A great way to use up your Gel Prints is to use them to create coordinating home décor items. I have used them in the past to cover and dress up wooden boxes and today I am using one from a recent print session I shared with you to dress up some plain photo frames.
My frames I had purchased some time ago in a pack of 3 for around $5.00. I started by removing the back of the frames and the glass insert and gave the frames a light sand with a fine sand paper.
These frames fit a 4 x 6 inch or 10 x 15cm photo. A 8 x 10 inch Gel Press Plate Print will give you enough to cover two frames. I cut my print into half and again putting this aside proceeded to give the frames a couple of coats of black paint with my priority being to cover the outside edge and inside edge the top side the frame would be covered with the print.
I then added a layer of glue to the topside of the frame and stuck this down onto the back of the print I had cut in half. I smoothed this down and let sit and dry for a bit before I came back and trimmed around the edges and cut out the inside of the frame. I then using a nail file as a sander I filed down any rough edges around the frame and painted the edge and touched up any spot needing a touch up with a black paint pen. Once this was dry I sealed the surface of the frames with Gloss Varnish.
As a finishing touch I used some paperclay and a butterfly mold to create some further embellishments for my frame. I haven't yet printed the photos I have created these frames for so as yet haven't added any color to the butterflies. But so you get the idea and see the finished frames I dug out some old photos and added these to the frames and sat them on a buffet.
Be sure to pop back again this month to see more projects featuring wood on the blog created by the Altered Pages Design Team and featuring items from Foundations Décor.