Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Funny Valentine, a quick paper craft

The inspiration for this project came from this post at the the Idea Room .

Her paper craft is made with a paper quilling technique that is really cool. But when I thought of paper quilling, I could almost hear my high-maintenance children laughing at me, mocking me for daring to believe I had time for such an endeavour. So I modified the project a bit (K.I.S.S., remember?)

So my version is about as simple as it gets.

First I spray painted this thrift store gold frame with Krylon satin spray paint in Ivory.

The background paper is a pink and cream hounds tooth printed paper from the Lush product line by My Mind's Eye that I found at Robert's Crafts.

I decided to incorporate an old book page, and had originally planned to print some Valentine-related sentiment directly onto the book page...and then my printer ran out of ink. So I pulled the laziest crafting move of all time. Folks, instead of intricate paper quilling or a pretty printed font, I scrawled out my message with a Sharpie. Yes, I did. And I'm not sorry.

Valentines are supposed to be heart-felt and really they should be hand-written, so the Sharpie works, right?

I used a glue stick to attach my "hand-crafted" message to my background paper, and to glue a band of black grosgrain ribbon underneath. Then, using hot glue, I attached some flowers made from tights (read how to make them here). I framed the project and that's all she (I) wrote!


  1. I love the blog, Tatum! You are so creative and have such great style, too!

  2. You put me to shame Tate, flowers from tights and now this? Your sharpie skills are awesome! It looks great and so cute, I love it.