Hanging Hearts Tutorial

Posted by BeckyJ, 04 Sep, 2015

Papercrafting encompasses so many exciting possibilities and finding a new way to send a greeting to a special friend is always something I love to try out. These paper hanging hearts are a pretty alternative to sending a card and are something that can be displayed once any celebration has ended. For the base of each heart, I have chosen papers from different Capsule collection paper packs allowing me to choose colours that my recipient will really enjoy. The Papermania Simply Floral A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack offers a huge selection of beautiful images, and was the perfect choice for adding decoration to the front of each heart. Why not try a similar idea with other large or nesting dies, such as nesting stars, butterflies or leaves? This tutorial was first published in docrafts Creativity Magazine Issue 55.

1. Using the Xcut Heart Nesting Dies, die cut the largest heart twice from Capsule Eau de Nil, French Lavender and Wild Rose papers. Choose a coloured background paper for the front of the heart and a pattern with a paler background for the reverse.

2. Crumple and sand each die-cut heart to give an aged appearance before following the steps below to create each padded heart.

3. To add an antiqued appearance to each heart, gently scrape around the edges with a craft knife to give a distressed, frayed look and then blend Artiste Chocolate Dye Ink across the surface to highlight the creases.

4. To decorate the French Lavender heart, cut a V in each end of a wide patterned die-cut border from the Simply Floral ultimate die-cut and paper pack. Blend chocolate dye ink around the border edge to continue the vintage theme of the project and use hot glue to attach across the centre. Layer a die-cut doily using hot glue, and then a circular topper above it using 3D foam tape.

5. Arrange two V-shaped, die-cut decorative borders across the Eau de Nil heart and add a white parenthesis panel and a lavender circle die-cut. Cut a rose patterned doily from one of the toppers and add with 3D foam tape.

6. Decorate the Wild Rose heart with a blue and white doily die-cut, decorated with a complementary decoupaged flower.

7. Add further embellishment to each of the hearts with Papermania silver adhesive stones around the circular die-cuts. Mix and match large ribbon bows from the three collections and add a Bellissima charm to the Wild Rose heart.

TIP If you want to hang the hearts together, knot the lengths of brown string on each heart together so that each heart hangs at a different height, and trim away the excess string. If you do not want the knots to show, cover with your favourite Capsule large ribbon bow.

How to Make The Padded Hearts

1. Attach brown string to the inside of one heart, then stick the two hearts together with permanent adhesive roller round the edges to hold in place when sewing.

2. Machine stitch around the hearts, leaving a small gap. Stuff with wadding, using a dowelling rod to push the wadding through the gap.

3. Once happy with the amount of wadding added, stitch the opening closed to secure the wadding and then decorate the heart.

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