There’s absolutely nothing more touching than receiving a homemade Valentine’s Day card! These days, holidays are so heavily marketed that you can easily spend a small fortune. More than once, I’ve paid over $5 for a store-bought card that probably ends up in the bottom of a drawer…or worse (gasp).. the trash!
I was feeling inspired by the awesome line drawings my kids did in art this week, so I decided to create a card based on the lesson I taught. Don’t worry…..absolutely no artistic talent is required. This lesson should be easy-peasy for anyone second grade and older. Trust me.
Just look at this gorgeous heart that one of my kids created! She was so upset because her lines weren’t perfectly straight. However, the “imperfections” are always the most beautiful thing about art.
First, I folded a piece of 6″x 9″heavy white paper in half. I went over the fold of the paper with a marker, which ensured a smooth fold.
Next, I cut a heart pattern and traced it onto the middle of the card, using a light pencil line. You could even draw a heart that isn’t symmetrical! Creativity is encouraged.
Using a marker, I started with a rainbow shape at the bottom of the heart. I continued making lines upwards, until I reached the top of the heart. Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfectly straight! Sometimes uneven lines look more interesting!
After the entire heart had been filled in with the curved lines, I filled in the remaining background space with horizontal lines.
When I finished, I decided to add color to my heart. To give the heart a more 3-D look, I darkened the outer edges of the heart. During my lesson with the kids, we used crayons or colored pencils. As an alternative, watercolors could be used on the heart….just make sure to use permanent marker for the lines. Or, instead of using a black marker, use one in a Valentine’s Day color. There are many options!
As you finish your handmade card, feel proud of yourself for saving money and for channeling your inner Picasso! Stay tuned to learn how to make your own homemade envelope…