“Guess how much I love you” inspired, mixed media box frame

Natalie EllisBlog

I absolutely love box frames. They are great for art work which has a bit of depth and they also have enough space to put your keepsakes in. They also are great for gifts as you can personalise to your heart’s content.

This project is quite a special one for me. When I found on ebay a MDF “Guess how much I love you”-inspired pair of rabbits, I immediately thought that I wanted to make something special for my mum. She has always told me ‘I love you to the moon and back’ so I made this for her.

To begin with, I covered the MDF rabbits with gesso for a base. I let it dry. Then using white acrylic, I painted it and created a bit of texture with a dry brush to give the impression of fur.

The moon was my favourite part to do. I die-cut a circle out of thick watercolour paper, took a big round paintbrush and soaked it with water. I then built the layers up with various light grey watercolours. Whilst still wet, I created the craters by blobbing watered-down dark grey and letting the colour bleed. This technique is really good for softer edges and it’s just fun to do.

Guess how much I love you mixed media box frame

I had a left over piece of card with yellow and orange ink on it (I knew it would come in handy one day) and I die cut some stars to place around for the background.

For the sentiment, I used my ‘Lindsay Mason – Lm skinny’ alphabet stamp set with perfect medium (sticky clear ink) and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I matted and layered dark blue card onto black card then onto grey card – to match the colours of the moon and other elements. With the words, I used 3D glue to raise them up and give depth.

Now for the frame… It was originally a natural wood colour. I gave it a base coat of white gesso and painted it with grey acrylic for a more modern look. Once dry, I put it all together and mounted my image inside the frame.

As I have said before, possibilities are endless and you are only limited by your imagination. Sometimes my imagination doesn’t work (lol), so I look for inspiration in department stores, Pinterest, blogs and the like.

Thanks for looking and I hope I have given you a tad of inspiration for your next project.