I'm a sucker for a pretty frame! Whenever I'm at a flea market or thrift store, one of the things I'm drawn to is frames! The problem is, what to do with them. I love the old, traditional hymns so I thought I'd collage a few and frame them in a grouping but you could frame anything . . . other favorite songs, poems by your favorite poet, sayings or just about anything!
The larger frame pictured above was light wood so I first painted it black, then with my favorite white (Behr Perfect Pearl), then sanded to reveal the black. The small detailed frame to the right was a bronze color and I sprayed it with flat black paint and sanded lightly. The tiny, simple frame (below) was green wood that I painted white, dry brushed using some of my living room wall paint and then distressed.
First I scanned the hymns, then resized them using my photo editing program to fit each frame. After printing, I used some of my rubber stamps to 'antique' the images. I sponged a light caramel color around the edges to finish giving it that vintage/worn look and then sponged the entire piece with VersaMark ink and topped with clear embossing powder which was heated with my heat gun to give it a matte finish.
The filigree designs are one of my favorite products to play with: Tim Holtz's Grungeboard. It's so versatile -- these pieces were created by running the product through a Cuttlebug machine and punching out the designs but you can cut it, color it (I used a Stampin' Up! water-based marker here) emboss it and so much more!
I adhered these with Elmer's spray glue (another fav product!). Caution: You'll want to spray your pieces INSIDE a cardboard box -- the spray is VERY sticky and if you don't do this, you're likely to have sticky floors, furniture, walls . . . you get the picture. After I put the collaged piece in the frame I decided it needed a little something so I created the little tag and adhered it with Gorilla Glue to the frame. Trick: To print directly on the tag I first printed out the two words on paper. I used removable adhesive to attach the tag OVER the printed area and then ran it through the printer again . . . voila! The words are on the tag! Here's my finished 'arrangement'. A fun way to express your love of music, poetry or other passion -- FRAME it! Got any other ideas for using frames? Send them along and I may post them on my blog! P.S. The tiny frame with the Bible verse on it -- well that went to a dear friend as a gift so I made a replacement for it that I'll post soon!