This frame was TOO much fun to make.  I made a similar one for my mom, shoulda taken a picture, I know.

alcohol ink embossed photo frame

You’ll never guess what was used.  Alcohol inks and foil tape! (You know, the stuff for wrapping pipes.)  The raised areas were made from paper cut outs and glued to the frame under the tape.  Rolling over the tape with a brayer made the embossing.

I just love cool techniques.

P.S.  On Tim Holtz’s video, An Altered Journey, he gives terrific step-by-step directions for how to do this. I highly recommend it.

Update:  December 10, 2009 – You’ll find Tim’s excellent directions for this technique on his blog, in his day 10.  Enjoy!



Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink, Cranberry
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Raisin
Ranger 1/2 Ounce Adirondack Alcohol Ink Singles, Wild Plum
Black StazOn Permanent Ink (You dab the StazOn onto the raised portions and then quickly wipe it off, this removes the alcohol ink from those parts only!)
Paper Punches & Die Cuts:
Small Butterfly Lever Punch by Fiskars
Small Flower Punch – All Night Media
Sizzix Sizzlets Alphabet set – Bounce
Scotch Foil Tape, Silver 2″ Wide
5″ square unfinished wood picture frame (A.C. Moore)
Brayer Set (Inkadinkadoo)

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