Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Paper Smooches Guest Design - 3D Faux Metal Photo Frame

Thought I'd try something a bit different for my Guest Designer spot at Paper Smooches this week, and created a 3D faux metal photo frame using Paper Smooches diecuts. If you hurry you can still join in the fun @ Paper Smooches June Guest Designer search today!

My project started out with a chipboard photo frame base covered in heavy black gesso (watered down slightly), and layered this with a selection of Paper Smooches Hugs and Kisses, Smooches and Hearts diecuts in black cardstock. Once the base layer dried, I added a top layer of heavy black gesso over the diecuts (see photo below).

Once the gesso dried completely, I mixed some transparent soft matte gel together with Mica Powder, one lot in Black Cherry, and a second in Copper. I dipped a soft brush in the soft matte gel mix, brushed off most of the colour on a wet wipe so there was only a tiny amount of the soft matte gel mix on the brush, which was then lightly applied over the photo frame - almost like you apply blush when you are doing your makeup! It is important to add only a little at a time and I find it useful to keep the brush strokes on a diagonal to the project i.e. first layer from the top right hand corner towards the bottom left hand corner next layer from the top left hand corner towards the bottom right hand corner and so on.   

Playing along with {PIN}spirational Challenge #165,


  1. What a great effect you achieved! Great frame and a great picture too!

  2. This is a great project! What a perfect frame for that photo! Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at TTCRD.

  3. This turned out beautifully! What a lovely way to highlight an amazing memory. Happy to be your latest follower!

  4. Wow, great work. Thanks for showing it on Paperminutes.

  5. Beautiful, I love all the embossing on the front, great idea, thanks for joining us at HLS

  6. Great technique!
    Thank you for sharing with Happy Little Stampers!
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  7. Lovely!!! Thanks so much for participating in our {PIN}SPIRATIONAL challenge!!! Can’t wait to see you participate again in our next challenge!! Have a great crafty day!!! (SO sorry I'm late commenting but I have so much trouble with this proving I'm NOT A ROBOT foolishness!!)
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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