog, so I guess I am now following you LOL !! have a great day, I hope you stop by my blog sometime when you have a few minutes and hopefully find something you like that I have done.

12. Donna R - October 23, 2012

What a wonderful project and tutorial. This would make such wonderful gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Thanks for the inspiration and the fun hop!

13. Margaret G. - October 23, 2012

Great idea for a gift.

14. Karen Letchworth - October 23, 2012

Thanks for being part of this wonderfully inspiring blog hop!
Karen L

15. Chasing the dream - October 23, 2012

Fabulous technique. another one for the bucket.

16. Sandra - October 23, 2012

This looks very nice Danielle!
When I have found the time (!) I want to try this 🙂

17. Laurian - October 23, 2012

What an amazing project! Thanks for the tutorial this is definitely one to try!



18. Jo Ham - October 23, 2012

Great tutorial Danielle. I have seen these before. I would love to make one. Guess I best put some wood on my shopping list.

19. Karen McAlpine - October 23, 2012

Love the effect of the transfer. Thanks for the instructions!

20. Joan L. - October 23, 2012

I love the wood transfers you did. I don’t think I would have the patience or skill so I will just admire yours for now. Thanks for sharing this techniqur and for this fun blog hop.

21. edwinascreations - October 23, 2012

Wow! This will take some time and work. Love the effect you got with your project. I bet your Mom loved the photos. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

22. Deb - October 23, 2012

Great tutorial! I think I’ll give it a try for Christmas presents. Thanks so much. Loving this hop.

23. Penny ODell - October 23, 2012

What a great project. I bet they will love it. Thank you for such a great idea!

24. Andrea - October 23, 2012

Great project!!

25. Brenda - October 23, 2012

Fabulous tutorial Danielle!!! What a fun project and yours is beautiful!!!

26. Sarah W - October 24, 2012

awesome tuturoial, thanks for sharing

27. Pam D - October 24, 2012

What a very unique way of preserving and displaying pictures. Nicely done, TFS!

28. Jennyfer L - October 24, 2012

TY for the tutorial!

29. Pamela danner - October 24, 2012

Thank you for your tutorial! Great project!

30. sweetpea1030 - October 24, 2012

Great tutorial.

31. Renee - October 25, 2012

Lots of work but such fabulous results! Thanks for the tutorial!
Hugs, Renee

32. Sandra - October 25, 2012

What an absolutely fantastic way to preserve memories, thanks for sharing that method.

33. Gail Scott - October 25, 2012

Thank you for demonstrating your work – it is a wonderful project that will be cherished for many years to come – thanks for being part of the hop – have a great week! Gail

34. Yvonne S. Morentin (@Morentin1326) - October 25, 2012

oooh… very nice project… makes me want to try it. thanks.

35. Patricia St Martin - October 25, 2012

Wonderful tutorial, thanks for sharing it with us. Just love your project.
Hugs, Patricia

36. kim b (@agypsyangel) - October 25, 2012

Thank you for a great tutorial. I would love to try this! Almost finish with the hop, signing up to follow your blog, I would love you to follow my blog too. Kim

37. kim b (@agypsyangel) - October 25, 2012
38. Sheree T - October 26, 2012

What a wonderful idea and tutorial! I am going to bookmark this so I can try it out! Thanks so much for sharing!!

39. Margreet - October 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing that wonderful tutorial!
xxx Margreet

40. CraftyGirl - October 26, 2012

Lovely vintage feel to your photo.



41. Tammy Poland - October 26, 2012

Your tutorial makes it sound so easy to do, it makes me think I can actually do it without making a mess as usual. I can’t wait to try it again following your steps. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

42. Sharon Swain - October 26, 2012

Great project and tuturial, looks beautiful sitting on the table. Thank you for showing us how to do it.

43. Pryn Garritan - October 27, 2012

This is waaay cool! This would be such a wonderfully unique gift to give. Thank you for sharing your awesome tutorial! My mind is swirling with who I can make these for 🙂

44. lorianna3344 - October 28, 2012

This is simply STUNNING!!!
Thanks so much for sharing
your FAB talent with us ALL!!

45. Trina - October 28, 2012

These are lovely! Thanks for the tut!

46. Darlene Pavlick - October 28, 2012

WOW what an amazing tutorial and fabulous idea … thanks for sharing! I love ‘vintage design’ so this would be just perfect for my home decorating! Thanks for the fun hop, ideas & chance to win!

47. craftybunny - October 29, 2012

Such a fabulous tutorial and an unique idea.Beautiful way to preserve precious memories.Thanks for the tutorial and the hop.
Lisa x

48. konarose - October 29, 2012

This is such a work of art!!! Thank you for the step by step tutorial – I admire all these photos on wood!!! Thanks for the hop and your wonderful examples!!! with aloha hugs, rosy

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