DIY Valentines Card Kits for Classes or Senior Groups

My girlfriend works in the activity department of an assisted living facility and I offered to make Valentine card kits so that each participant has their own “kit” of goodies to make a card with. I think this would be a great idea for crafty hoarders like myself to send to classrooms as well.

Here’s what I put inside each baggie.

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–8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ or A2 card base scored on the 8 1/2″ length at 4 1/4″ The card bases I included were from an old set of premade card bases from Michaels with hearts on the edges, and I wanted mine to have a red border, so I used watercolor paint and painted the edges. You could also use a marker to color the edges if you wanted

–decorated paper to layer on top that is 4″ x 5 1/4″ Mine was from an old Michaels pad of silver foil 12″ x 12″ paper that I cut down to size

–large heart shape doilies cut down to a size that fits easily on a card front , Link

–4 1/2″ length of red polka dot ribbon link:

–4 1/2″ length of Dollar Tree plastic gem trim link:

–6 Glue adhesive dots from Dollar Tree link:

Stampin’ Up Good Greetings sentiments “happy valentine’s day”, “I love you” and “thankful for you. I included two in each packet so there could be one sentiment on the outside and one on the inside. I used a Stampin’ Up Modern Label Punch to punch the two sentiments besides Happy Valentine’s Day, as it was too long to fit in that punch, so I just cut them in strips that could be made into banners if the card maker chose to do so.

–row of red adhesive half pearls in a strip

–Images to color that I die cut…they were dog and cat from Inky Antics –I couldn’t find the stamp I bought, but I did find one that was similar, link: Penny Black hedgehogs with apple stamp, still available on ebay link:

Envelope for Team Leader:

–I punched a bunch of red paper hearts with an old heart punch link:

–a lot of different Valentine’s Day inspired brads

–foam tape–if there’s not enough in the packet, you can always use fun foam to add some dimension behind a layer of cards and just add tear tape to the fun foam Dollar Tree foam tape link:

–roll of tear tape (best adhesive for card making)

–extra sentiments in case someone loses theirs –extra images to color in case someone has an accident with theirs

–extra ribbon

I made one of the cards from one of the packets by adhering the heart background paper that I cut to 4 x 5 1/4″ on foam tape after wrapping the red polka dot ribbon to the front of the panel upside down so it’s only red, and then I put tear tape on the back of the red strip of Dollar Tree plastic bead trim and laid it centered on the red ribbon. Then I attached all of it to the card base. I colored my dog and cat image by using watercolor markers and scribbling them out on a palette and using a wet paintbrush to paint the marker ink onto the image. You can color your image with crayons, markers, watercolors, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, or don’t color it at all and just adhere it to the card.

Before attaching the colored image to the card, lay everything you want on your card and move them around until you’re happy with their placement, and then adhere them. I put the glue dots on the back of the heart doily to adhere it to the card, and I added a couple of brads to the card…one through the center of the dog/cat image and one on the end of the “I love you” sentiment.

To attach a brad, you need a sharp object like a thick pin or a safety pin that you’ll push through and then wiggle it around to make the hole bigger. Push the brad through and then open up the two legs of the brad until they’re flat. I cut the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment into a banner by cutting into the right side in the center about 1/4″ and then from the top right edge, angle cut to the center, and from the bottom right edge, angle cut to the center so you’ve got a “V” cut out ( a sideway V). I laid the sentiment on the heart and added the “I love you” sentiment with a brad through it inside the card. I made another set of Easter card kits as well and hope my friend and her residents enjoy making cards with them.

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