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Whimsical 'Love Birds' Collage Frame

By: Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
Debbie Saenz
My name is Debbie Saenz and I’ve had a passion for creating art ever since I was a young child. Through the years, I’ve enjoyed working with many different art mediums and I’m always excited to learn new techniques. My heart’s desire is to inspire people through my art. My latest passion is mixed-media…It’s like a melting pot of all the mediums I love! Come learn more about me and my creative journey on my blog, A Creative Life, at: http://debbiesaenz.typepad.com
“I wanted my frame to tell a beautiful story about the picture it holds. I created a playful collage using the depth and interest of texture with a variety of my favorite embellishments, while giving it the elegance of a vintage air.” - Debbie Saenz
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Light Blue, 2 oz.
Item #402
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Burnt Umber 2 oz.
Item #462
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Mediums - Antiquing Medium - Apple Butter Brown, 2 oz.
Item #819
FolkArt ® Antiquing Mediums provide the gently-used look of antiqued furniture and accessories. Choose from assorted traditional antiquing colors to add a classic, old-time finish to a variety of projects—painted or unpainted surfaces, varnished or unvarnished.

$2.59

Mod Podge ® Matte, 16 oz.
Item #CS11302
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

$10.39

Other Supplies
Wood frame
2 pieces of coordinating antiqued blue scrapbook paper
Sheet music
Words from magazines or typed words
Bird templates
Branchlike stamp with swirls
2 yards 1" ribbon
1 wooden tag
3 small blue silk flowers
Key charm
Heart charm
5 jump rings
Two 1½” antique brass handles
Hot glue
Hand drill
Sandpaper
Black inkpad

Instructions

  1. Sand rough edges of frame; wipe clean.
  2. Paint the outside edges of the frame and tag and inside frame opening with Burnt Umber; allow to dry then dry brush with Light Blue.
  3. Decoupage scrapbook papers onto frame with the upper right and bottom left corners beings the same pattern and the upper left and bottom right corners being the same pattern; refer to photo. Decoupage tag. Once dry, sand edges of frame and tag smooth.
  4. Trace and cut out birds using the sheet music, cut out 5 musical notes and words that say “Let Us Sing A Sweet Love Song” or any saying of your choice. Dilute Brown Antiquing Medium with water to desired color and paint over birds, musical notes and words; allow to dry then antique edges with full strength Brown Antiquing Medium; allow to dry.
  5. Stamp branches where birds will be perched; refer to photo.
  6. Decoupage birds, musical notes in place; refer to photo. Decoupage words on tag, antique edges of tag; allow to dry. Give the entire frame and tag a coat of Mod Podge to seal; allow to dry.
  7. Drill a small hole in the bottom of the tag and attach a jump ring with heart charm then use Mod Podge to attach the key in place on the tag, aligning holes; dry and attach 4 jump rings.
  8. Attach antique brass handles on each side of the top edge of the frame. Tie ribbons on each side of the front of the frame (attach tag on right side) then, with remaining ribbon, make a loop through handles and tie a bow at the top; refer to photo. Use hot glue to adhere the flowers.
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