I fill a lot of dollar store frames with “souvenir” themes. Sunrose sprinkles them around their gallery and since they are reasonably priced…..they sell! I break the framing rules because the paper background is the only part that is under the glass.
I get a kick out of mass producing so I set up an assembly line. The first step is transforming the frame with alcohol ink.
I love my Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Kit because alcohol ink gives instant gratification! You will probably want to use a brush to apply it, but I confess I just squirt it and spread it with my fingers. LOL. It literally takes about 2 minutes to cover the whole frame and move on to the next one. In a half hour I have 15 frames colored and they are DRY!
I collect the background images from magazines. If I find a pretty image I rip it out of the magazine and put it in my “paper collage elements” bin. I cut the image to measure 5 x 7 and secure it in the frame. Next, decide on a theme for the frame…”By the Sea” sells! I gather the scrabble pieces, glue them to the frame with hot glue.
I will give you a tip about scrabble pieces, when you get new scrabble tiles put them on your computer printer screen and make a color copy, then you will have the images to make new tiles if you run out of a letter. I was out of “Y”.
I cut out the “Y” tile image and glued it to the front of another tile with ModPodge matte finish and it looks just like it was a real tile!
You can use a printed paper “FLY AWAY TO THE” instead of the copper metal stamping. I was inspired to say “fly Away” because of the butterfly image on the paper background.
I collect the razor clam shells on our beach and glitter the edges. It is fun to find unusual font sets on Etsy and print out a variety of letter styles to ModPodge in the clam shell with a sassy little star. Stickles glitter glue is the finishing touch for the picture and I like to add a black wire hanger so Sunrose has an option to hang it on the wall or use the easel back for display. I make 15 of these at a time so I am stocked up for the local galleries. Sure is a fun colorful way to spend the day!