Fran*tage Friday: Altered Christmas Frame

by Jessica Fick on December 16, 2011

Hi there!

I’m honored to join PaperCraft Planet for this week’s Stampendous Fran*tage Friday!  I was given Saint Nick and Old World Greetings cling rubber stamp sets to design a Christmas project to share with you this week. I began working with the beautiful vintage St. Nick focal image, first stamping it in Memento Cocoa ink on cream card stock and then colored with Copics.  Then, I shaded the entire cream paper with Distress Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap for some added depth.  After the ink dried, I used a texture folder from Sizzix for Stampin Up – my favorite ‘faux’ fabric one.  (Not sure of the name though, since I’m not a demo, sorry!)  Then, I stitched the cream paper to  some brown and then red card stock.

I’m sorry I don’t have step by step photos of the completion of the project, but it would be quite easy to recreate, since the St. Nick focal image is a card front (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) which I adhered to a 5 1/2″ square piece of patterned paper.  Then, I stitched the panel to a kraft die cut from the largest Spellbinder Labels 1 Grand nestability.

Card Details
Stamps: Old World Greetings; Saint Nick (Stampendous)
Ink: Cocoa Memento for stamps; Distress Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap for distressing & shading
Cardstock: Neenah cream; Stampin Up solid; Echo Park Season’s Greetings 6×6 patterned paper
Other: sewing machine; Spellbinder Poinsettia, leaf and Grand Label 1 dies; Basic Grey buttons; Twine from The Twinery; Stampin Up texture folder; Copic markers

Originally, I was planning on having this be a Christmas card, but after I finished the card front, it seemed too special to just stop there, so I decided to add it to the largest Label One die cut to create a ‘frame’ or ‘plaque’ of some sorts… I guess I’m not sure what to call it exactly!  Since the rectangle card front didn’t fit quite the way I wanted it to (I don’t like empty space very well), I thought the Spellbinder Poinsettia (retired) and foliage dies would be a nice counter balance to the focal image.  After die cutting the flowers, I ran them through the same texture folder and then shaded them with Distress Frayed Burlap ink.

After finishing the front, I had to come up with a way for it to stand up – since I wanted it to be a ‘frame’ of sorts.  So, I cut a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ strip of thick white card stock to use as an ‘easel’.  I scored it at @ 1″ and then covered it with some more Echo Park Christmas paper.  I added it to the back of my project with Mono Multi Liquid glue… I LOVE that stuff!  It’s my favorite adhesive for 3D projects like this that I’m not exactly sure how will turn out.  ScorTape is awesome too, but I prefer the liquid mono multi glue since I can ‘slide’ it around a bit while I’m figuring it all out and then once I leave it alone it’s NOT moving at all after it dries.

Now, for the fun part!  Leave a comment on the PaperCraft Planet Blog post right HERE for your chance to win a very generous prize package from Stampendous in honor of Fran*tage Friday!  You have until Thursday at midnight, Eastern Time. After that, we’ll pick a winner through Random.org and announce the name on the next Fran*tage Friday.

Good luck!

Thanks to our good friends at Stampendous for sponsoring this event!

Merry Christmas!

Jessica

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Helen Dooley December 16, 2011 at 3:28 am

This is AWESOME!! I really love the texture of the paper. Really a beautiful project.

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Maryann December 16, 2011 at 5:17 am

Oooooh my goodness, this is so beautiful. Thanks so much for this awesome idea here, which I´m definitely will give a try very soon. I love how it turned out here and I just love the stamps, you used here too, they´re so gorgeous..
Have a wonderful christmas and a great day.

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Patty Chapman December 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

Beautiful! It makes me think of a fine needlepoint work. Such a lovely way to present this stamp!

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LynB December 16, 2011 at 8:26 am

Gorgeous Jessica! Love the texture, coloring and easel!!!!

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Tina Van Eick December 16, 2011 at 9:34 am

That is absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing. What a great idea.

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QueenPam December 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm

You are certainly right that the embossing folder makes your image look like it is printed on canvas or fabric. Your coloring of the santa is superb.

