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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mothers day pressie....

Oh my I can't believe its over a month since I last blogged, where does the time go???   I haven't been doing too much as my back hasn't allowed me to but I have made a few projects like my mums card for today and my grandson's christening keepsake for last Sunday but more of that another day.  One thing I was asked to do by my daughter was to make a 3d picture frame for my grandson's other mama, Julie, for mothers day.  She teamed up with her partners sister and they took their children to have a joint photo session so that I had one photo of all three to work with. 

Its difficult to make something for someone you don't really know as I've only met Julie three times and not really had the chance to chat with her too much.  However, her daughter said that the colour theme in her house was green and when she looked at my colour chart last weekend she said it was a similar collour to Old Olive so I had a bit of a starting point.

So I painted the frame with Gesso (not a SU product) and then, using a stamp from Vintage Vogue, I stamped around the frame in Basic Black.  I them used the smallest butterfly out of Flight of the Butterfly and stamped the image in Platinum shimmer paint.   I had a thin piece of rubber that came with my ink pad holder so I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits dies with the big shot to make the smaller butterflies.  The shimmer paint was added using a dauber.  So that was the frame complete but I didn't get the actual picture until Friday so I wasn't sure what colours I was working with. 

Anyway once I got the photo I noticed that the main colours were dark blue and baby pink.  Now, using my colour coach I looked at what colours went with Old Olive and to my delight I saw that one of the set of recommended colours contained Pretty in Pink and the other set contained Night of Navy, how lucky was that!!!  Here is the end result.....

The base card was 12x12 Old Olive I then used a sheet of the paper from the Flirtatious Speciality Paper (pg 96) as the second layer and created the border with the Eyelet punch (pg116).  The next layer is Night of Navy and again I used the eyelit border punch.  The corners of the photo were created using the FancyFlower Punch (pg 118) and I cut a slit in the shape and put the corners of the photo through, this was a technique recently shown in a Demo magazine.  You can try it with any punch such as the curly label, square etc and see the different effects.  To make the flowers I followed a technique shown on another Demo's site here, where I stamped the sentiment En Francais on tissue paper.  I then folded the tissue paper 4 times and  used the 5 Petal Punch to punch out the shape.  I used some old olive card at the same time to give some stability as I punched the shape out, this was used as the base to the flower.  A brad was then put through the middle of all layers and the tissue paper crumpled up to create the flower.

The sentiment at the bottom was made using Very Vanilla card and Timeless Type Junior Alphabet die in conjunction with the big shot.  The little flowers were made using the Boho Blossoms punch.  Other materials used were buttons from the Regals collection, pearls and glimmer brads.

My daughter and her parterner were very happy with the end result as was his sister but the telling time was when they gave it to his mum as her present.   Luckily she liked it so I'm happy.   I'll be honest but whilst making it I thought I was missing out on something like this.... I need not to have worried as my daughters did a frame with 3 sections to it and the middle one was a photo taken of me and the girls last Sunday at Leo's christening and either side to that was little Leo.... I couldn't have asked for a better pressie, all my babies together.  I haven't taken a picture yet but when I do I'll show you. :)

Sorry for such a long post, I'll try and be quicker next time.  Til then take care.

Tracy -x-

1 comment:

  1. such a beautiful frame, love the colour combo, works so well with the photo. the stamped frame is gorgeous


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