Not Your Typical Doily-ed Valentine’s

Note: These cards are fun because they don’t look like standard Valentine’s Day cards with lots of red, white, pink hearts and doilies, etc. Don’t feel like you have to stick with standard Valentine’s Day colors.  I love to use fun colored card stock (blue, yellow, purple, green, etc) and bold fabrics like polka dots or stripes.  I just try to make sure there’s a least one heart on each card, so the recipient gets the point.

cardsWhat you need:

  • Card stock
  • Construction paper
  • Fabric (choose a couple of bold, fun fabrics)
  • Buttons
  • Thread, various colors
  • Needles
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Old magazines

What to do:

You have a lot of creative freedom with these cards, so I’ll just give you a few pointers.  Fold one sheet of card stock in half so that the paper is 4 ¼ x 11" inches. Open up the paper and cut along the fold. Fold each half in half, creating a card that is 4 ¼ x 5 ½". I like to cut out fabric hearts by cutting out a small square of fabric, folding it in half, and cutting out a half of a heart. Open up the fabric to reveal your full heart! I usually sew the fabric hearts on to construction paper cut outs because it’s easier to get the needle through than the card stock. Cut out a square of construction paper. Thread a needle and sew the heart to the construction paper making the stitches about a quarter of an inch long pretty close to the edge of the fabric to avoid too much fraying.  Glue the heart/construction paper square to the card.  Experiment with different arrangements. Try one big heart in the middle, three small ones in a row, arranged left or right of center, etc. Add magazine cut outs—particularly anything that makes the card seem dirty. Sew buttons onto the card for decorative detail.  Let the creative juices flow!

I hate February, but I LOVE Valentine’s Day. Because I have an ever-expanding list of Valentine’s Day card recipients and I can complete about three cards in an hour, I usually start making my Valentine’s the first day of February.  Not only do I need all the time to make sure the cards arrive on or before Valentine’s Day, but it also gives me something to look forward to on the first day of the dreariest, but shortest month.  My friends inevitably make fun of me every year for my “intense” Valentine’s, but they are always grateful to receive them in the mail.  -Colleen

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