Ok, this is my first tutorial so here goes. My sister, Amy Payson, found this website with these cute paintbrush Valentine’s cards and so I thought, why not try these? I was bored with the usual store-bought cards and my creative juices were flowing, plus, we were snowed in for the day so…
This doesn’t need to be any more expensive than regular cards. I bought the paintbrushes 12 for $1.50 at Michaels. I had most of the other stuff at home since I am always doing projects with my kids.
You will need:
Print instructions (click on words to take you to site)
First, print out the Valentine’s on card-stock. I used white semi-heavy card-stock. I printed enough for my girls’ classes plus a few extra just in case I messed up. (credit to Small + Friendly for the print instructions).
Then, fill each heart with some finger paint. (Note, the original website calls for liquid watercolor but I had finger paint on hand, and it works just as well.) Let dry. This is the most time consuming part of the entire process. Give yourself a day or so extra just to make sure it is completely dry.
Next, use the white crayon to write your secret message. I made hearts, “Be mine”, U R great”, etc. Berlyn helped with this part. I had to remind her to press hard with the crayon so that it would show when friends painted them.
Next, use a craft knife to cut vertical slits in both sides of each heart big enough for your paintbrush to slip through.
Then cut the card-stock into the 4 cards it makes. Add the paintbrushes to each card and put in bags for school. “Easy peasy lemon squeezy” as one of my pre-schoolers says. Give with love!
Kirsten had fun “testing” a few just to make sure they worked. 🙂
Your turn. Let me know what type of Valentine’s Cards you are doing this year and if you choose to do these, let me know how they turned out!