Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yukon - and Faux Wood Frame technique

Still using up scraps to make cards to donate to Operation Write Home. Here are a couple of cards I made using the retired stamp set from Stampin' Up!, Yukon.

Naturals White card stock, Going Gray and Basic Gray classic inks
were used to create the "wood" frame

Naturals White card stock, Creamy Caramel, Crumb Cake and
Early Espresso inks
were used to create this "wood frame"

And here is how I made the faux wood frame with mitered corners around the stamped images:

Start with four strips of card stock, a bit longer than each side of the frame you want to make. Each strip must be the same width. My strips were  3/4" wide by 8" long to make a 4"x6" frame.

Lightly rub ink over the card stock (I used an old scrap of white naturals) directly from the ink pad to the card stock. For this sample I chose Creamy Caramel ink first. I laid the strip down on scratch paper then lightly drug the ink pad across it. Lift up the card stock strip to ink the edges. I added a little bit of Crumb Cake classic ink and finished it off by speckling on a bit of Early Espresso ink with a stamp from the Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set . You can also sponge on inks and lightly gouge the card stock with blunt tipped scissors to "distress" it more (gouging done to this sample ) .

Once you have each of the strips inked the way you'd like, lay them out to make the frame. Normally I will do this technique on a pre-made frame card. If I do not have one, I make a base frame to start. It should be the size you want the finished frame to be, this sample is 4" x 6".

Lay two of the strips down, one horizontally and one vertically with their ends overlapping each other. You can use a dab of adhesive to hold them in place while cutting. If you do this, be sure to put only a tiny bit of glue on the lower corner point of the bottom piece so it is attached to the underside of the top piece. This way, when you trim them, the glued portion will be cut off and no glue will be on the portion that will be showing on your finished frame. DO NOT adhere them to the base frame.. Lift up the two pieces and carefully cut with scissors while you are holding them together . You may find it easier to use a hobby blade along a straight edge with them laid on a cutting mat. However you choose to cut them, you want to cut through both layers at the same time, making a straight cut diagonally across the corner. Do this to each corner. Try not to mix them up once you have them cut because they can be cut differently enough that when you match them up, you don't get a good seam.

Adhere each of the strips, matching up the mitered corners, to the frame base.

Attach your finished piece of stamp art (or photograph) behind the opening in the frame.
If you'd like a more finished look to the inside of the card, cut another piece of card stock the same size as the entire front of the card then glue it over the back side (inside of the card front) of the attached piece of art. You could also carefully glue along three sides, leaving one side open so the recipient can remove the photo/art if they'd like - so long as you have not glued it in place !

(You can see on this sample that one of the strips was just a hair wider than the other)

If you'd like, go back in with a marker to add "nails" in the corners. You may also like the look of actual staples, or drawn lines, across the seam.

This is far more work than using a wood grain background stamp and then cutting the frame out of one piece of card stock and drawing in the mitered corners, but I prefer the look.

Here is a project I made the same way quite some time ago and entered into a contest. I started with Creamy Caramel card stock and used Creamy Caramel ink - I think that it really looks wood like !

Thanks for looking =)

1 comment:

  1. This might take more time than a woodgrain stamp, but woodgrain stamps never look this awesome!! I am going to have to spend a month just trying some of your ideas!!! TFS!


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