Saturday, 8 January 2011

Valentine's cards from old calendars

Today I wanted to show you how you could use old calendars to make your own Valentine's cards.
Valentine's day - by the way- for people who are single is very often a day that  makes them feel miserable and alone and left out.
As there is an old tradition  to send Valentine's cards anonymously, you can always send one to someone you like( but not fancy )  who you think would be terribly cheered up by getting a card.They don't need to know it's only from you!!
I did that once to two people I worked with who were both single and miserable and unhappy because it was Valentine's day. It cheered them up no end- and they actually married each other.They never knew where the card was from !Hahaha!

So get crafting with your Valentine's day cards- and then you can do some good deeds .
Here is how:
Get an copy-right free image from the Internet that you like that is related to hearts ,one heart or entwined hearts( as it is for Valentine's day ) .Trace this image or draw it freehand on card, then cut out with scissors so you have a template as above.
Get a page of an old calendar that you like and which has a colour you think will work- I chose a page of pink roses- as below. Put the template on the calendar page, draw the image using the template as guidance.
Cut out with scissors .

Get some white card, about A3 size which you fold double and double again as below, just as you see as cards are done which you buy in a shop.( Here below).
Glue the cut-out hearts on the front.Add ribbon.Now you have the outside of the card done and dusted.
Now for the inside.
Get an copy-right free sihouette image from the Internet that you like that is related  Valentine's day.This could be a dancing couple, or a man on his knees declaring his love, whatever you like


Trace this image or draw it freehand on card, then cut out with scissors so you have a template as below.

Get a page of an old calendar that you like and which has a colour you think will work- I chose a page of a herbaceous border with  hot pink - as below. Put the template on the calendar page, draw the image using the template as guidance.
Cut out with scissors .Cut some small hearts form the same page.
Glue the cut-out silhouette on the inside of the card on the left.
Print a page with a Valentine's greeting or poem if you are so inclined- or just a simple " Be my Valentine".
Glue this page inside the card on the right hand side.
Glue the small hearts you cut out around it.
 And here is a detail.
And your Valentine's card is done!! Happy crafting!!And go and spread that Valentine's luurve- anonymously if you have to, to cheer people up!!


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16 comments:

Madelief said...

Je klaarten zien er uit als kleine kunstwerkje. Erg mooi!

Een fijn weekend & lieve groet,

Madelief

Terri said...

Thanks for showing us how to make your Valentine Day card and you are so right; a card like this can be given to anyone, co-worker, caregiver, mailman, -- it simply means we care; we love them; but we are not "in" love with them like in a romantic kind of way -- but those need cards too, so I guess I better get busy; thanks for inspiring. Terri -- morningdewdrops.typepad.com

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Pink Saturday Sweetie...
What a beautiful share today. I so love it. I have always wanted to make a few Valentine's Day cards of my own, and you have inspired me. It has given me a place to start. Thank you so much.

I love the dual hearts, and the silhouettes are just gorgeous. I will be searching for some now, so I can make a few of my own too.

I am Country Wings in Phoenix, your newest follower. I so enjoyed my visit here at Modern Country Lady today. I can't wait to see what you share next. Please stop by and say hello. I would love to have you follow me as well. I love meeting new friends and sharing our lives daily along the way.

Country hugs sweetie, Sherry

Michael - Innkeeper said...

get out of town!? these are genius.

what a smart idea! thanks for sharing.

eddieross said...

Valentine's Day is on my mind...
Happy New Year!
E&J

Char said...

Beautiful is the only word that comes to mind. Love your cards. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Donnie said...

What a cute little card. Happy Pink Saturday.

Linda said...

This is ingenious! Thanks for sharing.

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Jenna said...

These are adorable! What a cute matchmaking story too :) Thanks for following!

MaidenShade Too said...

Lovely!!! What a sweet idea, ty for sharing it ♥

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LaVerne said...

Great post! I love the cut-outs from cards...I'm adding that idea to my file of techniques and tricks...good photos too. Have a Pink Week.

Kathy said...

Wow, you've put alot of work into these and they're fantastic!
Happy Pink Saturday,
Kathy

CailinMarie said...

oh so charming! they really turned out wonderfully! I love the idea of sending them anonymously - I once sent flowers to my friend. She'd just suffered a humiliating break up in a small town - I signed them from my dog (who she loved, a yellow lab) and when her coworkers asked who they were from she said, "Oh this great blonde with a sweet personality and big shoulders"!!

Elaine said...

Your homemade card is lovely and what a great idea to send a card to one who is alone.