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Diana December 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Wow, what a great project. I absolutely love it.
I love that traditional design.
Thanks for sharing.

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Sue C December 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Sure looks like a cross stitch design to me! Very vintage feel and beautiful card. Thanks for sharing!

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Dawn December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I am so into vintage St Nick this year, love this!

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Denise Bryant December 16, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Gorgeous card! I love the colors and all the texture! Lovely image!
DeniseB

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Melissa Smith December 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Love this card. It is gorgeous. What a great stamp.

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Laura Weed December 16, 2011 at 10:06 pm

This is so gorgeous, Jessica! How beautiful it would be as a table centerpiece maybe with some poinsettias around it! Just fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!

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Sandy December 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Oh wow, when I first looked I thought it was cross-stitch. This is amazing!!!

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Deanna A. December 16, 2011 at 10:34 pm

This is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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liz terrazas December 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I’m loving the vintage look of your card.. the design is beautiful…

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Corrine Ann December 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Fantastic! Beautiful! I love Vintage Santas! Wish it was mine! Thank you so much for sharing this great project!

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Pam Sparks December 16, 2011 at 11:52 pm

fabulous! I love it! I purchased this stamp a couple months ago and still haven’t used it… I don’t have this embossing folder though…boo!

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Carol B December 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Fabulous project, love all the details and the texture.

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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Pam December 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

This is beautiful! I love that image and the texture is fabulous!!!

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Michel E December 17, 2011 at 1:25 am

Absolutely gorgeous. Love the texture of the background. Makes it look like canvas.

craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

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Cyndi Honor December 17, 2011 at 3:00 am

OMGness!! I really thought you did this on a canvass fabric until I read your description! It has that cross-stitch look. I have this stamp also, and am soooooo in love with fran-tage everything!!! You did a fabulous job on this project!!

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Barb King December 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

What a beautiful card, with so much detail. I don’t have copics, but I might try something similar with twinkling H2Os. That embossing folder is called Square Lattice, and it is great. I’m a SU demonstrator and it’s my fave. Love how it gave your card so much texture.

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SannaS December 17, 2011 at 10:43 am

oh WOW!!! beautiful card!!!! =)
hugs, SannaS

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Sue D December 17, 2011 at 11:28 am

Very pretty framed piece–I like all the texture.

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Eileen Evans December 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Wow I love this image the embossing folder gives it a fabulouse texture

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Kathie December 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

I love the texture look on the santa and really like that it can be set up as a picture.

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Lynn December 17, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Love this look. The square lattice folder gives it the look of canvas.

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PhyLLis December 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm

The texture and the stitching on this make it absolutely fabulous!

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Jennyfer L. December 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm

This is darn too gorgeous! Will have to CASE it now:-) Love the new “easel”!!!! The texture is fab too!

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Mel W December 19, 2011 at 12:42 am

I thought I had left a comment on this but when I came back to look at your card once more I don’t see it… perhaps I left it in the wrong place the 1st time.. In any case.. I mentioned how much I loved the texture of this card and how that embossing is just perfect! I love all the attention to detail you put into this card.. it’s really breathtaking! I love that Vintage style Santa too .. he is adorable! Thanks for sharing! : )

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Disneylisa December 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Great idea. Love the texture, it reminds me of cross stitch which I do a lot of.

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IKE December 21, 2011 at 11:05 pm

This is really AWESOME. A fantastic piece. Love the faux material and stitching details and my fave is that poinsettia. :-)
Hugz xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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jengd December 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Wonderful project- love the stitched-fabric look of the whole piece!

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Tammy Martinez December 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

This is the coolest thing I’ve seen today!!!

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Theresa December 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Beautiful job! Love your coloring and stitching. TFS!.

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Peggy Allen December 21, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I love this technique. It makes the piece look like fabric. Great job.
Christmas blessings,
Peggy

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Penny Ward December 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Just lovely! I especially like the texture.

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Mary C. December 22, 2011 at 12:07 am

That is just a wonderful design sketch. It could be a layout easily. I love the old world St. Nick and the embossing makes it look like fabric, without it looking too busy. Such talent, wish I could do that, too. Mipsy from Utah.

