Monday, January 13, 2014

3D Vellum Valentine Garland (Tutorial)

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial for Jam Paper and Envelope
Full disclosure can be found at the end of this post.

January is almost half over, which means it is time for me to start thinking about Valentine's day! (Yes.. Already!)

I wanted to make a new style of garland for my mantle this year.  I've used the paint chip one for two years, and so it was time to upgrade.

Instead of paint chips, I instead asked Jam Paper and Envelope to send me some samples of their translucent red, white and pink vellum paper.
  
If you have never worked with vellum before, it is great stuff.  Slightly plastic feeling, and semi-transparent, it cuts like a dream.   Jam has a huge selection of colors and weights of vellum, for any crafting, scrapbooking or card making project.

 
I used my scalloped heart hole punch to make dozens of hearts (you could also use a cutting machine to do this, vellum cuts beautifully.)  The red, white and pink colors were perfect, and with prices starting at $17 for 100 sheets, it is really affordable.
 
To make the 3D effect you need to stack THREE hearts together and run them through the sewing machine (you could string them by hand but that would be a ton of work.)

 Make sure you leave a small segment of thread between each heart. 

 I used 3 full sheets of vellum and ended up with enough hearts to make about 15 feet of garland.

Once you have all the sets-of-three sewn on, you need to score and fold the individual layers.

 
Along the sewing line, fold sides the TOP HEART ONLY up at 45 degree angles.

Then flip it over and fold the bottom heart in a similar way.  You don't want to do anything to the center heart. It should stay unfolded.  You will end up with a "star" shape if you have done it correctly. 

Repeat for all the hearts (yes, this is monotonous but it goes fast.. I folded all 15 feet of garland in less than 15 minutes, while enjoying an episode of House Hunters!)  

Now you are ready to swag it on the mantle:

I love how it came out.  Even more than the paint chip version because it is pretty from every angle:  

And that isn't the only project I have up my sleeve using Jam Paper products.  I also have some fantastic vellum envelopes that I plan on using for this years' school Valentines.  Stay tuned!

Disclosure: I did not receive any monetary compensation to write this post.  I did receive a free sample of the Jam Vellum Paper (valued at under $10) via Tomoson.com.  I was not told what to say or how to use the product.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

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