It seemed so right at the time, with the irish/potato thing going on, but I'm not sure now. To be fair I was still getting used to my husband being away, and he said he liked it. Bless him. Crazy fool.
Now I did ask first, but he still had a bit of a moment when he saw them cut to pieces, so had to quickly divert his attention with some mini chocolate eggs.
I got the idea from an art show the children watch called Totally Rubbish. It's the sort of kids telly I can sit through - mostly about making things from stuff people often throw away. There was an artist called Robi Walters on this particular show who made the most amazing collages using petal shaped pieces of card, cut out of packaging. He certainly inspired me, and that's when I started eyeing up the birthday cards...
I also found a few glittery old christmas ones, and then cut them into strips, and cut the strips into petal shapes.
It took a while to get my petals looking roughly the same - a pretty monotonous job, but I got into a kind of rhythm and just did a few strips when I had a minute. You need A LOT, and it's also a good idea to sort them into colour piles as you go along. My heart is predominantly red, but there's quite a bit of blue, pink, yellow and gold going on too.
I glued little red squares, cut out of a sugar puffs packet around the outline of the heart, and started sticking the petals on, overlapping them a little.
The collage takes time, so again I did the gluing when I could - quite often in front of the telly, and then left a bread board on top of the heart until the next spare moment.
I'd been following the outline, but it started to look a little wonky - so instead drew ever decreasing heart shapes inside, and used them as a guide until there was a tiny one left in the middle. Well sort of in the middle..!
Just the right size for a teeny heart with a diamante from last year's card. It travelled far that card, so it's pretty special.
And I'm going to be able to give my husband his collage heart on the 14th, which makes a change! He is weekly commuting at the moment, but turns out he will be home on thursday. It'll be our second Valentine's day together in 12 YEARS of marriage. Not that I'm counting or anything...
How rubbish is that?
Linking with Lakota's Ta-dah! Tuesday