Valentines

With Valentines Day coming up, before you can give a card to that special someone in your life, whether it’s a boyfriend, girlfriend, or you just want to tell your mom you love her in a slightly creepy way, you have to chose between making a card, and buying one. Personally, I haven’t bought my cards since I was forced to give every kid in my science class a valentine, even the loser that liked to chase all the girls with the freshly dissected frogs.As you can tell, this was some time ago (I went with Crocodile Hunter ones)

But anyway, with the exception of those valentines, making your own is half the fun of the holiday. And, it’s about time for another craft segment anyway:
1. The Flower.
 
Here’s what you need:
  • Fabric
  • Fabric Paint
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
Trace a flower on your fabric. You can draw it freehand, or you could use this template:
If you want your flower to look just like mine, print it out, cut it, and trace around it. Once you have the shape of your flower established, cut it out. Then, with your sharpie, (I recommend a thick black or brown) form a center out of small dot’s. Before you continue, make a space out of the way of anything you can ruin with fabric paint. I am especially talking about carpet, or anything white. Once you have your working station established (I am particularly partial to my brown bathroom tile, possibly from the seventies. All you can do is improve it.) trace a thin line around your flower with fabric paint. This gives it a cute, finished look, with the added bonus of keeping the fabric from fraying. Leave it to dry.
2. The Heart.
 
Here’s what you need:
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Fabric Paint
  • Scissors
Cut a heart out of the wrapping paper. I use the fold in half then cut method. I like things to be symmetrical, but regardless of your method, try to keep the heart roughly the same size as the flower. Go back to the same station, or newspaper, or what-have-you, that you used for fabric-painting the edges of your flower, and do the same thing to the heart. Now, when the paint is still wet, very carefully place the flower on the heart, with just two of the petals covering the heart. It should look like this:
Then leave it alone to dry.
3. The Structure of the Card.
 
Here’s what you need:
  • Glue
  • Fabric Glue
  • Paper (any kind will do)
  • Scissors
Fold the piece of paper in half, forming a sharp crease. Glue the flower and heart to the page, with the top lining up to the crease. Once the glue has dried, with the paper still folded in half, cut around the shape. When you open it, it should look like this:
And there you have it. Now, you don’t have to use black paper, but if you have silvery pens, or anything that would show up well on black, I recommend it.
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