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a caged heart

January 12, 2012

I wanted to use some traditional love imagery in a couple of my valentines, and by chance, I found two discarded keys in a desk drawer. Perhaps they opened a padlock or mailbox at one time.

Old keys take us mysterious places.  So I followed that notion with one my my paper heart shapes. I’ve been using a heart-shaped candy box as a template to cut my valentine shapes from junk mail card stock.  I covered one side with an old Italian map, pure romance!  Then wove a string cage on top….

and finished knotting all around the edges adding a dot of glue at each tie.

Then added that touch of mystery.  A gilded key (really just glitter spray, but gilded sounds so much more mysterious).

I tied the ribbon through corrugated cardboard with a piece of hand painted art paper covering the top.  Glued the pink heart to the map heart.

voila ~ a caged heart with a gilded key.

The back side is covered with plain brown paper (used grocery bag) to write my valentine message.

Hope you’re having a wonderful week and please check back for more valentines in progress!




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8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2012 1:38 am

    *thunderous applause*

    Diane, this ROCKS!!!! OMG…how ingenious of you to use the old Italian map from Italy and the key!


    And I love how you said…..”Old keys take us mysterious places.”….because it’s so true! I especially love coming across those old skeleton keys of times gone by – they’re so cool-looking and I always wonder WHAT they opened.

    Anyway, I adore your creation. It’s so utterly charming and original!

    You GO, girl!

    Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Wednesday!

    X to you and Cristybella!

  2. January 12, 2012 3:42 am

    Geeze. After he comments, there’s nothing left to say!

    Ummm…..nice knots!


    All joking aside–where DO you come up with these ideas?!
    I was working on snowflakey hearts.
    I’m sooooooooo boring. LOLOL

  3. January 12, 2012 5:58 am

    Love this creative heart Diane. Oh yes, gilded does sound so classy. Very nice!

  4. January 14, 2012 6:41 pm

    Love your blog – so many inspiring ideas. I used to sew alot, and love the effect on paper. I might have to get out my sewing box again.
    Thanks Fiona

  5. January 16, 2012 2:59 am

    Very clever idea. It looks fabulous!
    Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch MM.


  6. January 19, 2012 1:37 am

    Love this – such a cute heart!

  7. January 23, 2012 8:13 am

    Fantastic! I think I might have to add this to my list of “To-Do’s” for next week! Now I just need to think of a few ppl I can send them to! 🙂

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