Flower and heart wall hanging
The Flower and heart wall hanging is easy to make. You need a polystyrene heart (mine came as a set of three heart shapes from Dave’s Emporium in Hamilton), flowers made from card stock, a piece of ribbon for hanging, a brad (optional) and a glue gun. First prepare your polystyrene heart by applying two coats of paint in the colour of your choice. I painted one side and let it dry followed by the other side and then repeated the process. I have used a Resene test pot of Razzamatazz and Real Red card stock. It is a much closer match than the picture indicates. The camera I usually use is on an overseas trip and my pocket digital has made the flowers more pink than red.
To make the flowers shown you need the Spiral Flower Originals™ Die and a Big Shot or similar machine. You could buy fake flowers and attach them however making your own using Stampin’ Up! card stock gives you a much wider range of colour choices to match your decor. I use 12 flowers per heart.
I have given my flowers a more distressed look by first spritzing with some water and lightly scrunching then unfolding to dry. Once dry I have scrunched again with more force. This breaks the fibres in the card stock. Making the flowers is a technique I feel is better learned in person and I am happy to demonstrate and help you if you are in the Cambridge – Waipa area or Hamilton, contact me to sort a suitable time or ask me to demonstrate at the end of a class. If you are not local there is a video produced by Stamping’ Up! which you can view by clicking here.
Once you have made all your flowers and the paint is dry attach the flowers using a glue gun. Apply the glue to the polystyrene heart and attach flowers one at a time. If you apply the glue to the flower first it does not attach as well and the finish on the back of your heart can end up looking messy. First put the middle top and bottom flowers on, then build around each side until you have covered the whole heart.
Finally attach a piece of matching ribbon using the glue gun to the top of the heart. I also place a brad through the ribbon and into the heart to help keep it secure.