Embossing a Leather Photo Frame
Wrap a plain wooden photo frame in leather and dress it up with this stenciling/embossing technique.
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Tip: Don't use too much paint crème when stenciling; it's better to stencil lightly at first and add more to darken as needed. Always test it on a small piece of leather before starting.
Materials and Tools:
Delta Stencil Magic strokework vine border
Delta Stencil Magic 3/8" stencil brush
Delta Stencil Magic adhesive spray
Delta Stencil Magic chocolate Paint Crème
Delta Ceramcoat metallic 14k gold acrylic paint
Delta Ceramcoat Texture Builder
SOBO white glue
small metal spatula
palette (paper plate) for paint
1. Spray a thin layer of stencil adhesive to the front of the frame, following label instructions. Position leather on frame and press to secure.
2. Pull excess leather to the back of the frame and trim so it overlaps the back by 2 inches. Slightly stretch the leather and hold in place with masking tape. Fold the leather in at the corners and remove bulk before taping into place.
3. Working from the back of the frame, spray another light coat of the spray adhesive to the frame's opening. Use scissors to cut an "X" in the leather covering the opening, cutting from corner to corner and to within 1/2" of the wood. Carefully pull excess leather to the back, pressing the leather onto the contours of the opening and smoothing out wrinkles. Tape into place.
4. Hammer the leather tacks about 1" apart around the outside of the frame. Press them into the wood to secure and hammer in place.
5. To cover the back of the frame, measure the frame's size and draw it onto a piece of leather. Cut the leather 1/2" smaller.
6. Apply a thin, even layer of the SOBO glue to the back of the frame using your finger to smooth. Position the leather piece in place and smooth onto the frame. Let dry.
7. Squeeze equal amounts of Texture Builder and 14K gold acrylic on a palette. Mix thoroughly with the craft stick.
8. Spray adhesive to one side of the stencil. Position desired motif on frame, using masking tape to mask off any unnecessary areas, and press to secure.
9. Use the spatula to scoop up some of the paint mixture. "Frost" over the stencil, leaving a thin, smooth layer.
10. Carefully lift off the stencil and wash in water. Let the stencil and Texture Builder dry. Note: The thicker the layers of Texture Builder, the longer it takes to dry. It can be applied straight from the bottle and will dry clear.
11. Reposition the stencil on the remainder of the frame and apply mixture. Clean stencil in water and let dry again.
12. Re-spray adhesive on the stencil. Reposition it over textured design and press to secure.
13. Open the paint crème jar and remove the "skin" that has formed over the paint. To do this, wad a paper towel and press onto the paint, turning slightly to remove the film. Tap the stencil brush on the paint and remove excess by swirling the brush on a paper towel. Stencil the paint crème at the base of the leaves and on stems to create depth.
14. Reposition stencils as needed to finish design on frame. Let paint dry and attach hanger to the back.
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