End of the year teacher gifts - ack! What do you give the teacher who'll be getting just about EVERYTHING? Gift card? Not personal enough. Parfume? Too intimate. How about a homemade frame? Yep, I think we're onto something...
If you have more then one child in school, then making frames is a great project because you can pretty much "assembly line" them. By the time the first one is dry, you're ready for the next one. I chose a Maple Lane Press Canvas Frame - my favorite. For my paper, I picked that awesome Cosmo Cricket "Jack's World" paper that I used for the teacher cards I showed you last week. How fabulous to give a matching set?!
I covered the frame using Helmar 450 Stainless Adhesive. I spread it out using a Helmar Glue Spreader for an even coat then applied my paper. Once it was in place and set, I gave it a nice coating of Helmar Acrylic Sealer. Just one coat is all that's needed.
Now for the embellishments - I covered a chipboard apple in red cardstock, then I mixed a little red shimmerz paint into some Helmar Textured Effects. I painted it on and let it dry. The result is a very pretty, shiny and shimmery texturized coating.
Once the sealer was dry (about 40 minutes) I attached my apple embellishment and the year to the frame using Helmar Premium Craft Glue. For a finishing touch, I traced the running stitch pattern from the Crafter's Workshop "Lotus" template around the window of the frame.
In an hour, I had the PERFECT gift my daughters teacher...and I know that it will be enjoyed and remembered for many years to come.
Until next time,