So here is my first tutorial... so please bear with me!
One of the things that I love about paper crafting is the way that you can can take just about anything and transform it to look totally different from when you first started out...
I love to do this with photo frames and I love to try and make a co-ordinating card that will match... These are perfect to give as gifts.
Here is the picture frame before I started:
I then chose the stamp set and colours that I would use to decorate the frame... Some frames that you purchase do not need to be treated before you begin stamping (like this one) other frames do need treating... but a simple wash of PVA glue mixed eqully with water will allow the wood to seal and stop any ink bleeding once stamped (and this is even true of the very cheap frames from Ikea!)
Once you have decided upon the stampset that you will use and also the colour of ink, I like to decide which stamps I am using with which colour and set them out accordingly - so that I don't have to remember them whilst decorating the frame!
Once you have everything prepared begin stamping the frame - with a set as versatile as circle circus you can just randomly stamp without really worrying what it looks like once completed... This is one of those sets that you cannot really make a mistake with (probably why this is one of my favourites!!)
Once you have completed the stamping it is important that you always clean your stamps well... When I first found stamping up this was one of my first purchases and one that I continue to use on a daily basis when I am crafting - the stamping scrub and mist... I never use baby wipes anymore to clean my stamps... This is perfect because of the bristle effect you are able to clean even the most intricate of stamps with the scrub and the stamping mist - (if you would like more details on these please email me I will be more than happy to help!)
I then created a card to match the photo frame using the same coloured inks and card, the edge of the stamped panel has inked edges and I have used a tiny happy birthday sentiment also stamped in the same colour ink and have also inked the edges of this too...
Here is the finished project... I hope that you like my tutorial - this is my first one and I loved showing the process that we go through to create something we can be proud of once completed...
Thank you for taking the time to stop by and your comments as always are greatly appreciated!
I am going to enter my frame in the following challenge:
Always Crafting - anything but a card
Make it Monday - anything goes
Smudgy Antics - anything goes
Getting Cricky - favourite project
Gingerloft Challenge - anything but a card
here come the boys - anything but a card