Friday, March 7, 2014

DIY Graphic 45 BY THE SEA Frame

Have you seen the latest paper collection from Graphic 45? This one is called "By The Sea". Bonnie created this 3D framed art piece which is stunning!

Supplies needed:
• 5 sheets of the Graphic 45 "BY THE SEA" collection

Graphic 45 "By the Sea" Paper Collection

• Unfinished Wood Frame (with wood backing)

Unfinished Wood Frame with wood backing

• Braided Jute
• Upholstery Tacks
• Wire Cutters
• Acrylic Paints in "Spice Tan" and Deep Red" Colors
• Paint Brush
• Gloss Varnish
• Glue
• Hot Glue Gun / Glue Sticks
• 3D Self-Adhesive Foam Squares

1. Paint your frame with the "Spice Tan" color. Let dry. For the next step, we want to give the frame a distressed look. Lightly brush the "Deep Red" paint onto the frame. You don't want to cover completely. Once dry, use sandpaper to remove portions of the paint. Let dry. Seal with Gloss Varnish.

distressed border

2. Wrap the braided jute around each side and glue on the back side of the frame. Cut the back nail off the upholstery tack. Glue in each corner of the frame where the jute meets.

3.  To create the 3D effect, you will use multiple sheets of the same image, from which you will cut out focus parts of the paper. What you want to focus on is up to you. You will start by adhering one full piece of paper to the wood back. This will be your base for building your 3D image. For the next layer, from your second sheet of paper, cut out a section of it - in this case Bonnie cut out the clouds. Attach this second piece to the first sheet of paper using 3D self-adhesive foam squares. - making sure it's aligned properly. Use the same technique 3 more times by cutting parts of the image and layering them with 3D foam squares.

3D effect is created with multiple layers of the same image

If you need help creating the 3D effect, don't hesitate to come see Bonnie at our Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop store in Monroe, WA.

Would you like to see what other creations our craft designers have been working on? Visit our Pinspirations web page for crafting inspirations!


  1. Did you make the wood frame or purchase it? Love the possibilities but cannot find a frame to purchase online. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you, Donna

  2. Good morning Donna, No we did not make the frame, we actually sell the frame in our store. If you'd like to purchase one, don't hesitate to email us at We'll forward your email to the appropriate person. For a quicker response, could you add the link to this post so we know what frame and project you are referring to. Let us know if you have any other questions. ~ Brigitte