I started by using a recycled cardboard box that was the same size as the frame. I coated this with 2 layers of Powertex to firm it up. I also coated the frame with a layer of Powertex.
Once dry I placed the frame onto the box and drew around the inside of the heart (push out the heart shape if it is still attached to the base) and then cut that out with a craft knife.
Then I painted the inside of the box at the back that was now exposed. I also painted the back of the frame and repainted the front of the box and stuck the two together.
I used various pieces of lace to create a patchwork effect on the box.
All lace needs to be coated with Powertex so that is is covered but not dripping.
Firstly, I took a piece of lace and used the heart as a template. I cut this out so that the lace fit snugly around the opening. Coat this in Powertex and place around the opening making sure you press it firmly onto the box.
I then worked my way around the box with all the different laces, laying them in different directions to create interest.
The lace heart I cut out in the earlier step was placed inside the box and the edge of the cut out was covered with a thinner lace ribbon.
Once this was all covered I set it aside.
I took some lace ribbon, dipped it into the Powertex and squeezed out the excess, I then wrapped this to create flowers. In each corner I used a small piece of gauze that had been dipped in Powertex to sit the flowers into.
Now allow this all to dry thoroughly.
There are lots of videos on YouTube if you’re not sure how to make these.
I have coloured these here so you can see them more easily
For the notepad holder, I used the back of the frame and coated one side with Powertex. I then placed this onto the back of the wallpaper and allowed it to dry.
Using sharp scissors I cut around the edges, painted the back with Powertex, then using lace ribbon I added a pretty border.
For the notepad itself, I used the heart on some thick paper and drew around it making sure I marked the holes.
I cut out the sheets and used a hole punch to make the holes, then threaded ribbon through to hold the together.
I painted the mdf heart burst embellishment and the mdf heart and layered them up ready to tie onto the ribbon as a paperweight.
If you wanted to you could drill holes through the notepad holder and tie the paper onto this to make it totally secure.
For the photograph, I used a laser copy as these don’t smudge.
I worked out where I wanted the heart to sit on the photograph and marked the back of the paper accordingly.
I painted a thin layer of Powertex onto the back of the paper and another layer onto the heart then placed them together. I turned them over and smoothed out the picture to ensure there are no air bubbles or creases. Make sure your hands are clean or better still put a piece of kitchen roll on top to protect the picture.
I left this to dry before cutting away the excess with sharp scissors.
I painted the back of the heart with Powertex then added a delicate edge by using lace ribbon dipped in Powertex.
I attached it to the box using a cushion of gauze dipped in Powertex.