Love is definitely in the air with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, so I created a Hand Lettered Love Banner for Valentine's Day featuring my all-time favorite Tombow Adhesives, plus a lot of other Tombow goodies. I love getting into my studio and just creating for the sake of creating. It's playtime for me, but also allows me to reset from all the crafty assignments and get inspired for all the creativity that is ahead!
Mixed Media and Hand Lettered Love Banner
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Here's what you need to make a Valentine's Day Banner:
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens 685, 703, 725, 743, 856, 491
- Mister and Palette from the Tombow Blending Kit
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil
- MONO Aqua Liquid Glue from Tombow
- Tombow Water Brush
- Foam Tape from Tombow
- Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
- Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Twin Tip
- Americana Acrylic Craft Paint by DecoArt – Country Red
- Chipboard or light-weight Cardboard
- Cotton Lace Trim – White
- Seam Binding Ribbon – 100 yards goes a long way!
- Paper Flowers – White
- Vintage Music Paper – Free Printable from The Graphics Fairy
- Chipboard Letter Stickers – White Glitter
- Buttons, Red – Assorted
- Half Pearls, Red – Self Adhesive
- Rhinestones, Clear – Self-Adhesive
- Strathmore Watercolor Paper
- Hole Punch
- Scissors – I love my Fiskars!
Here's how to create a Love Banner for Valentine's Day:
The supply list above looks huge, but you will definitely have a lot of it on hand in your craft stash! Cut 12″ of cotton lace and 24″ of seam binding ribbon. Color both randomly with Tombow Dual Brush Pens 685, 703, 725, and 743, then saturate with Tombow Mister on the Blending Palette to allow the colors to blend. Set aside to dry. Draw a 3″ square heart and a 6″ by 9″ banner shape on chipboard with Tombow MONO Drawing Pencil, then cut out both shapes with scissors. Color in a DIY paper flower with the same set of Tombow Dual Brush Pens, concentrating the light colors to the center and the darker colors to the edges. Spray with the Mister to blend the colors, and then set aside to dry.
TIP: This is one of my best tricks! If you buy white or neutral chipboard letters, paper flowers, cotton lace, and ribbon you can color them to coordinate with any project with the Dual Brush Pens. It's pure GENIUS if I do say so myself!
Trace the banner shape onto the back of some music paper, rough cut, and then apply to chipboard with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue. Better than regular decoupage medium, the MONO Aqua drys clear and tight, so no fear of wrinkles and folds they just disappear – PLUS – there is no smell! Once dry, trim excess edges of the music paper with scissors. Place white glitter chipboard letters on Tombow Blending Palette, then color with Dual Brush Pen 856, making sure to get all of the sides and edges. I make sure to use the edge of the brush to prevent ragging the tip. Paint chipboard heart with Americana Country Red acrylic paint. Arrange assorted red buttons on the heart until you are pleased with the composition, then adhere with Tombow MONO Aqua Liquid Glue using a wax tipped stylus.
Measure and cut a 3/4″ by 6″ strip of Strathmore watercolor paper, randomly color with Dual Brush Pen 491 and then blend pen strokes with the Tombow Water Brush. Set aside to dry. Once dry, apply self-adhesive red half pearls to any gaps between buttons. Apply colored chipboard letters to the top right of the banner with MONO Aqua Liquid Glue. Adhere the button heart to the banner with Tombow Foam Tape to create additional depth and dimension. Attach colored cotton lace to the bottom edge of the banner with Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. The Tombow Xtreme Adhesive is 5 times stronger than traditional adhesive runners, but remember to swipe at a right angle to end.
Create a shadow under the button heart and word LOVE with the grey end of the Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Twin Tip. Measure and cut two 12″ lengths of the colored seam binding ribbon with scissors. Punch holes in the top right and left of banner, thread ribbon through, then knot to secure. Tie the second piece of ribbon in a bow and attach it to the left-hand side of the banner with Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. Attach colored paper flower to the left-hand side of button heart with two layers of Foam Tape. Handwrite “Trust your Heart” on the light blue watercolor paper with the black end of the Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Twin Tip, then trim and fishtail cut the end with scissors. Attach to button heart with Xtreme Permanent Adhesive. Embellish bottom edge of the banner with clear rhinestones.
Quick and Easy Hand Lettered Love Banner for Valentine's Day
I love how the pinks and reds play off of and complement each other in my Hand Lettered Love Banner project. Using “vintage” music sheets printed from my crafty friend, Karen over at The Graphics Fairy is a great way to add interest without too much pattern. Pick a favorite love song to create a keepsake.
I have a special hook in my kitchen that I hang this Hand Lettered Love Banner on. I can't wait to gather some ideas to create additional banners for Easter, Summer, Fall, Halloween, Christmas and Winter. Celebrate and Happy Birthday banner would be fabulous too! The possibilities are endless, which is one of things I love about being creative.
I have a ton of FUN project inspiration all over my blog. You know how I love my holiday crafting! Make the cutest Clay Pot Love Bugs for an afternoon of Dollar Tree crafting with the kiddos. A mixed media Hand Lettered Let It Snow Banner can decorate your home all winter long. Fingerprint hearts decorate a Hot Air Balloon Valentine Mailbox made with Dollar Tree supplies.
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