Sunday, June 7, 2015

Paper Photo Frame Wedding Gift - tutorial

Surprise !
Not only is this a photo frame,
it is a gift card/cash holder "card"!

The challenge this month at 
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Out and About - celebrate nature, your favorite place, 
World Environment Day June 5th, the seasonal colors at your place,
 having fun outdoors.
Use these ideas to create a project to share with us
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please do not enter your project in more
than three other challenges. 

June weddings abound here,
many of them are held outdoors.
Flowers are also in full bloom.
I made a photo frame, with a twist,
 for a wedding gift.

I made this from scratch, no pattern
or instructions to follow.
I'll try to give you the basics here if 
you'd like to make your own.
The finished size is a 5 x 7 frame
that holds a 3 x 5 photo . 

Start with a 12" x 12" piece of card stock.
Cut one piece 5 x 10
and another 5 x 7.

You will want to score on the 5 x 10 piece at
1/2",   7 1/2 ",   8 1/2",   9 1/2".

This shows the folds.

Each end folds toward you, the front.
Fold the 8 1/2" score the same.
Flip it over then fold the 7 1/2 and 9 1/2 up.
This should make a sort of "zig zag"'fold , mountains and valleys.
This creates the base of the frame.
The two 1/2" scored ends will be glued to the back
of the 5 x 7 piece to create the back of the frame.
Look at the side view photo above for reference. 

Supplies I used to make the flowers,
nearly all were from Stampin' Up!:
Spiral flower die , small flower punch (I don't remember the exact name),
Taken With Teal and Pumpkin Pie card stocks,
Midnight Muse and Tangerine Tango inks,
sponge, bone folder to curl petals,
stylus to smoosh the center of the small flower to indent it,
quilling tool (not from Stampin' Up!) to tightly roll
strips of Daffodil delight card stock for the centers of the orange flowers

Pieces to decorate the front.
I think the designer paper name from Stampin' Up!
is Sycamore Street ? Not sure though.......
The colors are very near what they chose
to use for the wedding. 

Completed "bouquet".
Old Olive card stock and Always Artichoke ink
were used to create the leaves.
They were cut with the two step bird punch from Stampin' Up!
and a die from Sizzix.
I sponged Midnight Muse ink onto the larger rose.
 The smaller rose (just used a portion of the die cut flower)
was left as is.

 Back of "photo corner" bouquet.
It was created from a scrap leftover when I die cut
the Top Note die thinking I was going to use
it as a mat for the photo, then decided against it . 
I cut a portion of the scrap piece out (why there is that
fancy cut edge on it), made it into a triangle,
scored and folded in 1/4" along the edges,
attached double stick tape to the two edges.
You want to only put adhesive on the two straight edges
so that you can slip a mat and photo into
the corner , under the flower bouquet. 
Think of it as a large photo corner mount. 

Making the back pocket with
two sizes of oval dies.
Be sure to use the larger die on the top piece,
smaller die on the bottom mat (if you are using two)
so that the oval mat opening is smaller,
creating a colored mat for the larger oval opening
on the top printed piece. 
I just eyeballed them up (after making a center mark)
 then held them in place with some tape while die cutting. 
Luckily it worked well !

 Attach three sides of the pocket with double stick tape
to the back of the frame. Be sure to leave the top open,
unglued if you wish to make it a pocket to insert a
removable tag.
That's the "twist" to my project :
I inserted the gift of heart shaped origami folded money 
for the bride and groom
in this pocket along with a handwritten note of well wishes,
 so it is a gift - and card - in one !

Experimenting with a tag topper punch (Stampin' Up!).
I shoved an entire piece of card stock, wider than the 2" opening
that it is designed for, in to see if it would cut . It worked well
enough. I then trimmed away the side pieces and used a
corner rounder punch on the corners.
I glued on a piece of organdy ribbon at the top.

Lastly I origami folded two bills into hearts
and attached them to the extra large tag/card
that I slid into the pocket.

Thanks for looking =)
Be sure to check the Anything But A Card
challenge blog each week this month for additional
various projects from the creative team as well as
projects submitted by other crafters.
Go create and enter one, too -
you have until June 28th.


  1. This is so pretty and such a wonderful gift idea! I love that not only is it the card and money holder, but it can also be used later to hold a special photo!

  2. Oh my goodness this is so pretty... love the colors you chose !


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