Mixed Media Frame

On March 9th 1979, 40 years ago my beautiful parents started their journey together. A journey filled with love, laughter, joy and a lovely family. For months my head was buzzing with ideas as I wanted to gift them something unique and handmade. I saw the video on engraving tool by Klo and was just inspired, I knew what I wanted to gift them. I took a plunge and made my first mixed media frame with their birth dates and their wedding date engraved on a metal sheet and their special picture when they visited The Taj Mahal!

This beauty has a lot of techniques that I tried for the first time such as engraving on metal with my Pazzles, trying mixed media and just putting so many elements together. It was overwhelming and joyful and it is the most special project that I have ever done. I first engraved the metal sheet with text and kept it ready. I took an old frame, painted the first layer with gesso after which used some chalk paints and alcohol inks to create a background.

I used some stencils from my stash.  Make your own stencils using the amazing files in this Mixed Media collection. Then, I used modeling paste for elevated texture, stamped the carton with the script stamps to give a vintage feel.

I added lots of flowers, some cut images, chipboard, gauge cloth, vintage tickets(literally everything I could find and felt it works :P). I printed my sentiment with my printer, fussy cut it and added borders with sharpie and stuck it beneath a clock that I picked from Michaels!   This is the perfect opportunity to use up those extra flowers or other items that you have cut using your Pazzles, plus use of the last piece of embellishment from a package. We have included a file with several different images from the library that are great add ins to any mixed idea project.

I must admit, I took enough breaks to get this going. At one point I didn’t see the frame for over three days because I felt something was missing but not sure what it was. So after three days, I added some tiny butterflies and then I was smiling! Take your time, enjoy the process and trust me there is no right or wrong is crafting!

On the other hand, Mom is super happy that she finally has something made by me to hang on the wall. And I am glad I could do this with my Pazzles!


Below we have included the files Alekhya used when possible and, when she used items from her own craft stash, we have provided very similar files.

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