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Simple Valentine Cards

Messing around with paint the other day (as you do) I ‘accidentally’ discovered I could print quite effective hearts with my fingers, and with Valentine’s day coming up I thought it might be an easy and very personal way of making a joint Valentines card together with the kids.

All you do is use the top third of your finger to create each side of the heart, laying it on the paper diagonally, first one way and then overlapping diagonally the other way. Make sure that you press the whole of your fingertip down, not just the top, or you won’t get the bottom of the heart, and of course be careful not to smudge it as you do so.  After a little practice even my 6 year old was producing perfect hearts.  With younger children, you’ll need to hold their finger and do it for them, but it does mean that even babies can contribute.

Because it can be a little hit and miss producing a perfect heart, and because I am something of a perfectionist, I did the prints on paper first,  so that I could choose the best, and then carefully tore them out to stick on the card. For the card with the single heart I was a little braver and successfully managed to do the print straight onto the card itself.

With children of various ages contributing, you will of course get a variation in the size of the hearts which is part of the charm, and you can accentuate this by the choice of digit used.  So I used my thumb, my 6 year old used his index finger, and I helped my 4 year old to make his print with his little finger.  I then hand-wrote a personal message beneath in silver pen. The end result is hand-made, cheap, personal yet still quite professional-looking I think, so overall I was quite pleased with it.

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14 Responses to “Simple Valentine Cards”
  1. Oh Jude, these are just TOO TOO TOO sweet. I love them! So gorgeous!

    Maggy

  2. Kerri says:

    These are way too sweet! We did a thumbprint Christmas card when Elle was younger but I think a Valentine Day one is now in order! Thanks for sharing! Kerri

  3. B says:

    These are so cute!

  4. these are so sweet! I’d love for you to stop by my blog and see what fun Valentine’s stuff we’ve been up to! :) Have a great weekend.

    http://rebeccacooper.blogspot.com/2011/02/friday-craft-day-valentine-playdough.html

  5. Very cute! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Severino says:

    Muito bom mesmo!

  7. Anna says:

    Great! These are so simple but look so professional. Thank you for the idea!

  8. love these simple designs, they really stand out. thank you for linking up on monkeys doodles I will give these a try next year.

    Adele

  9. I’ve seen these done on shirts—but I love the card idea and my daughter would love this!!!!!!

  10. printables says:

    They are sooo cute, and simple to make, thank you for this Idea!

  11. Tara says:

    I was just looking for new Valentine’s Day card ideas. These look great!
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