I checked out this week's Simply Stampin' challenge to find it's entitled Photo Love. I've had the Sizzix Tim Holtz Small Easel die for a few weeks but hadn't got round to using it so this challenge was the perfect opportunity for me to try it out! I've just got the X Cut Doorplate dies as well so I thought I'd use those too! I've made a photo frame which at the moment is hosting a black and white photo of our cat Tingha. He's quite a co-operative subject, happy to pose - unlike our other cat Tucker who won't keep still long enough! I've made the frame with a piece of Crumb Cake CS at the back which is attached to the Early Espresso piece with 3d foam tape just at the bottom and sides. This means I can easily slide photos in and out so photos can be rotated regularly.
The Early Espresso piece measures 5 1/2" x 3 3/4" and I used the Vintage Wallpaper folder to emboss it and I rounded the corners. I used two sizes of Doorplate dies to create the aperture and the Crumb Cake frame. I've attached a piece of acetate behind the Espresso piece, attached a Crumb Cake panel at the back with 3d foam tape and then glued the easel to the Crumb Cake panel. I decorated the front of the frame with die cut leaves using the Little Leaves Sizzlits die and added stamped and punched flowers. The stamp is from the Punch Potpourri set, I used Razzleberry ink on Very Vanilla CS and punched them out with the Boho Blossoms punch. I cut all the petals a little deeper and shaped them by pressing an embossing stylus in the centre of each flower on a moulding mat - a fab tip I got from my SU! demo Joanne. It adds dimension and shaping to punched flowers and is easy to do - my kind of tip!
Stamps: SU! Punch Potpourri set
CS: SU! Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive & Very Vanilla, acetate
Ink: SU! Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Sizzix Tim Holtz Small Easel die, X Cut Doorplate dies, SU! Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, SU! Little Leaves Sizzlits die, SU! Boho Blossoms punch, embossing stylus & moulding mat, Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Embellishments & accessories: 3d foam tape