Clay, paper, burlap and cotton cording make for some fun with this heart. Add some color, beads and a button and you're good to put this project together as a very nice gift for Mom.
Oven bake clay (Sculpey was used for this project)
markers (Spectrum Noir)
burlap/canvas scrap (mine is from Canvas Corp)
circle wafer die
Die Cutting machine
ebrush, siphon adapter
cookie cutter or mold
2 step bird punch, 3/4" circle punch
Prepare your clay according to the manufacturer's directions. Form into desired shape. I chose to string a cord through the top and down to the bottom, so using the straw, make two holes to string the cording through. Using the ebrush and the siphon adapter, mix some pearl ex with enough water to make it fluid. Spray the surface and sides of the clay. Bake as directed. Let cool.
While your shape is baking, prepare your paper pieces. I ran some cardstock through a paper crimper about 10 times. Enough to break down the fibers and separate each disc into 2 layers. See the photo below (click to enlarge). Wad it up to add more texture to the piece. With the "raw" side facing you fold in half and in half again so you have a quarter circle. Carefully make two cuts towards the folded center for petals. Unfold. Using a piercer, make a hole in the center and place a small brad.
Cut the burlap using a die cutting machine using the correct sandwich for your machine. Set aside.
Thread your cording through the heart. To keep the cording from sliding, secure by adding a knot behind each of the holes. You can thread your beads on the bottom ends if you choose to do so now. Knot each end and for extra security, slide your bottom bead up a bit and add a dab of glue on the cording and slide the bead back down in place.
Using the eBrush, add some color as desired to your flowers. You can use the siphon or the marker adapters to add the color. Using the bird punch, cut 3 wings and color those as well. You can add some dimension by turning the leaves over, and using the ball end of a stylus, with circular motion add some curve to the leaves. You can also add some veins to the back of the leaves. .
Now you can add all of your embellishments on the heart as desired. The burlap goes down first, then the flowers and leaves and the button/charm last. I used the E6000 glue to secure everything and let it dry overnight to make sure everything is secure.
Have some fun! Make this one yours. I got the idea from here.
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