As promised yesterday; here is my tutorial on how to make frames using card stock.
Initially I saw this idea on Youtube. It is how I made the black love frame you saw in yesterdays blog. From that video I started to play with different shapes and sizes and soon I became very addicted to making them. Once you get the hang of it, they do not take much to make and I think they are fab for last minute little gifts or just to let someone know that you are thinking of them.
Before I start can I just apologise if the photos are not 100% perfect. I was getting everything sorted for this tutorial in the evening and as all of us crafty people know. The light is never the best in the evening.
As I go through the tutorial, I will be adding photos and measurements at each stage. This is my first start to finish tutorial so I hope I will be doing this right.
The measurements I will be giving you in this tutorial is for the frame in the above picture from yesterdays blog. This frame finished measuring 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches (11 1/2 x 11 1/2 cms)
Start with a piece of card stock that measures 8 1/2 inches square. (21 1/2 cms)
Using your scoring board. Score on each side four times in 1/2 inch increments. (8, 7 1/2, 7 & 6 1/2 inches)
(20 1/2, 19, 17 1/2 & 16 cms)
The above measurements are being scored on the right hand side of the score board.
(I have scored with a pen in this tutorial to allow my score lines to stand out)
This is what your scoring lines should look like.
You then need to score 1/2 inch towards the centre from each side. Score down an inch.( 2 1/2 cms)
Do this only on the top and bottom of your card stock. DO NOT do this on the sides. (We are making the corners for the frame)
We then have to score at a diagonal. See below picture.
Now for a bit of cutting. We need to cut the corners of the card stock away to allow us to create the frame shape.
The biggest tip I learnt for the cutting step is to cut inside of your score lines. This will make a cleaner fold.
Cut away the areas I scribbled on like in the below photo.
Once cut out, you should have a piece of card stock that looks like this......
Once you get to this stage. Go ahead and burnish all remaining score lines.
This is now the point at which you will start to build your frame.
You want to start by doing the straight edges. So in the above photo, it will be the top and bottom edge.
Place adhesive (I used tear and tape) on the outer edge or the last 1/2 inch. Then fold the edges in; the ends of each side should form a square. Do this with the opposite side too.
It should look like this....
At this stage what the Youtube video showed and I found was a big help. Was to take a pen and run it through each "tunnel" just to make sure the adhesive that you have used is pressed down firmly.
Then it is time to fold in and adhere the other sides.I did also put glue dots on each end of the already folded sides. This was to make sure that the frame would sit flush at the corner. Make sure that they fold under the already folded sides.
You have your frame. Because you cant push a pen through each rolled side to make sure the adhesive has stuck properly. Just turn the frame over and use your burnishing tool to just run over each edge. This; I have found to help to make sure everything is stuck down and secure.
Now it is your turn to just have fun and decide what size frame you would like/need.
Here are some different sized frames I have made..
The biggest frame in these photos was made using a 12 x 12 inch (30 1/2 cms) piece of card stock. The frame finished measuring 8 inch square (about 20 1/2 cms)
The rectangle shaped frame started of as a piece of card stock measuring 11 inches by 7 (28 cms x 18 cms). This finished at measuring 7 1/2 inches x 3 inches (19 x 7 1/2 cms)
I hope this tutorial has been laid out so that it is clear to follow and that you are able to enjoy making some frames of your own.
Any questions, just send me a message and I will be more than happy to help.
I am going to start doing more regular blog posts. More tutorials and product focuses.
If there is anything you would like me to show or explain. Either send me an email or comment under any of my posts and I will do the best that I can.
I will leave it there for now and I hope you enjoy making these frames as much as I have.
Hope you all have a fab weekend. Its my birthday today so I will be having a family filled fun day which I'm thinking is going to start with me having breakfast in bed made by my three gorgeous boys. Spoilt mummy 😊
Take care xxx
Love Stazzy xxxx