DIY - The Perfect Valentines Gift - Tutorial

20 Minutes
I told my husband of 33 years, "When I married you I followed you to another country, I gave up my family and everything I knew. After 33 years and raising 4 children...well, I'm glad is your initials I'm carving on this tree."
You can use any tree stump, it doesn't have to be birch but if you're lucky it will be a softer type of tree bark for an smoother project experience...

My stump was pretty and it had a hole already drilled on the top for a candle, perfect for my plans!!
ok so I first painted the heart with pencil, that helped me define the shape and dimension of my design.
next step was to outline very carefully around the penciled heart for a smooth cut, that helped me keep the shape sharp and avoid any "bleeding" when carving. you don't need to cut too deep, just enough to mark the outline.
Then I started carving the heart shape area with a small knife that had a broken tip, that gave me better handle and control.
This time I went a little bit deeper as I wanted to create a clean edge. I was very careful not to go over my outline or peel off any of the bark outside the shape.
Once the bark was removed, I cleaned the entire heart shape really nicely using the tip of the broken knife scrubbing off any dark colour wood to prepare a smooth, easy to carve surface.
like this one!!
I proceeded to carve our initials - H y V- (y is "and" in Spanish)
the embellishment keys represent our love for each other and our four children.
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