Happy day-before Valentine’s Day! This year, I had originally thought, nah, I won’t be making or giving any valentines this year. I’m waaay too busy and it’s just not a priority. Welp. Plans change! Read on to hear the story and the process. 

We had invited a family over for dinner one night last week, and I was struck with the urge to make place cards that also said “happy Valentine’s Day” on them. I need practice with my calligraphy supplies, right? What better way to do it than to work on names? Then, the idea formed in my head to do some other valentines for my friends while I was at it. So, I grabbed my watercolor paper, which is 9″ by 12″ regularly, and chopped it up into 3″ by 4″ chunks.

I like this size because not only is it perfect for holding in the palm of your hand, it’s also really easy to cut from a sheet of watercolor paper and not waste any. For this project, I cut up three 9×12 sheets, giving me 27 cards. One of the sheets already had a watercolor wash on it, so I just used it as a sort of abstract washy look. 🙂

The next step was to get some lettering on the cards! I use calligraphy pens, because not only does the lettering turn out AMAZIIINNGGG but it’s efficient. Learning faux calligraphy (lettering with a normal ink pen and filling in the downstrokes to make it look like calligraphy) is great and all, but it takes about FOUR TIMES longer than writing with a calligraphy pen. Wut. All that to say, whatever method works for you is great, but I recommend calligraphy pens. 😀

All the previous cutting and lettering was done in an evening. The following afternoon, I got out the paints and doctored up the cards with pretty watercolor washes.

That’s pretty much all there is to it! I did punch holes in some of them, and attach them to candy bags, though:

This method worked super well. I probably only have a total of about 1.5 hours in this project. Maybe 2. Overall, quick and easy, especially if you break it up into two segments.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

3 Comments on DIY Watercolor Valentines

  1. those are soo cute. I’m planning on making mine tonight #late xP xD these are so cute tho – I love the watercolor “wash” look. you should totally do a video tutorial on how you do that sometime!