#techniquethursday - frames

This week for #techniquethursday I'm demonstrating the simple way you can use frames to create a focal point on your card.  I've created a square frame, but really you could use any shape.  The idea is to use a solid colour in an interesting shape to draw your attention to a specific detail you want to highlight on your card.  It could be a sentiment or an embellishment, even a photo.

The first thing I did was create my frame.  The frame I made was 8cm x 8cm on the external measurements and 7cm x 7cm on the internal one.  I used my cutter to make the external side first and then cut the internal square out.  If you wanted to you could use 2 sizzlits of the same shape but different size to get the same effect.  After that I stamped up my background stamp.  Pro-tip.... if you stamp is bigger than you ink pad, flip it upside down and press the ink pad over the surface of the stamp.  That way you can make sure you have it all well inked.  I then stamped and punched out my butterfly.  If you've not used coordinating stamps and punches before always stamp first then flip your punch upside down so you can make sure it's perfect.  After that it was a simple matter of assembly and adding a few additional flourishes.

And that's it.  A simple way of creating a focal point on any card.  It's also a great technique for scrapbooking.

Happy crafting.


stamps: My Friend;  Papillon Potpourri, En Francais
ink: Coastal Cabana,
paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Pistachio Pudding
other: linen thread, clear button, clip, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Bitty Banners Sizzlit