Hi Froggie friends … can you feel the love in the air? Valentines a coming so I thought I’d share a little project that is quick, easy, personal and great as a gift for your loved one … it would also make a great wedding/anniversary present. It was my 10th wedding anniversary back in November and finally I decided to start trawling the hundreds of photos I have and make up some albums!!! My excuse is I wasn’t scrapbooking back then LOL! But why put them all away in a book what about an off the page item that is a nice piece of home décor ….
I’ve used the ‘It’s all about hearts’ stamp set for this project. You will also need a small cheap canvas (mine’s 6’’x4’’) some acrylic paint, a small photo image to fit inside, some art metal and embossing tool, some strong wet adhesive, clear embossing ink, embossing powder, permanent ink.
Paint the inside of your canvas your chosen colour with acrylic paint … don’t forget the inside of the frame. Why is mine turquoise? My wedding was a sea theme and turquoise/sea green was the colour scheme!
Stamp the canvas with the little heart stamp block from the stamp set, I used a permanent ink to do this and no acrylic block so I could get it up to the edges and also just print small sections to fill in gaps.
Make an embellishment from the stamp set. I stamped the flower type heart strip onto some thick card and embossed the image with thick crystals. I mixed two colours by sprinkling a second colour over the first colour while it was still hot then re heated the image. Cut the image out and as some of you will notice I cut the width down to make it fit into the space.
Build up your mini layout inside the canvas. Add embellishments as you wish, I added shells to represent the décor of the day!
Lay the canvas onto a piece of art metal and cut a piece that is big enough to cover the frame and overlap the edges of the canvas so it has a nice neat finish when it is attached. Mark out the centre piece, slightly smaller than the actual inside rectangle and then using one of the long stamps from the set, stamp a frame. Cut the hole out from the centre, I followed the curves of the stamped pattern for extra interest. Emboss the stamped images on the stamped side so….
…..When you turn it the right way you have a beautifully embossed representation of the stamped image.
With the strong all purpose glue attach the frame to the canvas frame and then fold over the edges to cover the sides making it look like your art work is contained in a metal box. I brushed the metal on my frame with a small steel wool tool to add some more texture.
Finally sit your creation on a small easel and display (or wrap it up with the easel and delight your recipient!) I hope you feel some of the love and play along and as always we love to see your creations at the Lilly pad so upload to the Flick’r gallery!!!
Thanks for hopping by, come back soon to be inspired by my other fellow froglets and I’ll see you next month (with a suntan! right now I’m on my hols in Mexico LOL!)