I am honored to be the Guest DT for Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge Blog. This weeks challenge is “Back to School”. Ah yes the summer is slipping away and those lazy days will soon be replaced with busy mornings packing lunches and catching busses. My son is very excited to be going off to Kindergarten this year. Since this is the first official school year…yup 5 days a week, I wanted to make a frame to display his “First Day Of School Photo”. We are certainly in the big leagues now starting kindergarten and all so I didn’t want the design to be too babyish. I really wanted this frame to withstand the test of time and give it enough character to be unique but not overpowering.
To create this design I took a Michael’s $1 unfinished wood frame (can’t beat that price…not with a stick!) and painted it with a layer of white acrylic paint. When the white paint was dry I stamped the paper airplane border and the lowercase letter strip (a nameless set from Recollections I have eyed for months). I stamped with Ranger Watermark Resist ink and embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Clear embossing powder. Once the embossing powder had cooled and I was satisfied that I hadn’t missed any spots I sponged on black acrylic with a make up sponge over the whole thing.
When the black acrylic was dry I misted a rag with water and rubbed it over the entire frame to reveal the embossing underneath. I really love how this technique from Tim Holtz gave a vintage chalkboard feel to a simple Michael’s frame. To see more projects using this technique and view Tim’s step by step click here.
I love making my own letter tiles….I started making them for this patriotic card and have been hooked ever since! I had a lot of fun with fonts for these I must say. This was the first time I really explored all the different fonts my Mac has to offer. Once I had a good variety I printed them out on my favorite vintage lined paper. I swear if I ever run out of this stuff I’ll cry…I pretty much use it constantly like here….and here and I’m sure everywhere else After printing I mounted the letters on Grunge Board, cut them out, edged with Weathered Wood Distress ink and adhered to the Michael’s frame with Beacon 3-in-1 craft adhesive…my absolute fave…as far as adhesives go. I will admit I was tempted to edge the letters in a Rainbow of colors….I’m like a leprechaun sometimes with my love of rainbow colors. I’m glad I held back and went with neutral tones keeping with the vintage feel. So that’s it for me for now I’m going to go enjoy the last few days of summer! I hope you are all enjoying yours too. Can’t wait to see what everyone creates for the Back to School Challenge. Be sure to stop by Penny’s Paper Crafty Challenge Blog to play along!