Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Digital Studio Vellum Techniques- Vellum Float Photo Frame

Today's post is a continuation of the MDS Vellum Technique suite from yesterday.  Of all the projects this one was the one that was (is) giving me the most problems photographically.  The photo and images are printed on vellum and then attached to a clear glass base with washi tape.
It looks lovely when backlit but that really did not look right when I tried to photograph it that way.  If I put it on a white background the glass totally disappeared; putting it on a black background the vellum portion was too dark.  This not-so-great pic is the best of the bunch.

So IF you could see it in real life you would see that the photo is crisp with soft muted colors.  The sentiment and girl silhouette stamps are color matched to my daughter's pants.  I saved this color as a favorite and used it in all the other projects as the base color.  The gold washi tape matches tones in the background of the photo and is itself somewhat translucent so it adds to the light airy feel.

Best of all it is super easy to do!  Here is how:  

There are several ways to do this project.  You can design on a 5" X 7" page, cut your vellum card stock to 5" X 7" and insert that in your printer.  I prefer to design on 8-1/2" X 11" pages and trim to size afterward as my printer handles regular size paper consistently.  I will give instructions for the latter method.

Vellum Float Photo Frame:
Finished MDS page
1.  Open a new blank 8-1/2" X 11" portrait page.
2.  Add a square punch.  Use the rulers at the side and stretch to 5" x 7".  Center the punch.  (This punch is a place holder.  It will be deleted later.)
3.  Add a 2-1/2" X 2-1/2" photo box.  Add photo and a mat.  (Use the default mat size and a color that coordinates with your photo.)
4.  Add the little girl stamp and "Sending Springtime Smiles: sentiment.
5.  Change the color of the stamps to a dark color such as Elegant Eggplant or use the color picker to choose a dark color from the photo.  I chose the dark blue of the blue jeans.
6.  If you are using a color from the photo add it to your favorites.  (When you have the Color Picker open, click "add to favorites" is the bottom right hand corner.)
7.  Add Corner Punches at each corner.  These are guides for cutting once you have printed the project.
8.  Delete the 5" X 7" rectangular punch. 
9.  Print the project on Vellum Cardstock
10.  Trim the vellum to 5" X 7".
11.  Attach the photo to an 8" X 10" piece of glass with strips of Washi Tape.

Note:  I used the glass from an 8" X 10" photo frame.  This was a higher quality frame and edges of the glass were beveled.  Some less expensive frames might have glass that is somewhat sharp on the edges.  

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