I have a quick and easy project to share. I love making photo frame type projects that I can display or give as gifts. This one is the perfect size for school photos of your kids too!
Begin with a 5″x7″ Dina Wakley Media Board or a flat artist canvas. Paint the boar with any color of paint. (I used Tumbled Glass Distress Paint.)
Sand over the surface and around the edges with a sanding grip when the paint is dry. Sanding will add a worn and vintage look.
Place a large background stamp on your craft sheet image side up. Ink the stamp with a brown Distress Ink. I used my Dear Ruby background stamp with Ground Espresso Distress ink.
Place the media board paint side down onto the inked stamp. Run your hand over the back to transfer the image onto your board.
Use an ink blending tool to apply Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to the edges of the board.
Use a sanding grip to sand the front of a small Tim Holtz Cabinet Card. Sand until the card is no longer shiny. You may remove some of the design, that is ok.
Place a scrap piece of paper inside the Cabinet Card. The scrap paper will keep the inside of the Cabinet Card clean. Paint over the front of the card with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
Place the Big Woodgrain background stamp image side up on your craft sheet. Ink the stamp with Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Place the Cabinet Card paint side down on the inked stamp. Run your hand over the back to transfer the image.
Use a heat tool to dry the ink. Don’t through the scrap paper away, it will make a great die cut for another project!
Use an ink blending tool to apply Ground Espresso Distress Ink the edges of the Cabinet Card. (I should have put the scrap paper back in mine, I made a mess with my inky fingers!)
If you ink the edges more heavily than you prefer, simply sand the edges lightly with a sanding grip to remove some of the ink.
Place a #5 manila tag inside the Cabinet Card. Make a pencil mark at the top of the Cabinet Card. Cut away the excess tag along the pencil line.
Die cut two Frayed Tabs from manila cardstock. Use an ink blending tool to brush brown Distress Inks.
Fold the tabs in half. Place one at the top of the trimmed tag and the other over the left side of the Cabinet Card. The one on the tag will serve as a pull tab. The tab on the Cabinet Card serves as a label for personalization.
Place the tag with the pull tab inside the Cabinet Card. When you place a photo in the Cabinet Card secure it to the to the tag with a bit of temporary tape runner. To change out the photo simply pull the tab to pull the tag out!
Cut or tear a piece of vellum so that it is about 1/4″-1/2″ larger than each side of the cabinet card. Brush the edges of the vellum with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Adhere the Cabinet Card to the piece of vellum using adhesive foam tape.
Adhere the vellum/Cabinet Card piece to the board with adhesive foam tape.
Die cut several leaves from manila cardstock using the single leaf from the Pom Pom Posies die set. Use an ink blending tool to apply Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the leaves. Brush the edges of the leaves with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Mist the leaves with Evergreen Mica Spray.
Blot the excess mist with a dry cloth. Dry the leaves with a heat tool.
Cut multiple pieces of crêpe paper streamers with the two smallest flower dies from the Pom Pom Posies die set.
Stack several layers of flower layers together. Pierce a hole through the center of the stack. Place a brad through the hole. Flatten the prongs of the brad on the back of the flower stack. Crinkle and wrinkle the flower layers to add dimension. You can brush the edges with an ink blending tool and a brown Distress Ink to add age. If you like a grungy look, you can sand the brands to scuff up the paint on them. Brush Distress Ink over the scuffed paint to add age to the grunge.
Arrange several flowers and leaves along the left lower edge of the Cabinet Card. Glue them in place with a strong quick drying clear glue like Beacon 3in1. Personalize the Frayed Tab with a marker or pen. The flower cluster should extend off of the edge of the board.
Add a scrap of Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon or ribbon to the right side of the board in line with the flowers. Wrap the ribbon around to the back of the board. Secure with a clear quick drying glue. Add a small staple for embellishment.
Tuck several embellishments like metal sprockets and gears or buttons between the layers and around the flowers. Secure the pieces with a clear quick drying glue.
You may notice that you will see some striations from the sanding on the Cabinet Card through the paint. If you use a fresh gritty piece of sandpaper you will get more striations that if you use a smooth finer sandpaper. I like the look of it so I use a grittier paper because it also removes more of the printed design.
I think any bits of the original printing peeking though add depth and interest to the piece.
I think pull tabs are fun. I add them any where I can! In this case it makes pulling out the insert to change the photo super easy while adding some visual interest.
I love these little flowers! They are so quick and easy to make. You can make them from all types of surfaces. In this case, I used crêpe paper streamers! I love when I can use an interesting surface to make die cuts that I have lying around the house!