A few months ago, I bought a frame from Ikea. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to put in the frame, so I ended up using the cardboard that the frame was packaged in and a cool Photoshop brush that I downloaded and printed on cardstock.

What you’ll need:

  • A cool frame
  • Cardboard – usually it comes in the frame!
  • An interesting picture to print and cut out
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors and maybe an exacto knife
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint
  • Painter’s tape – or any kind of masking tape will do
  • Foam paintbrush
  • A hair dryer (to help the acrylic paint dry faster!)

Step 1: Trace the opening of the frame on the cardboard (that had packaged the frame) and paint the cardboard a neutral color. I used just white acrylic paint.

Step 2: Choose an image you like, print it over several pieces of paper, and cut it out. I downloaded this cityscape brush for Photoshop from deviant art, and spread it across 4 pieces of card stock. Then I placed the cut-out image on my cardboard to visualize where it would lay so I could add more to the background.

Step 3: I dried my white acrylic paint with the hair dryer and cut out my oval. At this point, I decided that grey was a better neutral, so I re-painted with grey. Then I taped off some diagonal lines and added a contrast color.

Step 4: Once my paint was dry (super-fast, thanks to my handy hair dryer!), I glued down my printed and cut images with Mod Podge. If you look really closely, you can see the lines across the image where it’s 2 different pieces of paper.

Step 5: Place your new art in your frame and enjoy!

Share your ideas! Does this give you any inspiration?

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