My sister Sandra and I thought our Dad was ahead of his time. He was always looking toward the future. Before I was born, my father owned a grocery store that had gas pumps on the outside. Perhaps he owned the original 7/11 where you could get groceries and gas up at the same place. He had to feed a family of seven children and a wife, and was always thinking of a better way to make a living. So, shortly before I was born, when he was in his early fifties, he decided to rent out his grocery store and build a new home for us across the street that included his new adventure in the real estate business - an office on the lower level. His mother told him he was too old to start over.
I recently saw an episode of Home & Family on the Hallmark channel, where Mark Steines showed how to add new dimension to photos by creating a 3D effect using black foam board. I thought this would be a perfect project to do for Father's Day using a picture I have of our family home almost completed with my Dad's old Packard parked in front. It's hard to believe he built this home, brick by brick, inspired by a house he would travel pass in southern Maryland. Back then we lived in a rural area of Northeast, DC. . . . with dirt roads and all.
This is how the house looked shortly before I sold it several years ago. It was converted into rental property after my Dad died.
Here's how to make 3D Photo Art
Post-it picture paper or paper adhesive/glue
Black foam board
- Divide your copied photo into at least three elements (layers) for dimension and cut out the foreground, middle ground and background.
- First, place the foreground on the bottom edge of the foam, removing the backing and press on or glue on.
- Using an x-acto knife, carefully cut out the layer through the foam board, following the outline of the elements, objects/picture, keeping the foam board intact. Put first cut-out aside.
- Next, place your second layer, middle ground, (backing removed or glued) over the cutout portion of remaining foam board, lining up the edges and cut out, also keeping the foam board intact. Align this middle ground with the foreground making sure the cut-outs match.
- Do the same for the background, placing it on the foam board, lining up the edges of the middle ground, backing removed or glued and cut out.
ground, and background should line up perfectly together.
- Glue on small square pieces of foam board to the back to raise the middle ground and foreground layers.
Position the assembled layers to the back of your shadowbox and glue on.
I chose to keep the frame unfinished which blended in with the original brick colors of yellow and red.
The car and tree really jump out!
Have fun converting your photos into 3D Art!
Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day!
Take a little time to enjoy