Saturday, January 17, 2015

Crepe Paper Vintage Valentine Tutorial + More‏

Happy Saturday everyone! It's time to make some Vintage Valentines! And we have everything in the shop to do it! Big hearts with ruffles, oh yeah!
You can check it out HERE.
In addition to the New Goodies, be sure to check out our HUGE general Valentine's Day Section filled with 100s of great goodies, and our Coffee Break Design Valentine Section filled with tons of unique products!

Art Time!

I've been dreaming of vintage crepe paper Valentines! Pinks, reds, glitter, and tons of ruffles! Once I had the crepe paper in hand, I designed the perfect large chipboard hearts! I love that they are nice and big. Once you add the ruffles, they are over 8 inches! 
Let me begin by saying I am not a sewer. In fact, I had to look up how to wind my bobbin and thread the machine. And then I spent about an hour thinking my machine was broken with a bobbin timing issue. Just when I was getting ready to disassemble my entire machine, I realized I was turning the knob the wrong way. Doh! But fixed. it was! If you don't have a sewing machine, you could hand sew the crepe paper, or just glue the crepe paper to your heart, pleating as you go. This is easy folks. It all worked out my first attempt! (once I figured out my machine that is!)

I began by cutting two 36" lengths of crepe paper, pastel pink and hot pink. I sewed the two pieces together, overlapping them a bit. I used the longest stitch (2.5 on my machine) and the greatest tension (8 on my machine) and just sewed in a straight line. The sewing causes the paper to ruffle. You don't even need to pull the strings. The greater the tension, the more ruffle you will have. Look, it's already almost a heart!

So easy. This took under a minute!

Using Matte Glue N Seal, I glued my ruffle to my largest heart piece. You just want to make sure your heart frame will hide your stitching.

It easily worked into a heart shape.

A great way to make sure your ruffle is fairly even, is to check the back!

Next I added the Music Sheet Collage Sheet to my center heart, and fussy cut two collage images. I inked all of my edges.

I also covered the heart frame with recycled wrapping paper from Christmas (thanks Sherry!). I then attached my two hearts to the large heart using Matte Glue N Seal.

I wanted to make a rosette for the center so I stitched another piece of crepe paper using the same settings above. The piece I used was about 7 inches long.

It was already forming a circle!

I glued the ruffle to the back of my collage image.

Next I glued the rosette to the center of my heart and added Pink Glam Stickles around the "frame" on my image. I picked Pink Glam since it's more transparent. I still wanted my image to show through.

I also wanted to add some crepe paper flowers. To make my flowers, I folded my crepe paper in half, and sewed along the folded edge with the same settings above. Then I simply rolled and glued.

I tied a ribbon through the holes, and it's ready to hang! This piece makes a super sweet door knob hanger! Mine is hanging in the studio of course!

Inspiration By Linda Cain!

This gorgeous Snowflake Shrine is by Design Team Member Linda Cain. The texture and sparkle is beyond fabulous. Check out Linda's blog post HERE for some step out photos and the full supply list!

Just beautiful Linda!

Inspiration By Lisa Rupp!

How cool is this edgy Steampunk Santos Doll by Lisa Rupp! We love that she added the Medium Gear Wheels to the base, making her roll! Lisa is know for her incredible Steampunk creations, and you can see why!

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

This adorable Primitive Angel Doll is by Design Team Member Amy Nieman. This is one of the small angels, measuring just 2.5 inches tall. So sweet Amy!

(She Also Used Our Star Washi Tape and Silver Faux Rhinestone Ribbon)

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

And last but not least, a stunningly romantic Cupid Stick Stand Up by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens! I especially love the awesome assemblage she created at the base! Perfect Lynn!
(She Also Used Our Brass Arrow, Vintage Valentine Heart Paper Cuts, Music Sheet Heart Paper Cuts, Valentine Word Paper Cuts, Red Faux Rhinestone Ribbon, and Red Stickles)

Around the Studio!

The Retro Café Art Gallery candy bar is now complete. What better way to fill these awesome apothecary jars. Now you know where those sweet treats in your orders come from! Hopefully I can resist eating it all myself!

I also wanted to let you know that we have an awesome announcement coming up! I'll fill you in Monday on Facebook and next Saturday right here in the newsletter!

Happy Creating! xoxo


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