So, it's been a while since I've posted one of these, and I want to get back into the (occasional) habit. Earlier this week, I was tidying up and came across an old card which seemed particularly appropriate this week.
I love making these woven-paper Scandinavian hearts, and although they can seem just a bit tricky when you first try them, practise very quickly makes perfect. They work in all sorts of sizes and with different types of paper, depending on the look you're after. The one above is obviously mounted on a card, but they make beautiful stand-alone decorations, too. As you weave the pieces together, you're actually forming a pocket, rather than a flat shape, and it's perfect for holding little notes or messages. If you want to give it a try, you can download the tutorial here. To make a decoration instead of a card, just follow steps 1-6, and then add a length of ribbon or thread to the top edges of the heart (front and back) to hang it up. You can see something similar in my Flickr stream.
Please feel free to download the tutorial at any time of year, by the way (personal use only, thank you very kindly). Hearts are not just for Valentine's Day and weddings, y'know.
Although, come to think of it, how cute would these be as save-the-date cards? Or birth announcements. Or . . . well, you get the idea.
Hearts: good for almost anything.