This morning, I was on BT presenting a few Valentine’s Day crafts. Valentine’s Day crafts are a tuffy for me - when it comes to crafting, I have been trying to bring as little crap into the house as possible and - ironically? - Valentine’s Day has become a societal joke in the terms that it represents both man kinds truest emotion and modern day commercialism at it’s finest. Inspired by this post here, I decided to tackle this fun deck of cards to help bring back the SPIRIT of the season.
SO! Now that you’re all feeling chipper about celebrating LURVE next week, let’s move along to the crafts I prepared.
Step 1: Give each card in the deck a quick and light sand - both on the front and the back. Decks of cards have a shiny coating on the outside so it’s good to scrap that off a little.
Step 2: Take four tea bags and put them in a medium sized bowl. Make a strong bowl of tea by letting it seep for about 5 minutes - remove the tea bags and pop your sanded deck of cards in the bowl. I put this spoon on top to make sure the deck was completely under water.
Step 3: Let the cards soak for about half an hour. Take them out of the bowl, empty the tea out and put the cards back in the empty bowl to drip dry for about an hour. Then, spread those suckers out and lay them out to dry! Harry tried to help - it was really nice of him, everytime I put a card out, he swatted it off the table to give it a bit of an air dry before it settled in for the night.
Step 4: Print out your labels - I used this adorable (and free!) courtesy of World Label, called the Handmade Branding Kit. Specifically made for handmade crafts and branding your home made goods, this sweet set has 16 different size options and comes in 4 different colours. I choose black and I opted for a brown, flecked paper to go with the vintage, rundown feel of the deck of cards.
It doesn’t come with the words written inside it, it comes plain, but I wanted to see what kind off font it came with and all that good stuff. I choose to print it out plain and then cut the circles out. Just as Harry choose to help me lay the cards out, Bixby was a big help in cutting the circles out.
Step 5: Take the glue, and glue the circles on to the middle of each card. Then comes the hardest part - coming up with 52 reasons why you love someone.