Tutorial Tuesday: Cupcake picture frame and mini mask tutorial


Cupcake stamps are the theme this week.  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.  I hope this inspires you to do your own frame with some of your favourite images.  On a tight budget? This is perfect for you.  For a buck (or a “loonie” as us Canadians call our $1.  We have the loon bird on our metal dollar coin, thus the coin phrase (pun intended) “loonie.”)  A mini masking tutorial is included in this tutorial.

My images were watercoloured using watercolour paper, Tombow and Stampin’ Up watercolour markers.  Directions are generic, so pull out your favourite colouring medium.


Dollar store ugly frame with a mat

Pretty paper (I used Bo Bunny)


strong adhesive

Stamps and colouring supplies

Embellishments:  ie. Stickles, ribbon, Prima flowers, sentiments


Here is my ugly frame from the dollar store.  Note that it has large flat surface areas that are perfect to decorate.  Rounded edges will not work.


Flip your frame upside down, trace the outline onto the wrong side of your paper.  Take the paper and place the wrong side up on top of your frame.  With a ruler draw a line from corner to corner in an X formation, and then cut along the lines with an exacto knife.  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.  Adhere paper to the inside edges, cut off excess paper and fit snug into the frame as pictured above.


Turn over.  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.  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.  This is for placement purpose.  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.  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.  Pink erasers tend to leave a smudge mark.

You are now ready to complete your colouring.  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.  Perhaps you can find a coordinating image.

Have fun.  Go wild.  Think outside the box!  If you link up your project, I will shout out to all my readers and send them in your direction.  Happy stamping!

A complete list of tutorials are listed on my Tutorial page.

Posted on : Sep 15 2009
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18 People have left comments on this post

Sep 15, 2009 - 06:09:55
Victoria said:

great tutorial
thanks for sharing


Sep 15, 2009 - 08:09:10
Kim H said:

OH MY HEAVENS This totally ROCKS! Hey you should summit this to Dollar Store Crafts- http://dollarstorecrafts.com/

Sep 15, 2009 - 09:09:46
Elaine Allen said:

Beth –

I love this frame – what a wonderful idea. Can you send some of those real cupcakes my way – LOL! Thank you so much for the tutorial, you spoil us!

Elaine Allen

Sep 15, 2009 - 11:09:41
Jennifer E. said:

WOW! Fabulous project, awesome colorinmg & great tutorial!

Sep 15, 2009 - 12:09:33
Chris said:

Hi Beth, your framed picture is wonderful, a great idea and such a perfect tutorial to go with it. Gorgeous colouring and those cupcakes look very yummy. Chris 🙂

Sep 15, 2009 - 01:09:03
Danni said:

Yummy!! What a great project/tutorial!

Sep 15, 2009 - 08:09:15
Kim said:

Beth – this is a simply amazing and adorable project!! Love every inch of it!

Sep 15, 2009 - 10:09:04

Ohhh this is soooo SCRUMPTIOUS!!! Love it!!!

Sep 16, 2009 - 03:09:59
Viv said:

Great idea and brilliant tute Beth!!! LOVE the end product!!
Hugs Viv xx

Sep 16, 2009 - 08:09:32
Risa West said:

Your project has that “wow” effect Beth! I love your frame and the cupcakes are very pretty! Thanks for the awesome tutorial also!

Sep 16, 2009 - 09:09:46
Patti J. said:

Isn’t it so much fun to take something plain, or ‘ugly’, and totally remake it? I love your project! It will bring you a smile for a long, long time hanging on your wall!!! Great job! I’m thinking of sweet projects now, too!!!

Sep 16, 2009 - 02:09:26
margie said:

Oh, I love how your frame looks! My fave part is that you added the cupcakes along the side too! Wonderful coloring!
TFS the tutorial! I’ve never tried this technique before and didn’t realize how easy and fun it can be!

Sep 16, 2009 - 09:09:37
Mel M. M. M. said:

This is SOooooo fab & I’m head over heals in love with your colouring, as always! WOWza. Those cupcakes are Sweeeeet! :o)

Sep 17, 2009 - 08:09:57
beth said:

OMG what a gorgeous frame my friend I just can not believe the transformation and wow what a awesome way to display those yummy cupcakes

Sep 17, 2009 - 10:09:12

Your framed work is delightful! The colors are soooo vivid and full of life! Great tutorial too!

Sep 17, 2009 - 10:09:08
Karen said:

So very pretty Beth!!! Love this!!!

Sep 27, 2009 - 12:09:33
Seleise said:

adorable! What a great way to alter the frame and great reminder on the masking technique! I need to do that more!

Oct 27, 2009 - 12:10:59

Very informative tutorial. Thanks.

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