Introducing Clear Frames!

By October 14, 2007General

Let me introduce you to my new favorite find, clear frames.  They are small, clear acrylic frames that are self adhesive.  They measure 3.25 inches square, with an opening of 1.75-inches.  The acrylic that these frames are made out of is a sturdy 1/16th-inch thick, making them perfect solutions for gift & home decor projects that will hold up to wear and tear.  We will be carrying them as of tonight, retailing for $2 each!  I have been playing with them ALL day today, and I have come up with so many uses!  I will share just a few to start the evening off.

Before we get to the projects, let me show you the product.  We currently have three  styles of these frames…


Clear_frame_polka_dotsPolka Dot

Clear_frame_harlequinand Harlequin.

Frames_ornament_supplies_2The first thing I decided to create was a Christmas ornament.  I just love finding ways to personalize my tree.  They could also be used as small gifts family, friends or teachers!  All you need is a 3.25-inch square of designer paper (I am using a scrap leftover from my Snowman Soup Tin), a photo cropped down to 1.75 inches and a piece of ribbon.

Frames_ornament_photoJust peel the backing from the frame to expose the adhesive and lay it over your photo. 

Frames_ornament_paper_addedNext, attach your background paper. 

Frames_ornament_completeCut a slit right at the top of the photo and insert your ribbon.  Create a loop and then use an additional piece of ribbon to create a bow.  There are so many ways that you could personalize these ornaments to suit your decor!  You could add charms that represent the person’s interests even!

Frames_placecard_suppliesNext, I thought these would make the most incredible place cards for Thanksgiving! I used some Basic Grey paper (Brocade from Urban Couture Collection), the name of the guest (printed from the computer) and some Velvet Blossoms (Air Collection).   Instead of attaching the name first (like I did with the photo in the ornament project) I just attached the paper.  The name is punched out with a 1-3/8 inch square punch and then adhered on top of the paper in the frame opening.   

Frames_placecard_standTo create a stand for the placecard, I just punched out a Giga Scalloped rectangle from sturdy cardstock and scored it two scallops from the edge.  I applied some double stick tape to the tab that was created.

Frames_placecard_stand_attachedI then stuck the stand to the back of the frame.  If your stand keeps flattening out, you can adhere a piece of ribbon from the inside of the stand to the back of the frame that will prevent it from sliding open.

Frames_placecard_complete_2And here is the finished product!  I am going to take snapshots once we get everyone seated on Thanksgiving Day and when everyone is preparing to leave, I will make small copies of the prints and insert them in the frames (adhered on top of the name squares) as a little keepsake for them to take home.

I have a few more projects up my sleeve, so be sure to check in later!

Nichole Heady

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