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I made this frame before I got hold of some of that Metal Tape! I wanted to see if I could recreate a faux metal frame without the use of the tape and here is what I came up with!

The base of the frame is a sheet of mount board which I cut into a frame using the large red rectangle frame by Sizzix. Next I used strong white glue and stuck down string all around the outside edge and inner edges of the frame itself to create a ridge.

Once the glue was dry, I applied glue all over the string and the frame and stuck on a sheet of crumpled cheap thin tin foil. Making sure I pressed the tin foil into all the corners to create a channel ridge within the frame itself and set it aside to dry.

When it was dry I used glossy accents by ranger to glue shrink plastic bellies and itty beads to create a mixed media frame. Because of the raised area of the frame it meant that the shrink plastic embellishments and the beads where held in place in the channel.

Finally I added a stamped image inside the frame to finish it.

These would make ideal gifts for your stamping friends or family. Instead of a stamped image inside the frame you could add a photograph of a loved one!

For more detailed instructions please read my directions below!

    Supplies Used

  • Sizzix Die Cutting Machine
  • Large Red Rectangle Frame Sizzix Die
  • Mount Board or heavy card board
  • White Glue (ie PVA or Mod Podge)
  • Paint Brush for applying glue
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Cheap Tinfoil
  • Glossy Accents (Ranger) (available from Innovative Stamp Creations)
  • Tiny Gold Beads (available from Innovative Stamp Creations)
  • Black and White Shrink Plastic
  • Sand Paper
  • Black Stazon Inkpad
  • Platinum Planet Brilliance Inkpad
  • Scissors
  • Rainbow Dye Inkpad (Vivid Indian Summer)
  • Clear Versamark Inkpad
  • Cosmetic Sponges
  • Heat Gun
  • Chartreuse Blue Artists Ink (Winstor and Newton)
  • Acetate
  • Silver Krylon Leafing Pen
  • Gold Class A Peels Stickers – No Limits, rectangle panel and brads
  • Black Card Stock
  • Hanger for frame
  • Butterfly Wings Rubber Stamp By Era Graphics
  • Small And Large Leaf Rubber Stamp By Era Graphics

Directions For Creating The Metal Frame

1. Using the Sizzix Machine and Rectangle Frame Die cut out 1 frames from the sheet of mount board, set aside the inner frame part as you dont need this.

2. Take the string, measure and cut 4 large pieces of string which will fit along the outside edge of the frame. Repeat this step to cut out 4 smaller sections for the inner part of the frame.

3. Use white glue to stick the string to your frame. Allow glue to dry.

4. Take a large sheet of tinfoil and crumple it up into a ball. Open it up again carefully.

5. Glue the tinfoil on the frame over the top of the string – take care you dont tear the foil as you do this. Press the foil carefully to make sure it sticks inside all the corners and also inside the recessed channel in the middle of the string. Allow glue to dry.

While your glue is drying you can make your embellishments to go inside the frame!

Creating The Shrink Plastic Embellishments

Black Shrink Plastic Leaves

a. Sand the black shrink plastic on one side.

b. Stamp 2 small leaves and 2 large leaves onto the sanded side of the black shrink plastic with Platinum Planet Brilliance Inkpad.

c. Let ink dry.

d. Cut out leaf shapes with scissors.

e. Heat the shrink plastic with heat tool until it shrinks.

f. Gently twist the leaf shapes to desired shape.

Colourful Shrink Plastic Leaves

a. Sand the white shrink plastic on one side.

b. Stamp 2 small leaves onto the sanded side with Black Stazon inkpad. Let dry.

c. Apply colour from rainbow inkpad to the leaf shapes using a cosmetic sponge. Let dry.

d. Cut out leaf shapes with scissors.

e. Heat leaves to shrink, gently twist them into shape to finish.

Chartreuse Intaglio Leaf Fragments

a. Take the white shrink plastic and tear it into small abstract shapes.

b. Take the small leaf stamp and ink it up with clear versamark inkpad and set aside.

c. Heat the shrink plastic to shrink it, once it has melted quickly press the inked leaf stamp onto the shrink plastic and hold it down.

d. Remove stamp to reveal a recess intaglio image in the shrink plastic.

e. Repeat steps a-d to create many more shrink plastic embellishments, then proceed to the next step to add colour!

f. In a plastic pot carefully drop in 2 drops of artists inks – I used Winston and Newton inks – if you dont have these you can substitute with alternative inks by other companies. Next drop a couple of drops of glossy accents into the ink and mix to a gooey consistency using a paint brush.

g. Paint all of the shrink plastic fragments using the mixture, take extra special care to make sure the ink gets in all the nooks and crannys.

h. Set aside to dry and use later on your frame project.

Finishing The Metal Frame

1. Take the glossy accents and run a layer of the glue inside the entire ridge.

2. Place shrink plastic embellishments into the ridge – positioning as shown in the photograph.

3. Place your frame inside a cardboard box first to catch all the stray gold beads, and pour them into the ridges of the frame, making sure they stick to the exposed areas. Tap off excess beads into the box. Let your frame dry.

Creating Insert Art For Frame

a. Stamp butterfly wings with black stazon inkpad onto acetate. Let dry.

b. Cut out the wings with scissors.

c. On the reverse of the acetate wings paint the plastic with silver krylon inkpad. Let dry.

d. Glue the wings onto a sheet of black card stock using glossy accents. Let dry.

e. Affix gold peel off stickers to the butterfly wings as shown in the picture.

f. Glue card to the underside of the metal frame using glue, let dry.

g. Affix a hanger to the reverse of your frame.


