Here we go...let's start with the quote...you might need to read it a couple times to get what she is saying as it was written in a letter to her husband in 1782, but it is beautiful.
My Dearest Friend,
…should I draw you the picture of my Heart, it would be what I hope you still would Love; tho it contained nothing new; the early possession you obtained there; and the absolute power you have ever maintained over it; leaves not the smallest space unoccupied. I look back to the early days of our acquaintance; and Friendship, as to the days of Love and Innocence; and with an indescribable pleasure I have seen near a score of years roll over our Heads, with an affection heightened and improved by time -- nor have the dreary years of absence in the smallest degree effaced from my mind the Image of the dear untitled man to whom I gave my Heart...
Abigail Adams to John Adams, her husband.
Written December 23, 1782.
John Adams became the second president of the United States.
Now how I used the quote...
I creating an oval shape on my computer and added the text to the center. I had to edit the quote to fit the oval (and what I wanted to say) but I think that's okay as I made it just for me.
Next, I cut a piece of chip to fit the frame and covered it with fabric (just a little glue stick will hold it in place).
Each strip is a different group of colors. Some I used two colors and others three to get the variegated look. I started with the lightest color and just "painted" the color on with the dabber top, spritzed it with water and dried it with the Heat it tool. Each color I added after the first was squeezed out onto my Craft Sheet and spritz with water then I laid the strip into the beads of color, layer by layer, drying in between.
NOTE: I sprayed all the flowers with Perfect Pearls Mist - Heirloom Gold and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink before I moved on to the next step.
Turn the flower over on a flexible surface. I used a piece of cork but you could use a mouse pad, maybe even a magazine to do this. Rub the flower petal with the end of the Die Pick (or something else with a smooth rounded tip) until the paper starts to indent. In other words, you are pushing on the paper with the tool to create intentions and make the paper "bend" like a petal.
Next I added the leaves just tucked right under the flowers, as well as two vintage silver leaves I bought from Tinsel Trading when they were at my local antique show last fall.
The layering is my favorite part...I had to stop myself.
For those of you who are thinking, my husband wouldn't go for some girly frame thing for Valentines day... rest assured it came with a gift certificate to Dick's Sporting goods.
cheers for a great day!
ps: If you would like a PDF copy of the quote please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org