Flower Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Hey, y'all!  Bethany here from Pitter & Glink today to share the tutorial with you for a fabulous, trendy Watercolor Flower Photo Frame!  I am so inspired by patterns and colors that I see in fabric and scrapbook paper and even fashion.  One trend that I've noticed lately and quickly fallen in love with is a graphic black and white print paired with pretty pink florals.  When I got my hands on some of the brand new dies from Debi Potter's My Kind of Happy Collection, I just knew I wanted to use them to create something colorful and trendy.  I came up with a pretty frame that is easy enough for a "non-artist" to recreate because the dies practically do all the work for you.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

To create this lovely piece of home decor, you'll need your Sizzix BIGkick, the Debi Potter Bigz Garden Flower Die, the Thinlits Intricate Garden Flowers Die Set, the Thinlits Happy Trims Die Set, watercolor paper, watercolor paint, and several other supplies that you can find listed at the end of the post.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

First, use the Bigz Garden Flower Die and your BIGkick to cut some watercolor paper.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

To do so, lay a piece of watercolor paper cut to size over your die and sandwich that between a pair of Standard Size Cutting Pads.  Roll the Sizzix Sandwich you created through your BIGkick, and you'll be left with watercolor paper flower pieces.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Next, use the two Debi Potter Thinlits Die Sets to cut more watercolor paper.  To do so, place a Standard Size Cutting Pad on top of your Extended Multipurpose Platform.  Arrange the Thinlit dies on top of that and cover with watercolor paper.  Place your other Standard Size Cutting Pad on top of the watercolor paper, and roll this Sizzix Sandwich through your BIGkick as well.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

You can use a Die Pick to help you remove the watercolor paper flower and trim pieces from the dies.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Next, use watercolor paints, a brush, and water to paint all the flower pieces and trim.  You can brush the paint on, splatter the paint, and layer it for added interest.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Once the pieces are dry, use a pen or marker to outline and add details to the flower pieces.  Also, give the flowers a 3D shape by bending the ends of the petals and leaves over the pen.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Then you need to work on something to put your flowers on.  You could use them for a card or put them on a frame like I did.  (A shadowbox or canvas would be nice too!)  I painted an inexpensive wooden frame white.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Then to create my graphic print, I used painter's tape to mask off stripes on the frame.  (A tip to keep paint from seeping under tape is to paint the edges of the tape with a thin coat of your base paint color to seal the edges of the tape.)  Then paint the exposed portions black.  Once everything is dry, you may want to seal your frame with a clear coat.  I did because it adds durability to your paint finish, but that step is optional.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Once the frame is dry, use hot glue to attach the watercolor flowers and leaves to your frame.  Keep in mind that you can cut the leave down to size and cut the trim to different sizes too.  You can even add a rhinestone to the middle of the flowers for a little sparkle.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

Pop a picture or some art in your frame, and you have a brand-new, trendy piece of home decor.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

I have to say that I am completely smitten with this project!  It's my favorite thing that I've created in a while.

Photo Frame: A Wonderful Watercolor DIY

I don't know if it's the watercolor, the flowers, or the pink, but I know I LOVE this piece!  And I especially love that it was so easy to create.  Like I said earlier, you don't need to be an artist at all to make your own because the dies do the "art" part for you.

Thanks for hanging out with me for this Sizzix tutorial today!

Bethany

 

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