Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Using Old Slide Frames

I'm writing my next article for Natural Life Magazine answering a question about what to do with old slides. One answer: Use them in mixed media collage style scrapbooking.

I started this heritage project with a 6x6 inch wrapped canvas ready primed. I painted with acrylics and used a swirly stamp while the paint was still wet to lift the paint for texture. I inked my edges roughly with distress and pigment inks. I kept the scrappy style going by tearing, crumpling and inking some origami paper, a strip of sparkly card, and adding a border of ribbons - all adhered with Best Glue Ever.

I arranged three photos - one of my grandmother with me as an infant, one of my husband as a toddler with his grandmother, and one of my daughter with her Nan, my mother, punched and matted. I found some Asian characters on some kind of small trading card, which reflects my location in Singapore in the photo with my grandmother, which I cut and framed with one of the old slides I have. I used the film strip as another textural element peeking out from the matting. Again Best Glue Ever adhered everything, including the celluloid and craft foam remnants I used to raise some elements for a bit of dimension. I just dotted some BGE on the back of the items and let it sit for a few minutes.

I finished the project with some decorative rub-ons, a title tag, a pretty vintage style medallion (which had lost its sticky so it needed more BGE) and a stacked vintage look sticker. I used the Embellie Gellie to place some small pearl gems. I love aging small pieces of cardstock with my dedicated glass nail file and some pigment ink.

Finally to finish the piece, I painted some Distress Crackle on the sides, and pushed an enamel look heart pin into the foam behind the medallion. The Perfect Cleaning Cloth is great for removing fingerprints from photos.

*Stay tuned for a Tutorial on my blog for using old holiday cards, a circle punch and Martha Stewart score board to make some cute tree ornaments, glued with the Best Glue Ever, of course!

- Robyn

Supplies: Framed Canvas: Artist's Loft; Paper and card: Origami paper, Colorbok, K&Company; Embellishments: Making Memories, Michaels; Inks: Studio G, Distress Ink (Walnut); Rub Ons: Piggy Tales; Sticker: K & Company "Life's Journey;" Paints: Craft Smart, Artist's Loft, Ranger Distress Crackle Paint "Clear Rock Candy;" Ribbons: Making Memories "Animal Crackers", stash; Pen: IDenti Pen Dual; Glue: Best Glue Ever; Tools: Embellie Gellie, EK Success Circle cutter, glass nail file, bone folder; Stamp, slides: my stash

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