Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? No worries! You still have time to make some really pretty handmade cards to show your loved ones you care. You can create easy homemade valentines using scrape painting, a simple technique that even kids can do!
EASY HOMEMADE VALENTINES USING SCRAPE PAINTING
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE EASY SCRAPE PAINTED VALENTINES
If you have a little bit of a craft stash in your house, you might already have the supplies you need to make these easy valentines! I used pre-folded cards, but you can make your own out of cardstock or construction paper. You can also substitute school glue for the glue dots, it will just increase the dry time of your cards.
- folded cards and envelopes
- craft paint
- old business cards or empty gift cards
- glue dots
HOW TO MAKE SCRAPE PAINTED CARDS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY
The beauty of these easy cards is the painted paper. The marbled colors are created using a super simple technique that even little kids can do. You just blob paint onto paper and scrape it across the surface of the paper with a business or gift card. There is no big trick to it, and you can’t do it wrong!
Simple Scrape Painted Valentine Cards
- Place a piece of cardstock on a protected work surface. Add small dollops of craft paint onto the paper.
- Use a business card or old gift card to scrape the paint across the paper.
Repeat these two steps until the piece of cardstock is completely painted. Let dry.
- Fold the cardstock like an accordion.
- Use a pair of scissors to cut half-heart shapes along the edge of the folded cardstock.
- Repeat these steps to make as many hearts as you would like.
- Paint another piece of cardstock with contrasting colors. Let it dry, then cut it to fit the front of your folded cards.
- Glue this rectangle of painted cardstock to the card.
- Glue hearts onto the card in whatever design looks good to you!
- You can create dimension to your card by folding or stacking the paper hearts.
PRO TIPS FOR SCRAPE PAINTING
- Use cardstock or good construction paper. The paint will make the paper somewhat wet, and thin paper may rip when you are scraping.
- Avoid using colors that are opposite of each other on the color wheel together when you scrape paint. Mixing those colors will create a muddy brown that isn’t the prettiest for Valentine cards.
- Use different finishes of craft paint to create interest. I used satin, metallic, and glitter paint on my cards.
- Use less paint than you think you will need. You can always add more dollops of paint, but you don’t want to waste paint if you don’t have to.
- Let the paint totally dry before you fold or cut the paper. The paint dries pretty quickly, but it will tear or stick if the paint is still tacky.
I think you will enjoy making these beautiful homemade valentines as much as your loved ones will enjoy receiving them! Let me know if you make a set of your own. I would love to see them!
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