Framed Art is all the rage! Here is one I did over the weekend using Stampin' Up!'s Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper. My plan for the frame is to find an old one at Goodwill, sand it, and paint it white with Island Indigo and Pool Party Ink sponged in for an antique look.
If you've made these framed art pieces, have you struggled to get everything centered? Nothing seems to work “just right”? My fabulous downline, Debbie Johnson, figured out the perfect solution and she said I could share it with you.
You will need four strips of cardstock, cut about 2 inches longer than your piece. Two of them should be 3/4″ wide and the other two should be 1/2″ wide. Attach the 3/4″ strips to the top and bottom of the piece, so that the outside edge lines up exactly with the outer edge of your piece. Attach the 1/2″ wide strips on each of the sides, making sure the outer edge of each strip lines up exactly with the outer edge of your piece. (you will have a box around the frame). Use a post-it note in each corner to keep these pieces securely positioned on top of your piece.
Lay out all of your squares in the design/pattern you want for your finished piece. After you have each square positioned in the perfect spot, attach your corner pieces first, using either hot glue or Tombow Glue (you don't want to use SNAIL because the pieces might fall off over time). Do the pieces on the top and bottom next, leaving about 1/4″ between your paper squares. Lastly, do the middle row. Carefully remove the paper strips and all your squares should be perfectly aligned. Don't you agree Debbie is a genius??!!