Friday, February 11, 2011

valentine cards- a new twist on an old classic

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When I think of Valentines Day cards I think of time spent cutting hearts out of construction paper and decorating each one with something special- maybe this is because I stopped celebrating Valentines Day when I was eleven!


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But surprisingly there really is something delightful about spreading out your supplies and creating valentines for loved ones. I decided this year to go back to basics- just construction paper and a few supplies to create little valentines for family and friends.



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I started with a few packages of construction paper. I forgot how affordable it is- .99 for each package!


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I folded each sheet in half and cut out hearts.


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I must admit this brought back memories- the feel of the construction paper in my hands, the process of cutting out a heart- it was like I was in grade school again!


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I used my drawing pens to create a pattern all over the surface of the hearts.


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Some of the valentines I only used pens



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while others I used watercolors to fill the surface with color.


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And of course I HAD to find a way to use dimensional paint- so I added tiny little dots all over the top of the surface pattern.

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I made a variety of different hearts in different colors and designs.


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I wrote short and simple messages on the back

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and put them in little envelopes to sent off!

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49 comments:

  1. these are lovely!!! they'll make someone very happy to get in the mail :) i love home-made cards. i made all mine this year too. i used paint swatches from Home Depot. i don't want to post pictures before they're received in the mail but i'll probably do a blog entry on Monday about them :)

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  2. so incredibly sweet! I loved the pic of the grouping of hearts.
    xoxo judy

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  3. You always have such wonderfully creative ideas! These are so pretty. My daughter was looking over my shoulder as I was reading and said, "Oh Mommy, can we please make hearts that pretty." She loves it too! Thank you always for inspiration. :)

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  4. so so lovely! and simple to make! Love them Alisa.. anyone would be thrilled to get these! xo

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  5. Alisa, I love how you take the simplest of materials and make them into dazzling creations. Gorgeous hearts!

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  6. what a lovely way to spend a day.....as Judy said, the grouping of hearts is a painting in itself.

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  7. Hello, I recently came across your blog. What a beautiful space for creativity you have here. And these Valentine's?!!! Gorgeous! I am going to blog about them on mine right now! The world must see these. Simply the best I've ever seen.

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  8. I'm inspired...Think my daughter and I will make some this weekend...Thanks! :)

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  9. I love these Valentines. Can you tell me what watercolors you're using? The colors look so concentrated and awesome. Thanks.

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  10. i'm totally coping this idea. oh, thank u great creative one!

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  11. These are wonderful!! Reading your blog is always such a delightful experience.

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  12. Anonymous9:23 AM

    Always inspiring Alisa

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  13. This is something I would do.. love the line drawings and the dimensional paint!

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  14. Adorable all! I would love to recieve one of your valentines and would probably frame it - they're so pretty! I'm not sure whether my punks class will be exchanging valentine's this Monday, but if they are these would be a great weekend project - thanks for the idea :)

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  15. This looks like fun! I think I'll make some this year too!

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  16. These are just some of the prettiest Valentine's I have ever seen. You're wonderful! Happy Valentine's Day! ~Kathy

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  17. These are awesome!! So gorgeous and inspiring. I'm inspired to try it myself!

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  18. So pretty. Our family had been making valentines for years. Nothing like it!

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  19. These are darling! I love your drawings... I try to draw little things like that and they never come out quite as nice. Happy Valentine's Day!

    -Nicole
    www.craftmysoul.blogspot.com

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  20. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

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  21. Simply adorable!
    Love the patterns & bright watercolors... not to mention the "puffy" paint idea.
    These will be a treat to all that receive them for Valentine's Day.
    Thank you for sharing :]

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  22. Those were heartwarming!I love them!AriadnefromGreece!

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  23. I can't tell you how much I love these!!! Thanks for sharing. How does EVERYTHING you make turn out so lovely??

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  24. Very nice. I loke your choice of colors.

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  25. they are beautifull!!!!

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  26. B-E-A-utiful...how special the recipients will feel.

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  27. Such pretty hearts!

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  28. Hi Alisa, you brought many memories back to me with your fun valentines. They are wonderful as all your creations.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  29. They're awesome :) I'm gonna try making my own cards today, thank you so much for idea :)

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  30. Beautiful hearts!

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  31. They look a bit like the German Lebkuchenhertzen...
    http://www.werbemittel-karch.de/pic/produkte/suesses/lebkuchenherz.jpg

    Really nice.

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  32. these are just too pretty . thanks!

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  33. your valentines are beautiful! i wish i would have seen yours before i made mine this year. you have me thinking that i need to go get some of that dimensional paint!!!

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  34. Oh you're the best! I had to link this in my Saturday Share! Take a peek if you like:

    http://coriberg.blogspot.com/2011/02/saturday-share-blowing-love-in-air.html

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  35. thank you for the inspiration :)

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  36. oh i have to try..thanks so very very much..

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  37. wow, these are gorgeous! They look almost like those heart-shaped valentine doilies, except prettier. I love the patterns you drew on them.

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  38. These are amazing! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  39. Thanks! I did my best to follow this and make a card for my boyfriend..it's starting to be a tradition. so this was grrrreat!

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  40. I just LOVE your blog ! :)

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  41. You NEVER cease to amaze me...

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  42. Amazing!!! you have done a great job i appreciate your creative work...
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    clear cards

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  43. It won't work in actual fact, that is what I suppose.

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  44. So very lovely!

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  45. Violet W.5:36 PM

    Beautiful. Thank you for the ideas. I was stumped until now!

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  46. Well this post really took me back-!!!! Back to pots of Elmers Paste glue, the smell of construction paper- does it still have that distinctive paper mill smell? and those awkward grade school scissors that dug into our thumbs- I know that you may remember some of these things but you are a lot younger than I!!!! needless to say you have inspired me , AS ALWAYS!!!!! Hope that your sweet babe is taking good napes for you- but then she must be as you are getting so much art in!! ART ON!!!
    Hugs!
    Elizabeth

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  47. Stunning your approach inspires me a lot....

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  48. these are lovely!!! they'll make someone very happy to get in the mail :) i love home-made cards.
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