Craftwork Cards Blog

Love It… Frame It.

Hello & Welcome to my post this month which focuses on the effective use of ‘frames’ in card-making.

Frames are an excellent & easy way of showcasing a particular element or theme on your cards, they draw the viewers’ eye to a certain point or message, & they’re really fun to make.

I’ve made 6 cards using different techniques, some of which you will be familiar with already, however you might just find something new to try…


Using the fabulous new collection ‘Floral Chalkboard’, I created 5 mini frames by cutting around the used die-cut sentiments & turning them over. I placed different designs of paper onto the paper mat behind each aperture & embellished with paper flowers, Candi & Stardust Stickles.


Easel cards make fab frames because they really emphasise the point of interest. I inked an embossed frame to co-ordinate with the lovely fresh colours of the Countryside collection, then cut an aperture from the middle of the top section of the card before folding it in half. I used papers to mat & layer the inside section of the card & created a ‘stop’ with a sentiment. I also cut around the ‘bleed’ from the die-cut flowers & glued them across the middle of the frame with a couple of sentiments to link them.


Double Z-Fold cards provide a great base on which to add frames. These frames help to lift the co-ordinating colours of the kit & to draw emphasis to the butterfly theme by placing dimensional butterflies inside them. To make the frames I used a shape from the Scan ‘n’ Cut, you could also use one of the many die-cuts available, or create your own, I then painted them with Liquid Pearls for added effect.


Cards for men can be given some added interest with the use of frames & create some really fun designs. For this card I made an actual aperture of the card base & used the shape of the card blank to form a frame. For extra effect I embossed the wooden frame, then sanded it back to give it a really ‘woody’ texture. I finished with some sentiments & papers from the top Manmade Collection.


This small Box Frame Card is made using one of the Kraft Matchboxes. I cut an aperture into the base, added papers to the surround & card blank, then built-up a scene before attaching the frame with strong double-sided tape. I finished with a stamped banner , then used Stardust Stickles to highlight the torn edges & used Glossy Accents on the shells & Candi.


The Great Outdoors Collection is fantastic to use when creating a scene & the best way to make a real feature of a scene is to use a Concertina Frame Card. I used 3 layers for this, but you could use more & because the sides have the concertina’s it will flatten to go through the post. However many layers you use, remember that the rear layer has no aperture. I placed my paper hills in-front of & behind the middle frame, just to give it that extra perspective & added a ‘sentiment moon’ at the rear with a bit of cotton!


I hope that you will want to add some Frame Designs to your cards, it’s such a lot of fun.

So, until next time,

Take Care & Happy Crafting,



  1. Debbie Moran

    26th January 2017 - 1:14 pm

    The great outdoors and the butterfly framed cards are my favourites.

    • phillipalewis

      26th January 2017 - 7:09 pm

      Thank You Debbie xxx.

  2. Maxcine Etherington

    26th January 2017 - 10:40 pm

    Such lovely inspiration Phillipa, really good ideas.x

  3. Elisabeth Hogarth

    27th January 2017 - 7:29 am

    Morning Pip. An interesting blog. Can you do a tutorial on the concertina card?

  4. Sue Smith

    31st January 2017 - 4:15 pm

    Some lovely ideas Phillipa! xXx

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