The first two photos below are of a print in Ballard’s catalog which sells for $349.00 plus $100.00 in shipping cost. I knew I could replicate the look for a lot less.
First I searched the free sites for a antique style document I could download. I could not find exactly what I was looking for. I then found this copy of a french birth certificate dated 1816 at http://www.digitalcollagesheets.com/ and purchased the digital image for my project.
My local copy shop was able to enlarge the print to poster size, approximately 24 x 36. Make sure the printer quotes you a price for a poster rather than an enlargement. The enlargement is normally significantly more expensive. I selected a matt finish since I wanted the print to look antique. Lowes had the perfect board in their scrape pile and they cut it to size for free. I had the board cut 1.5 inches longer and wider than the actual poster.
I then stained just the edges of the board and burned the edges of the poster with a match. Yes, I am doing this on my kitchen counter. It was a really cold and rainy day and I wanted this project done now. We just won’t tell Hubby I started a fire in our new kitchen
I applied Mod Podge to the board and the back of the print and then used a credit card to smooth out the wrinkles. Once dry I applied a coat of Mod Podge to the front of the print and added two hangers. Here is the finished product and a cost breakdown.
My cost break down for Ballard style print:
Digital download $ 3.75
Total cost $27.75
I had the stain and Mod Podge left from another project .
I love the results and it was a really easy project! Thanks for looking and I hope this has inspired you to try
your own knock off.