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:

heather noye said...

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 :)

judy coates perez said...

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

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

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. :)

Bonita Rose said...

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

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

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

Jane LaFazio said...

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

lmt said...

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.

Spittin Toad said...

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

Leslie said...

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

Teddi said...

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

Tammy Gilley said...

sweet.hearts.

JillB said...

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

Anonymous said...

Always inspiring Alisa

PatSloan said...

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

beka*b said...

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 :)

Lori Wostl said...

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

PaperPumpkin said...

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

jgr said...

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

Susan said...

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

superh2ogirl said...

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

se7en said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!!!

artistaprilcole@gmail.com said...

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 :]

ariadne said...

Those were heartwarming!I love them!AriadnefromGreece!

Sarah at cocoblog said...

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

thefirstlady said...

Very nice. I loke your choice of colors.

" me " said...

they are beautifull!!!!

Elizabeth said...

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

Dianne said...

Such pretty hearts!

Lesley said...

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

Aicha! said...

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

Lelik B said...

Beautiful hearts!

Eveline said...

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

Really nice.

Michelle Cummings said...

these are just too pretty . thanks!

laurie said...

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!!!

Cori Lynn Berg said...

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

Kimmie said...

thank you for the inspiration :)

peter said...

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

DIYgirl said...

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

skarletgrrl said...

These are amazing! Happy Valentine's Day!

Jane Lancaster said...

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!

una* said...

I just LOVE your blog ! :)

Dawn D. Sokol said...

You NEVER cease to amaze me...

Mahmood Ali said...

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sex shop market said...

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

Liz said...

So very lovely!

Violet W. said...

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

Elizabeth said...

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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A Ali said...

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