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Faith, Hope, and Love Frame

by: Candy Colwell
April 27, 2017

Faith, Hope, and Love Frame

Last month, DecoArt and Stampendous teamed up to bring a really fun blog hop your way using Stampendous stamps. I used some of Andy Skinner’s newer stamps for that project. This month, I wanted to concentrate on some of Andy’s newer stencils. I love them! The new stencils combined with DecoArt Media products and this Tando Frame allowed me to create this Faith, Hope and Love Frame.

This frame is a sturdy chipboard type of material. Through the magic of DecoArt’s amazing Media line of products, it’s easy to take a plain grey board and turn it into what looks and feels like a piece of etched and carved tumbled stone. Let’s get started on this art adventure and see how it’s done:

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Typeface
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Red Hue
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Copper Kettle
  • Metallic Lustre 1oz - Iced Espresso
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Distressed Digits
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Texture Sand Paste
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Gesso - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 12x3 - Time Warp
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Raw Umber
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Yellow Oxide
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Gold
  • Andy Skinner Tando Ministry of Mixology Frame Kit
  • Andy Skinner Stampendous Toxic Stamp Set
  • Andy Skinner Stampendous Industrial Stamp Set
  • Memory Frames
  • Miscellaneous Metal Heart, Metal Disc, Metal Medallion, Chain, Jump Rings, Small Metal Keys and Lionís Door Knocker Head, Metal Charms
  • Wire
  • Computer Generated Words and Phrases
  • Chipboard Heart Shape
  • Assorted Brushes
  • Palette Knife
  • Baby Wipes
  • Black Chipboard Scraps
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Masking Tape
  • Heat Tool
  • Hot Glue Gun and Sticks

Instructions :

Begin by taking the Frame out of the package and preparing all of the parts for adding various mediums. Add small amounts of Scor Tape to hold the different tiles of the frame in place while stenciling. (These tiles will be removed and later glued into place). Put masking tape over the inside 1” area where the cavity of the frame will later be added.

Mix a little DecoArt Media Texture Paste Medium and DecoArt Media Modeling Paste together to get a gritty texture. Tape the various stencils in place randomly on the frame and using a palette knife, scrape the paste over the surface of the stencils. Gently heat set to dry and repeat this process until the frame is covered with raised images to your liking. Clean stencils immediately after use!

This is what your frame will look like at this point.

After the paste has dried completely, randomly use your finger to add bits of DecoArt Media Modeling Paste over the surface of the frame. Don’t forget to add to the sides of the frame as well. Air dry or gently heat set. 

When completely dry, brush a light coat of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff over the surface of the frame. Let dry or gently heat set.

Using your finger or a baby wipe, begin randomly adding areas of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue onto the frame. 

Using your finger or a baby wipe, add random areas of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Yellow Oxide to the surface of the frame. Air dry or gently heat set. 

This is what your frame will look like at this point. 

Brush DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream over the entire surface of the frame, working it down into the crevasses. You can let this completely dry or partially dry and then begin removing the Antiquing Cream with a damp rag or baby wipe. Wipe off as much of the brown as you desire. Once you heat set it, it’s permanent. 

This is what your frame will look like at this point; including a closeup of the detail.

Begin adding DecoArt Media Patina Green Antiquing Cream randomly onto the surface of the frame using a baby wipe. Wipe off any excess and heat set. 

This is what your frame will look like at this point. 

To highlight the raised areas of the frame, mix DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Metallic Gold and Yellow Oxide together. Using your finger, randomly swipe and touch over some of the raised areas.

To emphasize the color and bring out more highlights, randomly DRY BRUSH the following colors onto the frame: Titan Buff to soften the browns and lighted areas of the frame, Cobalt Teal Hue to add more teal tones and increase the color, Yellow Oxide to give a more natural stone effect.

Now to add “the magic!” Pull up the frame tiles, keeping them in order. Lightly DRY BRUSH DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold onto the edges of each tile. This will define each tile and add warmth, depth and a bit of a rusted, earthy appearance to them. Remove the masking tape from the center of the frame. 

Then lay the pieces back in place but not permanently gluing them yet. This is what your frame will look like at this point.

Using your finger, add DecoArt Media Modeling Paste over the surface of the smaller interior frame inset piece and the back of the inserted interior frame that will be added later.

Add DecoArt Media Crackle Paste randomly around the edges of the smaller interior frame inset. Let air dry. Always air dry DecoArt Crackle mediums! Do not heat set them! 

