Key To My Heart...
Here's a Valentine's Day frame that would be good as a gift. It is quick and easy and I think looks kinda cool.
Grab a piece of chipboard that is 6 1/2 x 8. On the 6 1/2 inch side take a mug from the kitchen and lay it on the top edge of the chip and trace around the top. Do this twice forming the archs or half circle of the heart.
Next, mark the center of the bottom. Should be 4 inches. Grab your ruler and mark up from the center point to each side of the half circles. Cut on the marked lined with a craft knife or scissors.
Now to add a place for a photo. I made my cut out for the frame around 2.5 x 3. I marked this and cut out the rectangle with my craft knife.
Next, I used my heart frame as a template to cut out the patterned paper. One for the front and one for the back. I cut this with scissors and then glued the front and back papers to the chipboard heart. I then sanded the edges and distressed them with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.
I then took a piece of acetate and cut it down to fit over the baskside of the opening and glued in place. The blue film was pulled off the front of the actetate and I left it on the back as long as I could to prevent scratches, etc.
I took three strips of 1/4 inch chip and glued these onto a piece a chip that was the same size as my frame opening.
Glue the frame piece to the back of the heart.
Here's the opening for your picture.....
Next, you can use anything you would like to cover the front of the frame. I chose to use Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Heart Set Die. I took a piece of 12x12 chipboard and glued a sheet of Tim's valentine paper from his Season Stash. To make things easier, I cut 6 strips and then cut each strip into 2 inch squares. I used the smaller of the two hearts and placed each square of patterned paper squares on the die and cut.
You can see from the picture above that I embossed a few extra hearts with embossing powder and heat tool. Just for an added pop of something.
Now here's the fun. Just dab some glue on the back of a mini heart and glue to the frame. Continue until you can't place another heart on the frame. This is your first layer of hearts.
Continue with a second and third layer until you use all the die cut hearts. DON'T be perfect!! I think it's more fun to place them at all angles.
I took a scrap piece of chipboard and cut it down to fit behind the fame. I then measured off and marked an inch across the top. I ran my craft knife over the mark, being careful NOT to go all the way through. Just a score. Then I bent it open. Next I took some of Tim's Tissue Tape and wrapped the stand completely because I wanted to keep this easy.
Glue the 1 inch folded side of the stand to the frame.
Added a piece of ribbon between the stand and the frame. This will hold the frame up.
That's it! See easy huh? Here is the completed frame....
Thanks For Looking Y'all!
The Gentleman Crafter