Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Idea

Hello everyone! I’m Cris, a new Tres Jolie design team member and for my first official post I thought I would present a quick, simple, last-minute Father’s Day gift idea.  I was inspired to do this project when I found a plain white frame while rummaging through my closets. I decided to alter it using   elements from the June Scrapbooking and Mixed Media kits.

This is a photo of my “son-in-love”, Matt, and his son (my grandson), Andrew. I took this photo a few days after Drew came home  from the hospital; isn’t it so sweet? It’s definitely one of my favorites! Matt loves receiving handmade gifts (bless his heart!), so I’m excited to give this to him for his first Father’s Day tomorrow (along with a cheesy t-shirt, an even cheesier mug, and a photo collage of him and baby). So, if you have a frame laying around go grab it and give this project a go! Here’s how:

  1. Trace the mat that is included with the frame onto patterned paper, trim out and adhere. Set this aside while you work on the frame.
  2. Lightly sand the frame – I used a regular nail file/emery board. You want to do a LIGHT sand. The goal is to lightly strip off the glossy finish in order to give your paint some “tooth”.  Wipe the frame down with a slightly damp cloth to remove all the sanding particles. Make sure your workspace is cleared of all particles before continuing to the next step.
  3. Add your paint – I used the Cosmic Shimmer Crackle Paste that was included in the June Mixed Media kit. I lightly applied two coats back-to-back. This is crackle paste so the thicker you apply it the more “crackle” you will see. I didn’t necessarily want a deep crackle finish, so I was fine with two light coats.  The result was a distressed look with very little crackle. Decide which finish you prefer before applying. Dry completely before continuing. Quick tip: Do your painting over parchment or wax paper if you don’t have a surface that is suitable for mixed media work.
  4. Paint your flowers: I never know how many I will use so I just grabbed a handful in varying sizes and dry-brushed them with white gesso. Set aside.
  5. Cut a portion of the Scrapaholics Junkyard chipboard and dry brush with white gesso. Set aside.
  6. Time to pull it all together and decorate. This is the fun part!  First, I positioned and glued down two of the 49&Market stitched frames. Next I adhered the gessoed Scrapoholics Junkyard chipboard in between the frames. Then (and this is optional!) I layered cheesecloth and thin white thread over the frames and chipboard. Use about 2 feet of thread and just circle it over your piece, letting it fall freely.  I then added the beautiful Darice flowers and tucked in one of the  Ideology clock pieces.   Lastly, I used those fun Tim Holtz typewriter pieces to spell out “dad” (I gessoed these as well and used an upside-down “P” for the last “d”) and VOILA…you’re done!

Easy peasy, right?  I hope you give this fun project a try, especially if you are looking for a quick last-minute gift idea. While you’re in a creating mood why not make a project for our 2nd anniversary contest?  You can read the details HERE….and feel free to visit us wherever you are on the Net:

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Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing all the dads in your life a very happy, safe, and fun Father’s Day!
xo,
Cris

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