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Gwen December 22, 2011 at 12:20 am

A fabulous way for the card to mimic fabric!!!

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redjanfan December 22, 2011 at 12:35 am

this is so pretty, the texture is what really does it for me. All the neutrals with the touches of red is really effective and that so simple stand is brilliant. Sometimes I make things more difficult than they need to be, thanks for the reminder that simple is wonderful and effective!

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Bea Rosenleaf December 22, 2011 at 12:36 am

This is such a cool idea! I love the texture – the image looks like a counted cross stitch piece! Great job. I’ll have to try my hand at this project after the holidays.

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NancyA December 22, 2011 at 1:08 am

This is wonderful. I love the way you colored the image, and great idea to use that embossing folder. It looks like cross stitch! Fantastic!

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Jean McBride December 22, 2011 at 1:43 am

Thanks for sharing it is always nice to see someone elses idea …makes for a better foundation to build my own design from.
Keep up the good work ,

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Rosalien December 22, 2011 at 2:36 am

This is such a beautiful card. I love how you used the embossingfolder, it gives the image such a nice look. Great job. ;)

Hugs, Rosalien

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hellerlittle December 22, 2011 at 2:56 am

You are certainly right that the embossing folder makes your image look like it is printed on canvas or fabric. Your coloring of the santa is fantastic !!!
I am soooooo in love with fran-tage everything!!! You did a fabulous job on this project!!
TFS and merry X-MAS to you all
hellerlittle

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Mervi December 22, 2011 at 2:59 am

So gorgeous textures, fabulous card!
Merry C’mas;-))m

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Catherine December 22, 2011 at 3:03 am

I love, love, LOVE this “card”!!

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Silverbutterfly December 22, 2011 at 3:41 am

Out of this world lovely. What a beautiful frame!!! Would love to be that talented.

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Pamela December 22, 2011 at 5:24 am

How beautiful! Am totally impressed. Hope that I might be able to create something like this some day. Thank’s for sharing!

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Cindy Strickland December 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

I have never seen that texture before. Love it and have to have it now. Thanks for the lovely idea!

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Astrid December 22, 2011 at 6:18 am

Beautiful, love the textures in this and the stand is so clever, great idea!

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BabsE December 22, 2011 at 6:45 am

Gorgeous card Jessica. I love the faux fabric embossing. Thanks for sharing.

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Laurie Brown December 22, 2011 at 7:20 am

Love the textures!

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Bonita December 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

This project is very beautiful. Like the way you made it so it could stand up. Thanks

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Patti December 22, 2011 at 9:40 am

Neat idea! Thanks for sharing!!

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MaryAnn N. December 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

gorgeous frame project.

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Mary Tilman December 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

“Cross-stitch fabric” was my first thought when I saw the photo. What a great idea to emboss the image! Thanks for sharing.

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Joy Hadden December 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

How pretty! This would be one to use year after year! The sewing and texture really make it special.

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allyneed December 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm

love the texture created by using a folder after colouring, will be trying this technique. this would look great as a photo frame as well. must try it

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Mindy December 22, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Wow! I had to make sure that wasn’t needlepoint! How can one person be so inventive and talented? Love it!!!

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Paulette S December 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Jessica, this is beautiful! That SU folder makes this wonderful Stampendous Santa look like a cross stitch pattern. Your coloring is perfect. Merry Christmas.

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Suzi December 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Wow beautiful! Your coloring is amazing and all the details put it over the top!

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Sue Root December 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm

What a great project! You’ve inspired me! Thank you for sharing!

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Sandy Karlovich December 23, 2011 at 12:07 am

This is a fantastic display card, thank you for all the inspiration.
Sandy

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Manderly December 25, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Thank you so much for the Christmas blessing by sharing your talent! Beautiful.

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Cindy Lou December 26, 2011 at 8:30 pm

This is a great technique! will have to try it out soon. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Blessings!

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ej December 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

this is a great idea, thanks for sharing

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else49 December 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I just love the looks of this card. Will have to try it out.

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