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Create a Framed Display

By: Angelica's Scrap
October 16, 2014

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Create a Framed Display
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For Halloween, I wanted to create something unexpected for display. This box, is actually made up of four frames.

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - Black
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - Black
  • Traditions Artist Acrylics 3oz - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • Plastic frames, 4
  • Foam board
  • Palette knife
  • Paint brush
  • Brads
  • Punch
  • Glue
  • Decorative beads


You get a great view from all angles.

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Lots of flea market finds were used on the top of the case.

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The top is really a lid.

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It makes it easy to change out the contents.

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Four plastic frames, two pieces of foam board and some "mixed junk" for the lid.

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I started by priming all the different pieces for the lid with black Media Gesso.

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I dabbed black Media Modeling Paste on the foam board pieces with a palette knife creating a texture. The foam board is going to be the top and bottom of the case.

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I cut four pieces of chipboard to cover the gap in the corners between the frames. I attached ordinary round head paper fasteners, and made a dent in every one of them with a revolving punch to imitate rivets.


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I primed the strips with black gesso.

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I glued the frames and foam board pieces together.

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The chipboard strips cover the corner gaps. I added some pearls as well.

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I glued my lid together and then painted the whole thing black with Traditions Carbon Black.

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To make it look old and tarnished, I applied a few color washes of Fluid Acrylics in Quinacridone Gold.

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Some Patina Green Antiquing Cream adds to the old, tarnished look.

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I mixed Metallic Gold and Burnt Umber.

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And dry brushed all parts of the case.

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The doll inside is another story but it involves Media Crackle Glaze and Antiquing Cream!

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Fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a great week!

Nágela Weber

November 4, 2014

Such a stunning creation, Angelica! Haven't seen anything like it before! And such a genius use of the frames! Claudia x


November 25, 2014

Waouh !!! Qu'elle creativité ! Vous etes extraordinaire ! J'ADORE . Merci pour ces idées.


September 28, 2015

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