Inside: A DIY craft tutorial to make heart shaped stamped art; perfect for Valentines Day decor; also an explanation of how to use a stamp brayer.
Love is in the air! Or should I say, stamped onto burlap 🙂 And I’m showing you how to make your own heart stamped art for Valentine’s Day!
Supplies to Make Heart Shaped Stamps
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- Rubber lino blocks
- Something to cut the rubber – I used a wood carving kit like in the photo below, but you can use a utility knife too
- Wood scraps OR a stamp brayer
- paints in whatever colour you like
- small paint brushes
- basic burlap
- a frame (or a piece of wood to tack it to!)
First off, start by carving your stamps! The rubber lino blocks will cut easily to size with regular scissors. Then just lightly draw your shape on to the blocks with a pencil and start carving. Remember your image will be reversed when it’s a stamp.
I played around with my shapes a bit too! AND Valentine’s Day bonus: I did the carving in front of the tv (I just put a placemat down on the coffee table and shimmied it to the couch) and I watched a RomCom on Netflix. Have you watched About Time with Rachel McAdams? SO good! Recommend 🙂
Now that you have your stamps and your burlap cut out, you just need paint. Pick bright colours so they show up well. I practiced a few times with the layout of my stamps before settling on one.
I recommend painting onto your stamps and really lay it on thick, especially if you’re stamping burlap, which is quite porous and really soaks up the paint. Then carefully lay down the stamp and roll over it with your brayer. I tried just pushing down with my hand and it worked alright – but the brayer was better.
Then Paint and Repeat! I’m totally digging how this turned out – and you all know how afraid I am of crafts … and of manufactured holidays … haha! I think I might hang this in the kitchen for a little change of scenery.
If you loved this little craft (and I mean, who wouldn’t!? lol) please share and pin 🙂 It’d make my day.
Once the paint dries, you have the option to put it in a frame or, as I mentioned in the supply list, you can tack it to a piece of wood or just hang it up with simple binder clips.
Update! Three years later and this project is STILL going strong! I recently decorated my new mantle with it for Valentine’s Day along with my brand new project for 2019 which are these insanely gorgeous DIY Paper Flowers.
PS. If you want to make those paper flowers, make sure you subscribe here to receive my free paper flower templates!
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