Shabby Chic Photo Frame

WARNING ... Picture heavy post coming up !!!

This is the project I'm doing with my Craft Club next weekend.  Recipe is as follows:
  • cheap photo frame
  • sandpaper
  • vaseline
  • white satin paint
  • old sponge
  • heat tool (optional, just speeds things up)

  • First off you need to sand your frame (to allow the paint to adhere) and then wipe with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust.

  • Then smear a little vaseline (stops paint adhering) on the very edges where you want to sand the paint away later to give a distressed feel.

  • Apply white satin paint with a sponge.  For the first coat "dab" on paint for better coverage (see bottom right of photo) rather than stroking (left of photo).   I used approx 4 coats and used the Heat Tool to speed up drying  (only took approx 20 minutes).

  • Once dry, gently sand over the whole photo frame.  Then with a bit more gusto, sand away the edges of the frame until you can see the underlying wood.

  • Now have some fun decorating the frame! I used the large swirl stamp from "Everything Eleanor".  I stamped directly onto the frame with Versamark and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I stamped a second time with Versamark but didn't use embossing powder to give a "layered" effect.

  • I used shimmer spray to cover a piece of ivory card and used it with the "Beautiful Wings" embosslits.  I stuck these to the frame with Crystal Effects glue (this has fantastic staying power), and added a couple of irridescent beads to finish it off.

  • Do remember to "balance" your design - it usually works best to embellish 2 opposing corners, with a larger decorative area on the bottom corner and a similar but smaller decorative area on the top corner.

Thanks for popping by! 

SU ink:  Versamark
SU stamp: Everything Eleanor
SU Die: Beautiful Wings Embosslits
SU other: Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Crystal Effects glue


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