Today I’m excited to share a handmade holiday project by ambassador Kimi Coopet of Oh Hello Photo.
She says, “Handmade cards are the best. I used to make them all the time when I was a kid. As an adult, I seem to not find the time & end up buying a generic one at Target. Don’t get me wrong, those cards are always great but there is just something about a homemade card that makes you feel extra special.”
With Valentine’s Day coming up Kimi enlisted the help of her 9-year-old to make some easy watercolor Valentine’s cards. This project can be done by anyone who can hold a paintbrush with just a little help from someone who can draw letters & shapes.
DIY Watercolor Valentine’s Day Cards
* Watercolor paper
*White or clear wax crayon
* Plate (something to mix colors on)
* Drop cloth
* Cup of water
We bought all our materials at Michael’s for $15! They have a huge section of watercolor related items for only $5. The paper was $5, the water colors were $5 & the paintbrushes were $5. What a steal. We already had white crayons at home.
The paper we bought was in a 9×12 book. Some cards we made big by folding it in half once. Some cards we smaller. There is no right way to make a card. Whatever size or shape you want to do it awesome!
Using your white crayon draw your design on the front of your watercolor paper. We kept it simple with hearts, XOXO and “Love You”. There are no rules though, you can draw whatever you want! Once you are done drawing your designs place them on the drop cloth, it can get a little messy…well…wet!
I chose blues, reds, greens and purples as my palette and used a big plate to put all my paints on. It works well for mixing colors when you don’t have professional materials because I am far from a professional watercolorist.
I put a dab of each color I was using on the plate. I mixed water with the colors and painted right over my design. The more paint you use the darker the color. The more water you use, the lighter the color. I won’t lie, it took us a few sheets to figure out what the heck we were doing. That’s okay because practice makes perfect…or just okay looking sometimes. lol
Once you have painted your designs them they dry and then give them to someone you love!
Thanks for sharing Kimi! Have fun making your own valentine’s this year!
Kimi Coopet is a coffee addict & photographer out of St. Paul, Minnesota. Her company Oh Hello! Photo specializes in family and child photography. Outside of her passion for photography, she is a wife and mother to three kids. She loves to craft but isn’t sure she is nailing or failing her Pinterest finds. If she isn’t taking photos or crafting she is indulging in her love of junk food and watching comedies, all while snuggling one of her three dogs.