Framed Photo Collage with Idea-Ology!

Happy Easter Sunday everyone. It’s Shari here with a frame project which starts out with a small photo and builds into a collage. I love small black and white photos, especially of sleeping babies!


I started with watercolor paper from Ranger and added my first layer of Crazing medium from Tim Holtz; this gave me slightly textured background of brush strokes. Once it was dry, I painted an area with a wash of Cracked Pistachio Distress paint.


I kept my embellishments simple and meaningful. The mirrored hearts are a nice dainty touch; one large and one small to signify Gramma and Granddaughter.


In this shot you can see where I added foiling over the embossing paste.  It’s one of those quick treatments you can do for maximum impact. The number plaquette “15” reminds me of Melody’s age (in months) when I took the photo.


Layers around a photo can be clean and simple but full of texture. Pull out your favorite papers, lace trimming, die cut flowers and embellishments to give it a try.


I’ve shot a full narrated process of this project which you can view below or on our YouTube channel.

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Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to snap shots of your loved ones for future creations. Enjoy!

  1. This is lovely and so beautifully created.. Thanks for sharing all the details. I was very interested in the foiling over the embossing paste. I love the look of the foiling, applying it the way you have with the collage glue stick and have used it many times on backgrounds….but never over the embossing.

  2. I’m sure her grand daughter will cherish that card when she gets older. I was looking at that brush thinking what is wrong with it? It’s nifty. I’m old enough to remember those black handheld label makers, my dad labeled everything with them. it looks like they still make them what a surprise they would look great on a vintage type card too.

  3. What an amazing collage! I’m mostly a cardmaker now, but watching you working on the collage made me want to try something like this as well. Love all techniques shown. very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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