Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Embellished Frame

 This is a Dollar Tree frame! At least, it started that way!

To start, I painted the edges of the frame black.  Then I adhered a piece of brown designer paper over the front.  I liked the texture  and subtle color variation better than painting it.  I added some Distress Walnut Stain and Black Soot ink to it, too! 
Next, I cut and embossed a frame of black glossy card stock using Spellbinders LF-347 Grand Labels Twenty-Three #4 and #6 (the smallest die template is #1).  I sanded all the embossed edges.  I rubbed Distres Vintage Photo ink into the sanded areas.  The core of the black glossy paper is white. After sanding the white core is exposed and it's very absorbent.  I love the antique look it creates when the ink is added!  Almost like a well worn leather!  I added a tiny gold paper fastener in each corner and then glued it to the frame.
For the gold accents, I used gold craft foil that was adhered to card stock.  I like to use card stock on the back of foil to give it more strength.  It's not as easily dented or bent.  A good use for all those odd colors of card stock!   I use Adhesive Sheet from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to adhere the two together.  So easy, cuts without gumming the die templates!
I used Spellbinders S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags and Accents to cut and emboss the foil.  Each corner piece is the exact cut piece from the die template.  The other pieces were cut and embossed from the same corner shape, then cut with a scissors to use just a portion of it.  They fit so well into the Labels Twenty-Three shape!  Last of all, there's 2 tiny pieces tucked under the Labels Twenty-Three at the center top and bottom.  Each is a part of one larger piece from Twisted Metal Tags and Accents, just cut in half and glued behind the border. 
That's all there is to it!!! Really dresses up this frame, don't you think?!

Of course, the photo of my grandsons is really the best part!!!


Spellbinders S5-071 Twisted Metal Tags and Accents
Spellbinders LF-347 Labels Twenty-Three
My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary Little Boy Blue "Curious"
Creative Impression Paper Fasteners
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Adhesive Sheet
Ranger Distress inks: Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Black Soot
Craft Glue


Mary Jo said...

A perfect way to highlight two special boys. This frame is beautiful.

Margie H said...

From start to finish = WOW!! LOVE how this project turned out and what a bunch of cuties too!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Judy your transformation of inexpensive purchase to treasured antique is wonderful.

Sue said...

The frames "ok", but the two little handsome dudes are the stars of this post!

Love how you altered the frame! It looks old and expensive. What a beautiful job.


dibsndabs said...

This frame is just wonderful! I can see where embellishing other inexpensive frames (even ones in different colors) would be well worth it! Thanks so much...