Monday, September 17, 2012

Picture to frame

Ok, I'm going to do a class on making this next month but all of you will get an early preview.

This is actually pretty easy to make.
Start with an 8 x 10" mat like you would use for pictures. They can be purchased at many craft stores, like Hobby Lobby, and others.

Cut nine 2 1/2" circles from patterned paper. I used the SU! 2 1/2" circle punch (#120906) and paper from Polka Dot Parade DSP (#126902).

Use the Top Note Die (#113463) to cut the center from Twitterpated DSP (#125406)

After you cut your circles, use a pencil to draw a spiral on one side.

With your scissors, cut the lines of the spiral. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just make the spiral about 1/4" wide.

 Now, begin to roll the sprial paper. If you have a quilling tool, that is great to use to get the roll started. Just roll a bit & then pull off the tool. If you don't have a quilling tool, just roll with your fingers. Roll the complete spiral until you get to the end piece.

On the end piece (the tail) of the spiral, put 2-3 glue dots (#103683). Let the rolled flower go to loosen it a bit to whatever amount you think looks good. Then turn the flower so that the bottom will stick on to the glue dots on the end of the spiral.

You now have your completed flower. Do that with all nine circles.

Cut leaves, vines or stems out of Wild Wasabi cardstock. I used a 3 leave stem die from the Original Sizzix dies that I've had for about 8 years. You will need 3 sets of leaves/stems/vines for your project.

Adhere 2 of the leaves to the top right hand corner and one set to the bottom left corner.

Tie a bow from Marina Mist 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon (#122986) and adhere near the bottom of the frame. This ribbon is now retired so if you don't have this one available, SU! has many other ribbons that will coordinate with your project.

Use glue dots to attach the flowers you made to the mat board. Place 5 in the top right corner, 3 in the bottom left corner, and one in the top left corner. Remember, it's always best and more pleasing to the eye to use odd numbers in your groups.

Adhere the top note die cut to the center of the mat board. You can use any type of lettering that you have available for your word on the top note. Here, I cut the word "Family" with my Cricut. There are many other letter stickers and dies available to make words.

Some other words that you might want to use could be mother, father, sister, love, faith, believe, your last name, etc.

Place the finished project in a shadow box type of frame so that you will have room for the dimensional flowers. If you can't find a shadow box type frame, you can get a regular frame and use it without the glass. I personally like the shadow box frame best. You might be able to find one at a local craft store. 

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