Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kid's valentine cards

So I was looking at my left over scraps after doing some projects with the Sweet Cheri line from Imaginisce and I was thinking how much I hate "left overs". There is just something so satisfying using up the scraps. So with Valentine's Day coming up I was thinking that I could make some Valentine cards for my boys to hand out in class. The only request that I got was "make sure they are not too girly".  So with having to make at least 30 per class I needed a quick easy "assembly line" type way to make them. This is what I came up with.

First I cut 5 sheets of 12” x 12” cardstock into 6” x 4” pieces. I have a Purple Cows trimmer. Love it! Then I folded all of them in half, width wise. I had 30 pieces of 4” x 6” cardstock.

Next I used a punch along the bottom edge for a decoration. I choose the one that I did so I could thread a lollipop through the holes.

Then I cut 60 1" x 4” strips of my left over Sweet Cheri papers. I ran 30 of them through my Xyron adhesive machine with the patterned side up and the other 30 with the solid side up. Seriously if you don't have a Xyron adhesive machine you really need to think about getting one. They are fabulous for projects like this.
Next I adhered the patterned strips to the middle of the front of the card and the solid strips on the inside of the card, near the bottom edge, where the punched holes were.

Then I used what ever I had left over of either the Lovey Dovey Stickers Stackers, S.W.A.K. Chipboard Stickers, or the My Little Cupcake Rub-ons, and put them on the front of my card for decoration.

Lastly I inked the edges for a pink chalk ink (VersaMagic) and threaded the lollipop through the holes at the bottom.

I even stamped on the inside with one of the Sweet Cheri stamps so my son could sign his name.

Finished and I did it all while watching a football game on TV.

So they are not too fancy, but just right for a class room full of 5th graders. I mean let’s be realistic; probably most of them will end up in the trash. I shudder to think of this, but they are 5th graders.

I hope this inspires you to use up your left overs and save you a bit of money by making your own Valentine cards.
Products used: Patterned papers, rubons, chipboard stickers, sticker stackers: Imaginisce; Cutter: Purple Cows; Adhesive: Xyron; Chalk ink: VersaMagic; Punch: Fiskars; Stayzon ink.


karen said...

girl, you've got more "oomph" than I've got! Our's will be coming from Wally World. Cute cards!

Melinda Spinks said...

Such a fabulous idea Heather... and won't your boys be popular LOL!

Andrea Amu said...

Girl, you are on the ball! These are perfect!