Today's Valentine project follows a path I've taken before, but with different materials.
Both then and now, I've worked with papers printed using masks or stencils.
What I have learned, however, from experience is this: Avoid paper that's stiff, heavyweight or vintage. Instead, use paper that's pliable and somewhat soft to the touch.
The paper I've chosen for today's project fits this description. It's pale beige with a scattered pattern of metallic gold butterflies. I printed with translucent acrylic paint to keep the butterflies somewhat visible, as shown below.
|Above: Printed using 9" x 12" Fire Cherries Mask L879|
Out came wooden hearts ...
|Above: my collection of thin wooden hearts from craft stores and Amazon|
Next, I brought out a black Sharpie pen --
|Above: With fine detail scissors I cut out the enlarged heart shape.|
After using a Uhu gluestick to cover the back of the printed paper and one side of the wooden heart, I pressed the two glued sides together, then folded the edges of the paper around the heart.
Below: Having turned the heart right-side-up, I've auditioned several metallic gold papers and have chosen this embossed foil laminated to sturdy paper.
|Above: Unable to find my plastic self-healing cutting board, I've substituted sturdy cardboard. Cardboard protected my work surface while I used a craft knife to cut the paper to the 6" x 6" size of the greeting card blank.|
|Above: Having used extra heavy matte gel medium to attach the back of the heart to the cover of the card, I've completed my 3-dimensional Valentine card.|