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"We Are Family"
When I first looked at this 12 x 12 Viewfinder I had a totally different plan in my mind.
I was going to fill the openings with photos. It totally didn't go the way I had planned
and this is how it finished up instead. I created a short tutorial showing you how I
covered the large piece with decoupage paper.
Start by cutting your sheet of decoupage paper slightly larger than your frame.
Using a wet glue (I used soft gloss gel, but you can use decoupage glue or a glue of your choice), carefully start gluing your paper at one side. I did mine gradually moving across the chipboard, taking care not to tear the paper when it covers the openings.
Once you have glued the whole sheet over your chipboard, turn it over and make diagonal
slits across the opening but not right up to the edge. Cut away the excess leaving about a
1 cm border that will enable you to glue and fold it towards the back.
Once you have cut all your openings, turn over the viewfinder and using glue, gently smooth
all your loose edges down. Sometimes the paper is not very forgiving and will tear slightly,
but you can make sure that is isn't noticeable from the front by working it into position
whilst still wet.
If you are happy with the colour of your decoupage paper as it is, then you can skip this step
and go straight ahead and decorate your piece. I wanted mine to be lighter and distressed,
so I covered it in a coat of gesso, For those harder to reach places I simply used my finger
as a paintbrush! Finally, I splattered some white acrylic paint on top for an even more distressed look.
Here are some close ups of my finished page.
I couldn't wait to use the "Kites" on my projects. After tracing around the shape and then
paper piecing it back together, I clustered it along with some clouds in one of the openings on
the "12 x 12 Viewfinder"
I covered more clouds in patterned paper and adhered them with staples.
I inked the "We Are Family" title with black ink. A few small splashes of white paint accidentally
landed on it after I had glued it down, but it all adds to the distressed look, so a happy accident.
I covered the "Mesh Heart" with pva glue and added glitter, I decided it didn't look
white enough so blobbed on a little more white paint over the top.
2Crafty Products Used:
12 x 12 Viewfinder
We Are Family Title
Mini Weather Icons
I painted the 2 smaller viewfinders from the set with white acrylic paint and used a
fine pen to outline all the details. This makes them really pop from the page and it's
a technique I use quite often.
2Crafty Supplies Used:
Assorted Polaroid Frames
Happiness Long Word Titles
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars