How to Make a Foil Accented Frame for Valentine's Day

by tami sanders * paper crafter

bling up plain chipboard letters using Design Adhesives and Designer Foils from Clearsnap. then use the letters to accent a pretty frame that is perfect for Valentine's Day, Wedding or Anniversary.


  • Clearsnap: Designer Foils: Plum Crazy
  • Clearsnap: Designer Foils: Silver Fog
  • Clearsnap: Design Adhesives: French Swirl
  • Clearsnap: Design Adhesives: Ornate Border
  • Clearsnap: Izink Ink: Tulip
  • Clearsnap: Izink Ink: Opaline
  • Clearsnap: Izink Ink: Amethyst
  • ColorBox Pigment Ink: Burlap
  • ColorBox Pigment Ink: Plum Crazy
  • ColorBox Stylus & Tips
  • Hydrangea Hippo: Pink Beaded Hoops
  • Beacon Adhesives: 3-in-1 Glue
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Scissors
  • Wood Frame
  • Vintage Silver Cording
  • Paintbrush
  • Foam Brush
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    use paintbrush to apply a mix of Opaline Izink with a little bit of Tulip to chipboard letters. set letters aside to dry COMPLETELY.

    Step 2

    once chipboard letters are dry, apply French Swirl Design Adhesives to them. it's easier if you cut the sheets to approximate size of letter before applying.

    Step 3

    apply Plum Crazy Designer Foil over letters and burnish on with your finger or a bone folder. move sheet around letter until the designs have been completely foiled.

    Step 4

    finished letters.

    Step 5

    use Plum Pigment ink, applied using Stylus & Tip to distress edge of letters.

    Step 6

    distressed letter.

    Step 7

    use Amethyst Izink mixed with a bit of Opaline to paint frame.

    Step 8

    then mix a little Opaline with Tulip Izink and apply lightly around frame to add some highlights.

    Step 9

    "red" highlights added to frame.

    Step 10

    painted frame. set aside to dry.

    Step 11

    use Burlap Pigment Ink applied using Stylus & Tip to distress edges of frame. set aside to dry COMPLETELY.

    Step 12

    closeup of distressed edge of frame.

    Step 13

    apply portions of Ornate Border Design Adhesives around frame.

    Step 14

    burnish Silver Fog foil over designs.

    Step 15

    foiled area of frame.

    Step 16

    frame with foiling finished.

    Step 17

    insert photo in frame and then adhere foiled letters along bottom.

    Step 18

    adhere small rose to center of small heart in "love".

    Step 19

    trim ends of beaded hoops, then adhere in upper right corner of frame.

    Step 20

    add bow of silver cording.

    Step 21

    then arrange and adhere flowers.

    Step 22

    finished frame. *** you can find more inky projects on the Clearsnap Blog: *** and find me at tami sanders * paper crafter: