Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Here's My Heart...

If you saw my Valentine mantel a couple of weeks ago, then you may have noticed my mixed media Valentine. It was inexpensive and easy to make and can be tailored to fit any color scheme. Here's how I made it...

I started with a 10" balsa wood heart that I bought at Michael's for $1.29. I picked out a vintage looking scrapbook paper and traced the heart onto the paper, then cut it out.

I used ModPodge to attach the paper to the wood. I had a few wrinkles, but that's okay, they disappeared as the ModPodge dried.  I sanded the edge of the heart to age it a little. I waited until the paper was almost dry but not completely, so that it would tear slightly in random places...

I used a damp rag to wipe on dark brown acrylic paint. Everywhere that I sanded is darker, and I lightly washed over the entire heart just to age it a bit.

Once everything was completely dry, I added a piece of Washi tape.

I found these cool corrugated cardboard tags at Michael's. Even though they have texture, I wanted to add a little something. So, I stamped a design onto the tag. I glued the tag onto the heart using tacky glue.

I wrote, Be Mine, on a circle tag (also found at Michael's), added it to a miniature clothespin, and glued it onto the heart. I also added some cute little paper flowers.

I felt like the tag needed a little something. So I pulled out these brass "thingies" that I bought at Scott Antique Market a long time ago and picked out this cute bug and added him to the tag...

I used my Dremel to add holes to the top of the heart and strung red wire through the holes.

This mixed media heart added the perfect touch to my Valentine mantel.

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  1. Virginia I have such a fondness for Mixed Media Art and the creative eye in which you, the HEARTists, create them. This is beautiful!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  2. I absolutely LUV this! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love this! I think mixed media is kind of hard to do and you sure nailed it! Love the gold bug too!

  4. The gold love bug - perfect ending to the vintage heart. Love it.

  5. Thank you for your inspiration and fabulous tutorial! Some of my friends and I challenged ourselves to make one and I blogged about it here http://www.pattyantle.com/2015/02/valentines-day-heart-challenge.html

  6. I love your mixed media heart - I am visiting via Patty's Pretty Things because she said your heart was the inspiration for hers.

    Happy Valentine's Day

  7. Super cute Virginia! I love how you gave it a vintage feel.


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