I was planning on making little cards for my loved ones this Valentine’s day and then decided last minute to blog about it! I was going to make little cards but thought that homemade postcards would be even cuter… also, I didn’t have a stack of tiny envelopes so I had to compromise a bit.
I’m one of those people that absolutely loves Valentine’s Day. Pink, flowers and chocolate are three of my favourite things so the general vibe is very pleasing to me, but I also like the time to do something special for friends and family as well as my lovely boyfriend, Adam.
This was such an easy project but I feel like it will make a big impact. It’s always sweet receiving something in the mail and you guys know I love sending letters.
To make the postcards you’re going to need watercolour paper or thick cardstock, a paper trimmer, watercolour paints, paintbrushes in various sizes and your favourite pens! I like the Muji 0.5 pens and the Tombox Fudenosuke calligraphy pens.
I started out measuring out the size of postcard I wanted. Instead of searching for the standard size of a postcards, I decided to split my paper into quarters to maximize space and save paper. I used this paper trimmer that I just bought off amazon and it was a game changer. It saved me so much time and I know I’ll have so many uses for it.
I thought about penciling in my designs before painting, but thought that it would be more fun to just go straight in and draw freehand! To keep things simple, I started with a wash of light pink then added little drawings and lettering on top in black once the paint had dried.
My favourite designs are the ones with a simple wash of colour with a heart banner or the XOXO print with the red hearts! It was really fun doodling and playing with colour. I turned on a soothing spotify playlist and put my phone away and spent the morning relaxing. This played in with my goal for February of making more time for DIY and also means that some of my favourite people are receiving a little love in the mail.
After the paint had dried and I added little details with my calligraphy pens, I turned the cards over and drew a little spot for a stamp and a line down the middle to split up the address and note section. My lines are a bit wobbly on a couple of them and it’s not perfect, but I think the imperfections add to the charm of the homemade card.
Do you ever still send Valentine’s Day cards?
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