Valentines. I love making Valentines and Valentine treats and Valentine packages and all things Valentine and red and sweet and pink and ribbony. Fun stuff. Just makes my heart sing. I’ve been handmaking the kids’ Valentines since I got in to cardmaking 3 years ago. This is the start of my 3rd year so my 3rd outing at making their Valentines for school. Lots of fun and new stuff went in to these sweeties, so I thought I’d take you through the process. And I ain’t gonna lie – these took foreverrrrr…had to make 54 of ‘em!
I knew I wanted to use my new Boxy Banner dies from Papertrey Ink, which would also mean lottttts of cranks through the Big Shot. And while I’m not a sketcher, I decided with that much work going in to these, I really needed to have everything mapped out. So this was my vision.
I cut down a bunch of Imaginisce patterned paper from last year. Because I’m that cheap, and I know that I will make things for the kids’ classes for Christmas and Valentines, I wait to stock up on cute papers after that collection is officially outdated. $1 sheets of patterned paper for .15-cents – and the kids don’t know or care that the paper isn’t current.
And so began alllll the cranks through the Big Shot.
This is what it looked like after 108 cranks. One hundred and eight. Ouch.
I originally tossed the negatives out and then remembered that I was going to need a little heart on each Valentine.
There was no way I was Big Shottin’ a bunch of hearts – I love my EK Success heart punch.
Then I stamped the to/froms and had the kids fill out the names. If you want to get a head start on Valentines, just e-mail the teachers and ask them for the class list at least a month before.
That way you’re way ahead of the game instead of behind
I popped the heart on with a dimensional booster. I get all my boosters from Jody. They are the best.
Candy canes? PINK candy canes. My kids squeeled – Valentine candy canes, yipppeee! LOL
Christmas clearance at Rite Aid – 10-cents a box…love it.
My handy-dandy Glue Dots Dot N Go to help hold down the candy canes.
Sweet pink candy canes, gorgeous frilly ribbon…that’s what Valentine’s Day is about.
I used the removable Dot N Go in case I needed to reposition my candy cane.
I strayed from my sketch in that I didn’t have (2) strings of ribbon on either side at the top – threw that idea out when I scored the candy canes. And I didn’t put the scalloped border thingy across the top either because I thought it would cover up too much of the patterned paper and some of the cute words on it.
In the end, a literal labor of love.
Now I’ve got to figure out what I’m making for the class party….I make goodie bags for those….no Big Shot will be involved, I guarantee ya’, that!