Start with a coordinating paper collection like the 6x6 paper pad Echo Park (For The Record) and add some coordinating cardstock from Core d'nations (Black Magic Hocus Pocus used here....the soft green blue to emboss a piece of the Core d'nations (cut to the size of the folder). The raised area is then sanded to reveal the color beneath. Next I cut 1 & 3/8" squares of one of the patterned and one of the solid colors from the Echo Park paper. I cut pieces of the embossed brocade to fit once I pieced my frame together. The edges on my frame are rounded.....so I used a corner rounder on those four pieces. I also used the new Floral Doily Accents Spellbinders dies to make corners out of black cardstock. The paper pieces were inked with Black Soot Distress Ink, and I used a gold ink on the Doily Accents to make them look like metal. See below:
Next I prepped my wooden frame by rubbing it with Black Soot ink to cover anything that might show between my paper "tiles" (I buffed off excess ink with a paper towel). See below:
To finish, each tile was attached with Scor Tape, and once they were all adhered, I sanded around the edges to make them look like they are a part of the frame. I went back and re-inked the edges with the Black Soot (but it looks cool just sanded too!!). A few embellishments from my stash in the bottom right corner (used my Tissue Tape dispenser!) and peeking out from behind is another die from the Floral Doily set. I used regular adhesive to attach the corners, and pic matted in black finishes it off.
A great gift for Mom or anyone on your gift list!! Or, if you don't know what to get Dad.....make one with tiles made only out of the brocade....it looks like tooled leather (you can even shine it up with glossy accents!).
Available at Cutters Creek:
Echo Park 6x6 For the Record paper pad
Core d'nations Cardstock (Black Magic Hocus Pocus)
Spellbinders Dies (Floral Doily)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
Ideology Tissue Tape Dispenser
Cuttlebug A2 Embossing Folders (Brocade)