When completely dry, add a layer of first DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Cobalt Teal Hue using a baby wipe and let dry. Then add a layer of Cobalt Teal Hue mixed with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Titan Buff over the crackled areas of the frame inset. I also added the lighter teal hue using a baby wipe and wiping away the excess. Let dry or gently heat set. 

Add warmth and earthiness to the frame with a combination of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Quinacridone Gold and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide. Wipe these colors randomly onto the frame using a baby wipe. 

Finally, for a weathered look, add some DecoArt Media Raw Umber Antiquing Cream using a baby wipe primarily into corners and wherever the frame inset seems to need a darker area. Wipe off the excess. Heat set.

Here is how the smaller frame insert will look like at this time. 

Here is how the frame should look at this point when the smaller frame insert is added to the overall frame. 

Begin laying out the Memory Frames onto the surface of the stenciled Tando frame to create your design. I joined three 1” Memory Frames together using jump rings and then adding a small metal copper heart between each one. 

Here is the design I created by laying the Memory Frames into place and added the extra little some of the extra little metal pieces. I also began adding “rusted” nuts and bolts from Andy’s Frame Kit to the frame.

*To see the techniques I like to use in created the illusion of rusted metal pieces out of chipboard, please refer THIS TUTORIAL on DecoArt’s Mixed Media Blog.

Next I created some positive sentiments and words on my computer, sized them to fit the Memory Frames and then cut the out. I glued the words onto pieces of black chipboard. 

Using my finger, I edged the words with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black and inserted them inside the frames.

I continued to add more little metal embellishments to some of the frames and laid everything out onto the frame for my final design.

Now remove all of the metals pieces and the stenciled tiles from the frame. Add several pieces of Scor Tape to the base of the frame so as to permanently hold the tiles in place.

DecoArt Lustre Metallics are a paste that instantly alter pieces from one finish to another. I took an antique metal heart charm and first added the copper color then the espresso to create the antique copper colors of the Memory Frames. In the insert photo, you can see the before and after effects of these wonderful pastes.

After adding all of the rivets, nuts and bolts from the Frame kit that have been given a rusted appearance using DecoArt Media products. I glued them in place using DecoArt Liquid Glass. Once dry, I began adding adding depth and a shadowing effect by DRY BRUSHING DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics Carbon Black lightly around the rivets on the frame insert.

Here is how the frame will look at this point.

Using DecoArt Liquid Glass, glue the sides of the center insert in place by slipping the tabs into their slots. Do not glue on the back at this time as it needs to be embellished first.

Cover the frame insert box piece with a piece of cardstock. Using Andy Skinner Stamps from his Industrial and Toxic Sets. 

Here is how the back piece will look at this point. 

Wire wrap the heart and add charms or whatever embellishments you choose.

Glue the back of the frame inset in place with hot glue. Hot glue the heart into the center of the inset.

Be sure to visit Creativity Is Contagious for more projects and to learn more about Candy Colwell.


Oh Candy! Wow, this is spectacular! That inner frame brings the most amazing contrast and the screws are out of this world cool! Awesome texture and layered color. Love this! Hugs, Autumn


April 27, 2017

Looks like a great project and an awesome giveaway. thanks as always for sharing.


April 27, 2017

Gorgeous textural backdrop. I love the cracked heart, a wonderful focal piece and the touches of rust are gorgeous. Great idea to add the littl frames to the larger frame. Fantastic sentiment. Tracy x

Tracy Evans

April 27, 2017

Thanks for the great tutorial, makes me want to perfect my patina finish. Just a fabulous rock!

Carol Watson

April 27, 2017

What a fabulous piece of art!


April 27, 2017

Candy, I know how much fun these frames are to work with! I love that you started with the stencils, they create some wonderful texture and your colour choices are so beautiful. The rusty elements are fantastic and the red crackled heart looks beautiful in the Cadmium red - the Antiquing Cream really brings out the best in the crackles! A stunning piece of art! Anne x

Anne R

April 27, 2017

Love it, so much gorgeous texture and detail. Happy crafting, Angela xXx


April 27, 2017

Totally and Completely AWE STRUCK. What an INCREDIBLY INTRICATE and AMAZINGLY CREATIVE project. Your step by step instructions are just GREAT Candy. Pure DecoArt Media PERFECTION - this has it all - fabulous colors, shimmering lusciousness, intriguing textures, a bit of 'Andy'... all combined with eye catching bits and babbles. WOW - truly a work of ART. Xj.


