Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Photo Mat Tutorial - Halloween Style!

Hi!  Just dropping in for some fun Halloween projects.  I'm going to try and sneak another one in this week as well!  Stay tuned!  If you enjoy the project, you really should check out my Halloween class over at The Art Studio for Scrapbook News and Review!  I'll show you how to create a fun Convertible Halloween Mini Album to Banner!


Watch below for a sneak peek video!



But here's my tutorial today I'd like to share.  This was originally featured at the event Scrapbook News and Review held for SRM Stickers.  I got to play with these cool clear stickers!  I love the versatility and quality of them.  It really is different from alot of the stickers on the market.  The clear stickers are a bit more sturdy and they really melt into your project.  It helps that it's not shiny at all, more matte and that's why it blends better.  Anyway, check out my fun photo mat/frame I made!

You can add it to a scrapbook layout or pop a photo into it and hang it with some ribbon and make it a frame!


Halloween Photo Mat by Maureen Esquillo-Kao Supplies Stickers: SRM Stickers; Flower: Prima; Finely Ground Glass: Floracraft; Ink: Ranger; Top Note Die: Sizzix; Other: Chipboard

Supplies
SRM Stickers
6x6 hipboard
Die-Cut Machine
Top Note Die
Ink
Inking tool
Craft glue
Diamond dust (finely ground glass) or glitter
Glue Gun
Flower
White acrylic paint
Foam brush



Step One: Use your die-cutting machine to cut out the top note from 6x6 sized chipboard.  Use the negative piece for your frame.  Lay your frame on top of a piece of scrap paper.


 Step Two: Paint your frame with white acrylic paint using a foam brush.  Let dry.  Paint a second coat and let dry.  Note: You can speed up the drying process with a heat gun.


Step Three: Ink the outside and inside edges with your inking tool.


Step Four: Add your SRM Stickers.  I trimmed some of the stickers to fit my frame.  Leave a space for your flower.  Plan your sticker placement around where your flower will be so that the flower doesn’t cover parts of your words.  For example, I placed the sticker that says “get candy” far enough so that the flower will not cover any of the words.



 Step Five: Add glue to the inside and outside edges of your frame and sprinkle with your glass glitter.  Lightly press the glitter in some of the areas where the glitter doesn't seem to stick.  Let your frame dry.  Note: You do not want to speed up the drying with a heat gun.  The glue will bubble.



  
Step Six:  Add your flower using a hot glue gun.  Use for a great scrappy project!  Note: Project ideas can include a scrapbook layout, magnet frame, hanging frame, shadow box, or a large card!

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