When I was a young girl, my mother and I did many art projects together, and one of my favorites was handmade valentines.
In an old dresser we had a special drawer filled with antique laces and ribbons, special poems and quotes, cute buttons and charms, pretty flowers and scrap fabrics.
Scissors, tape and pinking shears – remember them ? [We even had a grommet plier that my mother used for sizing belt fasteners, but we didn’t know to use it for greeting cards. Alas ,our loss.] We made good use of what we had – today vendors have a much greater selection in ribbon and lace, buttons and charms, as well as lots of catalogs and brochures
We started with a piece of red or pink, green or buttercream construction paper, then we added netting or vellum, stickers or a stamp or two. Sometimes we used two or more pieces of paper, one for the greeting card itself and the other just for a smaller section of the card, such as a circle carved with pinking shears. After that we placed some ribbon or lace, a charm, and a poem, and inspected the valentine; sometimes keeping things the way they were, sometimes making a change or adjustment to the valentine.
And more recently, when my mother no longer was with us, my younger sister and I made homemade valentines using many of the fun techniques taught us, by a mother who, though our time with her was much too short, very much enjoyed doing art projects with us (and designing floral arrangements, but that is another column).