Thursday, May 15, 2014

How to Create a Detailed Altered Frame in Under 30 Minutes by Nicole Doiron

My Creative Scrapbook design team member Nicole Doiron is up today with a tutorial featuring our May Main Kit!

Here's Nicole:


Today, I will show you how I created this lovely altered frame with the May Main kit in just under 30 minutes!

I started off with this Dollarstore square wooden frame with wide edges.

I spread some light molding paste on parts of the frame (leaving a few spots bare) using a fancy stencil.  I then dried it with my heat gun.  (3 minutes)

I then dabbed some white acrylic paint all over the frame to give it a whitewash effect. (2 minutes)

I cut a piece of pattern paper about half an inch smaller than the frame on each side.  I then rounded the corners. (1 minute)

Lining up the patterned paper square carefully on top of the frame, I flipped the frame over to trace the photo opening.  I then cut it out.  (2 minutes)

To give a bit more dimension to my frame, I stuck the patterned paper to the frame using lots of 3D foam squares. (1 minute)

I glued a strip of ribbon on the bottom edge of my frame and made a bow.  (1 minute)

 Here you can see a close-up of the textured design created with the molding paste and stencil.

 It was then time to embellish my frame a little.  I cut a doily shape in half and tucked each piece on either sides of the frame.  I then added a quote stuck on a little journaling frame that I cut out of the patterned paper. (2 minutes)

I carefully ripped the bottom layer of the pink rose included in the kit to make another flower and tucked half of it behind the quote.  I added the heart and tab stickers.  (2 minutes)

On the opposite corner of my frame, I added this jar of flowers that I fussy cut out of the patterned paper.  I stuck it to the frame using 3D foams squares. (2 minutes)

I decided to add the chipboard key and some more flowers which you'll be able to see in the next images. (2 minutes)

 Knowing that I wouldn't be able to use this flower vase sticker on another project, I decided to cut the flower part and tuck it behind my flower cluster.  (1 minute)

 Here you can see all the flowers used so far.  I also cut a square of different patterned paper to put in the photo opening until I'm ready to put the perfect picture.  (1 minutes)

 I wanted to add more flowers so I made some homemade ones, punching 2 medium sized flowers out of patterned paper.   I then stuck one layer over the other using a glue dot.   I added a pearl in the center and folded the petals upwards, giving a bit more depth to my flower.  (1 minute)


  I repeated this process and made 5 identical flowers, adding 3 of them to my flower cluster.  (5 minutes)


 I added buttons in the center of 2 flowers. (1 minute)

And I added 2 more homemade flowers in the upper corner. (1 minute)

And there you go...   28 minutes!

A very quick project to do that will last a lifetime :)


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Mycreativescrapbook said...

Fantastic frame, Wow and so fast!!
Love this

Brenda said...

Very beautiful frame!! Thanks for the inspiration!


I love this frame! thanks for the step by step!