I made this frame for the Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth at CHA. I simply love the way it turned out! It is so soft and shabby looking and features one of my favorite photos of my sweet little Emma. It was taken the day she learned to ride her bike without her training wheels, such a sweet, sweet memory.
When I re-covered the frame, I did it with one piece of paper wrapped around to the sides. (You can see this demonstrated in a down-loadable tutorial I did for BasicGrey found here: http://blog.basicgrey.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/BG-12-Days-of-Projects-Day-4.pdf .) I love using this technique because it keeps the pattern of the paper continuous on all each side. After I sanded and inked the edges, I added Box Corners to each of the front corners of the frame. I heated the corners with my heat tool and sprinkled them with Enamelware Embossing Powder to add a touch of color to them.
To embellish the frame, I first dyed two strands of Crinkle Ribbon using Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Stains.
I used a Ranger Jenni Bowlin Malted Milk Paint Dabber to apply paint into the engraved words of a Word Band. After the paint was dry, I used a Sanding Grip to distress the surface of the metal.
I fed the Word Band onto the ribbon and then wrapped the frame with ribbon and tied it in a knot.
I added a Wire Pin to the knot in the ribbon.
I added several different elements to create a cluster by slipping them under the Word Band and Crinkle Ribbon.
First I added an embellished Ornate Plate (see my tutorial for Enameled Idea-ology for details http://tammytutterow.typepad.com/tammy_tutterow/2012/01/tuesday-tutorial-enameled-idea-ology.html). I inked and stitched two Chit Chat stickers to a piece of natural colored Sticky Back Canvas and placed that in the center of my Ornate Plate. (By the way, you can die cut that to fit perfectly by using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Tag and Bookplate Die.)
I adhered the elephant sticker from the Lost and Found Salvage Stickers to a piece of cardstock. I added a File Tab to the edge of the sticker and slipped the assembled piece behind the Ornate Plate.
Along the right side of the embellishment cluster I added an Alpha Card with the letter E.
Finally, to finish off the cluster of embellishments, I stacked enameled Foliage pieces and adhered them into place.
I have made tons and tons of frames throughout the years and I have to say that I think this one might just be my absolute favorite one. I absolutely love the shabby softness of it. It is a perfect compliment to my sweet girl Emma.