Sunday, February 13, 2011

Love Grows

It’s true that love does grow with patience, time and care.  This sweet Valentine collage frame by PWA Designer Julie is a tender visual of what it might actually look like if you planted heart seeds and nurtured them to harvest…

Love Grows By Julie I It was difficult to photo this sparkly treasure so I wanted to tell you that the photos and letters are popped up with mounting foam to give the collage depth.  It definitely makes a difference!

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Here’s how Julie did it:


Frame with 2.5" x 3.5" openings (I got this plastic one for $1 at Target)

O'So Sticky Tape, 3/8"

Mini Translucent Micro Beads, Stream

Alphabet stamps

Blue dye ink, to match collage images 

PWA Collage Sheet, To My Valentine1

Glossy Accents

Black, white & red cardstock

Circular punches, two sizes

Foam Tape, Dimensional Glue Dots, scrap of corrugated cardboard (optional)

Flat paint brush



  1. Remove the glass & backing from frame.  The glass will not be used for this project.
  2. Place a strip of O'So Sticky tape around the sides of each rectangle opening.
  3. Set the frame in a shallow pan or tray, remove the pink liner and cover the exposed tape with Mini Micro Beads.  Press beads into adhesive.
  4. Squeeze Glossy Accents (adhesive) over the beaded rectangle openings.  Spread adhesive over the beaded strips with a flat paint brush.  With the frame still in a shallow pan or tray, generously pour or spoon more of the Micro Beads over the beaded strips.  Set aside to dry.
  5. Once dry, gently brush off loose beads and return them to bag/jar.
  6. Cut a piece of black cardstock to the same size as frame backing and clip these into the frame.
  7. Trim desired collage images.  To pop the images away from the backing for a shadow box effect, mount the images onto the black cardstock with foam tape.  As an alternative to foam tape, I found it easy to adhere a scrap of corrugated cardboard to the back of each image and then adhere the cardboard scrap to the black cardstock.
  8. Stamp letters with blue ink onto white cardstock.  Use circular punch to punch out each letter.  Punch out a larger circle of red cardstock, and mount each small letter circle onto these.
  9. Use dimensional glue dots to mount letters onto black cardstock in remaining frame openings.
  10. If desired, punch or cut a small red heart for center of frame and adhere with a glue dot. 

Note... Adding extra beads over the first layer gives more dimension to the frame and also intensifies the color of the beaded surfaces.

Love Grows Frame

Before Julie’s muse got a hold of the frame
Love Grows By Julie IAfter Julie’s muse got finished playing!



  1. Thank you!
    I think I'll use the extra frame to display favorite ATC's. I can even change them out every so often.


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