I’ll admit it. I’m not super into Valentine’s Day. But I DO really love crafting, and of course I love my husband!! So I figured I’d make a little craft to surprise him and get in the spirit of Valentine’s Day this year! I decided to make my first Valentine’s Day specimen art:
This Valentine’s Day craft is SO simple to make, and the whole thing took me less than 1 hour from start to finish! No excuses, ladies!
I have always wanted to try my hand at specimen art, but I wanted to give it a little “punch” of something different. I think this one worked out well!
I borrowed a heart punch from my mom’s Creative Memories stash. If you don’t have one of these, I know they have tons of heart punches at Michaels. I picked a fun zebra striped scrapbook paper that I already had in my “stash”:
Then just start punchin’:
I knew I was going to use a bigger frame, and the white paper I had wasn’t going to be big enough to fill the space. I made a “mat” out of more of the same paper that I used for the hearts. You could easily use a different paper for this to switch it up a little bit too!
Next is the part I debated between doing or not. See, I’m not a meticulous crafter. I usually just “eye-ball” things and adjust as I go along. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. I decided to suck it up and make a grid for where my hearts should go on my paper. (like my washi tape embellished ruler?)
I put the grid behind my white paper, and I secured the hearts with a tape roller. I left space for where I wanted to deviate from the specimen art:
Then I just used scrapbook letters and a punch of glittery cardstock to finish it off!
I really love the finished product!! And the hubby thought it was “really cute” when he saw it greeting him when he came home today
Side note: does this happen to anyone else when they’re trying to take pictures?? Haha Buckley is such a goof – I had to keep pushing him out of the way when I was on the floor taking pictures See that tail moving a mile a minute? He was looking for squirrels!
Have you ever made specimen art before? I don’t think this will be my last time – it was so simple and it looks so cute!
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