Hi everyone, today I’m sharing with you a little tutorial on how I put together this pretty handmade Christmas decoration – a decoupaged heart using Craft Consortium‘s beautiful ‘Blue Snowflakes’ decoupage paper.
I started with a wooden heart blank that I got from my local craft shop, The Mulberry Bush.
Step 1: Paint the front of the heart white so that the thin decoupage paper has a good bright background showing through the paper. Leaving the wood bare will dull the pattern.
Step 2: Smoodge PVA glue all over the front of the heart, using your fingers to cover the whole surface, making especially sure to go right to the edges.
Step 3: Place the glue side on the back of the decoupage paper.
Step 4: Rub your fingers over the front to make sure the paper is smooth and flat and there are no air bubbles.
Step 5: Cut out using a craft knife. You can also use scissors but a craft knife will get perfectly close to the edge. I realise that this ridiculous Stanley knife is going way beyond a craft tool, but this is what my husband got me for Christmas! It’s called ‘Fat Max’ and it does a darn good job of cutting through paper. Some may think it’s overkill but there we have it.
Step 6: Sand the edges of the heart with a very fine sandpaper. I like this squishy foam sanding block. This ensures the wood and paper are perfectly integrated and makes it look like the decoupage design is printed onto the wood itself. Use a pencil to poke the hole back through.
You can also use this technique with normal craft paper as well as decoupage paper. Have a look at my video tutorial to see it in action.
The advantage of thicker craft paper is that you don’t need to paint the wooden shape because you won’t see it through the paper. The advantage of thin decoupage paper is that it integrates with the wood much better and there’s much less chance of it lifting off or coming away at the edges. This particular decoupage technique only works with simple shapes that you can cut around. If you have complex one (e.g. I have some little wooden anchors) then you may be better tearing the decoupage paper into little pieces and building up layers around the shape. Bear in mind that method will only work with thin decoupage paper – you won’t be able to use regular craft paper with it as all the bits will stick up and come off!
Step 7: Next I chose a wooden frame from my little Papermania Bare Basics pack of frames and covered it in Snow-tex. I bought the Snow-tex at the start of the year and hadn’t got round to using it til recently – I wasn’t entirely sure how it worked – but now I love it. You basically use a paintbrush or little palette knife to daub it onto your project. It’s a mix of white paint and some sort of grainy material and when it dries it looks like snow!
Step 8: I glued the frame to the heart and then to finish off I chose a glittery ‘joy’ sentiment from the new docrafts Create Christmas range and glued it to the front, then added a little red bow.
I threaded my heart with a bit of garden twine for a rustic feel and ta-da! It’s ready to hang.