Grateful Frame

This adorable Grateful Frame was a recent Advanced Technique Class at one of our crop events. The inking is completed by layering from lighter to darker your colored ink of choice. For the one pictured, I used a selection of browns starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest just around the very edges. You could use this ink technique with any ink colors you have and would like to use, grays, greens, blues, reds or any color that inspires you. Just grab a sponge and start with your lighted color. I suggest a minimum of three for this project. Rub the inked sponge over your wood. The wood will absorb the ink and change its color tone. The ink will also naturally highlight the grain of the wood. Next add your medium color toned ink completing the same method. Finally, add your darkest color concentrating on the side and front edges. Remember… You can always add more ink but you cannot remove it from the wood piece. So allow your ink to gradually build in color.

The decorative photo mat is designed to decorate your frame and then be the perfect piece to finish a 6 x 6 mini scrapbook or be added to a scrapbook page. after creating your decorative mat simply add the picture of your choice and enjoy for as long as you like. Make a new one with a new theme, maybe seasonal or holiday and use the old one to create adorable mini books or add to a scrapbook page. It is a work of art that you can cherish always.

The measurements below will allow you to recreate your photo mat to theme your frame for any and all occasions.

Fern 6 x  6

Saffron 5 3/4 x 5 3/4

Falling for You Paper 5 1/2 x 5 1/2

Espresso 1 x 6

Glitter 3/4 x 6

Zip Strip 1/2 x 6

The options are endless and so easy to create. You can even just use this recipe to create mini books for grandparents and special occasions. These would make adorable gifts for the holiday season. I hope you enjoy this project.

Frames were purchased at Michael’s Craft Store.  Paper is from the Falling for You paper collection available on my CTMH website

Happy Crafting!

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