I love making quick and simple things for our home and thought I would share this one with you.
I bought this papier mache heart from Hobbycraft for £1.39 because I figured I could do ‘something’ with it. It stands about 6” high.
I guess it is no secret that I love cats – and not really much of a secret that our cats are Bengals and so spotty like little leopards. Consequently it was no surprise that I had some decopatch paper that was leopard print.
I covered the heart in PVA (I figured Mod Podge and PVA were the same but one was cheaper!) and then layered the paper on. It is really easy paper to work with and very forgiving when going round corners and odd shapes like the heart. Once it was all covered I gave it a top coat of PVP which makes sure any edges are bonded in to the whole surface and gives a resilient finish.
I wanted a banner for across the middle and so used a digital journaling scroll I had I am ashamed to say this was one of the first digital files I had going way back, and I haven’t kept the file that tells me who created it so huge apologies to the creator for that. That’s a mistake I never make now. Digital designers do such fabulous work and deserve the credit for their designs.
I added the text I wanted and then printed it on card and mounted it on chipboard before cutting it out.
I couldn’t find chipboard letters that worked so used ‘naked’ letters, painted them cream and then used UTEE to make them like enamel. I added a few crystals on each letter.
I stamped a heart onto chipboard using a Hero Arts stamp, cut it out, painted it cream and then re-stamped over the top of it with black ink before covering it in UTEE and adding a crystal.
All I had to do then was assemble the elements on the heart using Glossy Accents.
I also added a beaded trim round the edge of the heart to complete it.
It is now hung in our hallway underneath a minute of a cat I painted years ago.