I realized this morning that if I don't start doing my Valentine projects on the blog, it might be too late to share these ideas with all of you. So I will postpone the remaining office blog ideas and begin my February posts.
I am so excited to share this new and unusual slant on a Valentine card. This post will consist of two parts. Part 1 will show you how I started with a concept and began its creation. Part II will show the completed Valentine vignette.
Since Christmas, I wanted to make another original collage. This time I wanted more impact thus a much larger collage was in the plan.
The base of the project was this picture frame found at an estate sale for $1.00. When you see the before picture you will understand the price point.
However after I took the print out of the frame I was intrigued with the subject matter. After getting a closer look, this is what I saw.
A mother was taking her child on a walk and carrying a basket. Was she delivering a lunch to Grandma?
Looking further at the frame, I noticed a very large gash in the embellished edge.
This would add more to the character of the vintage Valentine. I didn't even want to fix it. Then I noticed that the embossing on the frame was in the shape of hearts. Isn't that crazy? Now I know that this frame was meant to be the base of my Valentine collage.
Because this collage is All Things Love, I wanted to incorporate all textures with a smattering of hearts.
To begin the first layer, I pulled some scrapbook papers. I had a piece of Victorian scrap bought at a garage sale for .25. I have kept this up on my idea board for years.
To the side, I added a Jolee's dimensional cherub holding a limb of glittered hearts.
Last year I made Mr. Thrifty a vintage Valentine. Also an enlarged image of the back of a Valentine's envelope is scattered on top of the scrapbook papers.
The next addition was a very old metal Immaculate Heart of Mary medal that once belonged to my Grandmother. It was lying in a kitchen drawer when I bought the house. Even though this wasn't a Valentine, the fact that it contained a heart and was vintage and it belonged to her was the connection that I needed.
A vintage piece of music......
A vintage Valentine, a ribbon of felt hearts, glittered letters spelling out AMOUR and my Wizard of Oz heart clock filled in spots on the background.
And the final piece, a vintage flowered envelope complete with dimensional stamp, trimmed in delicate lace topped with a silver filigree heart shaped button completes the collage.
I'm sure you are thinking, what a busy piece! Here is the whole picture. How is that for a fabulous Valentine? The funny part of this is that when Mr. Thrifty saw the completed valentine, he said that his block was checked for MY Valentine this year. I think he is very wrong! We both laughed about that.
The next post will complete the entire Valentine vignette.