8"x10" Photo Mat Board with rectangular opening
8"x10" Sheet of black and cream decorative paper
8"x10" piece of cardboard
9"x11" Sheet of pink decorative paper
8"x10" Sheet of pink decorative paper
Small scraps of 6 coordinating pink papers.
Bone folder (optional)
Black chalk inkpad
1-1/2” square punch
Other various shaped punches such as circle, oval, heart, etc. (optional)
Double-sided foam tape
Twill tape, seam binding or ribbon for hanger
Graphite pencil (optional)
*All or any of the following supplies of your choice:
Scraps of paper, rhinestones, buttons, braided trim, book text, sheet music, ledger paper, ribbon, Flowers, crepe paper, tulle, vintage images, tinsel trim, glitter, pearls and/or beads.
Apply glue to front side of mat board and reposition back onto decorative paper, matching it up with traced lines.
Score along the inside edges of frame using a bone folder which helps create a crisp edge when folding paper.
Bend and crease flaps through mat board opening and fold towards the back.
Trim excess paper using craft knife.
Using a 1-1/2" square punch, cut out 6 squares from coordinating pink decorative papers.
Embellish each square using bits and pieces of various supplies.* Adhere one square to each of the 4 corners of mat board. Position remaining 2 squares midway between the top and bottom squares on left and right side of mat board frame. (Refer to sketch below for placement)
Here's how I embellished my squares:
Vintage wallpaper square, pink heart pin, polka dot circular flower embellishment outlined with graphite pencil, book text, and pink braided trim.
Two of my squares were punched from cabbage rose patterned paper and I chose to let the rose design be the decoration instead of embellishing them. This of course is entirely your choice – really anything goes with this type of project.
In the spaces between where you placed the embellished squares on the mat board frame, create and adhere some layered embellishments of your own design. Select shapes other than squares to add contrast. Here are some of mine:
Gather a piece of tulle by sewing a few stitched in the center:
Punch holes at the top left and right corners using Crop-a-dile or awl. Thread ribbon through each hole from back of mat board to front and knot ends. Tie the other ends of the two ribbon pieces into a bow.
Here’s what the front of my frame looks like:
Fold and glue flaps towards the back. Glue a matching 8"x10” sheet of pink patterned paper to the back of cardboard to cover these edges. At this point cardboard is covered entirely in this pink paper.
I hope you enjoy making this fun project. Try making these using smaller mat boards and apply to the front of a note card or attach a cardboard easel to the back and create a table top frame. Or make some tiny Valentine cards using the embellishment ideas individually. Have fun with it and let your imagination run wild!
xoxo ~ Jeanne