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 …
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 …
and one more …
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):
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.
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.
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 …
Option two …
Option three …
Step 7: Cut a hole in the cards near the top of the ‘lollipop stick’ in the picture
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).
Step 9: Tape the treat to the back. We used some fancy glitter tape:
Step 10: Deliver to your favorite Valentine …
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 for stopping by!