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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine Art {Love Gifts}

Last year I got this idea when I was out shopping. It was going to be a knock off decor project. I wrote it down but never did it. I do that a lot. Do you? I have lots of ideas but sometimes they never come to be.

Not today. Today was different. Probably because it was raining this morning when I started this, or maybe because I found a Christmas heart ornament left out that got my wondering what I can make with it so I didn't have to pull out the box it was supposed to go in!!

 So that's when it happened.....I remembered the project. These days that is quite an accomplishment since I don't remember what I just said

I combined an old handwritten graphic from The Graphic Fairy and a my handwritten chalk print.

If you want to create this for your home or a gift, I have a tutorial for you below

I started with a piece of foam core and cut a square in shape of my frame. NOTE: Make sure you score the board before you cut all the way through and use a sharp knife. My mistake was not changing my blade! So don't look too

I painted the front with Annie Sloan Graphite paint.

When it dries use a piece of chalk to cure the board. Do this on all hand painted chalkboards
before you write on them.

After this is done wipe with a cloth. Now you are ready to write on it. I chose the word "Amour" I wrote in different fonts. I didn't trace or use anything to make it perfect. I wanted it to look natural.

I downloaded this graphic from The Graphic Fairy.

I love the old style poem. The cupid goes with my Valentine theme.

I glued it to the back of the board.

I then glued a paper clip to the top as my hanger,

You can cover the back with pretty paper to give it a finished look.

Then I applied my "orphaned ornament" with E6000 to the center of the graphic.

I love that it had a little sparkle to it and the glass gave it a higher end look.

This didn't cost my anything to make because I had all of this on hand. I hope you give it a try! I have it sitting on my mantle right now deciding if I should keep it.

I think it would be sweet to paint something on the heart. Someone's name perhaps....

How are you "Giving Your Heart Away"?

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Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

This is so cute! You know how I love copying your crafty projects. This one is a keeper.


srpprcrftr said...

Hope you don't mind if I try to copy this as close as I can. That means I'll take a stab at it with what I have, not necessarily like yours. I don't have the patience or some of the supplies needed. I do so love this project Deneen. You are a dear lady. Happy week

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

That is why I gave you the tutorial! Please try it! It is such a fun project that has many possibilities! Enjoy!

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

That is why I gave you the tutorial! Please try it! It is such a fun project that has many possibilities! Enjoy!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Cute project. Perfect for Valentine's Day.

Katie said...

LOVE this cute valentine art!

Tessacotton said...

Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Valentines Day themed linky party!

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