Rustic 3D Sand/Heart Picture
Sand is awesome between your toes on a long beach walk, using to make sandcastles and beautiful in pictures but sand also has a less appealing side: blowing in your eyes, invading into your bathing suit uninvited, gritting your teeth when it sneaks into your peanut butter sandwich. No matter how hard you try and keep it out of your personal spaces, if you are at the beach you simply have to accept it's a part of the experience. Sand is a good reminder that unless you live in a fantasy world, even the best things in life have a flip side. Best to just accept it and enjoy the experience. I'm probably one of the few in the world that think it a great crafting material!
plaster sand/shell heart (see link)
Glue: Elmers and spray on adhesive
Take the cardboard piece from the back of the frame. Spread Elmer's glue thickly and evenly.
Shake sand with a sifter (or use your hands, messier). Press the sand in firmly and when sand is dry, spray a glue adhesive on top ( keeps sand from flaking off).
Make the plaster heart. I made a small size for this, approximately 3" x 4". Click HERE for the sand cast/plaster heart tutorial. In making the heart for this project I simply used plaster and sand, no shells.
To make the twine "Love" sign use Aleene's fast grab Tacky Glue. Don't use hot glue as it has a tendency to bulge out between the twine and look sloppy when dried. Draw the "Love" sign with glue, then press in the twine. I warn you, this part is not easy! Use pins (lots of 'em) to secure the twine while it's drying.
With the glue gun setting on high (be careful!!!) apply the plaster heart (this needs a lot of glue), the star fish and the driftwood piece and whatever else your imagination and beach treasure collection inspires you to put on!