Friday, January 6, 2017



 The best words ever said. Saying those words mean that someone has shown you in some way or told you that they love you, and who doesn't need to hear that! That's why Valentine's Day is right up there with Christmas for  me.


With Valentine's Day being right around the corner, I decided to do my first post of the new year creating some Stand Up Hearts made from sturdy masonite by Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

 They are extremely simple to assemble just using some strong adhesive and a gateway to a world of possibilities opens up with them.

 I always start by painting the base with gesso and finish by gluing the base on last. This just gives you a better foundation to work on with the heart piece laying flat.

There are no magic techniques on these hearts. I really wanted to show how easy and simple for anyone to make these basic stand up hearts come to life.
After applying gesso and drying. I applied a base color to them, using red on some and pink on others. 
Next, I gathered some Valentine Collage Sheets from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and some Valentine Die Cut Hearts. I also used some of the Valentine Words.
From the Collage Sheets, I cut out the images in heart shapes and then I tore parts of other images that I wanted to use and layered some of them. As I am working, my mind often runs away with other ideas, like using Valentine Napkins, Vintage Valentines, Vintage Images, Personal Photos, actually any image that is near and dear to your heart will work on these hearts. 

I added Dresden foil trim on one of the bases to show how versatile this trim is and how easy it is to use just by adding some glue and working it around the base. It always adheres so nicely and adds to any project.
After I am happy with my images, I trace around some of them with a thin black pen. I also like to add a little rub of different colors to the edges of my hearts, just because I love the layered look. I also love the vintage look of the old Valentines so finishing them by rubbing some gold paint on the edges as well just adds another little dimension. 

The base can be used in so many ways, but I chose to add writing to mine with a white Signo Gel Pen on a black base that coordinated with the word that I glued on the image. 

I also used a couple of pieces from Sandra Evertson's line of Relics and Artifacts and I love how they worked with the hearts. You can find these on her site and also over at Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

Before I made these hearts, I started the Valentine's Day Celebrations  by making these Victorian Exploding Boxes (which will be on my list again) because I just LOVE them. I think these boxes will have to be a staple in my Studio for every holiday!

More Valentines coming and thinking of all those who show their love to me in so many ways... 
Happy Valentine's Day


Acrylic Paints
Dresden Foil Trim 
Scroll stamp and Gold Ink Pad
Stickles Glitter Glue -Diamond