Project – Color Your World/120 Days of Crayola – Scarlet Heart

Stained Glass Valentine Heart
Stained Glass Valentine Heart

The calendar will turn over to the month of February on Monday. I decided this beautiful Valentine’s Day stained glass heart was a perfect choice for today’s Color Your World – 120 Days of Crayola. color choice of SCARLET. You can find a quick video below of the process below. There are also step by step directions here: Stained Glass Crayon Hearts

Projects and Pressed Flowers – Greeting Card Stockpile

I have quite a stockpile of pressed flowers ready to use for greeting cards and other projects. I love creating these unique cards. The heart in the photograph above has a small butterfly in the top left hand corner. I was pleased with the way it fit into the theme of the card.

I have several birthdays, some graduations and other events in the next few weeks that will need a card. I haven’t found a way to make these card appear masculine, so I bought two male-themed graduation cards instead. (Cringe…they are so overpriced and not unique in any way whatsoever…big sigh) If someone has ideas for masculine themes with foliage and flowers, please comment. I almost feel the card pictured below fits the bill, but not quite. Created with birch bark, ferns and subtle wildflowers, it is almost rustic, but is still a little flowery.

Flowery hearts are one of my favorite cards to make. They are also easy to create. Lightly sketch a heart shape, add foliage, and space flowers around the edges.

Every now and then I create a composition that disappoints me. I am not too thrilled with the card below, and I will probably peel off the layers and try again. I think it is the static placement of the dark flower, and the loss of the curving edges of the heart. This composition appears boxy and without grace. I should have been more careful to keep the edges of the petals inside the shape of the heart. Feathery, small pieces of foliage and twirly sprigs look fine escaping the confines of the heart, but large petals jutting out too far detract. I’m sure if you study the one I am unhappy with, you will agree.

Projects – Crayon Chips & Wax Paper = Stained Glass Valentine Hearts

My grandsons and I created beautiful Waxed Paper Stained Glass Hearts to put on our windows. First we used pencil sharpeners and created shavings of pink, red, and violet crayola crayons. Yes, our crayon box is now depleted of these colors…must buy more.

I used the back of a cereal box and cut out a heart shaped pattern. We traced this onto waxed paper with a Sharpie, and then dribbled bits of the shaved crayons into the outline.  We covered the shavings and paper with another sheet of waxed paper, and I ran a hot iron over them very briefly. This melted the crayons into a beautiful pool of swirled and translucent colors. I carefully picked it up and laid it on the garage floor to dry. When they had hardened we cut them out and hung them on our window with double sided tape. (I have since realized a glue stick is a much better choice!) I would give this project an A++.

The Valentine hearts glow when sunshine steams through them. I wish we had more waxed paper and crayons, I would have made dozens.