Monday, June 3, 2013

Beautiful Mixed Media Bracket Frame: How To...

Ahhhh, the joy of crafting. I've been spending at least an hour in my craft studio each day. It feels so good, so relaxing.  With that time has come an overload of creativity and I am not complaining.  I LOVE it.

I recently took part in a Pay it Forward Swap on SOC, where you were given two names and you had to create something for each person and send it to them by May 31.  Here is the frame I created for one of my pals and how you can create one too!

Gather supplies: Gesso, Tim Holtz Distress Stains, Diva Mists, Prima Flowers,
paint brush, sponge for texture and of course, your frame. 

Cover frame with Gesso.  Allow to dry. 

Dip sponge in Gesso and sponge onto frame to add texture.
Allow drying time.

I used distress stain to color a few of the flowers. 

Or use mists to change and enhance color of flowers.
Set flowers aside to dry. 

Next, I misted the frame.  Allow to dry or use your heat gun to
speed up drying time.  Next, I stamped the frame in several places, using a background
lattice stamp.

Add bling!  I also dipped my sponge in the Gesso again to add
a bit more texture in white atop the painted frame. 
Add flowers and butterfly.  I used a strong wet adhesive along
with some glue dots for added hold. 

I added a bit of Stickles to add more sparkle.
See the squiggly line.  Just squeeze and draw!

Allow frame to dry completely overnight. 


I truly enjoyed the process of creating this frame and I find that I enjoy painting, stamping and inking quite a bit.

That's just one of my recent projects.  Stay tuned for another frame later this week, a pretty junque journal page, an awesome Tim Holtz inspired tag and more!

You don't want to miss a beat.  I'll be sharing how to's, tips and so much more!  If you are looking for incredible endless inspiration.  You've come to the right place!


  1. Yes Mixed Media is a lot of FUN! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. You made it exciting with seeing each step! Love what you created.

    1. Thanks so much. Need to make may way upstairs today!

  2. I love the way the frame turned out and it looks a lot easier to do than using paper. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I think it's easier than paper. No cutting and trying to get it to fit the frame!

  3. This is just gorgeous! You might just might get me to try mixed media (but I have to finish the rest of my unfinished projects first!).

    1. can always just add mixed media to your current projects.

  4. Your frame is beautiful! Love the texture.

  5. Love this frame and the technique. It is so very pretty! I am going to have to try this!



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