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Tutorial: Decorated Frame

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This fabulous altered frame would make a great gift, if you could manage to part with it! Of course you could make several as part of your home décor too! Jodi takes you step by step in her tutorial how you can make a beautiful frame too.

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Step One: Cut a frame out of black cardstock that will fit over the existing frame, covering as much or as little of the frame as desired.

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Step Two: Stamp all the floral images and three of the leaf stamp onto the Crafter's Companion watercolour paper. Use Archival Ink so that it wouldn't bleed when adding the watercolour ink and water.

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Step Three: Pick out a couple of shades of purple and one with a little more pink, then two shades of green. Apply the Spectrum Aqua pens directly to the paper, mostly around the edges and the middle, then dip a brush into some water.

Before applying the ink, brush it on the back of your hand or on a paper towel to remove some of the water. Then spread the ink around a little bit to add colour to the entire image, leaving the edges darker. Work in small sections so that the ink is still wet when the water is added to it.

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Step Four: Cut the images out just line them up and run them through your favourite die cutting machine. After they are cut out go over the edges of the image with the Aqua marker again to get rid of any white that shows through, or where it might not have lined up perfectly with the die cut.

This just finishes the image off nicely.

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Step Five: Put the stamped image down on a soft mouse pad and use a large ball stylist to press into the paper to slightly curl the edges up. Not a lot, but a little just adds a touch of dimension to the finished product.

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Step Six: Using a hot glue gun to assemble the flower makes it easy and gives it a little extra dimension. Glue some leaves on the back, and then glue it directly to the frame.

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Crafter's Companion Supplies:

Other Supplies: Frame, Black cardstock, Glue gun, Mouse pad, Ball stylist

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