Sunday, February 20, 2011

You are a real ace.

Hello friends!!  I’m pretty excited about this post, because it is (1) easy, (2) inexpensive (3) quick and (4) a craft that men will genuinely enjoy.  I don’t know about everyone else, but I struggle to find a craft that the men in my life are clearly impressed with.
I am blessed to have this amazing group of friends.  There are five couples, and we try to get together once a month for dinner and games.  This craft began on January 28, the day of one our good friend’s birthday.  We were having a dinner/game night that evening in celebration.  Originally, I planned on buying him a poker set, but literally every store I went to was sold out.  I was quickly running out of time, so I decided to buy a pack of cards and try to quickly brainstorm something fun to do with them. 
Which brings us to the craft.
What you will need…
  • friends
  • pictures of said friends (I utilized the wonderful tool of facebook for this one)
  • printer and printer program
  • scissors
  • modge podge (or some other type of glue…  But this is what I had on hand)
  • paintbrush
  • a pack of cards
Step ONE. 
Select photos of friends.  It worked out really nicely that we have a group of 10 friends.  I used 2 copies of the birthday boy and his lovely wife, and one of everyone else.  I found it easier to find them all online (facebook), save them to the same file folder on my computer, crop them accordingly.  I found that I cropped mine a little too close, as the faces were a little too big for the cards.  But oh well, they ended working just fine.  I was tried to find the most ridiculous photos possible, because these boys clearly enjoy making funny faces.
Step TWO.
Print the photos.  I used Microsoft Office Picture Manager.  Open the folder of the pictures in Microsoft Office Picture Manager, select all of the photos (use ctrl + click for each photo) and select File then Print.  In Microsoft Office Picture Manager, it allows you to select a variety of different printing dimensions.  I used the “contact sheet” option that allows you to print 35 itty bitty pictures on one sheet.  I am sure that other picture programs offer similar options if you do not have MOPM!
Cut out the photos!  Tried to stay as close as possible to the face, I found that if you’re cutting out photos of your lovely female friends, it is best to include their hair as well, or they might look a little boyish.  I printed two copies of each person, just in case I made some mistakes (and I needed two of the birthday boy and wife)

Step FOUR.
Assign each person to a King or Queen.  The birthday boy and wife were assigned to the aces.  I used a sponge paintbrush to brush on a thin layer of modge podge to the playing card.  Then, I placed the face cut out onto the card.  Allowed the layer of glue to COMPELTELY dry and then brushed on another light layer on top.  Again, allowed to dry.
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Step FIVE. 
Pack them up, slap on a nice message, throw on a ribbon and your personalized, crafter-tested, boy-approved gift is ready to be given. 
Enjoyed making them, enjoyed giving them.  Might consider making a pack for all of my friends, maybe themed pictures.  Perfect craft for any man in your life or when you’re in need of a fun gift but in  pinch for time and money!
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  1. I actually laughed out loud reading this. SUCH a good idea!! It reminds me of a game that my high school friends and I used to play, where we wrote names of boys from our high school on a full deck of cards and played fortune telling, war, and other silly games. It was such a blast! (granted..immature...) This is so creative! Did the cards stick together at all when they were done? Brilliant.

  2. Brilliant! This is a GREAT idea; Cheap and hilarious too! Definitely going to put this idea in my pocket for later.
    "What you will need: Friends" <-- loved this


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