(the in-laws are not aliens without faces, but they are kinda squeamish about being out on the internet)
I am so happy with how it turned out! I started with an 8x10 canvas from Michael's that I painted a light blue (with Acrylic paint).
While that was drying, I opened up my Photoshop Elements and went to work creating a
And now for the magic... Paint on a nice even layer of Gel Transfer Medium and press the image into the Gel Medium (image side down).
A few things about the Gel Medium
I used Golden's and highly recommend it (although, take that with a grain of salt since I haven't actually tried any other kind). And I used a cheap paint brush - I do not recommend that. I had to pick little bristles out of the gel. Next time I think I'll use a sponge roller.
A few things about the image transfer
After I pressed the image down, I smoothed...and smoothed...and smoothed...and squeezed out every possible little air bubble (because I really didn't want to have to start over).
And now for the mess... After the gel is good a dried (hours, even overnight) wet the paper down really well and rub all the paper off. I used one of the Munckin's sippy cups to squirt the water on.
It took me three passes of water and sloughing to get all the paper residue off. At this point it looked pretty, but I wanted a little more texture. So off I went to Michael's (again) to buy some Crackle Medium. I brushed/troweled on a thin layer.