I just loved getting around to making my family a metal game board. I have made about 4 or 5 now and have given them as a gift. My kids really didn't like that I did that but that's life. Last month a friend of mine was asking if I would be interested in getting together with other women to make Christmas gifts for family and friends, of course I jumped on the chance to be crafty since it has been so long. All together there are about 8 of us that have been working on the boards. Once a week we get together at someones house and work on the next step. The first week was coming up with an idea, I told them about my game board and that was that it was in the works. We ordered metal panels from an online store called FROM COVER 2 COVER, vinyl from another online store VINYL OUTLET, and few of the ladies went to Micheals with coupons in hand for magnets, foam brushes and Modge Podge. Then second week was cutting our vinyl into 4 - 1.5"x9" strips for the tic tac toe side of the game board (this is used on a 12x12 metal panel) or 4- 1"x5.5" strips for an 8x8 metal panel. Then for the checker board side the 12x12 panel needs 32- 1.5"x1.5" squares, the 8x8 panel needs 32- 1"x1" squares. Then our homework was to peel and stick the vinyl down on the panel. The third week was stamping along the edge of the tic tac toe side using rubber stamps and stazon ink in any color. Once the ink was dry we then put a coat of modge podge over the entire panel doing one side at a time and allowing to dry. *TIP* use a piece of wax paper under your panel so that you don't make a huge mess of you table! The fourth week was working on the picture magnets. Some of us paint the edge of the magnets and allowed them to dry while cutting our photos. Then picking a photo to use, make sure that it is not a close up of the person and then print the picture 12 times per person, on plain printer paper in a wallet size. Using the magnet trace the edge of the magnet to get the right shape. If the paper hangs over the edge of the maget a bit you can use a small piece of sand paper on the edge once the picture is glued down and dry! Once they were cut out we used the modge podge to glue the picture down to the magnet and allowed to dry. After they are all dry you add another coat over the top of the picture and allow to dry. I used glossy accent on the top of my magnets instead, either way is just fine. I haven't got any pictures of the other ladies boards because I keep forgetting my camera but here are pictures of mine. I used an 8x8 panel that I had in my stock and everyone else used 12x12 panel that they ordered.
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