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« on: August 04, 2010 11:36:32 PM »

This is a set of inchies that I made for Pirate Coley in the Woodland Creatures Swap. 
I have been looking around for ways to display, mount, or frame inchies and haven't found much, so I thought I would share this idea I came up with.


The inchies are done on sketchbook paper instead of heavier watercolor paper, which in hindsight I probably should have doubled up for thickness.  I watercolored the paper, cut the squares, and then used my exacto knife to carve out details from the scenery on a single sheet of a wallpaper sample book. I cut out tiny negative spaces between the trees, leaf stems, etc.  Then I glued it down and embellished with pens and markers.

I found this frame for one dollar in the wood section at Michael's.  I used green and brown watercolors to stain the entire piece.  When it was dry, I set the inchies into the configuration I wanted, and then set them on the table in the same order so I didn't forget...then I used a simple hot glue gun.  I put down a small, high dab of hot glue, and then gently set the inchie on it and pressed it slightly down into place as it cooled.  It allowed me enough time to set the inchie and make sure it was straight.  I considered double sided tape, but I was concerned about it adhering to the wood grain in the long term.  I figured the hot glue gun would be more durable, although I admit i was intimidated!  Since i was going for a more relaxed rustic look, I didn't measure, I just eyeballed the placement and was careful about excess glue and finger burns.

Then I played with some acorns, pine cones, dried curly vines, and fake leaves, and hot glued them into the corners.  I signed the back of the wood frame with a sharpie.  I like how it all pulled together into one piece, so that the frame became an extension of the inchie art.

Comments, questions are more than welcome. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2010 06:04:31 AM »

This is so pretty! I love the colours.
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010 02:02:00 PM »

Love the colors, as well as the 3-D look you've achieved.  Nice job!

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010 06:03:57 PM »

That is gorgeous!  I love how the bird tails hang outside the inchies.

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010 06:43:03 PM »

Thanks everyone....yeah I almost didn't extend the bird tails because I thought, "then it's not really a square inch"...and then I thought, "aw hell, break out of the box, literally." lol

« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2010 04:07:51 PM »

That is gorgeous!  I love how the bird tails hang outside the inchies.

I agree. The tails were my favourite part as well Smiley


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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2010 09:28:02 AM »

That is really adorable!  I have some inchies to display and have been looking for ideas.  I love that you used the acorns and such to decorate the frame.  That really makes it! Great inchies too, of course. Wink

« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2010 01:58:03 AM »

Fantastic job! I love inchies and these are done so beautifully! Great detail work.

I love that they are all a cohesive theme and color scheme and the framing with the extra touches really make them stand out.
Nicely done all around! I just added it to my wists!!  Smiley
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2010 10:59:10 AM »

I love this!  The colors look really good together and are so perfect for fall!
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2010 06:44:01 AM »

This is a nice piece! Great work! Cheesy

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