June 22, 2008

Heart Beads

Heart beads

For these heart beads I mixed up the appropriate colours to create the textures out of fimo soft (polymer clay). I then rolled each texture into sausages of fimo and cut them into millimetre-thick discs. Following this, I aligned these into a wonky square and used my finger to squidge the discs together. I then took a straight high-sided glass and used it as a rolling pin.

I had to keep moving the sheet of fimo I was rolling, otherwise it sticks to the glass or the worktop. Once the sheet was uniformly thin (as much as you can get a uniform thickness by hand – some people use pasta machines for this but I have not tried this myself yet) I used medium-sized aspec cutters that I got from Almond Sugar Crafts.

I then used a paper clip I had bent out of shape to poke a hole just below the point where the heart plunges at the top. Following that, I carefully placed the heart beads onto a baking tray and baked them for 30 minutes at 130 degrees C in our kitchen oven. These look good on earrings and on ribbons around presents. They are a great way to use up spare bits of fimo and for adorning things for weddings and Valentine’s day. If you don’t put a hole in them they can be used as generic craft bits or as re-usable table confetti for romantic meals. The polymer clay also survives second bakings so the hearts can be added to other projects.

February 10, 2008

Iridescent Heart Card

Filed under: Paper Craft,Presents and Wedding Favours,Valentines Day — sarah @ 4:09 pm

finished hearts

I made this card for my friend’s wedding but it would make a good engagment or Valentine’s card or possibly a birthday card for a girlfriend or some such.

stuff for wedding card

For this card I used a sheet of pale blue card, magenta/purple card, pale pink card, eight iridescent leaf sequins, PVA white craft glue, pritt stick glue and scissors.

big heart

I started by folding the pale blue card into four, I then cut out a heart about 7cm in height from the magenta/purple card. I stuck this onto the centre of the card using the pritt stick.

big heart small hearts

I then glued on the iridescent leaves in pairs as they make nice little hearts like this. I had to use blobs of PVA to glue them onto the card. I then had to leave it to dry lying flat on the table top. I made four of these little hearts which irregularly border the large heart in the middle of the card. It was at this point I decided something needed to be in the middle of the large heart. I did initially try another iridescent heart but decided it didn’t look good.

finished hearts

Instead I cut out a small pink heart from the baby pink card. I then stuck this onto the card using the pritt stick.

May 13, 2007

Wedding Card

Filed under: Paper Craft,Presents and Wedding Favours — sarah @ 12:49 pm

Wedding Card

I made several of these cards for friends’ weddings, some with blue writing, some with purple and some with pink.

I started by folding a piece of white glittery card in four; this card came in a large bulk pack of different colours and textures from Costco, and is slightly bigger than A4. I then selected the paper punches I wanted to use – the correct letters for ‘Enjoy’ and the little bride and groom – which are two seperate punches, the dove and horseshoes, as I thought these were sufficiently representative of matromony.

I then stamped the shapes out of wrapping paper that I have kept from the presants my husband and I received at our own wedding – the silver in fact actually came from an envolope from a card we got!

I then arranged the shapes to my satisfaction and, using pritt stick, glued them in place.

I’m quite pleased with this design.