guest tutorial: Melanie Testa makes …

January 31, 2012
My good friend and fellow artist Melanie Testa is currently a vagabond blogger. Sad for her – lucky for us. We wish her blog a very speedy recovery. In the meantime today I have the great good pleasure of hosting her fabulous

Artspark heARTfest tutorial

 Here she goes…..

If you haven’t noticed, I am having blog troubles, yup! it is totally broken! But that doesn’t mean I don’t have fabulous friends that don’t want to help  blogless girl out! And don’t worry, I will have a new blog and web site soon. So let’s all thank Lyric for helping me bring a Tute Toot Tutorial to you for our Heartfelt Blog Hop.

When I was a girl, I loved going to the pharmacy around Valentine’s Day to purchase a plastic wrapped box of Valentines. They would come with little envelopes and need to be torn down to size along perforated edges. This was so very exciting to do, and going home to make an envelope out to each person in my class was excitement beyond measure! So I present a tutorial using stamps, sweet imagery and perforated edges.
You will need:
Paper to print on
Sticky back fun foam
Exacto knife
Tracing paper
Stamp pads
plastic ruler

Fun foam is the way to go, create a stamp (or 4) that fits your valentine design. My valentine’s are 2×3”, so my stamps fit within this size. I drew my design on tissue and rubbed it onto the foam.
Cut your design. 
Peel the backing off the fun foam and adhere to acetate or a backing of your choice. I put my tracing paper wrong side up underneath my acetate.
Pencil in a grid to size and begin printing your stamps, using stamp pads, within the grid.
Using the Pattern Wheel and plastic ruler, perforate your design along the penciled grid.
Fold and tear your valentine’s apart.
Write a special message on the back of your design and start giving your special Valentine’s to your best friends, buddies and and of course, your most cherished loved one(s)! 
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  • Reply
    Linda's Art Quilts
    February 2, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Using the tracing wheel is a capital idea. The cards are delicate and very sweet–perfect to give to a Valentine of any age.

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    January 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Oh, I like Leslie's idea to make a Valentine Box too! I too remember the excitement of addressing the envelopes and picking just the right valentine for each person. The tracing wheel is a great idea! Thanks Melly and Lyric!

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    Leslie Tucker Jenison
    January 31, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    How fun is that?! I want to go make Valentines! I want to make my box, too!

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    January 31, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love the perforation idea too! Perhaps I should go out and get myself a pattern wheel… Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Deb Dugan
    January 31, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Gosh, brings me back to Elementary school and the excitement of Valentine's Day! What fun!

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    Carol Kunnerup
    January 31, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I like that, too. the pattern wheel. cute, cute cards. It was fun to make valentines with my girls…my son is a whole different story. he claims his Danish heritage and does not really celebrate valentines. he does enjoy the candy. Good thing his Dansk father has learned to celebrate Valentine's Day. ;D

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    Laura Wasilowski
    January 31, 2012 at 2:09 am

    Love the idea of using the pattern wheel to perforate the paper. Takes me right back to second grade!

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