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Gel Prints to create Home Decor

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.  

Danie xx

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