and btw, I've read it's not illegal to deface money unless you then try to pass it off to someone else for face value. for example, you can't shave off the sides of a quarter and then try to use it as a quarter.
That's exactly right. You can do whatever you want to it; in fact, if you kept one half in tact (with the serial #) you could send it in and get a whole one back (it works, I've tested it).
Sorry to be a pill, but wanted to clear this up before somebody tries to use 1/2 a bill. You have to have *both* serial numbers, or one full serial number and at least 1/2 the other serial number attached to it. (there are two prints of the # on every bill) Meaning you can use the edges and stuff, and the bill will still be useable. But if you only have one serial number, it is no longer valid tender.
Cause think about it, if you only needed 1 serial number, everyone would just go around cutting bills in half and turning each half in for a full bill, thereby doubling their money. Wouldn't be good practice.
Sorry again to be a nudge!
But, yes, awesome nails and a way fun idea! I love that this is so versatile and the "pictures of loved ones" idea sounds great. You could even do pictures of crafts, pair of knitting needles, ball of yarn, etc. Sweet. Ooh, or comic book pictures!.......