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Give Thanks Faux Wood Grain Frame

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This project was such a thrill to make!  I started with a $1 wood frame that had no dimension.  With Faber Castell Gel Medium and a wood grain stamp I was able to make this great faux wood grain frame.  Here's how I made it...

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I covered the frame in the Gel Medium and stamped the woodgrain rubber stamp into the gel to create a dimensional grain.

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After the Gel Medium dried, I used the Nougat Artist Big Brush Pen with water and painted over the dried gel.  This helped bring out the look of the wood grain.  It was really fun seeing the new print uncovered by the paint.

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I printed out the "Give Thanks" saying onto adhesive canvas and cut it out using scissors.  Next, I painted it using Gelatos.

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I thought the light colored background was wrong for this project so I used Squid Ink, Metallic Melon and Banana Gelatos to give it a more subdued look.  I added water to my craft mat, colored onto it using my Gelatos and picked the color up with my paintbrush.  Gelatos are really fun and easy to use.

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I used my glue gun to attach a natural fiber ribbon and then used pop dots to attach the Give Thanks fabric saying.  I decided to cut the "everyday" part off of the saying.

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This $1 frame makeover is a big hit here.  That's a photo of my youngest son with our English Mastiff puppy a few months ago.

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 I love that these great Faber Castell products helped me create such a memorable item.  It's living on our mantel now.  YAY!

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  • Pitt® Artist Pens: Nougat
  • Gelato®: Squid Ink, Metallic Melon, Banana
  • Adhesive Canvas
  • Natural Fiber ribbon
  • Wood Frame
  • Silhouette Store - "Give Thanks Everyday" by Loni Stevens
  • Woodgrain rubber stamp

JoyJoy Dickson I'm a mom to three teenagers ranging from middle school to college and happily married to my BFF. When I'm not "MOMming" or hanging out with my husband, I'm crafting. I have one permanently annoyed cat and a rapidly growing English Mastiff puppy. You can find me at


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Joy, you really knocked this one out of the park! I love this frame, now I have to try it! I hope I can do it since I've never used any of this stuff before!


Thank you so much, Cindy! You'll enjoy trying these products. I'm pretty new to them to and they've really inspired me to try a lot of new things. There are so many ways to use them and they're easy to use too. YAY to that! ;) Thanks again and happy crafting!

Judy Woodland

Love the Gelatos....they are a great medium. Your frame is so cool, great idea!!

Barbara Campbell

Just getting into using gels and other textures. This is so interesting, thanks for the video. I maybe a new customer. Yep! Pretty sure of that.

Donna Phelan

That's a beautiful project, such a lovely piece to decorate your home with especially for this time of year, super photo too! TFS!!! I came from the Gina K Designs Blog Hop, so now that I am here I think I will look around. I have one small package of Gelatos and really don't know how to use them, so hopefully I can find some great information and direction here.....can't believe I didn't come here sooner. Duh! :)

Jen Naus

Wow, very nice!

Barb Mason

Wow! I never new all the wonderful things you could do with Gelatos. The videos just enhance the creative process. I'm so glad I saw the blog hop on Gina K's site. Thank you.

Chris Handy

Would love to win a set of Gelatos. Such a lovely project.

Elizabeth Tang

An inspiring site with lots of informative and instructive videos too. Hope to try gelatos sometime.


Absolutely beautiful frame. Love your technique with the faux wood grain. Fantastic idea.

linda holland

would love to try a new technique hope to win

linda smith

Wow what a great idea for Christmas gifts! Thanks!

Joanne O'Brien

Great project. I want to try it! I have never used Gelatoes so I hope to win some as I don't think anyone around here sells them, yet.


So glad the Gina K blog hop is featuring these products. Am learning a lot on this site. Great card.

Dawn Skene

This looks like a great technique to try. I haven't used Gelatos before so maybe I can win some here!

Janis in ID

This project turned out great!!! Such rich colors and lovely texture. Sweet photo, too!
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pat d

what wonderful ideas

Cole at Queen of Cards

great project!

Joyce Preusser

I've been trying so hard to resist buying these. I don't need another medium, I thought. WRONG! Oh, I would so love to win these! Beautiful design work by all....very inspired!


A very classic and beautiful design!

phyllis rodriguez

boy you can do so much with these pens .. love the frame..

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