Friday, February 3, 2012

{Show Some Love: Valentine Chevron Frame}

I'm so excited to be part of the Show Some Love Blog Hop hosted by One Tough Mother!  February 1st through the 14th, many awesome bloggers are showing some Valentine love on their blogs.  
Today, I'm sharing how to make my Valentine Chevron Frame.


I first started with this frame that I primed with gesso.  This frame was an unfinished wood frame that I had previously painted but didn't like.  The gesso allowed me to cover up the paint I had previously used.


After the gesso dried, I painted the frame a pretty pink color.


After the pink paint dried, it was time to figure out how to get the chevron stripes on the frame.  I used a triangle I cut out of card stock to create the pattern.


I traced the top of the triangle, scooted the template over so the corner of the traced triangle touched the card stock triangle, and traced the template again.  When I started on the next row, I scooted the card stock triangle down an amount I thought would be good for the thickness of stripes I desired and traced the triangle again.  I did this until the frame was covered.  Then I had to tape off the lines.  (This step was the most stressful for me because I am a perfectionist and getting measurements exactly correct is not by best skill!)


After taping off the stripes, I used the pink color to paint over the edges of the tape.  This keeps the other color of paint from seeping under the tape.  Then I painted with the white.


After the paint dried and I took off the tape, I sprayed the frame with a clear spray paint.  Then it was time to add a little Valentine pizazz to the frame.  I decided to add a string heart to the frame.  I used my Silhouette to cut a heart out of card stock, and I made even pencil marks around the heart.


I stuck the heart to the frame with painter's tape.  Then I placed nails around the heart on each pencil mark. (I found these awesome little rose gold looking nails at Lowe's.)


I then tied hot pink embroidery floss to the bottom nail and started wrapping.  After the whole heart was wrapped to my liking, I tied a knot around another nail.  I rubbed Liquid Stitch around the outside string to prevent it from ever sliding off the nails.


Since the frame didn't come with glass, I bought a 5x7 frame from the dollar store and put the glass from it in my frame.  For now, I put the frame's backing behind the picture and taped it in place.  (I plan on getting hardware to attach the frame's backing later.)  Now I have an awesome Valentine frame that I can keep up year round!


I love the chevron pattern!


And the heart is cute too.


Now I have somewhere to display my (current) favorite photo of me and my Valentine. :)  I'm so glad that I got to share this project as part of the Show Some Love Blog Hop.  
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28 comments:

  1. So very cute!!! I love the idea of the heart at the bottom!! Very original :)

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  2. Bethany this ROCKS! I agree with Christine about the heart - very cool. So happy to have you Showing Some Love!

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  3. Hi, Bethany

    i just love this frame. Super cute and Love the heart!!!

    Vanessa

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  4. Adorable! Love the frame, the picture and especially your string heart! Thanks for linking up to my Valentine Link Party!

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  5. I LOVE THIS!!!! fabulous job... thanks so much for linking up to the handmade valentine party at www.SummitStreetJoy.com :)

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  6. Hey Bethany!

    You just saved me tons of time looking for inspiration for the millions of wooden picture frames I have stuffed at my crafting desk. I love the chevron look and the string heart is brilliant! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Wow that is super cute!!!

    Found you on TT&J! ;) Would love for you to come by my party to link this up.. or any other projects you may have.
    http://www.littleinspiration.com/2012/02/create-inspire-party.html

    Thanks,
    Angie from A Little Inspiration

    P.S New follower of your lovely blog!

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  8. This is gorgeous! Love the heart, really takes it over the edge!

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  9. I love the whole thing! That heart is awesome :) I'm definitely following!
    <3 Ashley

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  10. Thank You for linking up to Show Your Stuff, we are welcome to come back:

    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/02/show-your-stuff-9.html

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  11. I found your sweet blog through Flamingo Toes's linky! This is such a cute project! THank you for sharing! I hope you'll stop by my blog Cupcakes and Candy Canes sometime!

    Allyson
    http://cupcakescandycanes.blogspot.com/

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  12. Stumbled upon your great blog and just wanted to leave a comment to invite you to visit my blog and enter my GIVEAWAY! Hope to see you soon =)
    Just Tututiny

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  13. Great projects! I always forget you can use tape that way! Thanks for the great idea.

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  14. I love your frame Bethany! Thanks for sharing your chevron pattern tutorial!

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  15. Adorable! I love the frame and that picture of you and your Valentine is the best.

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  16. What a pretty project Bethany! I love the pink chevron pattern and that heart is just adorable! Angie xo

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  17. Darling Bethany! I shared this on my FB and Twitter pages!!! XO, Aimee

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  18. This is SO cute, Bethany!! I was so curious how you did the chevron; it turned out great and it looks like something I could manage to do, lol. I love that string heart too! Adorable! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

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  19. Adorable! Featuring you today in my Valentine round up! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

    http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2012/02/take-look-at-you-be-mine-valentine.html

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  20. Bethany, this is amazing!I absolutely love the heart, what a clever idea. I'm stopping by from another blog hop and I'm also Day 12 in the Show Me Some Love party. I've followed you and hope you can do the same.
    www.scrapityanne.com

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  21. So very pretty, I love the chevron, and the pink heart on the bottom. But I especially like the picture of you and your honey, you make a very cute couple. Thanks for sharing you creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

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  22. just wanted to let you know i featured your pretty frame today on my Fave5 on Friday! come grab your featured button when ya have a sec :)

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    1. Hi Bethany, like everyone else, I'm lovin' your frame! I'm featuring it tonight at Project Queen's V-Day Highlight Party.

      Thanks so much for sharing it with all of us this week!

      Mandy

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  23. AMAZING! This turned out FABULOUS! This could really work year round! So darling! Thanks for sharing at my party!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!! XO, Aimee

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  24. Just wanted to share the link to my blog post. I used this tutorial as an example with a link back. Glad you had such an easy project for me.
    http://fromlondonwithlove2011.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/such-a-thing-as-too-crafty/

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