SUR­ROUND A PHOTO WITH LEAVES

Country Sampler Autumn Decorating SIP 2018 - - Inside -

This en­chant­ing leaf mat in­vites a closer look at a cher­ished photo. As the sea­son turns, col­lect a few large leaves with nice shapes. Set them aside to dry, weigh­ing down the cen­ter to pre­vent curl­ing. When dry, choose a fa­vorite and en­hance the faded color by spritz­ing lightly with fall shades of De­sign Master Color­tool, which is a slightly translu­cent spray that is of­ten used to tint flow­ers. Us­ing a craft knife, care­fully cut a rec­tan­gle in the leaf to ac­com­mo­date a small photo. Choose a scrap­book pa­per that will fit your frame, and then cen­ter and at­tach the photo. Tack the leaf mat over the photo with a few dots of hot glue just where it touches the sur­face. Do not flat­ten the leaf. Set the fin­ished piece in your frame.

CRAFT­ING HINT Choose a sim­ple blackand-white or sepi­a­toned photo that won’t com­pete with the hues of the leaf.

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