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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so the pink and red and the hearts are starting to come out at my house. I was trying to think of an easy, homemade gift for my husband, because we’ve never exchanged Valentines gifts, and this is what came to mine. The nice thing about this frame is that you could give it for a birthday gift, a bridal show gift or with a wedding gift. I hope you love my Valentine Frame and I really hope he loves it.
I got my frame from Cut it Out, a custom and decorative wood cutouts shop in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They ship though, so check them out if you are in the market for some neat wood frames and other things. I don’t remember where I got the ‘Love’ word, but where ever it was, I should have kept walking because it is very rough. I had to do some serious sanding on it and I still didn’t get it all the way smooth.
I used Americana Acrylic Sealer/Finish Aerosol Spray, Matte and Decou-Page Glue, Paper for this project, which they sent me to try out.
I used paper from Stampin’ Up that I had in my stash. I looked at their site to give you the link, but apparently they don’t have it anymore. Bummer. They have such great paper.
The first thing you do is use your frame to cut out the pieces of paper you are using. Since this frame is shaped differently than just a square, it took a little doing, but I finally got it.
Next, you want to do is paint the back side of the frame. This frame has the place to hang it up already cut out for you. So nice because I didn’t have to put an alligator hanger on. I hate those little nails.
When the back is dry, paint the front. I wanted the top red, but the little cutouts black. Take your time and use the right brush to minimize the mess ups. Allow it to dry completely.
Somehow I don’t have any photos of this part, but next, you use your Decou-Page to attach the paper. A hint here is if you have paper that has a directional pattern, like the heart paper, be sure you attach it keeping the cut out hangers in mind.
Apply a coat of the Decou-Page on your frame and on the back of the paper. Flatten it out, ensuring you remove the bubbles. Do this with all of the paper. I did the two center pieces before I did the side pieces. Allow it to dry completely.
Next, cover the paper with a coat of Decou-Page, allow it to dry and cover it again. Allow it to dry. Spray it with a coat of the Acrylic Sealer on the back and front.
While your Decou-page is drying, paint your ‘love’ word on both sides. I sprayed mine with a coat of glitter sealer and then the acrylic sealer. Then I glued it on the frame with Liquid Nails Projects and Repairs Adhesive. Love that stuff so much. Allow it to dry, add a picture and hang it up or wrap it. That’s it.
Do you and your Valentine exchange gifts? What is the favorite Valentines gift you have ever received?