Feb 11, 2010
The first step was assessing our stock of craft supplies. We gathered together some cream cardstock, crepe paper streamers, cutting and hole-punching gadgets, and an alphabet band stamp.
After brainstorming a basic card design, we started cutting strips of crepe paper streamers and gluing them onto paper. (We used regular white copy paper as a base, but paper with printed text would have been fun, too.) We made a total of three letter size sheets and let them dry overnight.
The next day, I made a heart template that my daughter used to trace onto the backside of the streamer collages. We were able to cut nine hearts from one sheet.
While I cut the cardstock into quarters, my daughter used a decorative scissors ("clouds") along the edges of the paper to create a scalloped look. We then glued the hearts onto the cards leaving some space at the top for the stamped message.
Initially, I wanted to stamp "Je t'aime" on the cards, but my daughter's vote was for "I heart you." As my daughter stamped the valentine message onto the cards, I detailed the edges with a small hole punch. (Another decorative touch could be two purple lines sewn alongside the edges.)
We made twenty-seven cards altogether. Now to start on an entirely different set of cards with my other daughter!