Friday, January 10, 2014

Happy Heart's Day - Creating a Quick and Inexpensive Valentine's Day Card: How to Mass-Produce a Valentine's Day Card for the Classroom

Because I've planned ahead this year, I've been able to design a quick card for the kids to give away at school on Valentine's Day.  I mean, I've got TONS of paper, ink, and know-how so WHY do I need to buy them at the store?

I designed them to be 2.5" x 3.5" which is ATC size.  I chose Kraft cardstock, a Valentine themed outline stamp, black ink, and a heart punch.  I'll go over some fun ways to add detail for those of you that want something just a tad bit more fancy.

I also have this tutorial up in video form, so if you like, check that out too!

Kraft cardstock (use scraps if you have them)
Valentine's Day stamp or one that would work with this theme
Black ink
Heart punch
Red cardstock (or any color for hearts)
Liquid Pearls (any color - or use glitter, gems, pearls, etc)
Glossy Accents

Since I'll be creating 23 cards for my son's class and about 30 for my daughter's class, I had to make sure the design was cute but simple.  To add a splash of color, I punched the hearts out of red cardstock and dotted the middle of the flower with some Liquid Pearls in Petal Pink.

I'll go over some brief steps so you can easily mass produce this card design efficiently.

Step One:  Start but cutting down your Kraft card stock into 2.5" x 3.5" pieces.

Step Two:  If you have a corner rounder, round out the top right hand corner of each card.

Step Three:  It would be a good time to punch out or hand cut enough red hearts for all the cards you're going to make.  I had a multiple heart punch so was able to punch out 3 hearts out at one time.  I decided I wanted to use only the two biggest hearts so I punched enough to make all the cards needed for both kids' class.

Step Four:  Now, if you also have a "to/from" stamp", stamp it in an area that works for the card design.  If you're stamping this on the back of the card, work on finishing the BACK of the card first before the front since you'll be jazzing up the front of the card with Liquid Pearls and maybe even some Glossy Accents later.  That way, you don't have to wait for the front to dry before finishing the back of your card.

Step Five:  Its time for stamping.  Stamp your image with black ink on each card.  If the kids have the manual dexterity, they can probably handle the stamping.  Next glue on the hearts.  The kids can help with this part too!

Now your cards are almost done.  Add some color, texture and depth with Liquid Pearls and/or Glossy Accents (Ranger).  I simply dotted the flower centers with some pink colored Liquid Pearls and accented the top right side of each heart with some Glossy Accents.  Set aside to dry in a safe corner.

All you have left to do is tape each dum-dum/lollipop to the back of each card with some good old clear/invisible tape!

For some fabulous card making tutorials, check out my class offerings:

If you're looking for more Valentine's Day inspiration, check out my previous posts here:

Go HERE for the blog post for the above scrapbook page.

Go HERE for the blog post for the above scrapbook page.

Happy Crafting!