This will trim off about 1/8” each side and shrinking the picture about ¼” on the top & side. (view 2)
If you do enough pictures, you’ll have a nice little pile like this one! (Not sure why I took this picture, but I guess it was important so I should include it.)
Step 3: Center the picture on your tile (pic) to make sure you know where you’re going to place it once the Mod Podge is on and to make sure you’ve trimmed it evenly. (This may be an extra and anal step, but I’d rather be safe than sorry!)
Step 4: Coat top side of tile with Mod Podge going in one direction. So, if you’re stroking down, continue stroking down all the way across the tile. Then, you can go the opposite direction to ensure you’ve coated it completely.
Step 5: Carefully place picture onto coated tile. And set aside to dry. Approx 15 minutes. If you’re doing multiple coasters, you can probably do an assembly line and by the time you’re done placing the pictures on you can go back to the first tile & move on to Step 6.
Step 6: FIRST make sure your picture is really stuck down good. (Now how hick did that sound? Even typing it I hear this nice, sweet hick voice – obviously not mine, but one I’d like to have!) Once you know its ‘secure’ you can begin the first of two top coats. I always start with the downward stroke, so that’s what we’ll say – Start with the downward stroke & continue across the entire tile. This coating is very thin & just enough to cover the picture (see photo). DO NOT OVER COAT or your picture will wrinkle & bubble. Also, try to make your lines as straight as possible, as it will enhance the overall effect of the finished product. Set aside & continue on down the assembly line. Let them dry at least 30 minutes this time.
Step 7: AGAIN, make sure the last coating is dry before moving on. Once you know it’s dry, you’re going to do another thin coat of Mod Podge – only this time you’re going to go from side to side. (see photo – this is my husband finishing up for me AND taking a picture!! Isn’t he the GREATEST?!) I usually turn the tile so I’m stroking up & down again, only the picture is turned. That’s just the way my brain works, but apparently the hubster’s brain is far more advanced & he can do it this way! WOW!!! Aren’t you ladies jealous now?!
Now, I left them overnight to dry at this point. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry before packing them up for gifts.
This is what your final product should look like up close. A nice linen-type look. Isn’t it beautiful? Of course, the cutie-patootie little girl with her tongue sticking out makes them just that much cuter, right?! I love that girl! And yes…her tongue is out pretty much all the time!