Quotation Art

Elizabeth, this post is for you.

If you can use a word processor and a paper cutter, you can make this cool quote art. It is one of my favorite gifts because it's easy, inexpensive, and you can personalize it for your recipient. When you see how nicely it turns out, you may even end up making one or two for yourself.


  • 14 x 14 float frame - the only place I have been able to find these frames is at Michael's. Make sure to use the 40% off coupon that comes in the Sunday paper or you can print a coupon from the Michael's website.
Everything else I usually get at JoAnn's because there is a better variety of paper and adhesives in their scrapbooking section.
  • Scotch double sided vellum tape
  • 2 pieces of 8 1/2 x 11" translucent vellum
  • 2 pieces of 12 x 12" scrapbooking paper with the same design on each sheet
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors


Prepare the frame
Float frames have two pieces of glass and your artwork goes between them to make it look like it is floating.

Carefully clean each piece of glass. Tack down the mounting bracket on the back of the frame while the glass is removed. Set your frame face down and replace one piece of glass. Set aside the other piece of glass until you are ready to frame your work.

Print your quotes

This may be the trickiest part of the project if you aren't comfortable with your word processor.

You need to type two of your quotes so they fit in an 8 1/2" wide x 4" tall space. Keep your paper in the portrait direction and use 1/2" margains on the left and right. Experiment with different fonts until you find ones you like that will make your quote fill as much of the space as possible. I usually use a different font for each quote to add a little variety.

Print your horizontal quotes on plain paper to make sure they look the way you want.

Now it's time for the 4" wide by 8 1/2" tall quotes. This time have your page landscaped with 1/2" margains on the top and bottom of the page. I like to make two columns and set their width to be 4".

Type in your quotes, and pick a font that looks great and makes your quotes fill the space.

Again, print your vertical quotes on plain paper to make sure they look the way you expected.

Print your quotes on the vellum and cut them carefully so they are centered along the 4" distance.

Cut the decorative paper

The idea is to cut the backgrounds of your quote art to look like it came from one piece of paper that has a little space between each section. In reality you need to use two pieces of paper to make the backgrounds.

Cut the first piece of paper into three horizontal strips that are each 12" long and 4"tall.

Cut the top strip so that the left side of it is 8 1/2" long. (The right piece of the strip will be 3 1/2" long.)

Cut the middle strip into three 4" squares.

Cut the bottom strip so that the right side is 8 1/2" long. (The left side of the strip will be 3 1/2" long.)

You won't be using all of the pieces. Keep the top left rectangle, the middle square, and the bottom right rectangle.

Now cut the second piece of paper into three strips that are 4" wide and 12" tall.

Cut the left strip so it is 8 1/2" tall from the bottom.

Cut the right strip so it is 8 1/2" tall from the top.

Again, you don't need all of these pieces. Keep the bottom left rectangle and the top right rectangle.

Now you can take the remaining parts from the two pieces of paper and lay them out as shown.

It looks like it is all from one piece of paper, but you know the trick now.

Stick the quotes to the background

Using a small amount of the vellum adhesive, attach the quotes to your background paper. Make sure to follow the directions on the package if you have never used this kind of tape before.

Note: Do not use ordinary double stick tape between the vellum and the background. Vellum adhesive is almost invisible under the vellum. Double stick tape is very noticeable.

Turn the pieces upside down as though you had flipped the entire collection over like a big pancake. (The piece that was in the top left position is now upside down on the top right.)

Apply a small amount of vellum tape on the back of each piece.

Placing quotes in the frame

Position the pieces face down in the frame. Slowly and carefully set the second piece of glass into the frame or your quotes will move. Secure the frame.

That's all there is to it. Enjoy your quote art or give it to a special friend!



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