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#SimplyG45 - DIY Floral Frame

Posted by Graphic 45 11/07/2018 41 Comment(s) Home Decor,Mixed Media,Tutorials,#SimplyG45,

Hello, G45ers!

 Welcome to a #SimplyG45 DIY Floral Frame how to blog.  This post is jam-packed with tips, step by step photos and one beautiful home decor piece, all by Brand Ambassador, Aleksandra Mihelič.  To create this masterpiece Aleksandra used our Floral Shoppe collection, Decades ink pads, Flower Dies, and a $1 frame.  Let's jump in!  


“There are always Flowers” Altered Photo Frame

By Aleksandra Mihelič


"Hello, my dear Graphic 45 friends. I’m so happy to be here with you today again. For this month I prepared for you a beautiful and quick Altered frame, that I bought on sale in store for little over 1 dollar and with help of just a few things from my G45 stash created a beautiful Home Decor piece. I made my own 3D flower with Graphic 45 Flower dies from Floral Shoppe collection but will show you also another way, to create more 2D flowers, coloring them with Decades inks. I hope it will inspire you to give some of your simple Home Decor pieces a new life too.


TIP 1: I love to put a piece of cardboard on the back of my layers to make my projects more dimensional. I use cardboard instead of foam tape! I love it more, because it makes the whole surface more sturdy.



TIP 2: I always put just a bit of white gesso over my elements, using a dry brush. It blends elements more beautifully together and it gives the project a bit of a white-washed look, which I really love!



TIP 3: I also love to add some tiny color splatters on top of my projects, using diluted acrylic paints and a brush. Here I used apple green and white splatters to match with the rest of the elements.



TIP 4: I used Decades ink Venetian lace on top of the colored frame to give it more Vintage look. I applied it with a sponge.



TIP 5: I followed the same pattern for coloring the edges of Policy envelope. Decades inks are perfect for shading.


As mentioned above, I used Graphic 45 papers from Floral Shoppe collection to cut out and assemble the flower for decorating my frame. But there is another way. Not only Decades inks are perfect for shading they work beautifully also when using them to color the paper. So I used this process to make some more 2D flowers to decorate my Tag.



I applied my Decades inks on a smooth surface just pressing my pad onto the surface and then I sprinkled it with water. Here I’m using “Antique Moss” and “Precious Pink” Decades ink pads.



I then pressed my piece of paper onto it and dried it with my Heat Gun tool.



I used the piece of paper to cut out several flowers with Graphic 45 Flower dies.



You can also use Decades inks to stamp onto the surface to give the flowers some extra texture and interest. I used here “Bon Voyage Blue” Decades ink pad, which matched perfectly with my Floral Shoppe background.



You use the Flowers to decorate and finish your card or tag.



Supply list for the “There are always Flowers” Altered Photo Frame

Policy Envelopes—Regular Black

Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies

ClearSnap Decades Dye Inkpad Package

I hope you liked my today’s inspiration on Graphic 45 blog. Thank you for joining me and I’m looking forward to seeing you soon again!

Enjoy your day!

Hugs.”  ~Aleksandra


What a great project! We hope this has inspired to you take an old frame from your house and turn it into something beautiful.  Big thanks to Aleksandra and to you for making our G45 community such a creative and wonderful place!  


Happy Papercrafting!  

41 Comment(s)

Jean Marmo:
11/07/2018, 12:03:08 PM,

Just lovely! SO many great layers and details!

Sharon Gullikson:
11/07/2018, 12:10:03 PM

So much to notice. I like the 3D effect of the flowers and leaves. The colors are gorgeous, especially the greens. The speckles on the flowers is wonderful. Nice job all the way around.

Bev Drake:
11/07/2018, 12:12:04 PM

So beautiful! Wonderful tips ! G45 community is certainly a creative & wonderful place! Just loved this superb project & one to use my newly arrived flower dies on. Thank you .

Mathilde S:
11/07/2018, 12:18:03 PM

I love this project with all the details.Thank you Aleksandra for all the great tips.

Diane F:
11/07/2018, 12:19:37 PM

Beautiful project! Your tips are great; I must try them. Thank you for sharing.

Gayle M Hocking:
11/07/2018, 12:23:28 PM

Very lovely. I especially like the frame you altered and the tip about the flowers. Thank you.

