A {Sweet} Valentine Card Idea

Posted by on January 15, 2014 in DIY and Crafts, Family | 30 comments

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so I thought I’d share a fun idea for Valentine’s Day cards (okay … you’ve actually got almost a month to go). These could be used to hand out to classmates, send to Grandma and Grandpa, or just a fun treat for your neighbors! Just a note before I begin … I can’t totally take credit for this idea. This was totally my sister-in-law’s idea several years ago, I’m just copying it (thanks, Angie!!).

I am so excited to team up with Tiny Prints for this project. Stop over to their blog today (which is FULL of great ideas, by the way) to see their post. And without further ado, here are our cards this year …

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Sweet Valentine Card Idea

Didn’t it turn out cute?

But wait just a minute … if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a little indecisive at times. So, instead of one card this year, I ordered THREE. Here are the other two …

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and one more …

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These are totally the best of both worlds … a cute card and a sweet treat!

I figured Owen would need one (of just him) to hand out to his fellow preschoolers, but our family and friends would want one of both boys. Thus, I ordered three different styles (that doesn’t add up, does it???).

You have plenty of time to make one of your own!! Here’s a quick run down of how we made ‘em:

Step 1: Create a ‘background’ for your handsome subjects. We used a sheet on taped to the wall (cuz we’re that fancy):

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Our fancy ‘backdrop’

Step 2: Make white ‘lollipop’ sticks from cardboard tubes covered in white duct tape. We had plenty of these left over from empty Christmas wrapping paper rolls.

Step 3: Hand each subject a stick, and pray that they cooperate with you as you quickly snap a couple pics.

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Smile … hold still … look at me … stop hitting Charlie

I actually have pretty cooperative boys … they had no clue why there was a sheet taped to the wall and why I was asking them to hold duct taped tubes up and smile. Eventually, we got a couple shots that worked. Remember … you can always crop your picture when you’re done, so don’t worry if your picture shows the wall behind the sheet (and the lovely green Frog tape holding it up).

Step 4 (Optional): Edit your picture. I use PicMonkey for all my edits. I simply used this program to crop the picture to size, fix exposure (brighten up the picture a bit). I also used their ‘effects’ to add a white ‘blur’ to the outside edges of the picture.

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Picture after editing in PicMonkey

Step 5: Go to Tiny Prints and choose your card. I choose this one for the bigger cards, and this one for the smaller one. You can also crop and make some edits to your photos in Tiny Prints while customizing your card. I love the ‘vintage’ effect that is available. We used it on our Christmas Cards, and then again on all three of these Valentine’s Day cards.

Step 6: Complete your order and receive your lovely cards a week or so later (or faster if you need rush shipping).

Option One …

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Option two …

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Option three …

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Step 7: Cut a hole in the cards near the top of the ‘lollipop stick’ in the picture

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Punch a hole for REAL lollipop

Step 8: Insert lollipop or other treat on a stick (or lollipop eraser from Target dollar spot if you’re going for the candy-less Valentine).

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Add a lollipop

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or ‘lollipop’ eraser (Target … dollar spot)

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Or two treats …

Step 9: Tape the treat to the back. We used some fancy glitter tape:

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Secure treat!

Step 10: Deliver to your favorite Valentine …

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Juju … Owen made this one just for you!

There you have it … a simple semi-DIY Valentine card AND treat for classmates and Grandma (though I’m guessing Grandma will be less excited about the suckers than the 3 year old preschoolers will be …).

Thanks to Tiny Prints, I’m Valentine’s ready a month early?!?! … this a RECORD for me!! See the rest of their Valentine’s Day cards here!”

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Thanks for stopping by!

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30 Comments

  1. These are adorable. What a great idea and I’ve never used Tiny Prints before and will have to look them up. Pinning in my Valentine board

    • Thanks, Tammy!! Have a great rest of the week!

  2. These are just too cute. Gotta share them with my daughters that teach K5 and 1st grade.

    Blessings,
    Linda

    • Thanks, Linda!! Do share … so easy and cute!

