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Dimensional Collage Frame

Pick out images from magazines to create this dimensional collage frame.

Dawn Shute of Santa Maria, California, creates a novel dimensional collage frame.

Material and Tools:

8" x 10" canvas board
images from magazine pages
acrylic paint
sparkle paint
oil pastels
glaze pens
dimensional paint
assorted crystals and rhinestones
white glue
soft gel matte medium
glitter glue
upholstery nails
copper water heater strapping*
tin snips
foam core
scrap piece of board
1" x 2" wood cut to size
1/4" backing board
aluminum tape
pattern tracing wheel
texture wheels
curvy ruler
paper towels
India ink
3/4" nails
small piece of muslin
safety glasses
*Copper water heater strapping includes slots for fastening.


1. Choose selected images from magazines, in this case, an eye and a frame for the eye. Cut out images for your dimensional collage frame (figure A).

2. Lay the magazine frame onto the canvas board and lightly pencil around it.

3. Adhere the eye image to the frame image with gel medium (figure B). Let dry.

4. Paint the canvas board from the pencil line to the edge of the canvas board with acrylic paints. Add color with the oil pastels. Lightly apply sparkle paint to add shimmer to the board (figure C).

5. Adhere the framed eye to the canvas board lining up the edges with the pencil line on the canvas board. Smooth out any air bubbles with your hands (figure D). Let dry.

6. Unroll two 10-inch pieces of the copper strapping and cut with tin snips. Straighten the strapping with a hammer on a scrap piece of board. Lay the strapping tape on the edge of the canvas board and make a starter hole for the large strapping holes with an awl. Place a thickness of two pieces of foam core under the edge of the canvas board to hammer the upholstery nails onto the canvas board to secure the copper strapping. Align the strapping on the edge of the canvas board and hammer the upholstery nails through the canvas board at the starter holes. Then hammer desired points of the upholstery nails into the foam core (figure E). Repeat for the opposite side. Note: Allow space in between upholstery nails to apply rhinestones.

7. Adhere rhinestones over the smaller holes on the strapping with glue (figure F).

8. Alter the eye with oil pastels, glitter glue and glaze pens. Embellish the frame with dimensional paint and crystals/rhinestones (figure G). Set the canvas board aside to dry.

9. Cut the backing board 10-3/4" x 12". Paint both the front, sides and back with acrylic colors.

10. Cut the 1" x 2" boards 12-1/2" x 8" using a jigsaw or handsaw. Cover the front and sides of the boards with aluminum tape (figure H).

Emboss the aluminum tape with a curvy ruler, a stylus, the pattern tracing wheel, and texture wheels (figure I).

11. Clean aluminum tape thoroughly with paper towels to remove any residue oils left over from your hands. Apply India ink to the aluminum tape and let it sit for a few seconds. Pat off some of the India ink with a paper towel and let sit for a few seconds; then rub the rest of the India ink off with a paper towel (figure J).

Some of the India ink will remain on the tape and the rest will settle in the embossed areas. Use your fingers to rub off the remaining India ink on the surface; this will also provide a shine to the tape (figure K).

12. Remove the foam core from the upholstery tacks. Center the canvas board and adhere it to the backing board by nailing in the upholstery tacks (figure L).

13. Line up your framing boards to the edge of the canvas board (figure M). Place a piece of muslin over the top of the framing and clamp in place. Nail from the back of the backing board.


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