Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine

Last year, I came across a tutorial on Grosgrain, for super cute home-made Valentine's Day cards.* At the time, it was too late to make them for Rowan's kindergarten class celebration (we'd already assembled the store-bought cards that he'd picked out earlier) but I made a mental note of it, and this year, we made our own for both his class and then Kate wanted some too, so we made a few more for relatives. It was a pretty simple process - here's what we did:


1. Have your subject stand for a photo, with his/her arm extended, and the hand in an "O" position - finger tips touching the thumb, as though holding onto a walking stick. Take the photo and print. I used Adobe InDesign to add in some text (see below). EDIT: I should note that I printed these photos directly onto card stock, so while they didn't have the print quality that might be expected from printing onto photo paper, they were vastly cheaper, and faster to make. Also, Rowan wrote the names of his classmates onto the backs of the card, himself.



2. Once the photo is printed, take your exacto knife, and make an incision (about 1/3" long) above the subject's hand, and a similar one beneath the hand.



3. Insert a lollipop's stick "through" the hand, by sliding it behind the hand, through the two incisions.



4. Pull the lollipop all the way through. You're done!



Wishing you all a wonderful and happy Valentine's Day! Thanks so much for stopping by!


xo,
Carol and Kathryn


*Original Grosgrain tutorial here.

16 comments:

  1. Oh, for heaven's sake. You've just officially become my Cutest Blogger EVER. That is so adorable - thank you for sharing both the tutorial (I'm totally doing that next year) and your results! Sweet!

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  2. Carol! These are soooo cuuute. Your kids are adorable! :)

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  3. OMG these are so adorable. Have a wonderful Valentine Day!

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  4. adorable! their friends at school will be so impressed!

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  5. so cute! I love the effect- it works so well!

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  6. Oh my gosh!! This is awesome!! I'm going to borrow this idea for sure next year :) Thanks so much for sharing Carol. I hope you have a fantastic Valentines Day!! btw Kate is SO cute in her Minnie Mouse outfit (love)

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  7. These are too cute! I totally want to make them of myself to give to my friends! I need to come up with some type of reason to do them! I bet Rowan was the hit of the classroom these cards!

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  8. Adorable! Thanks for sharing.
    Shy

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  9. What a genius idea! So cute! The pictures made my day :) Happy V-day!

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  10. Whoa! That is just too freaking cute!! I love it!

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  11. So cute! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  12. How adorable!!! This makes me wish my boys were little and we still gave Valentines!!! *sigh* Will have to remember this for future - WAY in the future - grandchildren. :)

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  13. Cute o meter just broke! Your fantastically dear kids make fantastically cute Valentines.

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  14. GAH These are SO CUTE! And so clever! Your kids are adorable.

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  15. Carol, how did I miss this? It's so original! i love it =) My friends are all in awe of your beautiful family holiday card. We don't really have this same 'card' mentality in France. i am planning my card for this year already! Kate & Rowan are as gorgeous as ever. Thank you!!!!!!

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