Valentine’s Day is coming right up, and this year I wanted to do something new. Something that involved three of my favorite things: art, calligraphy, and candy! After noting my dilemma, artist Pam Ash came up with some lovely printables for me — and you! — that present the opportunity to indulge in art and…
Earlier this month, I asked my friend Pam (of Pam Ash Designs) if she would make a few Valentine’s Day printables for the TPK blog. I really like Pam’s joyful and creative style of illustration, so I was of course elated when she agreed! Today, I’m proud to share what she made and talk to you about how to make these unique pieces. They’re wonderful whether you are handing a few sweet treats out to friends and coworkers, or sending your children to school with a delightfully sweet loot to distribute!
1. Download, Print, and Cut Out
First, you’ll want to download the Heart Gift Tag and Scandinavian Envelope Valentine’s Day printable by clicking here. Next, you can download the Botanical Bird Candy Bar Wrapper printable by clicking here. The next step is to print!
If you want to print your graphics on white paper — as I’m doing here — you’ll want to make sure and use 70 to 80 lb. drawing paper cut to a size that will fit your printer. This will ensure that you can watercolor on the paper with ease (should you choose to do so), and that your materials will not turn out flimsy.
Once you have printed the graphics, go ahead and cut them out along the solid guidelines provided.
Your cutouts should look like this when you’re finished:
2. Add Some Color (Optional)
If you like watercoloring or working with crayons/colored pencils, you’re welcome to add a burst of color to the pieces. Pam designed them to look beautiful whether they are black and white or colored in!
If you do opt to add color, feel free to do so however you choose! These photos are only meant to give you examples.
Again, though, you should feel free to write in any style you want! These printables will complement any type of script or handwriting.
3. Add Some Pretty Script to the Situation
One of my favorite aspects of these printables is the space to write names in beautiful script! You can write in any style you choose. For the Heart Gift Tag, I went with Kaitlin Style calligraphy, which complements the wavy laurels in the design.
For the mini-envelope, I chose Janet Style calligraphy. It corresponds well with the whimsical nature of the Scandinavian-inspired design!
And for the candy bar wrapper, I decided that Amy Style calligraphy was just the ticket!
You have some flexibility in how to assemble these Valentine’s Day printables — feel free to deviate from the recommendations here! For example, if you have different materials on hand (e.g. glue instead of washi tape), you may use those materials; or if you want to cut the candy bar wrapper to fit a smaller candy bar, you could do that.
Botanical Bird Candy Bar Wrapper
To assemble the Botanical Bird Candy Bar Wrapper, center the wrapper around a standard sized (1.55 oz [43 g]) chocolate bar (such as Hershey’s) . Fold one side over, then fold over the other side to wrap around the bar.
Secure the back with your favorite washi tape or glue!
Flip it over, and you’re finished!
Scandinavian Bird Mini-Envelope
To assemble this envelope, you’ll start by flipping the template over and folding the left flap in, as shown in the photo below.
Go ahead and fold the right flap in as well.
Fold the bottom flap up.
Glue the side flaps and the bottom flaps together, then fold the top flap in to make a crease. Fill the envelope with a little card or some candy (such as M&Ms or Conversation Hearts) …
Then secure the top flap shut with some washi tape, a sticker, or some glue!
Heart Gift Tag
The assembly for this little guy is super straight-forward: simply punch a hole in one side of the tag, put some ribbon through the hole, and tie the gift tag to your Valentine’s Day gift!
While this piece is intended to be a gift tag, you could also use it to decoupage onto a Valentine’s Day greeting card or envelope. You’ll just cut it out, color it (if you’d like), write on it, then glue it to the card!
In this tutorial, you saw pretty watercolored version of the tags. However, if you’re putting together a lot of Valentine’s, you may not have time to meticulously watercolor each piece. In that case, some colored card stock will come in very handy! You can see below that the graphics still look great printed on kraft paper, and I would venture to imagine that they’d also be wonderful on other (light-colored) stocks such as pink, yellow, or light blue!
I hope that you enjoy the Valentine’s Day printables featured in this post! I love them because they keep the holiday light and playful; plus they’re appropriate to give to anyone from classmates to spouses to parents. Remember, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about romance; after all, there are few things in life that are better than a good old chocolate bar accompanied by artwork. 🙂
Have a great weekend, and thank you for reading the TPK blog!