Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Flip Frame Tutorial

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving/First Advent weekend. I took out our stars and Christmas chandeliers on Friday, and we went to a Christmas market where Anton bought himself a traditional straw goat which is standing next to the little tree in his room. 

It is Monday and of course a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. This week our theme is gentlemen

Layers of ink - Christmas Flip Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin
I am in a Christmas mood and interpreted the challenge a little differently, making a Flip Frame panel with a small and a big gentleman. It features Anton's first meeting with a real Santa a few years ago. He looks a little apprehensive on the photo. The Flip Frame is so great when it comes to decorating for various holidays. You might remember the two panels I made for Halloween, you can find them here and here. I also made a fragment panel for non-holiday times. I took step photos.

For the background I used Tim Holtz new Holiday Knit die set. I love the cozy look of these patterns, like a traditional knitted sweater. I cut a rectangle, a little bigger than what I needed, from the new Paper Leather sheets by Sizzix. The sheets are very durable, but also very easy to die cut, even with intricate dies. You can read more about it in this Winter Birch and Autumn Matchbox tutorials. To keep the die in place I used the Magnetic Platform.

The Paper Leather takes ink very well and I smeared three lines of Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron on my craft sheet, misted with water and pressed the die cut panel into the ink. Let dry.

I decided that I wanted a translucent background, and used Frosted Film. I can now place a battery driven candle behind the Flip Frame for a great effect (I forgot to take a photo of that last night, I will do it as soon as possible and add to this post).

Glue the die cut panel to the Frosted Film with matte multi-medium and cut it to size. Ink the edges with Forest Moss.

I like the set with three Holiday Letterpress words. To write 'believe', for example, you need three e's, so it helps having them all in one pack. I painted the letters white.

Instead of sanding the letters, which I usually do, I coated them with Glossy Accents.

The last papers in the Yuletide Paper Stash set has panels which are perfectly sized for Fragments. Spread a thin layer of Glossy Accents on a Fragment and glue in place. Wait a little while and then cut out.

I added alcohol ink to the fragment pieces to age them a little. I ended up only using the parcel post piece since there wasn't enough space for the other two. They will be used on another project instead.

Layers of ink - Christmas Flip Frame Tutorial by Anna-Karin
Here you can better see the effect of the Frosted Film background. I glued a gold glittery ribbon at the bottom as a border and tied a piece of twine around it.

I also used a Christmas Typed Token and two epoxy brads. The panel needed some circular shapes among all the rectangles.

Believe fitted perfectly on the panel. Glue the letters with matte multi medium.

You can maybe see the effect of the Glossy Accents better here. I pounced on the paint, so that there would be some areas without paint.

I particularly liked the top part with the two deer and the trees, even though you can't see the trees completely anymore. Punch a hole with a Crop-a-Dile and set an eyelet in it.

Two left-over deer were misted with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain and glued to the bottom of the panel.

I hope you will join us in our gentlemen challenge. As always you have a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp. You have until Monday 8am Ohio time. 1pm UK time, 2 pm CET to join in.

If you want to, follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram, they post great stuff daily. 

If you use instagram add #sssmchallenge to your challenge entry uploads, so that we can see them on there too.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!




  1. This makes such a pretty way to display this precious photo. I like the paper backed fragment. Lots of fun techniques and ideas on this one little frame. :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Love this Anna-Karin, the photo is adorable and I love the background and 'believe' absolutely gorgeous

    Lols x x x

  3. Stunning flip frame and what an adorable picture to cherish forever!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  4. Oh Wow, Anna-Karin,

    You've put a tremendous amount of work into this Flip Frame - I can't believe it! The letterpress letters are incredible. I'm tickled to see you use the Andirondack inks - I have some and keep meaning to put them to use. I gleaned some great ideas from your post. Thank you.


  5. Loving this!! I have bought some frames from Ikea and removed the perspex to make a flip frame like the one you show here. Thank you for the tutorial, I love the ideas you share!

  6. Really like this color combo, that warm and lively green plays so well with the rich browns.

  7. Love this idea and had to pin it to my Ideas and Inspiration board so I can remember to make one for my grand nephew!

  8. Such a fabulous flip frame, Anna-Karin! Love the picture of Anton with Santa. He is so cute. Gorgeous elements and details. Stunning! Hugs, Sandra

  9. Amazing flip frame! Love your creative way to use Sizzix dies and Frosted film! Thanks for sharing this idea! Barbarayaya

  10. This is gorgeous, Anna-Karin! I admired your Halloween flip frame and after seeing this one, I had to order one! Your background is beautiful! It looks like it could be tricky to do with the die cutting. I think I have some of those apprehensive first meeting with Santa photos around some where too. Enjoy the season!

  11. Your flip frame are gorgeous! Love the adorable photo and the beautiful background. :D

  12. Beautiful flip frame! I love the printers blocks and the beautiful background you created! Gorgeous memory keepsake!

  13. Fabulous flip frame, Anna-Karin and the background is amazing! I also love those Christmas Letterpress pieces and they really do look wonderful on this project! :)

  14. Gorgeous AND innovative, as always. I really loved the step-by-step pics for the incredible background. It was like a traditional beautiful cable-knit sweater pattern, but a modern watercolor version. Stunning!


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