Last night, we had two last-minute (is there a more productive time?) Valentine’s projects at our house: 1) we needed to roll out enough kiddo-made Valentine’s for a certain toddler class (plus grandparents, aunts, and uncles) and 2) I needed to create some art to replace the Christmas printable that I’m ashamed to admit was still framed on our entry board and batten ledge. (I love being able to change out the art and pictures so easily with that ledge, but sometimes I just stop noticing what’s there until it’s just like “is that seriously still up there?”. Oops.)
Let’s just say I didn’t exactly prepare, per se, for either of these projects, but I always know I have my
hoarded collected stash of crafting materials to fall back on. So, I scanned my craft reserves and formulated the plan – punch out lots of hearts and stick them on things… In the interest of efficiency (and making less of a mess), I decided the two projects should share their main supplies: leftover scraps of colored paper, some textured scrapbook paper, a heart-shaped craft paper punch (That’s Amore by Fiskars), and the sticker maker machine contraption (Xyron Create-a-Sticker).
I should go ahead and warn you that I am not a pink person. At all. So, we didn’t include much pink in our Valentine’s projects. And because I don’t love pink (and don’t always like to follow the rules), we used lots of other fun colors. We used red, pink (only for the cards), green, aqua, blue (only for the cards), and orange from my scrap pile. We only used the textured scrapbook paper for the art since it seemed thicker than I wanted for the cards. The scrapbook papers were by Coredinations and were a red overlayed with a darker red (called Ruby) and a pink overlayed with red (called Kisses).
Let’s start with the art, shall we?
I used a 9×12 canvas panel (yes, I realize it may be weird that I have these lying around in many sizes — what can I say, I like to make my own art), matte Mod Podge, and a brush to apply it with. I started by punching out a ton of little hearts from the leftover paper and the two sheets of scrapbook paper. Then, I laid some of the hearts out on the canvas panel to figure out the color pattern and general spacing and took a quick picture to help keep me from messing it up (5 across, 7 down).
Next, I ran the hearts through the sticker maker and attempted to put them back on the panel in the correct formation — luckily, I used the repositionable sticker cartridge because it took a few attempts to get the spacing right again. (In hindsight, I would make smaller batches of stickers next time so that some were still in position as a guide. I didn’t use a ruler or anything, so they are a little wonky since I just eyeballed it. But, I kinda like it that way since you can tell it was handmade.) Once they were all set, I spread a thin layer of matte Mod Podge all over them and left it to dry. Once it was dry, that project was complete and ready for the ledge. Woohoo. One down.
(No, I didn’t make that awesome Welcome print — I bought it from Anna Tovar on Etsy. So cute, right?)
Bring on the cards. O wait, don’t bring the toddler just yet.
For the Valentine’s cards, I went ahead and punched out all of the hearts and ran them through the sticker maker before the kiddo got involved. (I used the permanent adhesive on the hearts for this run to try to prevent him – or his classmates – from being able to easily remove the hearts and eat them. Yeah, the things I never thought I’d have to worry about…)
Once the hearts were all stickered up, I let him sit at the table and go to town peeling them off the backing paper and sticking them on the white cards (we used pre-cut flat 4 bar cards) I’d laid out for him. He was amazingly opinionated about exactly where each sticker would go – especially for someone who normally just wants to throw cars and trucks on the floor. He didn’t want any part of me trying to help and even tried to apply a few to our kitchen table. (Rethinking the permanent adhesive about now…) Eventually, we ran out of stickers and called it a night. For him, anyway. I then went back and just wrote Happy Valentine’s Day 2013 and signed his name on the bottom of each. Valentines complete. Woohoo.
Gotta say the stickers were a bigger hit with him than I expected. Especially since they don’t have wheels. And he was very specific about how he wanted to create each card which was just, well, entertaining. Think I may need to load up on some more sticker maker cartridges so we can make his upcoming birthday invitations in a similar way. Now, I just need a car/truck/boat paper punch…
Well, Happy Valentine’s Day — thanks for stopping by!
Is it weird that I can hardly bear to part with the cards he made? I may have taken an individual picture of each and every one… He has some
hoarding collecting tendencies of his own. Hopefully, he’ll be able to give them to his little friends and not keep them all for himself. Wonder if he’d understand if I told him it was ok to give them away since I pictures of each of them for him… Ha.