I knew as soon as I saw the Tim Holtz Alterations Cameo Frame that it was going to be one of my favourites. There's just something about the shape that says "days of Yore". And the movers and shapers ovals work so well within the shape...I just LOVE it!
So, I've been playing. I started by embossing some Kraft card (some packaging material, as a matter of fact) with an embossing folder, then once I'd die cut the frame I gave it an undercoat of off-white acrylic paint. (I was aiming for a ceramic effect, but it didn't work out that way!) I love this embossing folder - it's got a real William Morris feel about it, and I do so like William Morris...
Once it was dry, I gave it a few layers of very well-watered paint to antique it, dry brushed the highlights, and repeated until I was happy with the effect. (In real life, it's a warmer colour than it looks in the photo.) The Kraft card I'd started with gave it a texture that was a bit like wood, so I abandoned the idea of making it look like ceramic and gave it a couple of coats of Klear floor wax (now called Pledge Multi-Surface wax). It doesn't really show in the photo, but the Klear gives it a lovely satin finish. I die- cut a piece of chipboard for the backing, and glued a strut from the same material to the back of it. Once I added the photo and glued it all together, the job was done!
(The photo is of me, aged three. I'm wearing a dress my sister made for me, and strangely enough, I remember it- it was turquoise blue cotton, and she did the smocking on it herself. Isn't it funny how some things stay with you? )
Anyway, I will be making more of these little frames and will show them to you as they're done. I do hope you enjoyed your visit here - thank you for stopping by, and please do call again!