Photo Inspired Tissue Paper Transfer Art

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I have the best mom. Really, the best. She works at the Post Office in the small town where I grew up and everyday she makes days better by sharing her smile. She also shares that smile with our family while loving on her grandbabies. This Mother’s Day I wanted to gift her a reminder of the wonderful memories she helps us make everyday. With the help of American Greetings at Walmart, I framed a favorite photo of her playing on the beach with my daughters and made a matching tissue paper transfer art canvas to bring many smiles remembering the time we spent together during our spring break road trip.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Our California spring break visit had many days spent at a favorite beach. The Carlsbad Inn is the very first place my husband and I road tripped to together 15 years ago. We visit Carlsbad often and lazy beach days are where we spend most of our time together. My mom’s first time with us in Carlsbad was a great family vacation full of beach days soaking up the sun and sand castle building with our daughters.

Use a photo from your favorite beach day like ours at the Carlsbad Inn to make an easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art canvas. Use a photo from your favorite beach day like ours at the Carlsbad Inn to make an easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art canvas. Use a photo from your favorite beach day like ours at the Carlsbad Inn to make an easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art canvas.

I knew I would be framing one of our beach photos for my mom to gift on Mother’s Day and finding a matching American Greetings card at Walmart pulled the project together. I used the buy two American Greetings cards and earn $2 coupon and found everything I needed for our Mother’s Day gift including cards, tissue paper and gift bag.

Find American Greetings Mother's Day cards at Walmart to go perfectly with your photo inspired tissue paper transfer art.

The turquoise and blue water on the beach and the pink polka dots on little sister’s bathing suit top matched the American Greetings Mother’s Day card perfectly. Turquoise, blue and pink tissue paper with a turquoise chevron gift bag added to the beach day gift theme. I printed our favorite Carlsbad beach day photo on my home printer and framed it then started the easy tissue paper transfer art project.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Tissue Paper Transfer Art

Supplies:

  • white canvas
  • spray bottle 
  • rubbing alcohol
  • tissue paper
  • scissors

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Cut the tissue paper into strips or shapes. Our art was inspired by a beach day photo so I cut the blue paper into rectangles. I also used a hole punch to make pink circles and remind my mom of that cute swimsuit her youngest granddaughter was wearing while we all played on the beach.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Spray the canvas with water. Then place the tissue paper on the canvas for your desired design. Little sister had so much fun helping make our gift.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Spray the top of the tissue paper transfer art canvas with rubbing alcohol. Although the color of the tissue paper will eventually transfer onto the canvas, the lighter colors bleed better with alcohol. 

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Allow the canvas to sit for approximately 10 minutes then carefully remove the tissue paper.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

An hour later our photo inspired tissue paper transfer art canvas was dry and ready to be wrapped for Mother’s Day.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

Do you have a special picture for a photo inspired tissue paper transfer art Mother’s Day gift? Find more Mother’s Day American Greetings ideas to help make her day special.

Make this easy photo inspired tissue paper transfer art with tissue paper and rubbing alcohol for a perfect handmade gift.

22 thoughts on “Photo Inspired Tissue Paper Transfer Art”

  1. Love the photos and this idea looks so simple and cute!! How fun for kids to do! May do it for a grandma gift for Mother’s Day!

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  2. how cute, the tissue paper art would make a good backdrop for the picture! What a sweet idea for a mother’s day gift!

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  3. I love it! I wonder if you could cut flower shapes and leave them on like the strips. I am thinking that would be so cute for a gardening mom!

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  4. How beautiful does this look!!! I love receiving gifts like this from my kids. I need to show this to my daughter so she can make it!

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  5. Ok this is the sweetest little craft. I’m always looking for fun crafts to do with my kids and this is definitely a winner!

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