Learning How To: Custom Framed Artwork

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“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”


Creating a custom framed, meaningful and easy piece of artwork is a breeze with beautiful May Arts Ribbon and fabulous stamps from Hero Arts, who have teamed up for a week of creativity and fun. This little house stamp set is a great starting off point for gifts to give for a marriage or a new home.

You can create your own version with just a few supplies and a few easy steps.

I used:

  • ~5 yards May Arts 1.25” Silk Ribbon in White (SK01)
  • ~1 foot May Arts Trimming Loops in White (HX09)
  • Hero Arts Newspaper House Rubber Cling Stamp
  • Distress, Alcohol or Pigment Ink Pads
  • Stickers
  • Cardstock
  • Frame
  • Mod Podge
  • Newspaper
  • 1 small black brad



First, I dyed the silk ribbon with a mixture of ink and water and set them aside to dry. I then started to cover the backboard of a frame from the local dollar store (the mirror had cracked and I was left with only the backboard.) I tore up some newspaper in random sizes and adhered them with Mod Podge to the backboard. The frame itself I recovered with a coat of black spray paint and had also set that aside to dry. The newspaper background adds texture, interest and also correlates nicely with the stamp.


Using a large paintbrush and strips of the dyed ribbon, I layered the newspaper covered backboard with the ribbon and ModPodge, starting at the top and working my way down. Allow this to dry thoroughly.


A horizon line for the house to rest upon was created when the blue ribbon (sky) met the green ribbon (grass).


Stamp the house onto cardstock, ink the edges and apply to the backboard with more Mod Podge. I also added a length of dyed trimming loops for grass at this point too, to give the piece some texture and a bit of whimsy.


I finished the piece by adding a few more details like stamping the door of the house onto another piece of cardstock inked the edges in a contrasting color, adding a brad for the doorknob and finally, the stickers.

I think this would also be cute to use the house numbers of your address in place of the year of marriage! Or, if you are thinking ahead for gift giving, save a newspaper from the date of marriage and use that for your background~making your gift extra special!

Blog post by: Karen Baker

Be sure to hop on over to Hero Arts for more inspiration!




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