Cupcake stamps are the theme this week.Â Because I love my new cupcake stamps that will be released this Saturday, I decided to create a picture frame that can hang on my wall above my desk so I can keep looking at them without being in the way of my stamping table.Â I hope this inspires you to do your own frame with some of your favourite images.Â On a tight budget? This is perfect for you.Â For a buck (or a “loonie” as us Canadians call our $1.Â We have the loon bird on our metal dollar coin, thus the coin phrase (pun intended) “loonie.”)Â A mini masking tutorial is included in this tutorial.
My images were watercoloured using watercolour paper, Tombow and Stampin’ Up watercolour markers.Â Directions are generic, so pull out your favourite colouring medium.
Dollar store ugly frame with a mat
Pretty paper (I used Bo Bunny)
Stamps and colouring supplies
Embellishments:Â ie. Stickles, ribbon, Prima flowers, sentiments
Here is my ugly frame from the dollar store.Â Note that it has large flat surface areas that are perfect to decorate.Â Rounded edges will not work.
Flip your frame upside down, trace the outline onto the wrong side of your paper.Â Take the paper and place the wrong side up on top of your frame.Â With a ruler draw a line from corner to corner in an X formation, and then cut along the lines with an exacto knife.Â This photo shows you this finished step.
With a strong adhesive (ie ATG gun or double-sided tape), run a layer all around the top of your frame and along the inside edges.
Place your frame front onto your cut pretty paper.Â Adhere paper to the inside edges, cut off excess paper and fit snug into the frame as pictured above.
Turn over.Â Decorate the front and inside edges of your frame with ribbon.
It’s time to cover the mat.
Place wrong side up and lay flat on your mat paper.Â Trace around the inside and outside edges and cut along those lines.
Next, place your mat onto cardstock or watercolour paper and draw lines along the inside edge of your frame.Â This is for placement purpose.Â You don’t want to finish your colouring only to discover it does not fit into your frame.
Stamp out your images you wish to place in the foreground (front).
Restamp those foreground images onto post-it notes and cut out.Â Place the cut post-it notes over top of your stamped images, and stamp out your background images.
Remove post it notes, and erase the placement lines with a white eraser.Â Pink erasers tend to leave a smudge mark.
You are now ready to complete your colouring.Â My image was stamped onto watercolour paper and watercoloured with Tombow and SU markers.
Don’t forget to add embellishements onto the outside of your frame.Â Perhaps you can find a coordinating image.
Have fun.Â Go wild.Â Think outside the box!Â If you link up your project, I will shout out to all my readers and send them in your direction.Â Happy stamping!
A complete list of tutorials are listed on my Tutorial page.