January 30, 2013

Classroom Valentines Tutorial

Hello! I have another project to share today for the Pink by Design blog and our "Have A Heart?" theme. These boy valentine's for the classroom were created using the Rockstar stamp set. This set is so perfect for boys - lots of cool sayings (hope your day rocks!, you rock!, you're a superstar!) that are not at all mushy or sappy.

I left the images blank so he can color them in and on the right side, under the candy, he signed his name.

The front is pretty simple (between the 3 kids, I'll be making 70 of these!) - just a patterned paper panel, a heart and a rhinestone. They are also pretty quick to make once you get going in assembly line style.

Since we are sharing our rhinestone tips today on the blog, I'll put it down here too -
If you use a lot of bling or have to make a project in multiples, it can be much cheaper to purchase the loose rhinestones in the kiddie craft aisle rather than the pre-adhesived scrapbook specific kind. Had I bought the latter, it would have cost around $15 just for bling, while the loose rhinestones were $5 and there are still lots left over. A pop dot or just some score tape is an easy way to adhere them down. Chances are the kids will peel them off anyway. 

In case you are interested, I'll share the dimensions for creating these:
1. Cut cardstock panel to 8 1/2" wide by 3 3/4" tall.
2. Score the width of the cardstock at the following inch marks: 2.75, 3.00, 5.75, 6.00.
3. Stamp sentiment/photo on lefthand panel of cardstock. Have child color.
4. Adhere wallet size photo (2.5" x 3.5") to center panel.
5. Flip cardstock over and adhere patterned paper (2.5" x 3.5") and heart to rightside panel.
6. Flip cardstock back over and have child sign name on righthand panel. Staple candy to top of panel. 
7. Fold score lines and fold valentine together. The patterned paper should be on the top.
8. Glue down rhinestone to heart to complete. 

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