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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Train Picture Frame

Happy Saturday Cricut Fanatics!  This is Rita from Rita's Paper Obsession.

Today I wanted to share a picture frame I created for a picture of my husband and our nephew.  We went to the train museum and I wanted to create a keepsake for our nephew.

I selected the train from the Carousel cart and used Design Studio to layout the frame.  The train image is 8 inches.  The window was too small for my picture so I used the hide contour and placed a 3 inch square from George & Basic Shapes in its place.  I cut this out three times on blue, green and red pattern paper and twice from chipboard.

Next using the shadow function, I welded a rectangle to the bottom of the image to give me a flat surface.  I cut this out of black pattern paper and chipboard.

For the frame back, I used the welded shadow/rectangle and used the vertical frame back from the Fancy Frames cart.  Again using the hide contour function I hide the rectangle utilizing only the stand portion of the image.  I cut this from chipboard.

To assemble, I glued the red train to a chipboard cut and the blue train to the other chipboard cut.  I hand cut the smoke stack and light off the blue train.  From the green train I hand cut the top of the smoke stack, the roof of the train and the cow catcher.  I cut circles from George & Basic Shapes to match the size of the wheels and I created a window frame by cutting a 2 3/4 square inside a 3 1/2 square.  All pieces were inked with Versa Magic "Jumbo Java"

Finally assembly of the frame, layer the train on to the shadow leaving an opening to insert the picture.  Adhere to the frame back.

The frame looked a little plain so I doodled some and added a number cut from the Lovely Floral cart.  The numbers represent the date we went to the museum.

Thank you for stopping by and allowing me to share with you this weekend.  It has been a pleasure being a part of the Cricut FANatics blog.  Happy Cricuting!

Designed by: Rita Poteat
Cricut Cartridges Used: Carousel, George and Basic Shapes, Fancy Frames
Cricut Machines Used: Cricut Expression
Project type: Home Decor


  1. Thank you for this tutorial. It is as if you read my mind! I just bought Fancy Frames and was hoping to do just what you did with another image. Fabulous! When I do my Fancy Frames write up, I will be sure to reference this post and your blog. You are a great resource! I'm looking forward to participate in a future challenge too.
    jilliene designing

  2. Rita,
    Nice project and nice picture! I was also thinking of using Fancy Frames on a project but haven't tried it yet. Thanks for the inspiration and all of your posts over the last year.


  3. A fabulous 'labor of love'!! Thank you for the detailed instructions for this fun card frame! Sweet!!


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