I made this hinged frame & poem combination gift for my husband for Father's Day, out of sturdy Craft-a-Board ... here's how:
To create the photo side, I used Spellbinders Big Scalloped Square Nestabilities-Lg & Labels 12 dies to create a photo frame out of Craft-a-Board. You can cut both of the dies together, taping them in place -- just be sure the dies aren't touching each other:
I cut another frame from coordinating Webster's paper and covered the Craft-a-Board frame with it. It's popped up on foam tape over the photo (photo was die cut with with the same Big Scalloped Square Nestabilities die).
Here's my favorite part: For the poem side, I traced my youngest daugher's hand onto Art Magnetic Masking Material and cut it out, to make a mask! The magnetic material also cuts very easily with most dies.
Using Ellen's fabulous new Craft Assistant, I was able to move the hand mask around on my paper, to find the perfect spot. The Craft Assistant is black coated metal that holds the magnetic mask securely in place for airbrushing, misting with color sprays, or sponging ink color on -- and then it's very easy to wipe clean after using it! Next, I airbrushed Copic BG11 marker over the mask:
I printed the computer-generated poem out on regular printer paper first, and then aligned my patterned paper in just the right spot over the poem, securing the paper in place with repositionable adhesive. Then I ran the paper back through my printer, printing the poem in a chocolate color.
I finished the frame with Small Hinges secured with brads and a few seashells! Here's the poem, if you'd like to copy and paste it to use. (I found the poem online somewhere and now cannot find where, so my apologies for not knowing who the author is or if the author was even listed):
Loving eyes that shine with pride,
Thoughtful words that teach and guide.
Rowdy games and quiet talks,
shoulder rides and hand-held walks.
Always there for smiles or tears,
a beacon through the troubled years.
The days have passed before our eyes,
wondrous times with laughs and sighs.
And though the child has gone away,
Father’s love is here to stay.
Paper: Webster's Petite Papers Triple Pack-Seaside/Garden/Nature
Ink: Ranger Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Copic BG11 marker
Essentials by Ellen: Craft Assistant, Art Magnetic Masking Material, Craft-a-Board
Accessories: Copic Airbrush System, Spellbinders Nestabilities Big Scalloped Square-Lg & Labels 12 dies, WRM Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper, Simply Swank Small Hinges, Ranger Ink Blending Tool, Brads, Tonic Tim Holtz Non-stick Serrated Scissors