I wanted to add a little detail to the cards using Shrink Plastic Border Embellishments, read on for details how I created these borders…

Supplies Used

  • White Matt Card Stock
  • Single Fold Card Blank Colour Of Choice
  • Memories Permanent Inkpad: Black (Stewart Superior)
  • Galaxy Gold Brilliance Inkpad (Tsukineko)
  • Sponges for DTP
  • Ancient Page Inkpads: Sienna, Henna, Sage, Saffron, Leaf Green, Bordeaux (Clearsnapr)
  • Gold Accent Beads
  • Port Red Reinker (Stewart Stuperior)
  • Water Colour Pencils (Derwent)
  • Water Brush (Judikins)
  • Black and White Shrink Plastic
  • Heat Tool
  • Scissors
  • Post It Notes
  • Gold Peel Off Border Stickers (Stampendous)
  • Glossy Accents
  • Scrabble Letters (Innovative Stamp Creations)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Rubber Stamps Used:

  • All Stamps – Cherry Pie
  • Except:

  • Script Background (Hero Arts)
  • Alphabet Strip (Diffusion)

Directions For Black Shrink Plastic

1. Take sheet of Black Shrink plastic and tear it up into rough pieces – you want different size sections.

2. Ink your stamp with Galaxy Gold Pigment Inkpad.

3. Heat shrink plastic so it shrinks, Once shrunk immediately stamp into the hot shrinky to create an embossed image. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all shrink pieces.

4. Affix pieces to card stock to create a border using ‘Glossy Accents’. Further embellishments can be added using Gold Accent Beads.

Directions For White Shrink Plastic

1. Take sheet of White Shrink plastic and tear it up into rough pieces – you want different size sections.

2. Heat shrink plastic so it shrinks, once shrunk immediately stamp into the hot shrinky to create an embossed image. You do not need to ink your stamp.

3. Once cool, rub a little Port Red reinker on your finger and gently rub it over the top of the shrink plastic to add hilights.Let dry

4. Affix pieces to card stock to create a border using ‘Glossy Accents’.

I was playing around with some cd pieces the other day and I came upon this idea by accident

My latest addiction is the Credit Card Background technque and as I was playing with my cds I wondered what this technique would look like on cds too!

These are the results of my little experiments. They are really fun to make and make great pins!

What You Will Need:

Cd Pieces
Scrap Paper
Metallic Acrylic Paint
Fake Credit Card
Clear Embossing Powder
Plastic Container For Embossng Powder
Teflon Sheet or Baking Parchment
Heat Tool
Shrink Plastic
Stazon or Brilliance Inkpads
Versamark Inkpads
Rainbow Metallic Foil
Itty Bitty Beads

How To Create

1. Squirt little blobs (technical term here!) of metallic paints onto a sheet of scrap paper, I lined my paint blobs up in a little row.

2. Dip the edge of the credit card into the paint and lift a little paint, holding a cd piece in your other hand, swipe the paint from the credit card across the cd to transfer the paint

3. Immediately put your cd piece with wet paint on it, into a container of clear embossing powder, the powder will stick to the paint.

4. Place the cd piece onto your sheet of teflon or baking parchment, embossing powder side up. And heat the powder with your heat gun till it melts and goes clear.

While it is still hot, place back into the clear embossing powder for another layer. Reheat. Repeat this step until you have 3 to 4 layers of clear embossing powder. Set aside to cool

If you look at your cd pieces what you have just clear embossed, you will notice at this point they look like they have been enamelled with all different colours of embossing powders, but they havent!

You have used only clear embossing powder over the credit card technique to add your colour thus creating the illusion of enamelling.

They look pretty good left as they are, but I wanted to add a little more OOMPH to them as per directions below

5. While your Cd pieces are cooling, work with your shrink plastic, I stamped my shrink like so;

On the black shrink I used Gold or Silver Brilliance inkpads, and on the transclucent I used Black Stazon pad.

Some of the shrink I cut into shapes with Sizzix dies, others I simply tore to get a rough shape. Once you have stamped your shrink, heat it with an heat gun to shrink it.

6. Turn your shrunken shrink plastic embellishment over and swipe the back side of it with the Versamark inkpad, place immediately into clear embossing powder and apply heat.

You may well think Ive gone mad at this point, embossing the reverse of the shrink…but it will all become clear in a moment:)

7. By now your cd pieces should have cooled down a little and be safe to touch. Now you can get to work with your foiling.

Gently heat the surface of the clear embossing surface on your cd, you dont want it to become too hot and liquid, just warm to touch.

Carefully press a piece of foil onto the surface of the warm enamel, and apply a little pressure. I used my fingers to rub it, if its too hot for you, use a towel or something to protect your fingers.

8. Gently lift the foil and remove it from the cd piece, at this point you will notice some of the foil has stuck to the surface of the cd!

Depending on whether you are happy with how it looks, add more foil, using different colours, or leave it alone and move onto the next step!

9. Pick up your heat gun and melt the cd again, this time you want to get the whole cd hot so that the embossing powder starts moving and swirling, as you apply the heat, the foil starts to crinkle and takes on a texture all of its own.

Once the cd is heated, place into the container of clear embossing powder to apply another layer of ep.

10. Heat the surface of the cd to melt the layer of embossing powder you have just applied, and at the same time, reheat the back of the shrink plastic embellishment.

Once both have melted, press the shrink plastic gently into the liquid embossing powder to embed it. Use cocktail sticks or tooth picks to press it in firmly.

The embossing powder on the reverse of the Shrink acts as a kind of ‘glue’ and helps the cd, ep and shrink bond together better.

11. Heat the surface again, and the sprinkle on a final layer of clear embossing powder to seal the shrink plastic and the cd pieces together, and sprinkle on itty bitty beads to add hilights to your embellishments.

Now you have some funky card embellishments or pins! Have a go!

Mixed Media Samples