Add This DIY Home Decor Frame To Your Must Make List


Hi everyone, Jan here today!  I'm sharing a small framed Home Decor project here today.  If any of you are like me, and can't resist a good flower die, this new Tim Holtz Small Tattered Florals Thinlits set that I have used, is one you will want for your collection.


I'll start this tutorial with my background.  I took a plain piece of white cardstock and inked it with the new Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Oxide ink. I added splatters of water to give it a distressed look.


I embossed my inked cardstock with Sizzix's Tim Holtz Floral Texture Fade Embossing Folder.  The Sizzix Sandwich for embossing folders is; Multipurpose Platform (open to Tab 1), Standard Cutting Pad, Embossing Folder (with paper inside), Standard Cutting Pad.


This is what your embossed cardstock looks like.  Yummy, right?  But it gets better....


Taking a lighter ink colour, or two, lightly ink the raised areas. The beautiful floral pattern really stands out.


I then adhered my embossed cardstock to the back of a 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 frame.  This one is an unfinished Tim Holtz one that I stained and lightly painted.


Now for my embellishments.  I die-cut my small Tattered Florals from patterned paper.  You could also ink white cardstock with various colours of ink like I have done with the Tim Holtz Wildflowers 2 Thinlits set. After I inked my paper, I also spritzed with Ranger's Mica sprays to give my Wildflowers a bit of mica sheen.  My Sizzix sandwich for thin dies is; Magnetic Platform, Standard Cutting Pad, paper, die (cutting side down), Standard Cutting Pad.  All the edges on my flower pieces were inked to give them more dimension.  Another way to add dimension, is shape your flowers with a stylus tool.


This Tim Holtz Tea Time Bigz die is one of my favourites.  This is a thicker die with steel-rule construction, which means it can also cut out thicker materials, such as chipboard, fabric, foam, magnet, leather, and metallic foil.  Your Sizzix sandwich for this type of die is; Standard Cutting Pad, Die (cutting side facing up), paper, Cutting Pad. I die-cut one of the tea cups(there's two) and a saucer from paper.  I decided to try something different, and cut out an extra tea cup from a slightly different pattern of paper, and then die-cut that piece (which will be the top piece) with the lace looking piece from the Tim Holtz Mixed Media 2 Thinlits die set.


This is what my lace die-cut looks like on top of the tea cup.  The edges of my pieces were lightly inked.


I adhered my tea cup to my frame first, in the corner and I let it spill onto the frame.  The tea cup has a slit in it, so I adhered my Wildflower die-cuts first, tucking them into the slit.  Next came my various flowers.  I like to mix and match different petal shapes. Sometimes I don't have enough brads in the desired colour, so I just add a dab of Liquid Pearls or Liquid Enamel to the top of the brad I've used on my flower.  Those little tiny brads were bright green, but you can't even tell after I used a light blue Nuvo liquid enamel to cover them.  I added in a stained small bow and small quote stickers to finish off my frame.


Here's another look at my finished frame.  Hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Have a great day,



Big Shot Machine

Multipurpose Platform

Magnetic Platform

Standard Cutting Pads

Small Tattered Florals

Floral Texture Fade

Wildflowers 2

Tea Time

Mixed Media 2

Other Materials Used:

  • Patterned Paper, Cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Ribbon, brads, small word stickers
  • Small Frame (Tim Holtz)
  • Various Inks (Tim Holtz Distress and Oxide)
  • Distress Paint (for Frame)
  • Distress Spray
  • Mica Spray
  • Dylusions Mica Spray

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16 thoughts on “Add This DIY Home Decor Frame To Your Must Make List”

  • Conniecrafter
    Conniecrafter Feb 28, 2017 at 07:59 pm

    Beautiful, love everything about it

  • Sylvia/LittleTreasures
    Sylvia/LittleTreasures Mar 01, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Jan this is simply gorgeous. I love the base piece on your floral display so much. So glad to see the oxide ink used and how fun it is once the water is used. Then adding that adorable Tea Time die just makes this all awesome. Thanks for sharing a great tutorial

  • Michele

    Jan, this is gorgeous! Will definitely be trying out your background technique - looks like embossed leather to me. Love everything about this project!

  • Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art
    Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art Mar 02, 2017 at 02:15 pm

    What a gorgeous home decor frame Jan, I adore the embossed Blossom background and using the Mixed Media 2 lace die to overlay your tea cup was a genius idea! The Wildflowers and Small Tattered Florals spilling out are so lovely, thanks so much for sharing all of these wonderful techniques! Deb xo

  • Rosann

    OMG where to start where to start... the techniques amazing; oh I gotta have wildflower 2 and mini tattered florals ( tried talking myself out of them but Paula Cheney, Richelle AND NOW YOU ... have made me WANT them ) I love what you did ... so much inspiration ... never would have thought of using mixed media die like that genius !!! I got both the tea cup and that mixed media... on my list to try :)

    • Jan Hobbins

      Thank you Rosann for your comment! If you like to use flowers on your projects, the small Tattered Florals are one of those dies that you will use a lot!

  • Karla Yungwirth
    Karla Yungwirth Mar 03, 2017 at 03:20 pm

    Wow! This is amazing!! I love the way you inked over the brown distressed background - so cool! Thanks for sharing your detailed steps and beautiful project.

  • Sherri

    Beautiful project, Jan. I'll definitely try a few of your techniques with the new oxide inks...especially with the Small Tattered Florals die you convinced me to get.

  • Corinne Mueller
    Corinne Mueller Jul 10, 2017 at 06:48 pm

    I just love it! When I saw it on another blog, I had to click on the link to find it here. I had to see how it was made. It is beautiful! Gotta have it.

  • Beverly Gisclair
    Beverly Gisclair Aug 23, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I love everything about this. I have to make one.

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