Papercrafting Valentine’s DIY: Heart Embellishments
Papercrafting Embellishments for Your Art – It’s All About Hearts!
Hello Papercrafting Community!
I hope everyone’s 2016 is going well so far.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a project with you and it’s about time for me to share a NEW IDEA.
Now, I must admit that I’m hooked on the Gelli Plate printing craze.
I love pulling out my paints, stencils and marking tools, and a variety of different materials and sitting down (for way longer than I should, LOL!!) and printing away!
But my stash of Gelli prints is growing and I really need to start doing something with them.
Does anyone else out there have a Gelli print stash growing, or am I the only one? 😉
So, what can we do with the many prints we’ve created?
Well, to start, I’ve gone through the stack of prints and pulled out my favorite pieces – these prints have been put aside and I’ll create an art journal with them later.
You can also use your dies and punches to do some cutting from your Gelli prints and make some really cool embellishments for your journals, cards, tags, scrapbook pages, etc.
The list goes on and on and on!
But what if you want a specific shape and you don’t have it in the form of a die or punch?
I have a solution for that!!!
Pretty much any shape you want can be found on the internet (Pinterest is a great place to start).
Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, here’s a heart template to get you started.
The first thing you need to do is print out as many copies of this template as you’ll need, based on the number of hearts you want to create – each page has 20 hearts.
TIP: Print this template onto cardstock.
Next, gather up a few of your Gelli prints.*
*All products mentioned in this post are linked at the end of this post for your reference.
Here are a couple of the Gelli prints I created which I’ll be using.
I’ve printed my heart template (onto cardstock) and gathered my Gelli prints.
Now it’s time to glue your Gelli prints to the BACK of the template (the side of the paper that is plain and has NO printing).
TIP: Be sure to use an art media spreader (or an old gift card, credit card, stiff piece of cardboard, etc.) to smooth out all the air bubbles before the glue starts to dry.
After smoothing out the air bubbles, set the glued pages aside to dry for approximately 10 minutes (or longer depending on the temperature and humidity level where you live).
TIP: Use a ‘dry’ glue (like a glue stick) for this step – the UHU stic is my personal favorite.
Why us a ‘dry’ glue? A liquid glue takes longer to dry, may cause your paper to curl or could result in your pages having wrinkles (and no one likes wrinkles!).
Once the glue has dried you can start cutting out your hearts, using the black lines from the template as your cutting lines.
That’s it, you’re done!!!
Isn’t this a fun and easy project?
Now you knew I wasn’t going to stop at this point, right?
Yup, these were too plain for me!
I had to spice up these little guys a bit, so…
I ran a black marker along the heart’s edges to “complete” them.
I like this finishing touch, plus the thick line hides any cutting mistakes. 😉
NOTE: You can use any color marker you want for this step!
Here are ideas for what you can do with all the hearts once you’ve cut them out…
Doodling on the Hearts
Grab your favorite pens
(I like the Fude Ball and Uni-Ball Signo pens)
and go to town doodling (or Zentangling!) on your hearts –
add as much or as little decoration as you like!
Punch Two Holes in the Hearts to Create ‘Buttons’
NOTE: I painted on liquid glitter and added Glossy Accents to seal these hearts,
and then threaded a bit of twine, ribbon or fiber through the holes to finish them off.
A Valentine’s Day Banner
To create the banner pictured below I simply wrote Valentine’s sentiments on the face of the hearts and punched a couple of holes in the top of each one, then strung them up with some black and white twine.
Now, I have a cute Valentine’s Day banner for my home!
Decorate a Tag or Card
Add one of these hearts to a card or tag for YOUR LOVE on Valentine’s Day –
using a heart as the letter ‘O’ is a fun way to dress them up!
And, don’t just look at these shapes as ‘hearts…’
Create Another Shape Using Your Cut Hearts
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and I see a clover – you too?
And finally, since Punxutawny Phil didn’t see his shadow
(which generally signals that Spring will arrive early),
I made a journal page to showcase my heart flowers!
Add Hearts to Your Art Journal Pages
Use your imagination and see what else
YOU can create with a simple heart shape!
I hope you like this quick and easy tutorial, and that I’ve inspired you to pull out those Gelli prints and get creative with them.
We’d love to see how you use the heart template provided above,
or other templates you might find, in your own creative way –
please share your creations with us!
One last thing…don’t toss those Gelli print scraps!
These are what I call “Yummy Pieces” and they will be AWESOME in my journals!
Did you notice the curvy grass on my spring journal page above?
I used two of these strips to create that look.
Super easy and no waste!
OK my friends, go and create something awesome and then…
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and tell us what you think about this project –
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I’m happy to help!
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on how I created any of the projects above,
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Until next time, keep creating,
Supplies and tools used in this project:
- Gelli Plate prints (Prints created using a Gelli Plate)
- UHU stic glue
- Glossy Accents
- Twine, ribbons, fibers
- Heidi Swapp Alphabets
- Stampendous Fun Flock
- Fude Ball Pen (black)
- Uni-Ball Signo Pen (white)
- Dylusions Ink Sprays
- Washi Tape