So, quite a while back I saw this post http://tatertotsandjello.com/2010/09/creepy-halloween-specimen-art.html and I thought it was pretty cool, but I wanted to get some nice frames before I did it, so that I could switch out the art throughout the year and not just use a couple of dollar store frames that I didn’t like. Earlier this week on my Hobby Lobby run, I found some clearanced frames and while I had to do some work on one of them (that resulted in a glass cut on my thumb..the worst, right?!), I knew they would be perfect!
I got each frame for like $6. There are 2 8x10s and the rectangular shaped frame (I forgot the measurements on it :/). That’s not a bad deal! Also, you need scrap paper that relates to the holiday/season/theme of your art, some foam sticky tabs, and cardstock. I used cardstock as the background for this specimen art, but I think next month I’ll use a fabric or solid cardstock.
The first thing I did was take those frames apart so that they were the outer part, the backing, and the glass. I threw away everything else. Then I cut my cardstock for the backing by using the back of the frame as a guide. Jen from Tatertots and Jello uses paper punches for her specimen art, but I am oh so fortunate to have a Silhouette SD; therefore, I cut mine out using my craft cutter. I decided to go with cats, bats, and jack o lanterns.
When I had filled up each piece of cardstock. I spaced the objects apart and put a piece (or two small pieces on the bats) and stuck it on. I eyeballed lining them up, unlike Jen who used grid paper to line things up perfectly. She’s so awesome, right?! I love her blog.
Then I had these:
I decided I wanted to use silver vinyl to add words. That way the shadow of the word would kind of show through on the frame…making it a little spookier and dressing it up some. I think if I do that again, I’ll like the contrast of not using white as a background because the words will *pop*!
These are pretty easy to make using a silhouette, but again, you could use a craft punch OR use cardstock to create a template that you can trace onto your scrapbook paper!
Happy Crafting 🙂