If you're like us, you might be one of those wait-til-the-last-minute people, especially when it comes to Valentine's Day cards for your kiddos' school parties. Seems like it happens every year, no matter how hard I try not to proscrastinate! I came up with these super fast, super easy and super cute cards using my Happy Face Printable and some blank white heart diecut cards I found at Michaels Craft Store (the cards are their "Creatology" brand and they were with the Valentine's stuff. I bought them in two sizes). All I did was print the elements onto full-sheet CLEAR ink jet labels, cut them out and stick them onto the cards. So easy! (I used this brand of labels that I bought at Staples.)
This design below in particular is nice because the faces are a bit androgynous and could work for girls and boys. You could even stick leftover stickers onto envelopes. All the faces and other accents come in two sizes as well to better fit a variety of projects. Don't have kids? If you are a fan of anything kawaii, these are perfect to send to your friends, family and other loved ones!
I love these clear labels because they blend in so well with the background... they pretty much disappear so that you can't see the edges! I recommend leaving 1/8 inch or so around the design when you cut it out. I wouldn't recommend cutting out each eye, mouth and cheeks separately though. Keep those together. Tip: If you have a hard time pulling the backing sheet off after you've cut it out, use the tip of your scissor blade or a craft knife blade to lightly score the backing sheet. You should then be able to pull it off easily.
I love this idea as opposed to using just a plain printable that's already set up for you with the face, etc. This way, the kids can use their own creativity to come up with designs for the blank cards. They have control over where stitckers go and what they want to use. The smaller sized card is actually a folded card so you can open them up and write a message inside. If you don't have access to any diecut heart cards locally (or don't have your own diecut machine), you could always just loosely hand-draw a heart onto cardstock paper (or have your child do it) and have them cut out the hearts, and then stick their stickers on. Or you could plan ahead for next year and order some diecut paper hearts off Etsy very affordably.
I found these cute little metal mailboxes in the dollar aisle at Target and thought it would be so cute to stick one of the faces onto one! NOTE: the stitckers do best on a white background. They don't blend in so well on non-white backgrounds. These would be adorable Valentine's party favors. You could stick your actual Valentine card into the mailbox along with a treat or handmade gift all quite affordably! If it is too late to do these this year, you could always stock up on them at Target and use them next year!
The great thing about this printable is that it's set up so that you waste very little label paper. And you will have lots of great leftovers that you can use in your collage art, scrapbooking, letter-mailing, gift wrapping and more. It's set up as an 8.5"x11" PDF - just open and print.
Or you could be clever like Kate and stick it onto your printer (!!!) or whatever else you dream up! These labels come off very easily so you don't have to worry about them damaging the surface.
So, are your kiddos ready for their Valentine's Day parties? Unfortunately, we've been hit with another winter storm and the boys are out of school most of this week. I'm not sure if it will resume Friday. I hope so, at least for the sake of their parties!