Ideas for a Half Dozen Altered Slide Mounts

Read my last post, A Primer on Cardboard Slide Mounts, if you are not familiar with slide mounts. Here I will give directions for projects I have either made, or plan to make, or just have dancing in the back of my head or in my idea notebook. These little mounts are extremely versatile and can be finished quickly on the cheap side. Remember when I refer to decorating the outside of a slide mount, you must visualize the mount folded in half and decorate only one half. The back will usually be adhered to your project. You can fill in the window with all manners of things.

The directions below can be followed exactly, adapted to the materials you have on hand or can inexpensively obtain, or you can totally do your own thing using some of the ideas presented. If nothing else, simply enjoy thinking about miniature art in a new way.

#1 Mail.
Cover the entire front of the slide mount with canceled postage stamps. These can be adhered nicely with acrylic matte medium or a product like Mod Podge. Once dry, turn over and cut away the center with an exacto knife. Write an address on a piece of paper and looking at the writing through the window, adjust until you are happy with the placement. Only a part of the address should show. Attach and self-seal slide mount. Easy with free and found materials.

#2 Sewing Patterns
If you have old sewing patterns, this is an idea for you. Cut a piece of colorful, small print material to fit the outside of the slide mount. Finish the edges with pinking shears for a zig-zag look or make a fringe around all the edges by pulling threads. Glue fabric down. Turn slide mount front down, slit an X in the exposed fabric in the window. Trim or wrap around edge of mount and glue. Embellish with 4 tiny pearl buttons, 2 above opening and 2 below. Using the pictures of models on the pattern’s envelope, moe the mount like a view finder until you see what part that you want visible. Glue and self-seal slide mount.

#3 Optional Project for #2
Instead of fabric, wrap the frame with long strips of the pattern’s uncut pieces (like tissue paper) and glue. Use center as in #2 or use a small piece of the written sewing directions on the back cover for the window and attach a sewing accessory in the center, ie. large button, (sewn with thread or not,) snaps, or a tiny piece of fabric.

#4 Campbell’s Soup
Fix yourself a nice bowl of Campbell’s Soup and save the label. Or you might want to wait for cooler weather to enjoy the soup. It’s 90 degrees here, and I’m not quite in the mood. You can always remove the label from the unopened can, too. Use the familiar red and white label to cover the slide mount. While you have the label, you may as well make several. If you can find a very small spoon at a toy store like ToysRUs or if you can mold one out of Sculpey or Fimo, adhere it to the side of the slide. Or be creative here. Make a spoon out of aluminum foil. Finish by drawing a simple line drawing of a cracker and shade it with PrismaColors or other colored pencils. Fasten so the drawing peeks out the window.

#5 Checkerboard
Use a tiny pre-made checkerboard stencil or make your own by cutting the tiny square pattern out of acetate with an X-acto knife. Remember you are working on a small background so chose size of checkerboard pattern accordingly. Stencil pattern on slide mount using black acrylic paint or fill in squares with colored pencils, metallic pens or water-soluble oil sticks. You need not do this neatly: if some squares are not totally filled in or the edges of the slide are not covered, that adds an artsy quality. I prefer to keep the pattern black and white, but do your’s however the spirit moves you. To fill in the window, I used a Mrs. Grossman’s sticker (a red rose off center) stuck to a bit of pattered paper or gift wrap. Mrs. Grossman’s stickers can be found at scrapbook sores, kids stores or on the internet, or use any brand of sticker available. There are hundreds of sticker designs so you will find lots of choices.

#6 Birthday Stamp
Make a tiny family remembrance, using an office date stamp. Choose dates important to your family (birthdays, anniversaries) and stamp them on the slide mount. Use any color of ink. Stamp randomly or in rows. For the opening, use a sticker or picture of a birthday cake or draw one with fine-line permanent black pen and watercolor. You can replace the cake idea with renditions of noisemakers and streamers, balloons or whatever else you think of.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by heather on December 3, 2007 at 6:44 am

    Wonderful ideas. I just wish there were photos to illustrate what you have made.

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