To make this I first covered my Trading Card Frame with Dina Wakley Gesso to hide the MDF at the back and the sides. Next I took the Indian Summer Gold Foil Paper and and used the two strips at the bottom and top to cover the frame. It was wider than the frame but I made a conscious decision to leave the width intact and left it to overhang it to create a shadow box effect. There was a fair amount of cutting to get all the parts to fit, and, I confess there wasn’t enough for each side of the frame but I knew that I was going to be creating a large cluster in the bottom right hand corner so I didn’t worry about that. I again took the gold foil paper and fussy cut a large mandala and a smaller one of fill in the gaps on the paper and diagonally cut the corners. Again, I knew these were going to be covered so I didn’t stress about lining them up etc. I used the remaining paper to cover the background of the frame too to give the option of placing an object rather than a photo inside.
Next I took several elements from the Bombay Sunset collectables pack and arranged these in large clusters at the top and bottom. I also took a piece of gold paper from the 6.5″ paper pad and punched two sizes of circles from it to add to the clusters. I also fussy cut several extra flowers from the paper pad to add amongst them too.
Once I was happy with the arrangement I took the Kaisermist White spray and sprayed it all over the clusters. Now, for anyone that has never tried the white Kaisermist, I must give it a shout out. So often white mists are more miss than hit, but in this case the white is brilliant and it really shows up nicely.. which is a real bonus! If you’re looking for a really good white mist you can’t go wrong with the Kaisermist..its very satisfying! lol
I then used a little Kaisercolour white acrylic paint to splatter over the whole frame to give it a slightly more distressed look too.
Finally I tucked in some pieces of cheesecloth around the clusters and stuck them in with gel glue and I added some of my favourite bling.. the beautiful Sea Breeze Rhinestone Sparklets. If anyone hasn’t tried these I can heartily recommend them too!
I eventually settled on a photo of my Granddaughter to put in the frame, which will now go in her bedroom, and I then added some Metallic Gold hemp cord to hang it from. I think its perfect for a little girls room..don’t you?
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial- if you have a little girl to make it for, do give it a go..she will love it.. as did my GD.