Friday, January 28, 2011

A Heart FELT Valentine tutorial

Hello!!! Today I have a little Valentine project /tutorial to share with you. This is the finished project hanging right above my "severely underused double oven."

Just a little something I came up with the other day and figured I would share the process as I made it.
Materials you will need:
Styrofoam heart (Floracraft)
Rolled Flower Die (My Favorite Things)
Cuttlebug (Provocraft)
Paper Piercing tool
Glue (I used Fabri-Tac by Beacon Adhesives)
Pearl strands (in wedding aisle of craft stores)
Felt - (The felt I used on this project is (pink) Michael's- Creatology and (white) from Papertrey. I can also recommend the felt from My Favorite Things. They all cut very nicely with this die.)
Seam binding or ribbon (I used Seam binding)
Scissors (Tim Holtz)
Other Items to Embellish heart-
Element Stickers by Echo Park Paper Co. (Little Girl Line )

Step one: Adhere the ribbon or seam binding on the back of the heart using glue as shown. This will be used to hang the heart.

Step two: Die cut the rolled flowers by placing the die face down on the felt. (If you are using a Cuttlebug--You will have the thick bottom plate then the C Plate then the felt square, then the die face down and then the B plate).

Step three: Run the stack through the machine.

Note: You will need to repeat this process many times. I didn't count how many flowers I used on mine but I ended up doing three sets of flowers. Just came back to this step until I had enough flowers to cover the heart.
To pass the time, I cut all the felt flowers then watched television while rolling them up!

Step four: After you have all your die cuts, you can begin rolling your flowers. (You can always go back and make more flowers if you are short!)
First separate the felt.

Step five: Begin rolling the flower as shown.

When you are finished rolling the flower, this is what it will look like:

Step six: Using a paper piercing tool, poke a hole through the center of the rolled flower. (Note: Wiggle the tool around a bit so the hole widens...makes the next step much easier!)

I found these double ended pearl accents in the bridal section of our local craft store. I have seen them lots of places. You will need to cut each strand in half. You use one half of each strand on each flower so you can make two flowers with one strand.

Step seven: Poke the half strand into the flower center as shown.

Step eight: Using your paper piercing tool, poke a hole in the Styrofoam heart where you want to place the flower. Put a little glue inside the opening and around it and insert the strand into it like this.

Step nine: Repeat the process until you fill the heart with flowers. Be sure to place the flowers very close to each other to cover all the Styrofoam. Felt is very easy to stretch, so you can stretch out some of the flower layers to cover patches that didn't get covered after you are finished. Remember to add flowers to the side of the heart because they will show.
Finally, embellish your heart. I used a sticker that said "made with LOVE" (Echo Park) and popped another heart for some dimension. I tied a bow with some ribbon and attached it with a pearl stick pin.

You could vary the idea to embellish a gift box or even make a flower topiary. So...what do you think?
This is a bit different from my normal style but it was fun to venture a bit out of my comfort zone!
This tutorial, along with a lot of other Valentine related craft tutorials, will be posted soon on Most Wanted, the lifestyle blog of!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!


Bastelfrosch said...

This is a wonderful heart....absolutly!!!
Thank´s for this WS!

Allison said...

Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial!

Sudha - Art Admirer said...

Beautiful, Thanks for sharing.

Donna said...

What a gorgeous creation! Thanks for the tutorial. I love seeing how people do these nifty projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

Janet Z said...

I think this is just too ding dang adorable!!!
I LOVE that die too!!

Anne Temple said...

This is gorgeous! It would look so cute in a little girl's room too. I've looked at that die several times, may need to get it now. Great tutorial too. Thanks

Gabriela said...

What a "heart" warming creation! I adore your finished heart and your color choices. Goodness your work is so neat and meticulous. Thank you for the awesome and painstaking tutorial. I just loved it and just might give it a shot.

Tina Gilliland said...

GORGEOUS!!! Love it! May have to give that a try! You are so clever, GF!

Joy said...

It's so nice. Thanks for tutorial

Christina Fischer said...

Beautiful -- I LOVE it! :)

Katherine said...

This is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to try this on a heart shaped box for my DGD. She'll love it.

Starla said...

Very cute!!

Crafty Katy said...

Thank you so much for the idea!

Judi said...

This is so cute, Cammie. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Charmaine said...

Love! Can I ask what type of felt you used? I have trouble a lot of times when I use the lower profile dies on felt...I can never get it to cut through all the way.


Elaine A said...

Cammie -

Thanks so much for the tutorial! This is just beautiful! I am really loving those little roses.

Elaine Allen

Whimsey said...

WOW; it's beautiful! Love the combo of the white/ivory flowers within the pink ones. Very elegant! TFS!

Carolina said...

Stunning in every way Cammie!!! I'm sure you're not going to part with this anytime soon. Hope you have a great weekend!

Leslie's Blog said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I am going to give it a try. Your tutorial is awesome. Thank you for taking the titme to do this.

Rita said...

Gorgeous, I luv it & the color is fabulous! Thanks for the tutorial! Is the felt from PTI? I have this die too, so I need to give it a try.

Debby said...

this is fantastic ,TFS!

Melanie said...

the finished product is so worth the time!! love this, those flowers!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

So gorgeous!!

LesleyfromWI said...

Wow this is beautiful!

Gailanne said...

Absolutely inspired. I am in awe of this fabulous project. Well done.

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Love this, Camster, and will be making one for myself for Valentine's Day! :)

alma said...

Such a sweet, sweet heart. Just LOVE