Love is in the air!! Valentine’s Day is on its way. That means its time for reds, pinks, purples, and hearts!!! I have to admit that I am not a lovey dovey person and I am not a pink girl at all. It is because of that I personally find it difficult to do Valentine’s decor. I have to make it fun and be really creative and with these to signs I did just that. I used products that I would not normally use. Don’t worry!! I will give you some alternative methods to be able to complete signs like these.
Lets Get Started
This project is what you make of it. You can put anything on these hearts. I used these hearts from Dollar Tree. That are thick and sturdy. I used chalk and acrylic paint.
Now please keep in mind I have a big craft room with many items to use. I really wanted to think outside the box on this one so I wanted to use some different products that I do not usually use when crafting for this blog. So I used a stamp set that I got from Hero Arts. I got it in a subscription stamp box that I get every month from Hero Arts called My Monthly Hero. I love it and it gives me all kinds of different stamps and inks to try. It is an amazing deal if you are a card maker!!
The other thing I used was a die cutting machine called a Platinum from Spellbinders and steel roll dies from Spellbinders called Truckin’ Through The Season. I used several different kinds of paper with these dies too.
I started by pulling off the paper on the front on the hearts. It pealed off easily and it took all the glitter off without a problem. Then I painted the fronts and backs of the hearts with Waverly White Chalk Paint. It took two coats of paint to cover them and on the second coat I put the paint on thick to give the hearts some texture. I did not paint the sides of the hearts because they were already painted. One if them has red edges and I sanded the edges on that one to destress it.
Next I took Versamark Onyx Black ink and used it on a few of the stamps of this Hera Arts stamp set. I used the flowers, two of the bees and a one of the greetings. Once I stamped the images on the heart and let them dry, I started painting the bees and flowers. I used two different colors of reds and greens. I started with the lighter of the colors. So I paint a few flower petals with the light red and then go in with the crimson in the places of the petals that would be darker. I do this method with all the flowers and the leaves. It gives the picture a 3-D affect. Think about where shadows would be and where light would naturally hit the flowers, that is where you put the light and dark paints.
Pictures do not do this justice. In real life it looks like the bees and flowers are leaping off the hears. Its amazing.
For this next heart, I started by picking out colored paper to cut. Then I put the paper down on the cutting plate of my Platinum, placed the dies on top of the paper, and placed the other cutting plate on top and rolled them through. Once everything was cut I glued the pieces together on the heart and added the foam hearts to the back of the truck. Then I took a pencil and wrote the words “Loads of Love” on the top of the heart. After I was happy with how it looked, I went over the pencil with a paint marker.
I love how shiny the truck is and with some bending of the silver paper, it made the bumper of the truck look more weathered and worn. The words are not perfect but it works for me.
Each heart has a very different look. They are two different styles which I love. The truck is rustic and cute. The flowers and bees is more modern and pretty.
Now if you do not have things like stamps and die cutting machines you can still make these hearts. You can use stickers. That is always an option. They are cheap and easy. The other thing you can do is use napkins and decopodge them on to the hearts. You can also can print out things from the computer and Mod Podge them on to the hearts. Then you can color them or paint them as you wish.
Thank you for joining me today. Try these crafts out. They are easy and then send me a picture! I would love to see what you would do with these hearts.
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Have a wonderful weekend!!
Proverbs 4:23 NIV Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Wooden Hearts- Dollar Tree
Stamp Set- Hero Arts
Versamark Onyx Black Ink- Hobby Lobby
Truckin’ Through the Season die cuts- Spellbinders
Platinum Die Cutting Machine- Spellbinders
Foam Hearts- Dollar Tree
Arteza Acrylic Paints- Amazon
Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart
Paint Brushes- Hobby Lobby
Paper- Michael’s Craft Store
Liquid Glue- Hero Arts