Thursday, April 17, 2014

Faux Frame Tutorial

I often get ideas for my stamping projects when I'm doing something monotonous, so it was no surprise that the idea for this frame popped into my head while I was doing taxes. I stopped what I was doing and ran over to my scoring board and tried it out with some computer paper and it worked out perfectly. I think this frame would make a cute and inexpensive gift, especially if you need to make a lot of them. You could also get the kids involved to decorate them.

This photo of my son was taken almost four years ago when he was playing club soccer. This year he's playing for his middle school team and they are having a great season. Go Warriors!! The frame is created using the Diagonal Plate on the Simply Scored Scoring Board. I used the fun Geometrical set to create the soccer ball and the Sans and Stripes photopolymer set to personalize the frame with his name. Find out the rest of the supplies you'll need and where to get them HERE!

Faux Frame Tutorial

Step One

1. Start with an 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece of Card Stock (Pistachio Pudding used here). Put the Diagonal Plate on your Simply Scored Scoring Board. On all FOUR sides, score at the 4-1/4", 6" and 7-1/2" marks.

Step Two

2. This is what your card stock will look like once you have finished scoring it.

Step Three

3. Using the Stampin' Trimmer, cut off all FOUR corners along the outer-most score line. You may also use scissors.

Step Four

4. This is what your card stock will look like once the corners are cut off.

Step Five

5. Fold the card stock inwards along the score lines. If you will be stamping directly on the frame, now is the time to do it.

Step Six

6. Find a 4" x 6" photo to put in the frame and test its position by folding down the sides of the frame as they will be when the frame is finished. Note: I cut my photo down to 4" x 5" so that I could position it more easily. The opening for the frame is 3-1/2" x 3-1/2", so you have a little play room with a 4" x 6" photo.

Step Seven

7. Once you have found the perfect position for your photo, make little pencil marks at all four corner of the photo. Then put adhesive on the back of the photo and adhere it into place using the pencil marks as a guide.

Step Eight

8. Put Tombow on one of the outside frame segments.

Step Nine

9. Fold the segment inwards and burnish the fold with a bone folder.

Step Ten

10. Put Tombow on this same segment all the way to the corners.

Step Eleven

11. Fold the segment inwards and burnish the fold with a bone folder. Repeat for all FOUR sides.

Step Twelve
12a. To make the soccer ball punch a circle out of Whisper White Card Stock using the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. Using the hexagon stamp from the Geometrical Stamp Set, Black Staz On and a Stamp-a-ma-jig Positioning Tool, repeat stamp the hexagon all over the circle.
12b. Fill in some of the hexagons with a Basic Black Marker to complete the look of the soccer ball. I adhered the soccer ball to the frame with Dimensionals to give it more depth.

12. Embellish the frame as desired. To create the "love you so" banner, I cut a 1/2" strip of Whisper White card stock and used the 1" square punch to create the flag end.

Step Thirteen

13. To make a hanger for the frame, start with a 3" x 2" piece of card stock. On the 3" side, score at the 1-1/2" mark.

Step Fourteen

14. Punch one of the card stock ends with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.

Step Fifteen

15. Put Tombow on the rectangular segment.

Step Sixteen

16. Adhere centered on the back of the frame. Happy Stamping!!

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