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« on: April 16, 2012 09:35:10 AM »

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Portrait Frame - featuring Elmer's products

Here is an alternative to a normal portrait.  Its actually very easy to do, though finding the right picture is the hardest part.  Not all pictures work, and it takes some trial and error until you find the perfect picture.  

For this project I used a photo editing program called Gimp, which is a free program that you can download online.  Since that is what I am currently using, I'm going to tell you how to alter your photo using Gimp.  To prepare your picture, open it in Gimp.  Go to the menu at the top that says "Colors" and down to "Desaturate".  This will turn your picture into a gray scale version.  Next, go back into the "Colors" menu and down to "Brightness - Contrast".  Turn the contrast all the way up (to the right) and play with the brightness scale until it looks right.  As I said, not all pictures will work, so make sure you have a bunch to try.  Scale your picture to about 6 inches and print it out.

Here's how my picture turned out.  Its my lovely little sister and her boyfriend.  Using a light box or a window on a sunny day and a pencil, trace the image onto an old book page.  

It's a little hard to see, but this is what your book page will look like after you are done tracing.

Using a black Elmer's Painters paint pen, go over the pencil tracing.

Next, fill in the areas that need to be black.

Now you need to find something to trace around to make the size of circle you want for your portrait. Trace around the item using a pencil.

Grab a pair of scissors and cut out the circle.  In my case I used my Xacto 5" Precision Tip Scissors which are super sharp and great for cutting small projects.  

Using the same item before to make the circle, trace and cut out a circle on an old cardboard box (ie an old popcorn box).  This circle will be used to align the portrait onto your frame as well as to make your portrait a little sturdier.

Using the cardboard circle, trace a circle with either a pencil or a white Elmer's Painters paint pen (if your background is dark and the pencil is hard to see, like mine was).  This will be a guide to place the lace.

Grab a box of Elmer's Thin Medium Glue Spots to adhere your lace to the background paper for the frame. You would be surprised, but these glue spots work fantastic on fabric embellishments!  I love using them to add bows and ribbon to my papercrafting projects.  They are super sticky and so easy to use! Once you get one end of the lace onto the paper, it gets harder to get the glue dots on, so I would suggest cutting the glue dots still on their paper off the roll and then applying them.  My lace was being a little difficult, so I also added some glue dots on the outside edges as well.

I applied some glue using Elmer's Dot Runner to the cardboard piece.  I like using the Dot Runner for something like this because it won't wrinkle up the paper since its such a large area to glue.  Stick this to the back of the portrait to give a little more thickness.

Add some Elmer's Mounting Tape to the background paper.  This will raise up the portrait image a little bit and keep it away from the lace so the image lays flat.

Stick it in your frame and BAM! you have a cute new portrait frame!  
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012 11:56:04 AM »

 That would make such a sweet gift! Wonderfully done. I am sure your sister loves it!

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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012 12:22:33 PM »

That's such a great idea! I love that it looks Victorian and modern at the same time.

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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012 01:21:34 PM »

So unique! The newspaper and lace make a nice juxtaposition. Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012 07:32:04 PM »

That's such a great idea! I love that it looks Victorian and modern at the same time.

Yes! What she said. Great job, jilly Smiley! This is a great gift idea.

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