Let's get started !
Here's the supplies you need ( Oh, and a nail file) I didn't photograph. The frame is from Michael's, the cost? $1.49. You can pick up Gesso at any Craft store. More on Gesso at the end of my tutorial.
Pour out some Gesso, about the size of three quarters .
Then add your choice of color paint. I used Americana Warm White, which I bought at Michael's. You can just as easily add any color . The proportion I use is 2 parts Gesso and one part paint
using a little spatula or something similar, Mix the two together, making sure to mix completely.
Start painting the frame. Back from my old days of Tole Painting, I learned that you always paint towards the edges first. That way you have a clean edge and it doesn't leave ridges in your paint or puddle up. I painted two even coats. The reason you use Gesso it because it's a sealant, and the nice thing about that is you can do 2 steps in 1!.
After the frame is painted , trace along your chosen paper inside the frame and outside the frame with a pencil and use a light touch so you can erase the lines. Cut out the paper and adhere to frame with a good wet glue.
I don't put alot on, just enough to get a nice coverage, making sure you get the edges good. Make sure you really press down so you don't get any bubbles.
Then I take a file and sand the edges. I like a nice clean edge. Remember to sand towards the edge of the paper.
Next figure out how you want to decorate the frame. I chose Pretty Party border stickers, card stock stickers, and the paper is "Invitation" for the top and "Planner", and "Confetti" for the bottom
Go ahead and add your paper to the button, and don't forget to sand the edges again
Next, I choose to "Fussy Cut" some roses out of this gorgeous paper called Invitation. I really love the colors of this line!
I decided the frame needed a banner, as they are a great addition to any project. See the little windows in the banner? I cut them with a Spellbinders Postage die. Then I added some paper behind the windows.
more Fussy cutting, and a doily behind the flower.
And there you have it! Easy and super simple!!