Photo Valentine Cards

When my three boys were younger, each year when Valentine’s Day rolled around, I tried to come up with a card that was easy to make in multiples, fun yet inexpensive, and most importantly, met their requirement for something that was not too girly.

Since it was the one time of year I could usually count on my boys to pitch in and “get crafty” with me, the annual ritual of planning and assembling cards for the boys to bring to school was something we all looked forward to. Over the years, there have been candy airplanes, cards made with playing cards, and lots of stamped cards, but the one that seemed to be the biggest hit (and has been pretty popular on Pinterest) is this photo card:

I had seen a few variations of this card online and thought it seemed like something that would be fairly easy to recreate. The year we made this card, my two older boys were in middle and high school and no longer exchanged cards with classmates. My youngest son and I started out with a mini photo shoot in the backyard one day after school. There were some pretty funny outtakes!

We finally settled on this pose – it had the right combination of a good expression on Jack’s face plus enough room for the lollipop and message in the sky above.

The text was added using photo-editing software, but you could substitute a stamp, sticker, or handwritten message using a Sharpie marker. We cut out pieces of red cardstock to use as a mat and trimmed the bottom edge using a decorative border punch (kids love punches!). Two tiny holes were punched with a thumbtack on either side of the lollipop stem and it was tied on using paper floss. We also added an adhesive dot right behind the lollipop to keep it from moving. We worked assembly-line style and I tried to let Jack do as much of the work as possible. This would also work well with other types of small treats such as a pencil or marker.

One thing I have learned from crafting with my boys over the years is to let go of my perfectionist tendencies… in the end, what does it really matter if the photos aren’t trimmed precisely or there are some ragged edges on the card? We had fun, and the memories we have of spending time together will last a lifetime (and are nice to look back on, especially now with a house full of teenagers!).

Supplies:

  • Epson Premium Presentation Matte Photo Paper
  • Fiskars Apron Lace Border Punch
  • Karen Foster Design Scrapper’s Spools (available in a variety of colors)
  • Therm O Web Medium Craft Zots

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Alice Golden from Golden Moments (www.alicegolden.com)

Love Memories Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Create a very personal Valentine for your other half with this subway art-inspired card. Look for two more cards using Scrapbooking Attitude Inkjet Film in this week’s Crafts ‘n things Weekly on Feb. 6th.

Materials

  • White textured dot cardstock
  • Avatrex Scrapbooking Attitude Inkjet Film, 8-1/2”x11”, one sheet

Tools

  • Computer and inkjet printer
  • Elmer’s X-ACTO Tools: 12” Rotary Paper Trimmer, Metal Ruler
  • Elmer’s CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick

Basic Supplies

fine-tip black marker

Directions

STEP 1

With textured side out, make 5-1/2”x8-1/2” white side-fold card.

STEP 2

Use computer to format desired word art, using photo as guide. Use assorted fonts and sizes. Select most important words and change font color to red; add heart dingbats, if desired.

STEP 3

Read Scrapbooking Attitude package instructions. Print mirror image of words onto glossy side of Attitude sheet. Wait to remove backing paper.

STEP 4

Apply even layer of glue stick to card front. Peel backing from Attitude sheet. With an assistant, hold printed (glossy) side of film 1” above card and visually center image. With assistant’s end still held up, place your end down onto paper, lightly pressing onto glue. Smooth image, working toward assistant’s end.

STEP 5

Gently smooth to eliminate any air bubbles. If bubbles appear, insert straight pin into them and smooth to flatten. Let dry completely.

STEP 6

Using rotary trimmer, cut film even with card front.

Tip

  • Use this idea to create memorable anniversary cards, graduation announcements, and milestone birthday cards.

Craft Marketing Connections, Inc.

Love Goblin Valentine Box

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Keep this fun-loving monster happy with a mouthful of valentines! This easy-to-make mailbox will be loads of fun for all the kids in the classroom this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Recycled rectangular tissue box (remove plastic)
  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Shapes: 1-1⁄4” balls, two; 2” egg
  • Floracraft Dry Foam Mug Inserts, 2-5/8”x3-3/4”, two
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp (Ebony) Black, Snow (Titanium) White, Bright Green, Grape Juice, Royal Fuchsia; Glow-in-the-Dark
  • Flat wooden shapes: two small circles, 17 small hearts
  • Craft foam: white, purple, fuchsia
  • Chenille stems, two each: pink, lime, orange, yellow, purple

Tools

  • 1⁄8” hole punch
  • Adhesives: thick craft glue, glue gun and glue sticks

Basic Supplies

pencil, scissors, ruler, paintbrushes, paper plate (for palette), transparent tape, large nail, hammer, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions

Note

Adult supervision is needed when using a glue gun and nail.

1. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Follow directions on patterns.

2. On covered work surface, paint the pieces. (Note: Allow paint to dry between coats and color changes.) Use Titanium White to basecoat tissue box (body). Paint body Bright Green, wooden circles (pupils) Lamp Black, foam balls (eyes) Glow-in-the Dark, cylinders (legs) and hearts Royal Fuchsia, and egg (nose) Grape Juice.

3. To make the arms, use hole punch to punch a hole in hands where indicated by “x” on pattern. See photo. Use nail to punch a hole at each side of body. Thread chenille stem through hand holes and center; fold in half and twist chenille stem together. Push chenille stem ends through sides of body. Secure ends with tape inside body.

4. To assemble the monster, see photo. Adhere teeth to inside of “mouth”. Adhere feet to bottom of legs. Adhere legs to bottom of body and hearts to body as desired. Use glue gun to adhere pupils to eyes and eyes side-by-side to top of body. Adhere nose to front of body below eyes.

5. Make the hair. Wrap each chenille stem around pencil, one at a time. Remove from pencil and stretch to measure 6”. Curl top ends of hair in a circle. Twist bottom of hair ends together. Use glue gun to adhere hair behind eyes. Let dry. Arrange hair as shown.

Tip

  • Replace foam legs with recycled frozen juice cans; wrap cans with fuchsia craft foam.

by Sandy Parpart

Valentine Keepsake Card

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A tea bag-folded card is a unique and lovely way to tell your special Valentine, “I love you.” Plus, you’ll love how easy it is to get beautiful results with this technique!

 

Materials

  • White card with envelope, 6-1⁄2”x5”
  • Paper: green stripe, pink stripe, vellum dot, rose dot, white

Tools

  • Computer and printer, or black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

Cut card to measure 6”x4”. Place card on flat work surface with fold at top. Cut a 3-7⁄8”x5-7⁄8” rectangle from green stripe paper; center and adhere to card front. Cut a 3-5⁄8”x5-5⁄8” rectangle from vellum dot paper; center and adhere to green stripe paper.

STEP 2

Cut the following: eight 1” squares from rose dot; eight 1” squares from pink stripe; four 1” squares from green stripe. Fold squares into kites as shown in Fig. 1.

STEP 3

For eight-point star, cut 1” circle from rose dot (flower base). Place rose dot kites into a circle with long points together (Fig. 2); adhere on back side to flower base. Fold each pink stripe kite into a half kite (Fig. 3); adhere half kites in a circle on top of star to form a flower (Fig. 4). Mat flower on white paper.

STEP 4

Mat green stripe kites (leaves) on white paper. Use a computer or handwrite “Love causes all things to grow.” on a white rectangle; mat on rose dot, then on white. Adhere flower, leaves, and message to card front as shown.

Tip

  • Adhere a gem to the center of flower for added sparkle.

by Amy Gustafson

Have I Toad You?

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Have I “toad” you lately that I love you? Stitch this adorable toad cross-stitch as a fun way to let that someone special know exactly how you feel.

Materials

  • 14-count pale yellow Aida cloth, 9”x11”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss
  • The Gentle Art Sampler Threads 6-Strand Gently Overdyed Embroidery Floss
  • Weeks Dye Works 6-Strand Hand Overdyed Floss
  • Buttons: toad, heart

Tools

  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 2 strands (unless otherwise indicated)
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies

scissors

Directions

Size/Stitch Count

Approximate finished size: 4”x6”; stitch count: 57 w x 84 h

Toad Design

1. Print chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric.

3. Hand sew buttons to design using two strands GA Sampler: heart, #304 Red Medium; toad, #3362 Pine Green Dark.

4. Finish as desired.

by Nicole C. McNaught for Serenity in Stitching

Heartfelt Bear Pillow

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Any day is the best day for hugs and kisses! Make this bear and pillow for a sweet someone in your life this Valentine’s Day.

