Getting Ready for Christmas – Metal Frame Tutorial

A little initialed Christmas ornament

I know, I know!  It’s not even Halloween and I am talking about Christmas!  I’m worse than the big chain store with the big blue sign that shall remain unnamed!  ;)  But I completely blame CropChocolate!  They sent me some product to play with, and my creative mind couldn’t help but drift into the holiday season.

Today on CropChocolate, a fun product from Fancy Pants is being featured!  Metal frames!  These beauties are so much fun to work with, and the possibilities are endless.   So I thought I would put together a little tutorial for you on how to work with the product to create some ornaments!  Take a look:

BoBunny frame together with Echo Park paper = CUTE!

Supplies:

  • BoBunny Metal frames
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park Holiday Magic
  • Adhesive – Modge Podge
  • Fibers – thin ribbon or thick thread (eg. cross stitch floss)
  • Ink – Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
  • Other – Crackle Accents
  • MM Glitter Alphas

Instructions:

  1. Using the tracer provided for the BoBunny frame of you choice, trace the shape onto a piece of patterned cardstock.
  2. Ink the edges of your cutout with your distress ink (Walnut Stain will work with anything, but you can pick a color that works best for you).
  3. Apply some liquid adhesive such as “Modge Podge” to the center part of the frame.

    BoBunny Jasmine paper gives a neat wood grain effect!

  4. Adhere your cut out patterned paper to the frame.  Let dry completely.
  5. Decide on some embellishments for your your frame, and together with a Glitter Alpha or two, determine your layout.  For my projects, I chose an initial for one frame, and a little message (“4 u”) on the other.  You will not have a lot of space, so think simple.
  6. Apply your Glitter Alpha to the patterned paper.
  7. Apply your Crackle Accents over top of the patterned paper and Glitter Alpha.  Allow to dry completely.  Rub a bit more of the walnut stain ink over top of the dry crackle accents.  It will work its way into the cracks and make them appear more distressed.  NOTE: If you do not have this product, simply skip this step.  It adds a great texture to the paper but is not necessary.
  8. With a bit more of your Crackle Accents or a glue gun, adhere your embellishments onto the frame.  Ribbon, buttons, brads (with the backing removed) could all look really great.  Thread some ribbon or thick thread through the jump ring at the top of the frame and you are all set to use it as a tag for preserves or even a little Christmas ornament.

So, I’m curious – do you get ready for Christmas early, or are you a last minute holiday crafter?

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