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Now, onto this week’s project.
Disclaimer: I used my trusty Lenk tool for this and while I love it and it’s inexpensive I do realize it’s not for everyone so I have ideas at the end of the post for easy alternates. Bottom line, this is more an “inspiration” tutorial than a “do what I do or perish!!!!” tutorial.
On my recent trip home to Ohio, while poking around in stores with my sisters and neice (it’s how we roll) I saw some cool magnetic bulletin boards and I’ve been itching to try to make my own version.
Here is what I used:
- A picture frame
- Muslin fabric
- Lenk Woodworking Tool*
- Metal flashing (found in the roofing section of Home Depot)
- Tin snips
- Elmer’s Spray Adhesive
- Invisible Painters Tape! Look for it everywhere! (or perhaps I just forgot to take a picture of it)
- Vintage graphic(s)
*I’ve used the Lenk in numerous other projects, it’s inexpensive, useful and you can find it here (not an affiliate link).
Using the backer that came with the frame as a guide I cut out a piece of the metal flashing and set it aside.
I then cut a piece of the muslin a bit larger than the backer
taped it in place making sure it was stretched smoothly and popped it back into the frame.
I printed my graphic (in reverse) on my laser printer just using plain old,cheap, legal sized paper. I had to print it out in two sections to accommodate the size.
I then got to work with my trusty Lenk Woodworking Tool (I have a tutorial on the details of using the Lenk here) I’ll be honest, the Lenk is great and works beautifully but doing a graphic this, well, graphicy, took a lot of patient back and forthing.
Fortunately, as always, my faithful new (porn-star-in-the-making), dog Pi was on hand to keep me company and help out.
Seriously – that’s how he sleeps! He trots into the room, plops down on his bed in the corner, rolls over, falls asleep instantly and begins to snore so alarmingly I’ve googled “tiny sleep apnea machines for dogs” several times)
OK, I’ll let sleeping dogs
lie snore and get back to the project at hand.
The Lenk is pretty forgiving when you’re doing transfer. I’ve found I don’t have to tape the graphic down and I can check the transfer as I go along by peeling up the corner. If I’m dissatisfied I can just lay it back down and keep rubbing.
When it’s all good, just peel away slowly and – boom! Image transferred.
Next up was to add the flashing.
I removed the tape from the backer board but before I took the board away I marked the edges were with a pencil.
I used the spray adhesive on the metal flashing
And ,using my pencil marks as a guide, laid the flashing, sticky side down, onto the back of the muslin.
I laid the backer board on top of the flashing, taped the muslin in place and popped the hole thing back in the frame.
I had so much fun with these I had to make a couple more. I mean, who wouldn’t want a giant Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice magnet board?! You could leave pithy, exceedingly correct notes to your family!!!!
Or maybe a vintage postcard. There is even a spot “for correspondence.”
If you’re keen to make your own versions there are lots of great graphics out there.
I have to do some more research on the telephone graphic but you can find the postcard graphic care of the terrific resource Fuzzimo.
And I just made up the Library Card and you can download a high res PDF of it if you’d like by clicking this link: Library Card Master
OK – other options for you non-Lenkers.
I had never done image transfer to fabric and found that there are tons of good tutorials linked on Pinterest.
I used the Lenk because I had it on-hand. It worked great but I think, for most folks, image transfer paper would probably be a very do-able, affordable option and it’s what I’m going to try next. I’ll report back if I discover any tips or superior brands to use (or if you know of some please do weigh in in the comments).
OK, I’m gonna wake up the dog and take him for a walk.