Teresa Trump:
11/07/2018, 12:26:05 PM

Love this idea. I want to give it a shot. Love this paper, as well as the Flutter paper, maybe even co.bine with Fairy paper. I need the large tag die though. Ordering payday. Sure hope it doesn't sell out. Always sold out when I have the mo eye and a available when. I don't. Lol.

Sue D:
11/07/2018, 12:26:46 PM

Beautiful frame. Thanks for all the tips.

Brian Poteraj:
11/07/2018, 12:28:41 PM

What a good idea to add gems to the middle of the flowers. And the addition of inks to the papers is really great because it softens the look.

She Fowl:
11/07/2018, 12:36:19 PM

Thanks for all the are just beautiful.

11/07/2018, 12:59:28 PM

I have several frames that need refurbishing like this. This is stunning. Love the pretty florals and such an awesome sentiment, too.

11/07/2018, 01:00:24 PM

A lovely frame! And thanks for the great tips!

11/07/2018, 01:13:03 PM

What a gorgeous project! I really appreciate your tips. The splatter tip is one that I will put to immediate use.

Debbie Siddle:
11/07/2018, 01:18:34 PM

Nice idea and very pretty x

Diane Fountain:
11/07/2018, 01:42:40 PM

Great tips!

Ginger C.:
11/07/2018, 02:04:30 PM

Oh my goodness! So many great ideas to change up the floral designs.On my way out now to get a few frames!

11/07/2018, 02:14:54 PM

Really love the frame - awesome! Fantastic tips have inspired me to have a go with this lovely paper collection. Thanks, as ever.

Kate LeBlanc:
11/07/2018, 02:33:22 PM

What special projects and wonderful tips today. I love all of the splatters, they add so much depth to your project! Keep the tips coming!!

11/07/2018, 02:38:06 PM,

So pretty!

Regina Harrison:
11/07/2018, 03:04:56 PM

This frame is so pretty. I love the green of the frame.

11/07/2018, 03:08:46 PM

Very pretty-love the layers and the splatters. They make it pop.

Anne McIntosh:
11/07/2018, 03:22:09 PM

A beautiful frame and some really good hints to personalize your project even more! Thank you!

Martie Rollin:
11/07/2018, 03:40:12 PM

Thanks for all the tips on ink use. Lovely flowers!

Mary Jane:
11/07/2018, 03:59:54 PM

Love it!! Want it!! Need it!!

Vanessa LeClear:
11/07/2018, 04:10:36 PM

So pretty! Thanks for the tips!

C.Elizabeth Garlock:
11/07/2018, 04:54:29 PM

Beautiful card. Graphic 45 collection are favorites for card making.

Jan G.:
11/07/2018, 05:19:45 PM

Love how this all came together.....very pretty.

Sarah S:
11/07/2018, 05:27:49 PM

Great and Beautiful Idea for a frame.

Kirsty Vittetoe:

This gotta be a favorite of mine. So gorgeous!!!!

Susan Ashby:
11/07/2018, 07:12:20 PM

Beautiful frame. Love the colors. Thank you for all your tips!

Glenda Buster:
11/07/2018, 07:21:40 PM

Beautiful upcycled frame! Thank you so much for also sharing so many great tips!

J. Goode:
11/07/2018, 07:25:00 PM

Great combination of colors for the frame and I love the little card, great flowers.

Ellen Haydon:
11/07/2018, 07:48:43 PM

Oh, I like these cute floral frames. There are lots of stuff going on. Fantastic. Thank you for sharing.

Jean Doveton:
11/08/2018, 03:54:34 AM

Thank-you for the tip about using the Acrylic paints far better than the mists.....Lovely work !!!

Sue MacFall:
11/08/2018, 06:52:21 AM

What a great piece of work and the instructions are so clear. Thank you Aleksandra.

Dorothy McCarthy:
11/08/2018, 07:05:21 AM,

This is absolutely stunning!

KATHLEEN E. Capachione:
11/08/2018, 09:57:57 AM

THANK you!....Your ideas are fabulous.

Robbie Cornell:
11/08/2018, 05:39:06 PM

Thanks for the great tips for using these beautiful papers.

Carla Hundley:
11/08/2018, 06:45:48 PM

Gorgeous and love the flowers and colors. Carla from Utah

Fran Diggle:
11/08/2018, 08:15:38 PM

A great little project, perfect for a thoughtful present for greenfingered friends!

11/09/2018, 08:04:52 PM

Aleksandra, this is beautiful! Love the G45 collection as you showcased it in your design.

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