Home made valentines

Sundays lately for me have been coffee and uninterrupted blog time, followed by laundry and homework and overall relaxation.  Today there’s a side of football.  I really have no interest in the Superbowl since the Pat’s aren’t playing, but if putting up with a couple hours of screaming football fans means I get to see B, then football it is.  Have I mentioned lately how ready I am for his wrestling season to be over…I miss our quality time!

Anywho, speaking of that adorably irresistible man, I promised in my Valentine Mailbox post that I would show you all how to make the Valentines.

Last week on my Stuff I like Sunday Post, my #1 was the Valentine Art work Maggie created over at Black and White.  I gave her idea a spin, and here is my resulting tutorial:

I use paintbrush, because it’s free to download and easy to use, so the first step is to decide on what size you want your work to be.  Because I was creating small approx 3×3 Valentines, I decided to go with 800 px.

Next it is time to click on the text box and decide what to write:

I made a different Valentine for each of the 14 days in February leading up to the big day.  For this tutorial I’ll show you what I did with “I love you to the moon and back again” a cheezy saying we use a lot.

Write your phrase in the text box, making sure that it is long enough to fill your entire canvas.

Now it is time to play around with your font, keep playing around until you find something fun that you like.

Next, play around with the color.  To do this, select the words you want to change, go to Font, show colors, and the color wheel will appear.

Here is a sample of what mine started to look like:

Now paste your text onto the canvas, and its time to save.  When I save my file, I like to save it as a jpeg since I know that is accepted as an image on most hosting sites.

Now open up a new word document.  Go to Insert, Picture, AutoShapes

A small box will pop up on your screen, click on the Autoshape button, and select heart.

Now draw the heart to whatever size you like, because I was making individual Valentines I chose a small 2.5/3″ x 2.5/3″.  Double click on the heart and the format AutoShape box will show up.  Click on the drop down box for Color, and select Fill Effects:

Click on the tab at the far Right that says Picture:

Click on select picture and find the jpeg that you saved.

Here is what your heart looks like with an outside line:

I chose to have mine look more like Maggie, and remove the line.  Double click on the heart again, so that the Format Autoshape Box pops up, under the Line Color, select the drop down menu and select No Line.

Now your Valentine is complete!  I printed out the images, here is what a close up of one of mine looked like:

I then cut them out, cut out a heart in a bigger piece of Red paper, glued on the words, and wrote a personal message on the back:

One for each day, and it was easy as pie:

But, I couldn’t stop there!  In the spirit of Valentine’s Day Decor, I decided to make a bigger one to put in a 5×7 frame.  I followed the same steps as above, and printed one with an outline and one without the outline:

Sorry for the poor photo quality!  This time I decided that I like the heart with the subtle pink outline:

I then cut out the shape, cut a rectangle of Red paper to fit inside the frame, and used double sided tape to attach the heart in the center of the paper.

Last step was to pop it inside of my frame and sit back and enjoy!

Even though all of this was a little time consuming, I love the outcome, and so far B has loved getting a little love note every day!  I even went the old fashioned way and popped them in the mail so that he got a “real” piece of mail every day to open.  I do love this time of year…

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