Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Photo Pockets

I am always looking to take my photos off my iPhone, where they are never seen, and find a unique way to display them so that they can be on display. Today's solution: photo pockets...

I started with sheets of bronze craft foil and black card stock, which I cut to size to match Spellbinders Poetry Texture Plate.

Using the largest of the dies from Spellbinders Media Mixage Circles, I cut out a circle from the center of the foil piece to create a window within a frame. I love the contrast of the circular curves with the squared edges of the foil.

I embossed the foil by running it through the Artisan X-Xplorer with the Texture Plate. I ran a sanding block across the surface which uncovers the silver from the reverse side of the bronze foil. This will be the front of my frame.

I love the deep embossing I get with this technique.

I used the black card stock I had cut earlier to back the frame. Putting a narrow strip of adhesive on three sides, I adhered the card stock to the back of the frame making sure to leave the side without adhesive at the top. This will create the pocket and allow me to slip a photo in and out.

Feeling like the frame looked a bit unfinished, I cut a ring out of red card stock by stacking the same Spellbinders die I had used earlier along with a larger die from Spellbinders Standard Circles Large set.

I adhered the ring to the outer rim of the circular window in the frame.

All that I had left to do was insert my photograph, which in this case was a detail from one of my collages.

I love the fact that I can change the photograph at any time.

This project is so easy and so fun, I couldn't resist creating one more using different colors and a different texture plate!

Given the time of year, it strikes me that this would make a nice, personalized gift tag. And although I am not a card maker, I think this would be the perfect embellishment on the front of a handmade card.


Supply List

Spellbinders Paper Art Supplies:

MMM--001 SpellbindersTM Grand Caibur® Machine
MT1-001 SpellbindersTM Media Mixage® Texture Plates Poetry
MT1-004 SpellbindersTM Media Mixage® Texture Plates Crackle
F-012 SpellbindersTM  Precious Metals Premium Craft Foils Assortment 
MD1-012 - SpellbindersTM Media Mixage® Rectangles 
S4-114 SpellbindersTM Nestabilities® Standard Circles Large

Other: card stock, scissors, sanding block, adhesive, photographs 


froebelsternchen said...

great idea.. looks fantatsic!

Jo Murray said...

LOVE these Seth. A great idea for special cards.

elle said...

This is indeed a good idea. Thanks for the process steps!

Anonymous said...

love the embossing - wish I had as many fun toys as you!!

Pam McKnight said...

yes, the embossing looks great. these might also make good christmas ornaments with the family pic. in them.

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Now maybe you'll start using those apps more!!

Maryanne said...

What a great idea for storing pictures. They would make great Christmas cards using family photos! Thanks, Seth. Happy Thanksgiving!

Patricia Wolf said...

so beautiful....wish I had a spellbinder!

Jen Crossley said...

Love this Seth great project

Lynda said...

I'm not much of a card maker anymore but really love this idea. Thanks.

Darlene K Campbell said...

Hmmmm Seth, aren't you supposed to be roasting a turkey? or watching a parade? haha Happy Thanksgiving.

Like that one with the embossing. Great idea!

Kathleen Harrington said...

One of the things I like best about your work is that there is always an unexpected element. I absolutely love the red circle. It's great to see your use of "crafting" supplies as art supplies. I've always cringed at the snobbishness of some people who really believe that art is art and craft is craft and never the two shall meet. So glad that you are showing us the way. Spellbinders makes high quality products, and I'm glad you chose them as one of your partners.