This Heart Layered Mandala is a simple design, suitable for beginners. If you have been scared to try them, this one is simple and a place to start. Framed, it would make a great Valentines gift. I suggested in my Facebook group to one member that, with personal info added, it would also make a wonderful memorial. If you want to see the other layered mandalas I made, check out this list.
The project is 4 layers, filling in each layer a little more with each level. It creates a wonderful effect and is really a lot easier than it looks. If you want to create a different layered mandala with your own image, I have instructions on how to do that here.
Paper Selection for Heart Layered Mandala
This project can be made with any paper. The colors for the heart parts in this project are red/pink, but you can use anything you like. The colors should be in the same color family but don’t have to be. Patterns would look very weird for everything but the background mat colors or the top layer.
Cutting the Heart Layered Mandala
Start with the darkest layer and cut the designs upward in hue and layer. This is a must!
If you want to add writing to the top layer, I experimented with this and you can see how to do it with this tutorial. Maybe add a name of your special someone or just say “I Love You”.
Be careful removing the hearts from the mat because the lines can be thin, the top layer especially.
Assembling the Heart Layered Mandala
As you cut the layers, build up from the bottom. Glue each layer to the one below it before you cut the next layer. You can glue the layers together with foam tape or liquid glue. Foam tape adds more dimension to the project but you end up using a lot of it. It does look so much more impressive.
Once the layers are all together, use a piece of cardstock that goes with your color scheme for a base. It can be plain or patterned. Frame the piece with an appropriately sized frame. If you used foam tape you can put foam tape between the mat and the glass along the edges to make the frame stick up far enough to give the project room.
And your Heart Layered mandala is done.
Valentines Fun Facts
- Valentine’s Day has its roots in an ancient Pagan festival, though some historians believe that Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine on February 14, others believe that the holiday actually has its origins in a Pagan fertility festival called “Lupercalia,” which was celebrated on February 15 in ancient Rome.
- Cupid has its roots in Greek mythology. the figure can actually be traced all the way back to 700 B.C., to the Greek god of love named Eros, who was actually a handsome, immortal man with the intimidating power to make people fall in love.
- The first valentine was sent in the 15th century.
- Americans send 145 million Valentine’s Day cards each year
- Around 27.6 million American households gave Valentine’s Day presents to their pet dogs last year, and more than 17.1 million picked up gifts for their cats. All in all, American households spent an estimated $751.3 million on gifts for their pets on Valentine’s Day.