I have joined a scrapbook/paper-craft group and we would exchange greeting cards during major seasons/occasions to practice different card-making techniques. It really open my eyes. Card-making is not just making or drawing a plain card. It can be a pop-up card, a collages of multiple media, a box or just whatever you can imagine. This time, I have to make a Valentine card using the technique of a box pop-up card. I have seen so many people in social networks making this card. But, I cannot share the card before the group friend receives the card. However, I have used a piece of item in that card to make another one which is very simple and fun to work with kids. I’m going to lead a project for my kids to make some cards this weekend. Let me share the simple paper flower Valentine’s Day card.
Card stock paper, I used 4-1/2″ x 12″ and folded it in half into 4-1/2″ x 6″
Some color origami paper, for easy cutting and folding
Some buttons, yep, buttons again! I can always find ways to use my lovely buttons
A piece of string, I used the one people used to make Chinese knots. You can use a thin ribbon or lace too.
Some gift wrap tie, I used green color for the flower stems
Cutter and scissors, glue or adhesive tapes
How to make the card?
1) Cut a small square (whatever size does not matter, it just decides how big the flower would be), I cut out 4 squares from a piece of origami paper. Fold the square in half horizontally and then another fold in half vertically.
2) Fold the square in half again but diagonally this time, make it into a triangle. And then fold the triangle in half again. (look like below) Then, use a pen or marker to draw a curve to form a half petal.
3) Cut the petals out and open up the paper square. You would end up having a paper flower with 8 petals.
4) Glue a button in the middle of the flower. Use tape to stick a piece of gift wrap tie at the back of the flower as its stem.
5) Then, I cut out some paper stripes of 2 different colors and weave them into a fence. Arrange the flowers on the card. Tie a piece of string and make a bow on one side of the card. The card is now completed.
My daughter loves the card and she asked me to give it to her, She told me that she is going to give it to someone she loves as a Valentine. I asked her who she would like to give the card to. She told me to excuse her and she needs to write the card and draw pictures inside. A while later, she presented the card to the one she loves – MOMMY! This is the inside of the card that she wrote and drew.
Honey, I love you too! My dear daughter!
P.S. My son and my daughter will be making more for their loved one this weekend. If I have time to take pictures, I would post their works later.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
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