With Valentine’s Day Approaching in a little over a month I thought I would share how to create a keepsake memento worthy of display.
You will need to gather supplies:
- Shadow box
- Elmer’s glue or Modge Podge
- Tea bags ( I used a chai and a black tea)
- Lace or other decorative fabric or paper for edging.
- Oven or hair dryer for drying.
First, you will need to save this picture to your computer.
Now open it up in word or paint
choose a font and add a text box with your names and anniversary.
Adjust the size to be in proportion to your shadow box.
Save and print.
cut to fit into your shadow box.
Now, You will need to apply your modge podge to the inner edge of your shadow box an apply your lace, scrapbook paper, newsprint or whatever you chose for your edging (you cn omit the shadow box and place in a simple frame). While the Modge Podge dries……
boil some water about 1’4 cup to wet your tea bags (i re-used two teabags from a fresh brewed cup of tea).
place your printed heart onto a baking sheet or cookie tray.
Dip your tea bags and squeeze out excess tea then Dab the warm wet tea bags onto your printed heart. Repeat this step until you have the desired result and color. Keep in mind different teas have different coloring that is why I used the chai to get a burnt coloring and the black tea to get a browner coloring. You can make swatches for future choices.
Once you have the desired look place your tray in the oven on 200 degrees and till dry. Keep an eye on it you do not want to burn it up.
When dry allow to cool a minute and then glue into your shadow box.
You will want to allow your shadow box to remain open for about 30 minutes to allow any excess moisture to evaporate and your modge podge to dry prior to closing up.
Believe it or not I have seen these same keepsakes retail for $40.00 on some sites (Pyramid Collection>vampire section), I made mine with a $3.00 clearance shadow box and supplies I already have at home. I hope you love it!