Creating a picture frame using Nuvo Glimmer Paste

Well what a giddy time I have had recently with all the wonderful new Nuvo products that have been launched as part of Tonic Studios 1st Anniversary party over on Hochanda: so many ideas that I've had to write them all down before I forget.

One of the projects I made for the launch was a picture frame using using stampbord, Nuvo Diamond Hybrid inks and the new colours launched for the glimmer paste ...

I began by covering all the different sized stampbord pieces with either Dried Oregano, Spring Heather or Panama Rose - Nuvo Diamond Hybrid ink pads. Next using 3 different Tonic Studio stencils, I added the glimmer paste being somewhat colour co-ordinated eg: Dried Oregano tiles had Seaweed Quartz glimmer paste, Spring Heather with Plum Spinel glimmer paste and Rich Rosewood, Raspberry Rhodolite glimmer paste. I've used a selection of different Tonic Studios essential stencils to create the designs.

Once dry, I scraped away the excess with a craft knife and sanded back the edges. This is important because as I want to glue the tiles together, making sure the edges meet/touch for a secure bond, bits in the way, wouldn't help.

Now to 'knock back' some of the colour and at the same time ensure all the edges of the stampbord tiles became the same colour and nolonger a dark brown ... so out came the gesso. After covering the edges, I dry brushed a little gesso on to some of the raised parts of the glimmer paste.

Once dry, I stuck all the pieces together trying to make sure that the sides were as straight as I could and put it to one side to try. Using the Diamond Hybrid ink pads, I coloured the edges of each coloured tile with a co-ordinating ink, however to add depth, I swapped the Spring Heather with Royal Plum - which created deeper shadows. I also ensured that the inside was coloured too.

Once all the inking was complete, I added two backings, using recycled card from the thick cardboard envelopes I had received.The first layer had the centre aperture removed and was stuck to the back in full. However before sticking the next layer of cardboard, a piece of acetate was cut to cover the aperture to help protect the photograph. I also made double, treble sure that the last layer was only stuck on the 3 sides, to leave an opening at the top to add a photo. I did draw around the aperture to make sure that I didn't go 'glue crazy' and accidentally stick the card so that the aperture became unusable ...!

The centre white card panel, is to show here your chosen photo will go and how it can be 'dropped' in to place.

Did you catch all of Paula's demos with the Nuvo glimmer paste? They were fabulous and I'm in love with the trick about putting a wadge of paste on to your craft mat, peeling it away when dry and then using it as a glittery embellishment ... so watch this space ...,

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Products used:
Nuvo Glimmer Paste
Nuvo - Glimmer Paste - Plum Spinel - 962n Nuvo - Glimmer Paste - Seaweed Quartz - 963n Nuvo - Glimmer Paste - Raspberry Rhodolite - 964n
         Plum Spinel                    Seaweed Quartz            Raspberry Rhodolite

Nuvo Diamond Hybrid inks

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KarinsArtScrap said…
that looks great and colourful Lou
Gr Karin
crafty-stamper said…
fabulous picture frame and love all the brightly coloured pieces of stampboard ----Thank you for joining us at A Inky Mess
Carol DT x
Judy McKay said…
Lovely frame. Very nice design. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again soon. Judy DT
Love how you have done this Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

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Wanda said…
Great frame! Love your design. Thank you for sharing with us here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

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Ania said…
You did so well with this one :)

Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Ania DT
Oh this looks fabulous. Lovely gorgeous bright colours chosen. Nice work.
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

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