Saturday, February 13, 2016

Handmade Valentine's, Traditional and, well, Otherwise.

Ever since I was a kid, I have enjoyed creating handmade cards and making Valentines has always been my favorite. This year I was a little under the weather so I kept them rather simple and I am really happy with how they turned out.

Using Pinking Shears, I cut some hearts out of vintage french postcards and added a decorative zig zag stitch. 

handmade valentines

I cut a bunch of little petals out of assorted papers and stitched a little button to the center. In photoshop, I made "patches" that said HAPPY, VALENTINE"S, DAY and drew little stitches around them. All of this was glued to the heart. I then glued the heart to a piece of watercolor paper, and then I straight stitched a border around the edge.

handmade valentine's

handmade valentine's
Sweet, cute and classic, right?

Now for the Otherwise.........
While I normally make Valentine's that lean more to the traditional; I really get a kick out of coming up with something in, what I consider, the "otherwise" category.

My friend Bryan and I have a long running joke about clams, so every year I make him a clam themed Valentine. Some years they are cute, some years they are funny but I totally outdid myself last year and made one that was SPECTACULAR (if I do say so myself).
As Bryan is a big fan of Vampire movies, project Clampire was hatched. 

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 His little mouth opens and closes just enough.

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After this one, I will never be able to outdo myself.

My Wonder Twin and studio mate, Chad, always gets a Valentine too. His are always an altered and personalized vintage valentine. Hang on, it's about to go south here..........

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 It all started innocently enough with an organ grinder and his monkey. 
and then it got personal......

One night a bunch of us were sitting around my kitchen table (where all great ideas happen) and we decided that Chad should open a place called "Chad's Nut House". It was the perfect inspiration for last years Valentine. 
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Again, a cute valentine with a nice sentiment

 and then it got really personal..........

These still make me laugh and I have no idea how I am going to top these this year but I have a plan. Oh you better believe that I have a plan........................

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