April 27, 2017

Wow Candy you've given us a wonderful tutorial today on how to use the DecoArt products and create a fantastic Andy style frame. The amazing grungy layers and colours are brilliant, I love the words and theme you focused on and that crackled heart is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent xxx

Brenda Brown

April 28, 2017

Fantastic! Thank you for including the written tutorial. I feel inspired! Thanks so much!


April 28, 2017

Fantastic to see all those layers building up for your glorious weathered, distressed look. I love the niche at the centre, with all those nuts and bolts, and the panel behind the heart really caught my eye in these close-ups - lovely stamping. Brilliant! Alison x


April 28, 2017

Awesome project.


April 28, 2017

What can I say but WOW! I love how you put all those layers and textures together!

Carol H

April 28, 2017

This is just beautiful. Thank you for the tutorial and inspiration.

Mary Kay

April 28, 2017

Such a cool piece. I love that heart.

Apri Lopez

April 28, 2017

I am completely blown away by all these glorious layers of texture, pattern and design. What an incredible work of art! Candy's work always has such a wonderful quality of light,and this gorgeous composition is no exception! Thanks for the wonderful step out. It was. Ago alt o see all those layers and details come together! Wonderful prize package, too!


April 28, 2017

this is a very cool mixed media piece. i love all of the steps that you showed us and what products gave us what effects. so cool. there are a couple of products that i was unfamiliar with and will be great to try. thanks for the great tutorial.


April 28, 2017

I am completely stunned...this is so fabulous. Really. This is a true work of art. Thank you for such detailed instructions. I don't have a single one of these marvelous items in my studio...would never even know how to use them without seeing your step-by-step tutorial here. I love this so much. I would LOVE to be able to create like this. Bless your heart.


April 28, 2017

Wow, Cindy. I love this. You really nailed the colors on this, and I am taking notes. LOL TFS

Barbara Rankin

April 28, 2017

I absolutely love EVERYTHING about Deco Art, Andy Skinner and Cindy. It's like they shape these projects just for me!! I have everything needed to make this awesome project and can't wait for my daughter to get out of hospital (she has viral meningitis) so I can be home all day to do this one. I love all the possibilities Deco Art gives me!! Thank you. Liz Walters Prescott, AZ

Liz Walters

April 28, 2017

Candy, Thanks for such a great tutorial. I loved all of the photos and instructions. I have wanted to try a mixed media piece and this is truly an inspiration. Thank you!

Lorrie Koenig

April 28, 2017

What a great project Candy! Love the stenciled background, all the colors you used and that beautiful cracked red heart! These are great products and I appreciate your step by step on how you used each one! Julia xx

Julia Aston

April 28, 2017

A fabulous grungey project! Love it! Xx


April 29, 2017

Beautiful as always! I keep buying product but just can't take the leap!


April 29, 2017

Your vision of creativity is magical.... Well done! Thanks for the detailed tutorial, I appreciate this, as you have given me the confidence on creating a mx media design that I have been reflecting upon and now I can move forward much easier with your presentation.

ava gavloski

April 29, 2017

Wow Candy! What a wonderful piece of art! Thanks so much for your clear instructions and the step-out instructions. Happy Birthday wishes too!

Kathi Rerek

April 29, 2017

Wow! This is fantastic! Thanks for sharing all the details.


April 30, 2017

Super tutorial. Thank you!!!

agapi fragkiadi

April 30, 2017

Fantastic Candy!!! Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your creative process!

Gaby Bee

April 30, 2017

Candy girl!! This is absolutely stunning!! Not only did you create magic with the gray board and DecoArt products, but you turned the whole project into a masterpiece! I just love it Candy!! Bravo! huge hugs,Jackie

Jackie Neal

April 30, 2017

Oh the possibilities would be endless with a package like this, thanks for your generosity.

Susan Kapp

April 30, 2017

This looks like a fun project.


May 2, 2017

Oh, WOW!!!! A bit late to see and comment, but what a stunning and amazing project... !!! Wonderful tutorial Candy, you are incredibly talented and I love your art. Thank You so much Coco xxx


June 3, 2017

Beautiful piece, great inspiration. I've got some of those memory frames lurking in my stash, now I know how to use them.


June 29, 2017

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