January 16, 2013

Valentine’s Day Craft: Specimen Art Tutorial

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! Smile

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”:

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Then just start punchin’:

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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!

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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?) Smile

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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:

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Then I just used scrapbook letters and a punch of glittery cardstock to finish it off!

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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 Smile

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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 Smile  See that tail moving a mile a minute?  He was looking for squirrels!

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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! Smile

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  1. So cute! I see these all over but haven’t made one. I’m {so slowly} putting together a gallery wall…maybe I can incorporate it there!

  2. Hah! I “borrowed” my moms creative memories heart punch too! Borrowing turned into its a permanent member of my craft stash 🙂 shhhhh don’t tell 🙂

  3. So stinking cute! Going to a scrapbook crop this weekend. Might “borrow” the host’s punch and make this up. Sue

  4. So sweet! What a beautiful way to express your love for your husband, and a sweet surprise for him when he came home. I’ve never tried specimen art, but it looks fun! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  5. Such a beautiful project! I found your link up at A Glimpse Inside’s party. Following you now. 🙂 Megan

  6. Love this! Found your blog through Tatertots and Jello’s link up page – I’m a new follower!

    Happy weekend!

  7. This is super sweet! Love the paper you chose!

  8. Dorothy Newlin Lear says:

    Great <3's Day idea!!!! Cute pup too!!! Thank you!!
    Happy Valentine's Day!!!!


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