The Aztec Diamond Shape on Red Castle's FIT IT Frames CD is extremely
versatile. You can use it to frame a photo of any size or shape and if
you're careful when you cut out the center, you can use that inner shape for
a hanging ornament -- not a scrap of card stock wasted.
AZTEC DIAMOND Year-Round Frames, Cards and Hanging Ornaments
Designed By Judi Kauffman
This project is named "Year-Round" because all you need to do to turn it into
a Mother's Day card or Halloween frame is to change the colors and
embellishments. Use the samples to inspire your own creations.
- Red Castle Fit It Frames CD
- Card stock - hologram, handmade paper, solid colors, hand-stamped, etc.
(appropriate to the holiday or event and to complement photos)
- Embellishments (faceted flat-back gems)
- Adhesive backed foam dots
- Gem glue (Beacon Gem Tac)
- Straight edge
- Craft knife
- White gel pen (Gel Xtreme from Yasutomo)
- Glue stick or Xyron with adhesive cartridge
- Fine gold or silver cord, chenille needle
- Crop photos to size and shape desired.
Make an Aztec Diamond template in the size and dimensions needed to fit the
photo. Print the template directly onto the back of card stock if it will
feed through your computer printer OR print the template onto lightweight
paper and adhere it to the back of the card stock. Cut the shape using craft
knife and straight edge. Save the piece that comes out of the center to use
for shaped ornaments.
Hologram Christmas Frame Instructions:
Cut Aztec Diamond shape from Hologram card stock. Layer frame over red card
Layer photo onto white card stock, cut with 1/8" border, and center photo on
adhesive backed foam pieces for added dimension. Refer to photo of sample.
Using white gel pen, write names and dates in corners of frame and decorate
points with dots and doodles.
Hologram Christmas Ornament Instructions:
Use the piece saved from the Hologram Frame project for a shaped ornament.
Thread needle with silver cord and pierce top corner for hanging loop.
Make a narrow red frame for the photo using FIT IT Frames Rectangle/Square
shape template. Note that the red frame is positioned 1/8" inside the
dimensions of the photo so you see some of the photo AROUND the frame.
Center the photo, raised on foam pieces for dimension, and glue faceted
flat-back gems to corners of ornament.
Summer Smiles Card and Ornament Instructions:
Cut an Aztec Diamond frame shape from handmade paper with dried botanicals or
any stock that complements the photo.
Refer to photo for ideas. Layer photo and frame or shaped piece on card
stock as shown, or invent your own version.
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