Published on February 10th, 2014 | by Kristen Swain4
Valentine’s Day Banner Lots of Love
Hello! I am sharing some Valentine’s Day decor today, made with some beautiful Smoothfoam puffy hearts. Let me share my fun experience with you. Early January is CHA, a large business gathering in California where the Craft industry gets together in convention form, has classes, including ways to use product. Its a gathering of manufacturers, teachers, designers, store owners and crafters of all sorts. Fun times. I have not gotten to go in a few years, but love to check out what goes on through Facebook. Anywho, I was perusing and saw a link to Smoothfoam inviting those of us who didn’t get to attend CHA to also try a guessing game to win an Ipad. I quickly remembered the formula for volume, as the game was one of those guess how many pingpong balls are in this container. I did my math – thanks for the reminders helping my minions with math – and came up with my answer, taking away some as the balls didn’t completely fill the container. I made my educated guess and went about my day. A couple days later, Smoothfoam contacted me and told me I was the winner of the Ipad! I never win anything, so you can imagine how shocked I was, totally thrilled. How fun! And, I thought I’d never use that high school geometry in my life! Also, how cool I got to show the minions that math does have applications in real life! LOL! They aren’t working hard for nothing.
Fast forward to a few short days later and this package comes, not only did they send me the winning Ipad! How cool is this thing!?! But, I also got several hearts in different sizes to play with. How could I resist!
I had to create something for the upcoming Valentine’s Day with these sweet hearts.
I can’t wait to show you how to create this embossed look on the hearts for this Valentine’s Day Banner.
How sweet are these delicate looking hearts with their tiny pink roses? They are very vintage looking too.
First, you’ll need some fabric paint. I like this cheap stuff- about $.80 a bottle. It’s dimensional and makes great accents on a lot of projects.
Take your dimensional paint and doodle designs on your foam heart. Let dry.
You can see I tried a variety of images, some small swirls, a large swirl, leaves, and a rose with dots.
Once the dimensional paint is dry, paint them with a nice coat of white acrylic paint.
Now it’s time to antique them so the designs stand out.
I place a paper towel to catch the run off, but basically what I do is to dip just the tip of my brush into some brown paint, then immediately dip it into some water, I then paint all over the hearts, adding water as I needed, until I achieved an antique look to my designs. I basically just wanted to highlight the designs and not have too much brown.
After they were dry, I started to create my banner.
First, I traced the heart, and got a uniform heart shape traced onto a piece of paper, then I pulled the top layer off of some corrugated cardboard. Once I cut the heart out, I distressed the edges.
I hot glued the heart to the cardboard.
Then, I took a natural coffee filter, and cut two strips out of the ruffles, I folded it in half, cut the outer ruffle about 1/2 an inch, then cut a second 1/2 inch from the filter.
I then tucked those ruffles in under the heart, using one strip for each side.
Then, I used a hole punch and punched holes in the top parts of the heart to string my banner up with.
I used some lace I had already antiqued with brown acrylic paint. I simply took a length of about 4 inches, and tied it in a knot.
For the lovely little flowers, I took about 6 inches of my Crinkled Ribbon and rolled it, then pinched it at the bottom and added some hot glue and pushed it into the space between the heart and the ruffles.
The green ribbon leaves are just a 2 inch strip of ribbon, folded in half, glued the ends and tucked next to the flowers.
Ready for your Valentine’s Day Displays!