There are only 37 days until Christmas!
I can hardly wait. Who wants to join me for some hot cocoa??
This holiday season, "JOY" has become my mantra. (Remember my JOY-ful Christmas display??)
Rather than becoming overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I want to focus on the true joy of the Christmas season. What better reminder of true joy than a picture of the people I love most?! I thought it would be fun to display our latest Christmas card or family photo on this faux frame.
I had just a little help from Martha Stewart's brand new paint line...
I was thrilled to try out some of these amazing goodies! I was very impressed with Martha Stewart's new paint line. I tried out several craft paints, glitter paint (best invention ever!), some gorgeous stencils, brushes, sponges, etc.
I love that Martha's new craft paints are multi-surface. They are intended for everything from fabric to glass!
Come along with me to see how I created this festive faux frame...
I started out with a beadboard square (found at The Wood Connection) and a larger piece of wood I had in my scrap wood collection.
I painted the base using several coats of Martha's gorgeous satin paint in aquarium. I adore this color!
Once the wood was completely dry, I wanted it to appear slightly distressed. So I sanded the edges and then used a sponge to apply a bit of distressing ink. Perfect.
Next, I prepared to apply some snowflake stencils! I mixed the Mother of Pearl paint with the Sugar Cube glitter paint. I loved the subtle, sparkly combination.
Stenciling is pretty hot-and-cold for me. Some days it works, and some days it's a flop! But I felt like a pro with plenty of tools to help me this time!
I used two small adhesive snowflake stencils and loved them! It was so simple to just stick them on and paint over them! I also used the stencil adhesive spray to apply a larger snowflake in the opposite corner.
After painting the beadboard a cherry red, I used Gorilla Glue to glue it onto the base.
I happened to have a scrap of red vinyl that matched the beadboard perfectly, so I cut out the "JOY" in vinyl. But you could easily stencil this as well--or even print it on scrapbook paper.
To display the picture, I modpodged some scrapbook paper to a clothespin and glued it to the beadboard.
I have this frame displayed on my kitchen counter, and I LOVE looking at this as I'm working on a project. Those sweet boys are my joy!
Now I just need some Christmas music to listen to!
Have a happy weekend!
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