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Romantic Collage Valentine Frame

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
Create a romantic mixed media frame with Mod Podge photo transfer and embellishments.
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Skill Level: Intermediate


PLAID Supplies
  • Plaid ® Hot Glue Gun Helpers
  • FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ - Gold, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Painting Stencils - Laser - Words/Phrases - Love
  • FolkArt ® Metallics - Antique Copper, 2 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Metallics - Inca Gold, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 2 oz.
  • Mod Podge ® Antique Matte, 8 oz.
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Other Supplies
Wood frame with heart detail
Scrapbook paper
Foam paintbrush
Photocopy of a photo
Sponge wood heart
Stencil paintbrush
Ribbons and trims
Hot glue
Silk flower


1. Use a pencil to trace the shape of the frame onto a piece of scrapbook paper.  Cut out the shape including the heart. Coat the top of the frame and the back of the paper with a layer of Mod Podge.  Position onto the frame. Smooth with a brayer or your fingers so that you have no air bubbles.  Wait 15 min and then top coat with a layer of Mod Podge.  Allow to dry for 1 hour.  Roughen up the edges with a nail file or sanding sponge.

2. Tear around the edges of the photo-copied photo to create a tattered look.  Apply a thick coat of Photo Transfer to the image side of the photo, position onto the frame transfer side down.  Using your fingers from the center-out, smooth the paper.  Wipe any extra transfer medium from the edges.  Wait 24 hours.  Remove the paper and reveal the image by wiping the paper in a circular motion with a damp sponge. Don’t press to hard.

3. Paint the heart frame insert and the wood heart with gold paint.  Using the love stencil, a stencil brush and Metallic Antique Copper paint, stencil the word love across the wood heart.  Once dry, top coat or add dimension with Extreme Glitter to both the wood heart and the heart insert.

4. Hot glue trim around the heart opening and the outer edge of the frame.  Insert the heart frame insert into the frame.  Hot glue the wood heart to the center of the heart opening. Hot glue ribbons, rhinestones and a silk flower to the front of the frame.

If your photo you are transferring has text, make sure you reverse the image when making the photocopy.

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