I have shared many times just how much I love to pick up frames from the bargain bin and give them new life with papercrafting projects. I often forget to show the orignial item so that you can get a better idea of the true before and after transformation.
Today though, I remembered! This frame was a clearance aisle find at my local Hobby Lobby for only $2.50. While I could probably find a bare wood frame in the crafts department for close to the same price, what I love about these ugly duckling frames is that they are painted already, including on the back around the easel. To give this frame new life and a completely finished look, all I need to do is cover the front and embellish. Handmade homedecor really can't get much simpler than that!
I covered the front of this frame with the Banner patterned paper from Glitz Designs' Afternoon Muse collection. The color of the paper was a great match to the blue already painted on the frame. I adhered the paper with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium. After it was dry, I sanded the edges and applied Vintage Photo Distress Ink with a foam ink blending tool for a soft effect.
The small red Peek-a-Boo clear frame from the collection matched the opening of my frame perfectly. I adhered the overlay with thin Super Tape to the outside of the frame so that the transparency could serve as the protective layer over my photo opening. Adhering it to the outside also created a slight shadowbox effect to the frame.
In the lower left corner, I added small bundle of posies attached to two Titles cardstock stickers from the collection. A Glitzers Sticker behind the posies and tickets creates a nice base that anchors the embellishments to the frame.
To create the posies, I punched pieces of the sheet music Paper Layers from the collection with a Fiskars Cloud Squeeze Punch. I gathered the lower edge of the cloud and stapled it to a thin piece of floral wire with Tim Holtz's Tiny Attacher. I brushed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink with an ink blending tool and then gave each posie a quick blast of color with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in SWAK (pink).
I adhered the two tickets to scraps of patterned paper to keep them from sticking to one another and to give them more shape and body. I sanded each one to create a distressed effect. I twisted the posey stems together and stapled the stems to the two tickets. I adhered two velvet leaves to the back of the tickets and added a scrap of crinkled seam binding before adhering the cluster onto the Glitzer.
- frame: Hobby Lobby Clearance
- patterned paper: Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Banner; Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Paper Layers
- stickers: Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Titles; Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Glitzers
- transperency: Glitz Design Afternoon Muse Peek-a-Boos
- punch: Fiskars Exra Large Cloud Punch
- leaves: Prima Marketing Velvet Leaves
- ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo
- mist: Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist SWAK
- adhesive: Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Multi Medium; Therm O Web Super Tape 1/8"
- tools: Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool; Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher; Tim Holtz Sanding Block
- misc: floral wire; hand dyed crinkled seam binding