Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tutorial: Decorated Frame

You can give decorated frames as gifts or create a beautiful display with them in your home. Jodi shows you how she created her frame in the step by step guide below!

Crafter's Companion Supplies:

Other Items: Frame, glue gun, mouse pad, ball stylist

Step One: Cut a frame out of black cardstock that will fit over the existing frame, covering as much or as little of the frame as desired.

Step Two: Stamp all the floral images and three of the leaf stamp onto the Crafter's Companion watercolor paper.  Use Archival Ink so that it wouldn't bleed when adding the watercolor ink and water. 

Step Three: Pick out a couple of shades of purple and one with a little more pink, then two shades of green. Apply the Spectrum Aqua pens directly to the paper, mostly around the edges and the middle, then dip a brush into some water. 

Before applying the ink, brush it on the back of your hand or on a paper towel to remove some of the water. Then spread the ink around a little bit to add color to the entire image, leaving the edges darker.  

Work in small sections so that the ink is still wet when the water is added to it. If you are using the matching die cuts, it's not important to pay too close of attention to being neat and tidy - a little over the edges is no big deal.

Step Four: After the flowers and leaves are cut out go over the edges of the image with the Aqua marker again to get rid of any white that shows through, or where it might not have lined up perfectly with the die cut.  

This just finishes the image off nicely.

Step Five: Put the stamped image down on a soft mouse pad and use a large ball stylist to press into the paper to slightly curl the edges up.  

Not a lot, but a little just adds a touch of dimension to the finished product.

Step Six: Using a hot glue gun to assemble the flower makes it easy and gives it a little extra dimension.  Glue some leaves on the back, and then glue it directly to the frame.  

Make a whole range of them as gifts for your friends and family!

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