Materials

  • Fabric: light pink print, 3⁄8 yard; bright pink print, 1⁄4 yard; white, 1⁄4 yard
  • The Warm Company Warm & White Needled Cotton Batting
  • Pillow form, 12” square
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Pink/white check ribbon, 5⁄8” wide, 3⁄8 yard
  • White jumbo rick rack, 2-1⁄8 yards
  • Flat white buttons, 1⁄2”, 11

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Cool White, Baby Pink, Boysenberry Pink, Soft Black
  • Royal & Langnickel Paintbrushes: Natural Hair Bristle, #5; Crafter’s Choice Stencil, Series 1111, 1⁄4”; Royal Majestic Liner, Series 4595, #1
  • Stencils: alphabet; heart, 1/2”
  • Needle
  • Sewing thread: white, pink

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins

Directions

STEP 1

Cut 9” square from bright pink fabric. Stencil “Hugs and Kisses” using Cool White, spacing words 1⁄2” apart. (Note: Fill in stencil gaps with Cool White.)

STEP 2

Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) For pocket, cut one heart from stenciled fabric, one from remaining bright pink fabric, and one from batting. Baste batting heart to back of stenciled heart.

STEP 3

Beginning and ending at bottom point of heart, sew rick rack around stenciled heart, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) Sew fabric hearts together with right sides facing along rick rack stitching, leaving 3” opening for turning. Clip seam. Turn heart right side out and hand sew opening closed.

STEP 4

Cut two 12-1⁄2” squares from light pink fabric. Pin heart pocket to front of one square, lifting heart slightly at center so bear will fit in pocket. (Note: Bottom of heart should be 1-1⁄2” from bottom of square.) Use pink thread to sew buttons to heart pocket (through all layers) where indicated.

STEP 5

Beginning and ending in bottom corner, sew rick rack around front of pocket square, 1⁄4” from edge. (Note: Sew through center of rick rack.) With right sides facing, sew fabric squares together along rick rack stitching, leaving 10” opening along bottom. Trim corners; turn pillow right side out. Insert pillow form into opening; hand sew opening closed.

STEP 6

Using pattern, cut two bears from white fabric. Transfer mouth and eyes to one bear. Drybrush cheeks Boysenberry Pink. Dot eyes and line mouth Soft Black. Add Cool White highlight dots to cheeks.

STEP 7

Stencil Baby Pink heart for nose and one centered at end of each arm and leg. Shade heart edges Boysenberry Pink.

STEP 8

Pin bear pieces together with right sides facing. Stitch bear, 1⁄4” from edge, leaving 2” opening along outside edge of one leg. Trim seam and clip lines where indicated on pattern. Hand sew opening closed with tiny whipstitch.

STEP 9

Tie ribbon into bow; trim ends. Hand sew bow to bear under mouth. Place bear in pocket.

by Mary Ayres

Quick-and-Easy Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away and creating a card for your loved one doesn’t have to be complicated!

It’s Jill Cornell here today with two card ideas that are perfect for kids or that special someone. The first card is 3-1/2”x6” which is a unique size that fits easily into a 5”x7” envelope.

The focal point on this card is the chipboard heart covered in tiny, jewel-centered flowers by Petaloo. A fun ribbon bow and simple rub-on sentiment make this card very quick! Add a machine-stitched border for extra texture.

For the second card, I covered the front with two patterned papers, two punched patterned paper borders, and this great “Bee my Valentine” chipboard sticker from We R Memory Keepers. Chipboard stickers are the perfect quick embellishment because they add a design element and dimension at the same time.

The sticker had holes on either end that I covered up with pearl brads from American Crafts.

These cards are so easy to duplicate for multiple people on your Valentine’s Day list. Happy crafting!

Jill Cornell from Blessed Scrapper (www.jillcornell.blogspot.com)

Clay Heart Necklace

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

A symbol of romance and courage, the heart is most often used to convey feelings of love. Create this stunning clay heart necklace as a meaningful gift to the woman in your life you care for most.

Materials

  • Oven-bake polymer clay, one package each: white, champagne, dark red
  • Mill Hill Creative Charms, heart, 2-1/2” wide
  • Black cording, 22” length

Tools

  • Loew-Cornell Clay Gun
  • Clay-dedicated pasta machine or acrylic brayer
  • Clay shaping tool
  • Heating pad
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire scouring sponge
  • Unglazed ceramic tile
  • Oven

Basic Supplies

ruler, craft knife, stylus

Directions

STEP 1

Press front and back of heart charm together; remove hanger.

STEP 2

Condition red clay; run through pasta machine at #6 setting. Cover front of heart with clay, gently stretching over edges. Trim excess at back with craft knife.

STEP 3

Place remaining red clay on parchment paper. Place back of heart on clay; trim around edges. Press back and front clay edges together, smoothing with fingers. Using fingers and clay shaper, gently press clay into form at back of heart. To create textured look, press wire sponge into front and sides.

