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DIY Valentines from Kid Art

Eliza’s gearing for her Valentine’s Day party at school and is so excited to swap valentines with her friends. She really wanted Doctor Who valentines (of course–she’s the coolest 8 year old ever!). There are some cute printable versions online, but we decided that it would be more fun if we could make them. Eliza already has quite a collection of Doctor Who fan art, so I just came up with some cheesy lines to go with some of her favorite drawings!

DIY Valentines from Kid Art

DIY Valentines from Kid Art

I started off by scanning her cool art. I decided to stick with just a few of the more well-known images to keep things simple: though she has plenty of drawings of obscure characters like pig men and the Abzorbaloff, which we could have used too. Did I mention Eliza rocks?

DIY Valentines from Kid Art

Then I set out to turn her scanned artart into Valentines. I opened up a new US Paper sized workspace in Photoshop and added lines as a guide for cutlines (the rulers on the sides of the workspace make it so easy!), creating four 3×5 rectangles. I made sure to leave a half inch border so no part of the images would be cut off. I used the magic wand tool in Photoshop to digitally cut out each image. To do this, click the white space around the image with the magic wand tool, click Select>>Inverse, then use the pointer tool to drag the cut image to the tab with the valentines. You might have to use the eraser tool to clean up your image a little.

I resized the images to fit in the rectangles using free transform (make sure to hold shift to retain your proportions!) and copied Eliza’s Doctor Who logo onto each card. I added my cheesy text in Tardis blue and hit print! In just a few minutes, I had custom Eliza-Mom collaborated Valentines. I’m thinking we’ll be repeating this every year because it took way less time than, you know, driving to a store to buy some.

DIY Valentines from Kid Art

I’m printing an extra set to keep forever, because I love them so very much. I think the dalek is my favorite.

DIY Valentines from Kid Art

Now we’re off to close them all with washi tape and write the names of her classmates on the outsides! E can’t wait until tomorrow.

Do you make or buy Valentines? What kind do you gravitate towards?

4/52 Projects

This year it’s my goal to complete 52 projects; an average of 1 a week. Projects can be art, crafts, home improvement, tech, gardening, or whatever else my brain ventures into. The point is to MAKE. This is project 4 of 52! Check out the other projects: 1 : Script Art, 2: Striped Scarf, and 3: Pillow Covers.