Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hanging Heart

February is the month of hearts, flowers, chocolate and love.  So to go along with the romance, here is an inspirational hanging heart to help keep a little romance in your home.  A wooden heart from Dollar Tree was used, but if you can't find these near you, one can always use chipboard or layered (cut and glued back to back) paper stock instead.

Hot Air Balloon Stamp
Bird Form Hot Air Balloon
Steampubk Propeller Hot Air Balloon
Octopus Time! Octopus Balloon
Airship Bathtub
Heart Stamps
Wooden Hanging Heart base
Black Archival Ink
Distress Oxides: Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, & Wilted Violet
12 X 12 White Card stock Sheet
Post It Note/Masking Product
Blender Tool for Oxides
Pearl and Heart gem embellishments


1. Pull out your heart base and remove any ribbons or tags.  Take out your 12 X 12 white sheet and trace out with a pencil around the heart shape.  Once traced out, cut out the paper heart.  Put the wooden heart base aside.

2. Get out all of the balloon stamps, ink and stamp each one at different opposing parts of the cards.  As you stamp, make sure to place the stamps so there is plenty of negative space between and that there is a balloon stamp that takes up each corner to balance off the design.  As you stamp, also stamp out a mask of each image (using your preferred masking tools, in this case post it notes were used) and cut out.  Once all the images are stamped out on the card stock and the masks completed, layer the masks over the correlating stamped images.

Stamped and masked balloons.

3. Pulling out three of the various doodle hearts (the smaller of the hearts), randomly start to stamp in black into the blank negative space. Overlap the sizes, flip, adjust direction.  Have fun!

4. Using a blender, sponge or dry towel, start layer the Distress Oxides within the heart background. I started off with reds, then blue, and lastly purple for shadows.

5. Glue the stamped heart to the base.

6. Remove the masks and hand color with our favorite pens, pencils or whatever you have on hand, the stamped balloons.

7. Ink the edges of the heart with any of the distress oxides that were used on the heart.

8. Add the pearl and heart embellishments throughout the heart to add more interest and sparkle.

9. Punch holes on either end of the top of the heart, punching out in order to balance them evenly while hanging. The wooden heart I had already had where the holes should be punched out.

10. Add your ribbon. Hang on a door knob or wherever you like.

11. Admire how awesome it looks and bask in your crafty magnificence.

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More ideas & crafts by Mercy


  1. Mercy! This is soo cool!! I am in love with your creativity in using all these different types of air baloons. Wow! Beautiful work my friend!

  2. Mercy WOW!!! I love all the hot air balloons and the bright colors, just super wow!! LOVE this, so imaginative. Thanks so much!

  3. Beautiful project and great tutorial


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