Friday, February 13, 2009

making valentines

Because Addie isn't in school it hadn't occurred to me earlier to make valentines with her, but suddenly I realised: why not - we still have many people whom we love! And I decided to use my awake-in-the-night-time to plan and design out a collaboration project for us to make together the next day.

Knowing that Addie's skills pretty much only comprise of scribbles, I decided to try and expand upon her talents for our valentines.

To make them, I first went through my envelopes and found some glassine candy bags. In Illustrator I then designed up little 3.5 x 4.5" cards to fit the bags. I used the typeface Mrs. Eaves and a placed a heart-shape outline in the center of each card. I then repeated the card four to a page, and changed each of the names before printing to personalize them. I printed them out on my desktop printer onto watercolour paper, and then they were ready for morning and for Adelaide's contribution!

making valentines by you.

The next morning after Addie was fed, bathed, and happy, she was ready for our project. I gave her a big pink sheet of construction paper, red, pink, peach, and purple coloured cray-pas crayons, and let her go at it. She made up a big page of scribbles, I set it all aside and moved on to other things until her afternoon nap-time.

When nap-time came and she was cozy and sleeping, I got to work. Using a sharp new xacto knife and a cutting mat, I carefully trimmed out each of the middle heart shapes from each sheet of four cards, leaving a heart-shaped hole in the centre of each. I then cut a lot of 3.25" 2.25" pieces from Adelaide's scribble drawing, layered them with a piece of glassine paper, and taped them together to fit in behind the heart-shaped holes. Once all of the holes were filled, I glued the back with a glue stick (I prefer Ross Sticks) and pressed it to a pink sheet of card stock paper. I then used a brayer (printmaking roller) to roll it out, and placed it beneath my big cutting mat to press.

Once I had finished 5 sheets to make 20 cards, I trimmed them down to size using a sharp new knife. I then rounded the corners using my corner rounder, and took some photos.

By this time, Addie woke up from her nap. After a bit of cuddling, she joined to put the little valentines in their glassine pockets, along with some dark chocolate sundrops that - thank goodness - I happened to have in the house. 

And they are ready to be delivered to all of our sweet valentines!

addie's first valentines by you.

31 comments:

Summer (designismine) said...

Goodness, you really put people like me, who bought pre-packaged Star Wars valentines, to shame. These are beautiful!

Gül said...

such a lovely joint-project!

May said...

These are really sweet. What a great idea to incorporate the little ones' contribution!

Stay-see. said...

ahh wonderful,i can make some of these myself next year hahaha

shim + sons said...

The valentine's cards are too cute!!

ines said...

wowza! you totally inspire me! thanks and happy birthday to your girl.

cindy : quaint said...

a collaboration made in heaven. so special. happy love day!

Heather said...

These are adorable. This is a very cute idea.

<3 Happy Valentine's Day <3

katie.t said...

These are so beautiful! You have blown me away yet again :)

Katie

Alissa Nicolau said...

Okay... you're hired!

Happy Valentine's to you three!

khhast said...

what a brilliant idea!

jenn said...

oh, they are so adorable! Clever girl!

unasu said...

i loveeeeee this idea.

Jenny said...

Officially flabbergasted. Sweet you!

Jennifer said...

The sweetest project yet!! I have to get my hands on those crayons...I think my daughter will like them.

Thank you for your constant inspirations.

Melissa said...

Another INSPIRING project! Thanks for the corner rounder info...I better save up!

Samantha Spartichino said...

You always have such wonderful ideas, thank you.

shanon said...

You make the sweetest things. Addie is so lucky to have such a creative mom. =)

amandajean said...

LOVE. these.

thereddeer said...

Adorable - makes me feel incredibly lazy for not doing anything for Valentine's day.

nicole said...

Those Valentine's are adorable. I think I need to get a corner rounder!

Brigitte said...

your blog is beautiful, I like it. I'm a stay at home mon of seven children and I lived in USA for 6 month so I want to discover the american blog !I'm french

kristin said...

wow. i've never seen a sweeter valentine - you are such an inspiration! i particularly enjoyed your breakdown of the day - craft ... cuddles ... craft ... more cuddles!

Angela said...

Hi Sharilyn,
Are you still considering making a pdf of your tree quilt block? I remember reading about it a while back...and I still am thinking I would love to make one some time. It was inspiring for me.
Thanks,
Angela
angela.hackner(at)gmail(dot)com

Stefani said...

Gorgeous! What an inspiring mama you are!

human being said...

amazing

sunny said...

of course I love the cards..and have a fondness as well for glassine envelopes and children's artwork..

but I love more the way you worded your entry - about how your daughter was fed, bathed and happy... and the other descriptions of her. just perfect!

++sandra++ said...

wow!! thanks for sharing the methods to make this cute valentine card. :) learn a lot from you today!! :)))

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