Sunday, 5 February 2012

Art Project 5 - How to Make a Valentine Card

Note: Artwork made by children

A few simple ideas of how to make a greetings card for Valentine's Day using paper on card, and card on card, cut and stick techniques.


Figure 1
Figure 2
Take a piece of rectangular card any colour (dark blue used in sample) approx 7.5 inches (19cm) Long x 4.5 inches (11.5cm) Wide and fold in half to make a card that opens. On the front face devise a design using tissue paper (pink and/or red) with precut shapes of hearts and squares (see figure 1) alternatively strip and tear tissue paper and make a border place heart shape in the centre (see figure 2). Stick down using a small amount of glue.

Figure 3
Figure 3 shows a valentine card made from building texture on heart shaped card using tissue paper and string saturated in pva glue which has been allowed to dry hard, and then has been painted. Firstly, take some pink card that measures approx 11.5 inches (29cm) Long and 8.5 inches (21cm) Wide and fold in half like a greetings card. Draw a heart shape size that will fit on the front side of your greetings card (landscape orientation) from a separate piece of card, preferably from the thick,corrugated kind. Cover the front face only of the heart with tissue paper that is completely wet with PVA glue (tissue paper can be any colour because it will be painted over eventually), also, while everything is wet and sticky, take a piece of string approx 19 inches (48cm) Long and, following the outline of the heart, lay down a glue trail approx 1cm in from the outer edge. In this glue trail feed and fix the string. When you 'meet in the middle' snip off any remaining string. At this extremely fiddly and sticky stage use small lengths of string to make up the message I (Heart) U as in figure 3. Next, time for you to clean up, and to allow the whole decorated heart to dry completely before painting. Once dry, apply pink coloured poster. powder or acrylic paint to the heart. Once this paint layer is dry, use a thin paintbrush and red paint to paint over the raised areas and lettering made from string, Leave to dry. Mount the heart on to the front of the greetings card prepared earlier. Lastly, insert a little piece of ribbon tied in a bow along the opening edge.

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The cards shown in Figures 4, 5 and 6 are simple, but effective, ways of using 'card on card ' to create designs on the given theme.
Figure 6


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