Valentine’s season in one of our favorite crafting seasons! We just love all the cute colors and hearts and gifts that we make for giving friends and family.
Here are some super easy and beautiful Valentine cards we made this year that include two current art trends, watercolor and glitter. The simplicity of this craft is perfect for a pro yet personal touch.
Here is what I used:
- Strathmore Watercolor paper 6×9
- plastic or paper plate for shaking glitter over
- Gold Glitter – We like Martha Stewart Crafts brand Glitter – Florentine Gold
- red and orange-red water color paint and a little water
- paintbrush and palette
- Elmer’s glue
To start I used the 6 x 9 water color paper, because I don’t care for a lot of cutting and I could simply cut it straight from the pad binding. Once I had the number I wanted I folder them on a flat surface and used the handles of my scissors to make a clean folded crease.
From there I starting mixing my paint a touch with about a teaspoon or tablespoon of water. I like to not mix it completely together as a variety of tones make a prettier heart.
I loosely painted my hearts and for fun on a few I flecked so paint speckles on my flicking my brush against my hand a few inches away from the card.
Last I laid the cards flat. To help reduce chances of the paint running, I go creative in how they were laid to make sure they were flat. The paper does tend to warp temporarily with the water color paint but when it dries it will go back to normal.
Let the cards all dry, for about an hour or too. Make sure they are completely dry as you will not want the glitter to cling to the wet parts and if you try to move them while they are still drying you are more likely to have the paint bleed.
When they are dry use a bottle of Elmers glue and put your calligraphy skills to use. Make sure your glue is all down in the end of the bottle and test on another piece of paper to get use to the speed it comes out for writing. I recommend sticking to short words like: Love, or abbreviations like: u r a q t (you are a cutie) Which will make them smile mouthing it out and trying to figure it out.
Other ideas are: Hello Beautiful, Hey There, Happy Valentines, Sweet, Cutie, xoxo… Simply consider the receiver of the card and what would put a smile on their face.
Sprinkle your glitter on all over your glue, gently shake it off of the plate and set aside, face up to dry.
What my kids loved: Helping sprinkle the glitter and also painting the cards. My toddler is quite proud every time she completes her masterpiece and I love that. It is half the reason doing crafts like this is worth it. Instilling pride, self esteem and patience etc.
And there you have it! Have fun!
Comment below if you have made a craft like this or one like it! How did it turn out?