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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Altered Frame + Flower Tutorial

Hey everyone! This alter frame I made for my Dad, and I had so much fun doing it!! It is also a super cheap gift to make someone! (I know we don't want to think of it but christmas will be here before we know it!) Lets get started!!

To start you need an unfinished frame you can get them at most craft stores the one I used cost only a $1.50! See what I mean cheap!! I took some white paint from Making Memories called "Spotlight", I took a paint brush and dry brushed the frame, I did not want to cover the whole frame because I like the look of the wood showing through the paint.

Once the paint dried I took some :"Gold-like" paint from Adirondack and dabbed it onto my finger then rubbed it on the frame. Once the Gold paint was dried I put a coat of Tim Holtz "Rock Candy" Crackle paint. Just a note about the "Rock Candy" paint I had to apply 2 coats because the paint soaked into the frame. Next time I am going to try putting a coat of mod podge first then the "Rock Candy" and see if it will crackle better.   

When the paint dried I took Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Vintage Photo", dabbed my finger into the ink and then rubbed over some of the cracks made by the Crackle paint; they would stand out more and make the frame look more distressed.
When I was waiting for my frame to dry I started working on my flower. I took two white Prima flowers.  I sprayed the bigger flower with "Creme de Chocolate" and the smaller flower with "Walnut Gold" Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels.
I set the flowers aside to dry and started working on the pin. I just got a pin with a pearl end, a lose pearl bead and a spacer. I took a hot glue gun and glued the pearl and the spacer onto the pin. You do not have to use hot glue it is just quicker and you don't have to wait for it to dry.

When my flowers were dry I took some Smooch Accent Ink in "Molasses" and rubbed it around the edges of the flower and also some on the petals of the flower.

When I was done with the "Smooching" I took all the layers for the flower and adhered them together. I used Prima rhinestones for the center of the flower and I placed the pin and feathers behind the flower.

The last part is to just have fun with it and decorate your frame the way you want to! I kept mine simple and just added the flower I made and some Prima rhinestones.

Thanks everyone!! I hope you have fun altering your own frames!!!


  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Jun 01:06pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  2. Beautiful! Love the flower!!

  3. Gorgeous frame Melissa!! Love the layered paint/ink technique!!

  4. Very pretty! Lovely to see!

    Hugs, Wendy

  5. So elegant, Melissa. I'm sure your Dad loved it!!

  6. Michelle ~ DT CoordinatorJuly 4, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    What a beautiful gift and those flowers are so pretty too!



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