Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DIY: Stenciled Gem Frame


Hello Everyone,

Even though I'm ready for fall DIYs, my favorite colors to use in almost all of my DIYs are bright teals, greens, and pinks. So before I start using those browns, oranges, and deeper green colors for the fall season, I am making one more bright teal DIY. 

Today's project is going to be a fun makeover of a plain 5 by 7 wooden frame. Specifically, today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means that you will be seeing a Xyron machine in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker. I've talked about the Xyron® 1.5″ Sticker Maker before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Clearsnap! If you have never heard of Clearsnap, they are a company that loves color! They create and produce a variety of craft products that can be used in a ton of different DIYs. For example, they produce, inkpad, applicators, embellishment, and other crafty accessories. Now you may be thinking to yourself, ''I've never heard of Clearsnap''. However, I bet you have! Some of the crafty lines/items they are known for is, ColorBox®, Cat's Eye®, Petal Point® and Paintbox®. 

Now that you know what we're using, let's give this wooden frame a little makeover!

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Supplies
Wooden Frame
Paint
Foam Brush
Sponge Dauber
Gems


Step 1: Paint your wooden frame and set it aside to dry.


Step 2: Once your frame is dry, place your stencil on top of your frame (I'm using ColorBox® Art Screens in Elements). Then dip your sponge dauber into your color ink pad (I'm using ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Glam Green) and begin sponging color on top of your stencil. When you have completed that part of your frame, lift up you stencil and move to the next section of your frame. 

Keep repeating this process until your frame has completely been stenciled. 


Step 3: Now grab your small ink pad (I'm using Cat's Eye® in Aquamarine) and sponge dauber. Then dip you sponge dauber into your color ink pad and rub the sides of your wooden frame with your sponge dauber. Keep repeating this process until you have the desired color and look on your wooden frame. Finally, set the whole thing aside to dry.  


Step 4: Grab your gems and slide each gem through your Xyron 1.5 Inch Sticker Maker. Keep repeating this process until you have run each gem through your Xyron Sticker Maker.


Step 5: Add your gems to the middle part of your stencil on you wooden frame. Before adding them through, make sure you rub each gem piece while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesives backing.


Step 6: Grab your Smooch Glitz® in Prism and lightly apply a few coats to each end of your stencil. Keep repeating this process until you have a look which you are happy with.

Once your frame is completely dry, you're ready to pop in a picture and display it!



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By using that Glam Green color, along with the white paint, the frame really has a retro/atomic age look to it! I also think the gems and the extra glitter, had a nice little pop to the frame! 

Speaking of gems, I did want to mention one thing. Xyron machines, as a whole, usually say that you can run items through the machine that have the thickness of a nickel. This is something to keep in mind when buying gems because some gems are more convex than others. Meaning, that they bulge outward, which can affect whether or not they can be run through a Xyron machine. So stay away from big chunky gems and choose flatter looking gems for this project. 

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

So what do you think? Do you like this wooden frame makeover?

xo Katie

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