Be My Love Valentine's Plaque | A Mixed Media Project

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! And I mean everyone. For Valentine's Day can be celebrated whether you have a significant other or not.

This is the third plaque I have decorated and I'm loving it!

Moving from flat, scrapbook pages to 3D plaques has been an exciting transition. Because of how I would store my scrapbook pages (in plastic page protectors), I would try to keep my designs from having too many 3D elements. But with plaques I have practically no restrictions.

Here are my recommended supplies for this project, the Be My Love Valentine's Plaque.

  • heart plaque from Jillibean Soup
  • two sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 scrapbook paper
  • two sheets of 5 x 7 scrapbook paper
  • ribbon
  • lace ribbon
  • buttons
  • paper flowers
  • Mod-Podge and stiff brush - I used three different kinds (Paper, All Surface, and Fabric) but you can use whatever you want.
  • ruler
  • scissors (a Fiskars Fingertip Control Craft Knife comes in handy with the letters)

Here are the things that I selected as possible materials when I began. I didn't use the ribbon at the bottom because I didn't feel the colors melded with what I had.

I wanted the heart front to be covered in scrapbook paper, leaving a quarter of an inch of wood showing. So the first thing I did was trace one half of the heart onto a piece of printer paper and trim off a quarter of an inch all the way around. This is where the ruler came in handy.

I work at my projects a little at a time and only glue at the last moment so that I am sure I will know what it looks like and can make adjustments if necessary. I don't always use a table but instead make a work space out of boxes on the ground. Usually boxes from the supplies I just ordered. It works for me.

I chose to use two complementing patterns for my heart plaque. Plus, I was dying to use the blue and pink floral there.

This was the first idea with the flowers. I used lace ribbon about 2 inches wide that I got from Hobby Lobby. In fact, nearly everything you see there I bought from Hobby Lobby.

Here was my second idea with the flowers, mixing them up. Notice that I also have added pale yellow buttons. Years ago my family bought me a Bag O'Buttons and from there I pulled out every yellow button in a similar size range. Do you see the heart button? That was the only one in the bunch and I love that added touch.

This and the next two pictures are center ribbon examples. By this time I had cut out the words I wanted to use from the 5 x 7 scrapbook paper. I pulled two different shades of green from the So-So Sweet book from The Paper Studio. I really love how the green words bring out the touches of green in the floral paper behind it.

To get the words, I measured just how much space I would have on my heart after adding the flowers and buttons. Then I chose the two fonts I wanted to use (making sure they were free fonts) and arranged them in Gimp first and then an Open Office document, being sure the sizing would match up. I printed the page and cut out the separate fonts (not the separate letters). On the back of the 5 x 7 pages, I laid the printed fonts and used the opposite end of an ink pen to rub over the printed font from the backside of the page (really, any blunt end object would work). The fonts transferred nicely to the back of the scrapbook page and I cut them out from there. Ingenious, right? Saves so much time for people like me who do not have a special machine to do it for you.

I decided on using the gold but I think the yellow up there would have worked well too. I don't like the purple and am now glad I didn't use it.

Then it was time to glue! I was disappointed in how yellow the paper Mod-Podge left my lace. But it held nicely and looks good anyway. I draped the lace down the sides of the plaque and underneath.

After the lace, I glued the buttons with Mod-Podge All Surface, a dot at a time, and let that dry. Then the wording and last the flowers.

Here is the plaque from the side. I think the lace going all the way to the back of the piece kind of solidifies the look.

A closeup of the words. Don't you just love the font?! I took a while trying to decide what words to put on this piece. I recalled a favorite song of mine from Mario Lanza, one I used to sing to tame my savage beastie, Ella the part Bobcat. Be My Love just fit.

This is the first time I have used paper flowers like this and I am impressed by how well they have held up during the designing process. When I wasn't using them, I would put them in a small plastic bag and blow it full of air so that they wouldn't get crunched.

And that is my latest piece! What do you think? Do you like it? I've actually given some thought to organizing a PDF with the templates I used and full instructions. But I'm not decided. Let me know if you are interested in a PDF version!

I will be putting this in my Etsy store very soon, Ginger Peachy Store, if you want to order yours!!

Thanks for reading, and come back soon!

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