This step-by-step tutorial shows how to take basic heart templates and make them into "framed" templates.
They will allow you the freedom to make hearts exactly the way you need them for your own unique Paper Art projects.
This tutorial begins with drawing a basic heart template. Click here if you need to review step-by-step how to draw a heart.
Cut on the line to create a basic template.
Draw a line along the inside, being careful to keep the line the same distance away from the outside edge all the way around.
Tip: If you have trouble with this, measure 1/4" in from the outside edge in various places (illustrated with arrows). Use these points as a guide to keep the inner line the same distance from the outer edge.
Cut out the inner section, and discard this center part.
You now have both a basic, and a "framed" template to work with.
Draw around the outside edge for a basic heart (A).
Draw around both the outside edge, and the inner edge for a "framed" heart (B's).
Below is an example of using both of these templates . . .
For the top one:
Cut out the top heart as a whole (A).
For the bottom one:
Cut out on the outside line (B).
Cut out on the inside line (C).
You will have created a regular and a "framed" heart from just this one template.
This template can be used in so many different ways!
Shown here is using the basic heart as a background and gluing the framed heart on top for a special look. Since they are made from the same template, they fit together perfectly.
This also works great as a photo frame for scrapbooking and handmade photo cards.
Creating art and crafts builds new neural pathways in your brain and is a great way to keep your noggin healthy. Keep creating for optimal brain health!
Check out my tutorials that use the templates from above:
This Valentine's Suncatcher has vellum in the center and glows nicely with the window sun shining through.
When different colors are used, this card becomes versatile for just about any occasion.
Here's a Valentine Card with hearts that tumble out when opened and dangle below.
Of course, if you change the colors, this could be a card for any occasion.
Check out this playful card with whimsical hearts that are linked together.
This is an elegant card and works great for an anniversary or wedding card.