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This little frame is a pretty home décor piece for the Christmas season, and it would also make a lovely gift. You could add a family photo or some other special seasonal message – maybe the Night Before Christmas poem.


  • Picture Frame – find an old one you no longer love and up-cycle it! If you don’t have one, see what you can find at Reverse Garbage, and of course you can always buy a plain (inexpensive) one at the shops.

  • Double-sided adhesive sheets

  • Designer Series Paper – Boughs of Holly item #159600 from JDMC2022

  • Crystal Effects - this is a retired SU product, that adds a glossy, dimensional effect to your projects. You've probably got a bottle lurking in your craft However, there are similar products available on the market. Basically you need to look for a glossy 3D glaze. The kind of thing you'd use for Paper Toile or Decoupage.

  • My die cut words are from a retired Thinlit


Stipple brush with firm bristles

Paper Snips

Tombow Liquid Glue item #110755


Start by covering one side of the frame with a piece of adhesive sheet. Make sure you cover the whole area.

Remove the top layer of backing paper to expose the adhesive.

Sprinkle the gold leaf all over the adhesive – I like to use tweezers to do this, and I put it on really thickly.

Once all the sticky parts are covered, use the stipple brush to gently rub off the loose gold leaf. I like to use a circular motion. You don’t want to press too hard. You’ll be left with a burnished, almost flat gold strip. Now cover the next side of the frame with adhesive sheet and repeat the process.

Repeat until all four sides are covered with that gorgeous gold leaf.

Cut out some of the flowers from a piece of the Holly Berries DSP. Attach them to the frame with Tombow liquid glue.

Once dry, use Crystal Effects over the top of the flowers to give them dimension and shine. Take your time with this step and work from one part of the design gradually moving across to cover the whole decal. If you get impatient, you’ll end up with air bubbles, so work slowly and methodically.

Set aside somewhere safe to dry – it could take a few hours depending on how thick you spread the Crystal Effects.

Finally, add your chosen photo or piece of DSP and some festive words.

Sit back and admire your handy work ;)

If you would like to buy any of the products I've used in this week's project, please shop with me here.

Be sure to use my current hostcode NTPQGPZH


DSP - Designer Series Paper

JDMC2022 – July-Dec Mini Catalogue 2022


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