If you follow me on Facebook, over the weekend you saw this framed art I made for a baby shower. I wanted to share a few tips in case you want to make one.
This frame is 8″ x 10″; my background paper is Rose Red and the front mat is Whisper White. I cut my Rose Red piece to 9-1/2 x 7-1/2 and then I made the Whisper White piece about 1/4 inch smaller. TIP: use copy paper to try the matting first…that way you don't waste good cardstock. I actually was not paying attention to my frame size and had my piece all completed and then I had to cut it and “make” it fit…much easier to get all your dimensions done first! 🙂 But it did turn out and I think the recipient loved it.
My colored squares are 2″ x 2″ and then the ones I layered on top are 1/8″ smaller all around (I embossed the white ones with the Stmapin' Up! Polka Dot Textured Embossing Folder.). If you want more of the colored border to show, make them 1/4″ smaller.
Positioning squares: I cut long strips of cardstock, two 1/2″ wide and two 3/8″ wide. I used post it notes to place them on each of the sides (3/8″ ones) and top and bottom (1/2″ ones) and then I started placing the squares. I put in the four corners first, then placed in the top ones and then the bottom ones, and then did the ones in the middle so I could lay out the name letters. Make sure you are happy with the layout before you glue down.
Speaking of glue, I used Sticky Strip to attach the 2 main layers of cardstock together and then I used Mono Adhesive for all the little squares and embellishments on top of the squares. TIP: don't use SNAIL; over time, it will not hold…you don't want your piece falling apart after you've spent so much time making it!
Have you ever tried framed art? If not, you need to give it a go….once you make one, you'll want to make more! Feel free to leave me a comment with any questions and I'll answer!