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- The first thing people think of when someone says "Valentines"
is CHOCOLATE! With brown fimo, you can mold all sorts of chocolates by
hand (just roll into the shape you want), bake and cool, and run some thin
lines of acrylic or glass paint on the top. If you prefer, you can also
roll out fimo to the appropriate depth and use a heart shaped kemper cutter.
Depending on what size you use, you can have anything from small truffles
to cakes. Fudge is a favorite Valentine's day treat for me, and is very
simple to make. Just roll out your favorite fudge color of fimo, bake and
cut into squares. If you wish for a fancier fudge with nuts or cherries,
bake some approriate fimo and chop it very fine (almost dust, otherwise
it is too big)...mix in with the fimo fudge color and bake again. For very
simple and quick treats, wrap small beads in thin foil...instant bon bons.
If you wish, you can make a candy box as well by cutting a heart shape
of red cardstock (if you make a pattern of the shape you want, making the
lid the correct shape will be that much easier), a strip of paper (for
the sides) and a little glue. It is handy to have a real box near you to
see how they are constructed. Decorate with roses/ribbon, shiny foil,
paint and lace, etc.
- Valentine cards are a must for your mini scene. A simple
card can be made from a piece of heart shaped confettii, backed with a
piece of lace or scalloped paper. Another method is to find a small stamp
with an interesting heart pattern (don't discount those stamps that include
a heart, but have a whole lot of other design included too. No one says
you can't just apply ink/paint only to the part that interests you!). Stamp
design, color with felts/method that appeals to you and cut out shape .
Also, clip art packages often include beautiful little valentine cards
that you can personalize using your draw program to resize and print out
in color, or you can search the local department store for Valentine wrapping
paper that has in scale pictures (or even parts of pictures). See the "Tip
Archives" for card making instructions.
- Perhaps your image of romance a little more homey. A
romantic touch to a valentine bathroom would be to add little heart shaped
fimo soaps, using red and pink fimo and the smallest kemper heart clay
punch. Make a small basket out of canvas and fabric stiffener, or find
a pretty dish-shaped bead to display them in. . If you have a vanity table,
why not spice it up with some bottles made out of beads and other jewelry
findings? There are clasps that look like small jewelry boxes and opaque
red plastic heart beads that would make beautiful perfume/bathing oil bottles.
If you want bath salts, go to the craft store and see if they carry colored
sand (one color is fine, but if you buy two you can be a little more creative).
Fill an inexpensive clear jar with the sand (alternating colors if you
have more than one), and finish off with a decorated lid. If you can't
find a jar, you can make one from a clear plastic straw , cardstock and
a little creativity. Add a few roses to the room...you can find inexpensive
sprays of satin flowers in most craft stores and they can either be
boxed or set in a nice vase.
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