Valentine’s Days is one of those Holidays that I don’t spend a lot of time on because it seems to come and go so quickly. This year I’ve been totally uninspired, and I found myself spending a lot of time scrolling the internet for ideas. Then I found a beautiful metallic heart picture on the Pier One Imports web site. I loved it and decided to make my own version to share with you today. This project is great for Valentine’s Day and beyond.
I started by using a sheet of 38 gauge aluminium tooling sheet and traced 20 heart shapes using an embossing stylist. The heart shape is a small heart cookie cutter.
Now, I understand that not everybody happens to have a sheet of metal tooling foil lying around like I do. Good substitutes would be heavy-duty aluminium foil or an even better option would be to use an aluminium foil cookie sheet – it’s an inexpensive substitute that works really well and is very easy to handle and cut. A dull pencil can easily substitute for a stylist.
I used a standard pair of scissors to cut out all the hearts.
This wood sign was purchased at Wal-Mart in the craft section. I was looking for a wooden background and this one seemed like a good size. The board had a lot of gray in it so I decided to paint it. I used Waverly chalk paint in White.
Pictured below are the other paints I used on the hearts. The Multi-Surface paint from FolkArt works well on metal.
I painted the hearts in a haphazard manner. The idea is to add a little color and give the appearance of a little texture. I used various size brushes and made sure the paint was very thin. To do this I often dipped the brush in water before adding just a a dab of paint.
The paint dried quickly. To attach the hearts to the board, I used a glue called Jewel It, because I had it on hand. Alternatively I would have use rubber cement or E6000 glue. After I positioned the hearts, I set a few heavy books on top and allowed the glue to dry overnight.
Below are a few closeups.
Not counting the glue drying time, this project took me about and hour and 1/2 to complete and I love the results and best yet, it can stay up well after Valentine’s Day!
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