STEP 4

For flowers, mix two parts white clay with one part champagne; roll into 1⁄4” diameter log. Cut fifteen 1⁄8” pieces from log. Roll into balls; flatten and shape into teardrop-shaped petals. Place petals on heart in clusters to form three flowers; curve petal ends up with clay shaper.

STEP 5

Insert 19-hole disk into clay gun. Place small amount white/champagne mixture into gun. Place gun on heating pad to warm for five to 10 minutes. (Note: Do not overheat or clay will begin to bake inside gun.)

STEP 6

Following clay gun manufacturer’s instructions, extrude noodles from gun. Cut seven 1-1⁄2” to 2” lengths from noodles for vines. Using clay shaper, press end of one length under one flower. Holding remaining end, gently twist vine, pressing to heart with clay shaper.

STEP 7

Cut remaining noodles into small lengths; roll into balls. Place seven to nine balls in center of each flower. Use stylus to indent remaining balls. Press onto heart in groups as shown.

STEP 8

Bake heart on parchment-covered tile at 265°F for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let cool; remove. Replace hanger. Insert cording through hole; knot ends.

Other Option…

  • By simply changing the color of clay and style of charm, you can create an entirely different look for your necklace.

by Gail Ritchey

Valentine’s Day Wreath

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

Ideal for your Valentine’s Day décor, dainty hearts and sheer lavender ribbon add a special touch of elegance to this unique wreath – the perfect way to greet guests this February 14th.

Materials

  • Dow STYROFOAM Brand Foam Wreath, 2” thick, 12” wide
  • White embossed flower paper
  • Round mirror, 7”
  • Dried moss
  • Lavender two-tone sheer wire-end ribbon, 2-1⁄2” wide, 3 yards
  • Feathers, three each: pink, purple

Tools

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Baby Pink, Peony Pink, Wild Orchid
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics White Pearl Paint
  • Scallop decorative-edge scissors
  • Zipper-lock plastic bag
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, hammer, paintbrush, tweezers

Directions

STEP 1

Adhere moss to top and sides of wreath, covering completely. Place mirror in plastic bag. Turn mirror upside down on concrete surface; break with hammer. Using tweezers, carefully adhere mirror pieces to moss as shown. Wrap and twist ribbon around wreath, tying into bow at bottom right.

STEP 2

Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Use decorative-edge scissors to cut six hearts from paper. Drybrush heart surfaces Peony Pink and edges Baby Pink. Drybrush surfaces again with White Pearl. Drybrush details Wild Orchid.

STEP 3

Bend center of hearts upward, with edges back, to make them appear dimensional. Adhere feather to back of each heart; trim at bottom. Adhere hearts to wreath. Adhere extra moss to wreath as desired.

by Mary Ayres

 

Love Bear Clay Pot

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

 

This Love Bear Clay Pot is not only adorable and cute, but its message is one to spread to all this Valentine’s Day!

Materials

  • Clay pot (body), 2-1⁄2”
  • Wooden ball (head), 3⁄4”
  • Flat wooden shapes: medium circles (ears), 3⁄4”; large ovals (arms), 2”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Camel, Country Red, Milk Chocolate, Gooseberry Pink, Honey Brown, Sea Aqua, Cadmium Yellow, Country Blue
  • Blue ribbon, 1⁄4” wide, 3⁄8 yard

Tools

  • Paintbrushes: round, #6, #8; soft round, #3; liner
  • Black fine-tip permanent marker
  • Beacon Adhesives Kid’s Choice Glue

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape

Directions

Size

3-1⁄2”x4-1⁄4”

Love Bear

1. Basecoat body, ears, arms, and head Honey Brown; drybrush Milk Chocolate.

2. Print and cut out patterns. (Note: The blue word “patterns” is a link. To access these patterns, select the link, then download and print items.) Transfer the following: face to head (with bottom of face 1⁄2” from bottom of head), paws to arms, lettering to body, legs to front sides of body.

3. Basecoat muzzle, paws, and heart Camel; top flowers Country Blue; bottom flowers Gooseberry Pink; leaves Sea Aqua. Drybrush cheeks Country Red.

4. Transfer remaining details. Use marker to draw buttonhole stitch and stitch lines around heart, muzzle, paws, and legs. Adhere head and arms to body, and ears to head. Use masking tape to hold pieces in place while drying.

5. Tie ribbon around neck; trim ends.

by Mary Ayres