Remember making valentines when you were a kid? Guess what. Most kids don’t get a chance to do that any more. But they did today at the Valentine Make and Take party. It was an easy party to do, and one that can easily be repeated each year. Just cut up the paper, put out the glue, and make cupcakes. Come on in to our Valentine Kitchen and see what we cooked up.
It all starts a few weeks before the actual date. You sit in your kitchen and start making your grocery list:
- vintage die cut valentines
- heart and cupid shapes
- X’s and O’s
- Scored and cut cardstock
- lots and lots of heart shaped cutouts….
- Cupcake toppers
Next, you have to do your shopping. Cutting out hearts and cupids is an easy thing to do. You can get images as easily as typing! A quick browser search for “font valentine dingbat” will turn up fonts that have many images that you can use simply by tying within Make-The-Cut (MTC) software. No need to do a pixel trace! How easy it that? And remember, the simple shapes icon in MTC has many hearts you can easily manipulate. Don’t forget to find a nice font to cut out your X’s and O’s!
I find that the internet has a great supply of Vintage Valentine images that are high resolution and no longer copyrighted. Or you scan from your own collection. Either way, you take those images and put them into Photoshop and make yourself a sheet of repeated images. Save that as a JPEG, and import it into your digital die cutter software that supports Print and Cut. I used Make The Cut software. Just make sure that your sheet image size is ½ inch smaller in length and width than the paper you are going to cut from so there is room for the registration marks. So a 8 ½ x 11 paper becomes an 8 x 10 ½ JPEG image. I found that using glossy brochure paper worked well in my printer to give me the visual look that I wanted, and didn’t give me the bulk that glossy photo paper might.
Doing so many sheets has made me very confident with Print and Cut. The first photo in this post shows two cut out. And take a look at these:
Here is my favorite one. The resolution on it was great, and those little circles cut out are about the size of a pin. You can see the dots on the sheet example above. Below you can see that the cutter was accurate enough to cut them all out. The final size of this was about 3 inches wide.
Cupcake toppers are another easy Print and Cut. There are lots of nice images to use. I found some fun ones by PaperGravy over at the Graphics Fairy blogspot. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t know the Graphics Fairy, but if you don’t, well get over there. Your head will spin. The flag cupcake toppers are ones I again manipulated in Photoshop to cram as much as I could on a page, then printed and cut. The round ones you see below I just printed and used a circle punch.
Valentine Cupcakes with Strawberry Ganache frosting
Now that you have all your ingredients together, you just have to add friends. In our case they were 4,5, and 6 year olds that created their valentines from the assembled ingredients. Here they are picking out the items to take from the kitchen.
And here are some of the finished pieces hanging up to dry while the chef’s take a break and head out for cupcakes.
Lots of love from our Valentine Kitchen to yours!