Monday, September 5, 2011

Outlines Rubber Stamps Challenge - Picture This

Hello!!!  It's Monday and time for a new Outlines Rubber Stamp design team challengeJoin the Design Team in our weekly challenges with a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate each week!  Please check out the details of how to play and win on the Outlines Blog

This week our challenge was to create a card using a picture.  You can make an altered frame, a scrapbook page, a mini album or a personalized card.  I hope you'll create along with us this week!

Magnetic Frame
I created this project with a full tutorial, which will be also featured in the Outlines Rubber Stamps newsletter and online.  It was so simple to create this project, that I hope you'll consider trying it yourself.

I love when I can create something wonderful from the supplies I have on hand - or as frugally as possible from things found in my home.  The basis of my project is cardboard.  So simple right?!  If I buy large 12" x 12" scrapbook paper, I always save the back page of the package.  It's usually a sturdy cardboard meant to keep the paper from getting bent.... and it's perfect for projects.  Some other great sources of lightweight cardboard are cereal boxes and backs of notebooks.

Step 1:
Stamp the Fancy Frame (K-1185) image on a piece of Watermelon Gazpacho Soup (Jillibean Soup) pattered paper with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  Emboss image with clear embossing powder.  This will prevent the ink from running from the water-based Mod Podge glue / sealant.

Step 2:
Stamp the Round Posy Sm (D-1040) image twice – once on red cardstock and a second time on orange cardstock with Walnut Stain Distress ink.  Emboss with clear embossing powder.  Carefully trim the flower from the red cardstock with precision scissors.  Cut the center of the flower from the orange flower and adhere to the red flower.  Dot the center of the flower with Cream pearl pen and allow to dry.  Set aside.

Step 3:
Adhere the frame image to cardboard with Mod Podge or other liquid glue.  There is no need to trim out the frame before adhering to the cardboard.
TIP:    To avoid getting air bubbles on your finished project, add glue to both the cardstock and the cardboard, adhering wet to wet.  Allow to dry.

Step 4:
With a sturdy pair of scissors, carefully cut out the cardboard-backed frame.  Remove the center of the frame with a blade and ruler.

Step 5:
Cut a duplicate of cardboard.  This can be traced from your top frame and will be the backing to your frame project.

Step 6:
To create a space for your picture, build up sides with thin strips of cardboard and / or dimensional tape.  Determine the orientation of your frame (horizontal or vertical) and add to three sides of the frame back.  Before securing the strips to the frame back, test to be certain you’ll be completely covering them with the front frame.

Step 7:
Secure the flower to the front of the frame with Mod Podge or liquid glue.  Cover the front of the frame with Mod Podge to seal.

OPTIONAL:    Color or highlight the frame with Copic markers before sealing.  Copic Markers are a great color media to use with Mod Podge because it is not a water based marker.

Step 8:
Secure the back of the frame to the front.  Adhere magnet strips to the back of the frame.

NOTE:           Magnet options abound at the craft and DIY stores.  Because this project is made with lightweight cardboard, most magnets will securely hold to your surface.

Step 9:
Add a picture and enjoy!  This would make a great gift - maybe a student for their locker or a parent / grandparent for their file cabinet or fridge.

I'd love it if you stopped by to visit the other designers for more inspiration.  And don't forget you can join in our fun!

Kecia Waters
Sue Kment
Jeanne Streiff
Jenny Gropp - DT Coordinator
Robin Kirkpatrick
Sandy Hulsart 

Thanks for visiting!  And Happy Labor Day!
Stamps: Fancy Frame (K-1185) and Round Posy Sm (D-1040) by Outlines Rubber Stamps
Ink: Walnut Stain Distress ink by Ranger
Paper:  Red and Orange cardstock by Bazzill, cardboard
Patterned Paper: Watermelon Gazpacho Soup by Jillibean Soup
Other: Clear embossing powder by Ranger, Magnet Tape, ruler, blade by Fiskars, Scissors by Tonic, Mod Podge glue, Sponge brush, Precision ScissorsCream pearl pen by Viva Decor, 3M mounting tape
Copic marker: E29


  1. Fabulous project, Lisa, and great tutorial! Excellent job!

  2. Great project and super step by step pictures and instructions!

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