Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Easy Peasy Valentines

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. This time of year is a great opportunity to play with a few art supplies and let someone know that you care.  An organization that I belong to sends us home with blank white cardstock cards to make handmade Valentine's Day cards for senior citizens. 
 Here's what I came up with this year.

I made a stencil from a piece of cardstock using the tried and true fold and cut half a heart method. The hearts that I had cut out, were also put to use as positive stencils.   The other supplies included colored tissue paper, scissors, a glue stick, a set of watercolor pencils, a paint brush, water, and a thick gold paint pen.




If you've never used watercolor pencils, you've been missing out on some fun.  First you color with them, then you brush over the color with a wet paintbrush and watch the pencil color turn into watercolor paint.




 Once this one dries, I will put it under a stack of books to flatten it, then I will finish it by writing "love" with the gold paint pen.





I used the stencil to color these hearts.  When I applying the water, sometimes I stay within the  lines for a tidy look.  Other times I have smeared the hearts by using more water.




Below, I glued tissue paper hearts on the card and then painted over them with a little water.


Tip: Be sure to cover your work space with newspaper, because the wet colored tissue paper can stain.




After these cards dried and were pressed under a book,
I traced around some of the hearts with the gold paint pen for a little more pop.


I wrote a Happy Valentine's Day message on the back of all the cards.
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9 comments:

  1. These are very sweet Eilis!

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  2. So pretty! What a great idea to spend an afternoon crafting with my daughter. I'm ready to give those water color pencils a try. ;)

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  3. Very cute and attractive.
    Hoping your week is going well.

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  4. They look very pretty, Eilis!

    Lucky friends and family to get those bright and cheerful notes!

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  5. Don't you love watercolor pencils? They're one of my favorites and they rarely disappoint. What a great idea to make Valentine's for seniors. I know they'll love them and these are really cute -- and fast, I think!

    Love your blog banner. I'm going to subscribe so we can stay in touch.

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  6. Oh these are great. Great tutorial. I was planning on making post cards tomorrow.I'll try this idea. I came over from Katie's to follow you for the Social.
    I'd like to invite you to come to my Be My Valentine Party too!
    It's over here:
    http://ourholidayjourney.blogspot.com/2017/01/fabulous-be-my-valentine-link-party.html
    I'll follow you. Come over and check out the party at my house!

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  7. Oh these are great. Great tutorial. I was planning on making post cards tomorrow.I'll try this idea. I came over from Katie's to follow you for the Social.
    I'd like to invite you to come to my Be My Valentine Party too!
    It's over here:
    http://ourholidayjourney.blogspot.com/2017/01/fabulous-be-my-valentine-link-party.html
    I'll follow you. Come over and check out the party at my house!

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  8. Eilis,
    These are positively splendid and what a wonderful organization you belong to, to spread cheer to the older population.
    I want to try watercolor pencils!
    Jemma

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