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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Industrial Grunge Photo Frame with Grungeboard Scraps

Hello Friends!

 Today I'm sharing an Industrial Grunge style photo frame I've created for Blockheads Paper Arts.  The Blockheads team are featuring Grungeboard this month so I went with a faux scrap metal look using scraps of Grungeboard and metallic Distress Stains

This is what the photo frame looked like originally.  I've got a few in different colours so I used the one with a metallic silver finish to begin with.

Blockheads gave us all a baggie of Grungeboard scraps to play with.  My baggie consisted of the negatives from the dot embossed Alphabets with some wonderful striated pieces which I'll be using for another project and some letters.  The dot embossed Alphabet pieces immediately reminded me of some metal pieces I remember my Dad having in the garage and there was a large lower case letter D in my baggie...perfect....and that's how this project came about.  Today is my Daddy's birthday too so I'm dedicating this project to him in loving memory and plan to put some photos of him in my new frame :0)

I cut the Alphabet negatives into smaller pieces and painted them with Brushed Pewter, Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass metallic Distress Stains.  All the pieces were adhered to the frame with craft glue.  I started out by using straight edged pieces to frame the photo windows and then just filled in and added pieces like a mosaic or jigsaw puzzle as I went along.  It was a bit of a time consuming process but very relaxing to sit and fiddle with all the bits to make them fit ;0)

Once all the pieces were attached I added the large letter D and dimpled the centers of all the embossed dots on the letter to resemble rivets.  The photos above show the frame with all the pieces treated with the metallic Distress Stains before I antiqued it.

I wanted an Industrial Grunge look so I painted everything with Delta Ceramcoat black Antiquing Gel to instantly age the frame and give it an oily grimey look.  Allow the gel to puddle in all the nooks and crevices and wipe the excess off the surface of the pieces with paper towel.  Once dry I brushed more metallic Distress Stains onto the embossed areas to bring out more of the shine.  Both work equally well, which look do you prefer?
Stop by the Blockheads blog for more Grungeboard projects by my fellow team mates!
Thanks for visiting with me today and don't forget that my 2nd DominoART Challenge is underway....Alice in Wonderland Domino Books sponsored by Rick St Dennis Digital Stamps!  I hope you'll come and play us :0)

Challenge entered:
Creative Craft Challenges #7 Alter It

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  1. wow that is amazing I just love what you have created here - your Blog is just such an inspiration !
    XOXO SanDee

  2. How cool is that!!! Your dear Daddy's photo's will look lovely in this frame,

  3. Leigh, this is another amazing creation. It would be perfect for the Unruly Paper Arts "Hardware" challenge--here is a link:
    UPA Hardware Reader's Art Quest

    1. Thanks Trisha!!!! Sad I missed entering the Unruly Paper Arts challenge...bummer!

  4. oh wow this is so cool! yep gotta get stains now!

  5. Thanks for the tut I have some grunge board pieces omg i am off to give it a try. I love your frame
    thanks so much
    susan s

    1. You're welcome, glad you like it ;0) I can't wait to see what you come up with!


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