Decorating Your Valentine
While there are many ways to finish your card, we'll learn how to
make a valentine using collage. With this art form, decorative papers and
materials are combined by pasting or gluing.
Before you assemble the card, decorate the cast paper valentine with
acrylics, glitter, or shapes cut or punched from paper. Cut and fold a scrap
piece of card stock like a greeting card. Use a glue stick to fasten decorative
paper such as a scrap of gift wrap, wallpaper, or hand marbled paper to the
front. Center the cast paper valentine, and glue it in place with white glue.
Finish decorating the card with glitter or more cut or punched paper shapes.
Write a poem or message inside the card.
To make the envelope, measure the length and width of the card,
double the figure, add an inch each way, and cut a piece of construction paper
or wallpaper this size. Center the card on the paper, and fold over the edges.
Cut away the four corners, leaving tabs. Place the valentine inside the
envelope, and fasten the tabs with a glue stick or seal the back with a paper
heart. Present the valentine to your sweetie and have a Happy Valentine's Day
Tips and Tricks:
After the cast paper dries, it will be fragile and tend to "flake"
like a biscuit. This is because we didn't use any binder in the pulp. Carefully
painting the form with acrylics will act as a glue and color the surface as
well. If you prefer not to paint the cast paper, you can brush a light coat of
diluted white glue or acrylic matte medium over the form to help hold it
Try your hand at "scherenschnitte" or paper cutting. Fold a scrap of
red, pink, or purple paper in half and cut out a heart. Now make fancy cuts on
the fold into the center. Glue the shape to your card.
See the marbling activity in Previous Activities for tips on marbling
paper. Use marbled paper for a background, as in the example above. Besides
using glitter and shapes from paper punches, decorate with rubber stamps,
embossing powders, craft paints in squeeze bottles, ribbon, or paper doilies.
You can get free envelopes from discount stores and gift shops after certain
holidays. The employees and people who restock card racks return unsold cards
to the manufacturer for credit, but they often discard the matching envelopes.
Help save landfill space and natural resources by asking them to save greeting
card envelopes for you.
Learn how paper is commercially recycled at Paper University
, a site for
kids sponsored by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. Be
sure to look around at the rest of this section while you're there.