APRIL 2009 - VINTAGE PAPER FRAME
Vintage inspired scrapbook papers are readily available in many styles and colours. Paired with a little paint and unfinished frames found at your local craft or hardware store, these timeless gems are inexpensive and easy to make.
TOOLS & MATERIALS:
- Unfinished wooden frame with a flat front or flat inset
- Vintage style scrapbook paper
- NT-cutter or craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Scrap paper
- Fine grit, spongy emery board (optional)
- Acyrlic craft paint in a complementary colour
- Foam or bristle paint brush
- Decoupage medium in a matte finish (or white craft glue)
- Damp paper towel or cloth
- Acrylic spray sealer or varnish in a matte finish (optional)
- Remove the frame backing and glass and lay the frame facedwon on the wrong side fo the scrapbook paper. Lightly trace around the exterior and interior of the frame with a pencil and cut out just inside the trace lines with the craft knife on your cutting mat (use the ruler to guide your cuts).
- If further aging is desired, place the scrapbook paper right side up on a peice of scrap paper and lightly sand the edges of the scrapbook paper with a fine grit, spongy emery board (this not only gives an aged look but eliminates any harsh edges on the front of the frame). Set the paper aside.
- Paint the frame with two coats of acrylic craft paint, allowing 1 hour of drying time between coats. Let the frame dry for an extra hour after the last coat.
- Brush a thin layer of decoupage medium or craft glue onto the back of the paper cutout and apply it to the front of the frame, lining up the interior edges of the paper with the frame window. Working from the inside out, smooth out any air bubbles with your fingers until the paper lies flat. Wipe off any excess glue around the edges with a damp paper towel or cloth while the glue is still wet. Let the frame dry for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- After the frame has dried, you can seal it by brushing on one or two light coats of the decoupage medium or by spraying the frame with 2-3 light coats of spray varnish or sealer, following the manufacturers directions for drying time.
- Once the frame is dry, replace the backing and glass and stand the frame upright.