Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Friends" Altered Frame

Hello all my crafty friends! Sorry I've been absent from the blogging world for a while - it has been CRAZY busy around here! My daughter turned 4 so I was in party planning mode for a few weeks, we have some remodeling going on at our house, plus all the other hectic stuff that goes on here has kept craft time to a minimum. But I finally got around to making this altered frame, and it took longer than I planned because I had to redo it. I watched a few YouTube videos about making these and thought it would be a piece of cake...not so much! lol It looked easier on the videos than it was (at least for me anyway)! The first one I covered with paper, and I got my fingers stuck on the paper (thank you, Modge Podge!) which made some of the paper rip off so I had to start over. This is a photo of my second attempt, which I think turned out well!
The frame is a $1 unfinished wood frame from Michael's. I painted the edges of the frame and also the center area edges pink. I traced the frame shape onto my plaid paper, then cut it out using a craft knife. Using a sponge brush, I painted a thick layer of matte Modge Podge on the frame, then put my paper on it. If you try this project, make sure you rub your hands on the paper to smooth out any bubbles! The Modge Podge took about 25 minutes to dry, then I applied a coat of Modge Podge to the top of the paper. After it dried, I inked the edges of my frame with hot pink Studio G ink and glued on the "Friends" wooden embellishment (also from Michael's, $0.59). Then I cut the flower borders with my Cricut using the Bloom Lite cartridge. The image is called <Flwr8>. I cut one border and all corresponding layers at 3 inches, and the other was cut at 4.5 inches. I used pop dots to give them a little more dimension so they would stand out from the frame. Here's a side view:
I hope you have enjoyed today's project. Now that I've made this frame, I know there will be more in my future! I'm entering this project in Hiding In My Craft Room's Challenge #46 Do Over! and also linking it up on Melody Lane Designs: Show Me Your Cricut Craft. Have a great day everyone!