Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing. ~Donna Hedges
Believe me or not, but I never took Valentine’s Day into consideration when I made this. The idea hit me and I just went with it.
Actually, I was in Target a couple of weeks ago and saw this on clearance, but even on clearance it wasn’t that inexpensive, plus the maps meant nothing to me. I wanted to use maps of where our three grown children now live.
As luck would have it, I found this frame on clearance at Home Goods just after leaving Target.
But somewhere along the way, I decided I wanted to use 18 Karat gold for the hearts. I know you’re all aware of gold leafing that you can buy, but there’s also 18 Karat gold leaf paint. I found my on Amazon and received it two days later.
Part of the reason the frame was on clearance is there were a few markings on it. I didn’t want black anyways, so I primed it and then painted it with white craft paint. If you look closely, I painted the inside rim with the gold paint.
After everything dried, I put satin varnish over the frame and let it dry. While it was drying I took this photo of my desk of my work in progress.
This is the paper that was in the frame. Only a small portion really shows because of the matting. Because I wanted my hearts to be equally spaced and in the correct location, I measured off the area that was actually going to show and then divided it into quarters for the four hearts I was making. This also gave me a reference point on the size to make my hearts.
After determining the size of my hearts, I cut five of them, just in case (one more than I needed). I used a very heavy printing paper that would be used for printing business cards or name tags because once the paint goes on it, the heavier paper won’t curl like thin paper will.
I wanted gold hearts behind my maps, so at this point I painted them with my 18 Karat gold. After they dried, I put another coat of gold paint on them.
It was at this point, I photocopied the area of the maps I wanted to use. I ended up enlarging them slightly and then cut the heart shapes, making sure to get the areas I needed. I wanted my map hearts to be just a tad smaller than the gold hearts. I also used my grid paper to make more markings so I would figure out the actual center of each heart.
Keep in mind, you can’t make these marks on the actual paper that the hearts will be glued to. So once I determined the exact center placement I needed for each heart, I took a large straight pin and made a hole through this paper (see the green circle above).
For my backing paper that my hearts were going to be glued onto, I used 140# cold press watercolor paper. I wanted something sturdy and with a bit of texture. The other reason I used this was because I have lots of it laying around in my studio. I placed the grid paper on top of my backing paper and made a light pencil mark through the tiny pin holes. Place a mark on a folded heart to show the center of it, as shown above. This is probably the trickiest part, only because everything needs to be centered equally. But I know you can do it!
When you glue the gold hearts down, I put a light coat of Mod Podge on the back and then patted it gently on my palette paper to take any excess off before placing it on the actual paper. After all the gold hearts are on, fold your small map hearts sharply in the center and put a slight bit of Mod Podge on the length of this fold. Place the map on your gold heart and make sure only the crease is glued down.
If you want more of the folded map heart to be more pronounced, either double mat your frame or go without a glass.
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