Wednesday, January 28, 2009

3D Paper Heart Tutorial

Hey stampers and scrappers,

Here is the tutorial I promised you on how to create your own 3D Paper Hearts. They are super fun to make and easy cheesy! Let's go....

You will need various pattern papers, I like cardstock weight the best and am using BasicGrey Eva collection 6x6 pad.
Cut the 6 inch paper into 1" strips. You will need a total of 9 strips. I am making one side of my heart in one pattern, and the other side in a different pattern paper so I have 4 of each pattern and then one pink strip that will go in the middle. When you make this for the first time you may want to use just one pattern.Stack all of the strips together nice and neat and then punch a small hole at one end. This hole is for a brad to slip through so you do want it small... I am using the smallest punch on the Crop-a-dile. The Crop-a-dile cuts through all these layers like "butta baby!"Here is what that should look like.We are going to use clock references here so you can understand what I am talking about. (No digital will not work!) Take 4 of the strips and lay then at 12:00 with the hole at the bottom. These need to be pattern side up.Slip a brad through those strips, pokey sides up.Take the middle strip (does not matter what pattern and can either be pattern side up or down) and place it at 6:00.Now take a length of sheer ribbon and place it over your brad with the loop side up at 12:00. You can really use any kind of ribbon but the sheer ribbon is easiest to stab onto the brad.Now take the 4 other strips with their pattern side down and place them on the brad at 12:00. You should have only one strip at 6:00 at this point with it being in the middle of the sandwich.Now you can close up your brad.Now take your strip sandwich and hold it as shown, by the middle strip at 6:00 with all the others at 12:00.Pull one of the strips down to the middle. Do the same with the other side and you will have the beginnings of your heart! The size of this inside heart will effect the overall size of your finished project. So if you want this to be small, then make this inside heart very small by pulling down the ends to make it smaller.Do the same thing with the next two strips and on and on with the remaining strips.Your ends will look something like this. If yours looks like this you are doing it right!Then you are going to punch another small hole through all the layers right above the top layer.Then attach your brad. Oops!... mine is a little off-center. Kinda like me. Ha!Then you will trim off the ends just below the top strip, right below the brad you just attached.Whala! You finished paper heart. Mine looks a little "wanky" but if you fiddle with it you can straighten it out.I just think these are so cute and could see them hanging from a light fixer, mantle, gift bag, etc...To embellish this further stamp one of our "Mini Rounder" sayings onto pattern paper.Then punch out using a 1" circle punch.I added a mini paper flower and brad to the inside.Place a glue dot at the center connecting point. Then place your embellishment on top.I am going to attach mine to a card. I am thinking of making these for my twins teachers.... a nice little fat free giftie. I started out with a white card and then added my pattern paper to it. I like to have a nice snow white card to write on inside.Stamp your saying on the lower right corner. I used the word "love" from the "Long Skinny Sentiments" stamp set.For some texture I ran this through my Cuttlebug machine inside an embossing folder.Here is the card.

To attach it to the card flip over the heart and place another glue dot at the center connection point and place on your card. These cards where a big hit at the workshop on Saturday and the gals said they were easy to make, so why don't you try one?

4 comments:

Patricia said...

Oh Melissa, I love this one too. Think we might get one on the FOTM that ya'll did at workshop??? (Fingers crossed.....LOL) Hugs, Pat

Melissa Baldwin said...

Sure Pat! I am hoping to work on that tutorial tomorrow. I have had a sick child home all week and this morning all 3 of them have dentist appts. in Augusta with lessons after that. Busy, busy with kids things, but they are fun to hang out with.

Patricia said...

Oh thank you Melissa. Hope and pray that everyone is feeling better now. Can't wait to see the new FOTM. YIPEEE!!!!

Suzanne said...

This was such a fun project and this is a geat tutorial...everyone should sit down and make one...suzanne