You’ve Been Framed

The Art of Life collection from Kaisercrafts comes with this gorgeous stamp:

Clear Stamps - Art of Life Collection

I particularly loved the frames that come in this set, so today I thought I would share some ideas for using frames. In addition, frames in the form of film negatives are part of this collection, both as acetates and diecuts.

Layout 1


For this layout I firstly scraped some gesso across the patterned paper to allow the stamp to stand out a bit more. I then stamped some frames using Stazon Ink, then painted inside with acrylic paint to add a pop of colour to an otherwise monotone layout. If you are going to use a wet medium, like paint or inks, make sure you use a permanent ink like Stazon to stop the image from bleeding.


Layout 2

In this layout I used the frames around blocks of patterned paper. Measure just inside the frame then use those measurements to draw cutting lines around your patterned paper. Stamp onto your layout then adhere your patterned paper inside. I did that on three places in this layout, and also also framed a journalling card in this layout.


Layout 3

Here I’ve used frames in 3 ways: Firstly to frame some fussy cut flower images. Secondly, the negative frames add a layer underneath my photos. Thirdly, the acetate negative frames are placed over my photos.


And finally, frames are great way to make a fast art journal page. Here I simply stamped my frames onto my page, overlapping them in places to make new spaces. Then I simply painted in the shapes with watercolour paints. I think those framed ┬ácoloured blocks of colour would make a cool background for a scrapbook page, don’t you?

But in my art journal I used a variety of stamps in the coloured spaces. Such a simple and effective way to do a page, especially if you are not very confident with your drawing skills.


I hope this gives you some ideas for using frames on your layouts.


1 thought on “You’ve Been Framed

  1. Wow, these layouts are amazing! I can’t wait to try some of your techniques and I feel a little Merly Impressions shopping spree coming on!

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