Etta and I do a lot of crafting (a.k.a mess making) together.
I love to receive personalised gifts and in turn, love to make them for friends and family. This is where Etta comes in handy (literally).
Alison, Etta’s wonderful childminder is giving up work at the end of this week to concentrate on her other full time job – raising a family.
Alison has not only a fantastic carer for Etta, but a teacher and a friend. I wanted to make a keepsake for her that would remind her of their time together.
I have put together a super simple tutorial if you should like to make one yourself or something similar, this would work well as a card or in a frame too.
You will need:
• Wooden heart shaped ‘blank’ (eBay or hobby craft, but make sure it has a hole so you can hang it).
• Emulsion or acrylic paint
• Paint brush
• Paint for the prints – I used a metallic gold- make sure whatever you use is water based so it’s kind on the skin
• A good pen to write with – a designers drawing pen is ideal
• Clear spray varnish (optional)
• Ribbon / chord to hang the heart with
• A small and willing child to use as your stamp!
Let’s get messy!
1. This is your plain ‘blank’. I actually like them like this andthere is not necessarily a need to paint them but for the purpose of this tutorial that’s what I did.
2. Paint your heart in thin layers of unison or acrylic allowing each side to dry between coats. If you like then the first coat can be in a darker contrasting colour to the top coat and when it’s all painted and dry you can rub it gently with a fine grade sandpaper around the edges to give a distressed look. (That’s what I did here but forgot to take pics of the process – sorry).
3. Fasten small child to something so they are unable to run off – in my case a highchair. Apply paint to one foot at a time. Not too much as you want a clean print. Place each foot onto the heart and ensure all areas have gentle pressure on them – especially the toes.
4. This is what it should look like – heels slightly overlapped to echo the shape of the heart. You can now clean the child!
5. Next, once the paint has dried, take your drawing pen and carefully write your saying, quote or message around the edge of the print. I find if you put little dots on the ends of the letters it makes an aesthetically pleasing font that looks better than plain handwriting.
Once the pen had dried I gave the heart a two light coats of spray varnish each side to seal the paint and pen. It’s important that they are light coats so the ink does not run and to allow the varnish to dry in between . You don’t have to varnish your heart but I find it keeps it looking better and gives a nice glossy finish.
6. This is the ribbon I chose for my heart – you can pick this up on eBay or there are tons of people on Facebook who sell ribbon if you search.
7. My finished heart. I added a personal message on the other side before I varnished it – you may wish to do the same or alternatively print hand prints or let your kiddie-wink go wild with paint.
I hope Alison will like it and that this will inspire you to make keepsakes for all your family and friends.