  3. That is just too adorable. i just have to Pin it. Have a fantastic day, Darlene

  4. hey Katie!! Cute pictures of the boys! What a great idea! I love checking in on your blog every once in a while :) And I do have a question! The boys big boy room… your mood board.. where’s that awesome pendant light from? Thanks!! – Kristen

    • Hi Kristen!!! Fun to see that you stopped by this blog!! So … I just checked, and that pendant light was from Serena and Lily (Bird’s Nest Lamp), but I can’t find it on their site anymore :(. I made that board last fall, so maybe it’s no longer available??? Shoot! Sorry I couldn’t actually be of any help :) Congrats on your news about baby boy #3!!! I’m sure ours is a boy, too, and it sounds like we’re due right around the same time! We will all have to go back to the Dells next year … with possibly 8 little boys!! Craziness! Hope to see you guys soon!

  5. Oh my goodness! Those are the cutest valentines pictures around. What an awesome idea! too cute!

    • Thanks, Bette! Helps to have two well-fed, well rested ‘subjects’ when doing this :) I’ve learned my lesson!!

  6. Wow how cute are these, we do Valentine pictures for the boys every year but I’ve never turned them into a Valentine card. I might be adding this to my to do list!! Your boys look adorable as well, love the wardrobe changes!!

    • Ha! You noticed the wardrobe change, huh? We did this on two different days. You should totally do this … with your photog skills, yours will be amazing (and it’s super easy)!

  7. Loving the lollipops on these cards. I too love Tiny Prints, such great designs. Great back drop by the way. I love all things related to the lost art of letter writing, in fact I get a bit giddy over stationery and the like. Feel free to see the craziness over at http://www.ritewhileucan.com I think you might enjoy.

    • Hi Barb! Thanks for stopping by, and for the sweet comment. I’ll stop on over and check out your ‘craziness’ now! Have a good week!

  8. These are so cute, Katie!

  9. Such an adorable idea. Love mini-photoshoot you set up!

  10. What a clever idea! This is so creative and such a wonderful idea to make Valentines even more special, both for the recipient and the giver. Really great post!

  11. Love these, what a great idea. Thanks for sharing your adorable creations.

  12. These are the most absolutely precious cards I’ve ever seen! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Your boys are just adorable! Hope you guys are having a fun weekend :)

  13. That is awesome so simple yet effective! I love that you showed how you got the back ground for your photos just awesome!

  14. This is the cutest sweetest idea~ I love it!! I am featuring you on Made in a Day on Thursday! Thanks so much for linking up last week!
    Kim

    • Awesome,Kim! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to see the feature! Have a great week!

  15. These are so thinking cute!

    • So much for spellcheck. Last post was supposed to say stink in’ cute not “thinking” . I am visiting from DIY party

  16. Ah Love these!! I am doing a giveaway and would love for you to come by and check it out!
    XO, Jennie
    http://www.thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com/

  17. oh gosh! these are super cute♥ i really love this idea katie! your boys too are super adorbs!

    thanks for sharing this over at The DIYe’rs, huggies♥
    rea

  18. Katie….those are tooo cute!!
    Thanks for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!! Off to share this on FB!!
    Hope your week is filled with Extraordinary moments!
    ~diane

  19. What a cute idea! I’m always on the lookout for fun and creative Valentines for my boys to give to their classmates. Thanks for linking this up to the Thursday S.T.Y.L.E. link party!

  20. Love this! It’s so creative. You’ve been featured on Sunday Features {Give Me The Goods} and will also be on my FB tonight ;)
    Hugs
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    • Jamie! Thanks so much for the feature last night! I stopped over on my phone, but for some reason I couldn’t leave you a note to say thanks!! Great surprise on a Sunday night! Hope you had a great weekend! Love your party, and thanks again!!
      Katie

  21. Precious!! Your idea for getting them to hold the gift wrapping tubes is genius! I was trying to figure out how you’d get someone to stand with their hands in the right place for the suckers. Love it! I totally pinned it…’cause it rocks! ;) Thanks for sharing your great idea!
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