Tag Archives: Valentine’s Day

Shop Talk: Mini Valentines

4 Feb

I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but, weirdly enough, I do like me some valentines! Especially those old-timey ones with terrible puns and adorable drawings on them. (Do you guys remember the Vintage Valentines Wreath I made last year??) In the spirit of pun-i-ness, I decided to create some of my own little valentines.


This is the first valentine that I made. I always liked the Valentine-y greeting “Batty for you”, so I decided to draw a lovely bat delivering a box of chocolates.


Then I drew this happy little bee wearing happy little boots. I kind of imagine that high fives are being given with both of its non-flower-holding hands.


I was thinking “great catch” because of the whole fishing thing (though do people fish for goldfish?), but I thought it was funny to draw this chipper fishie as a cowboy with a lasso (to “catch” their valentine).


And here we have a hopeful deer delivering a valentine. Here’s hoping he also gets an “x” and “o” in return!


I had these printed on the same textured cream-colored card stock that I use for my greeting cards. To figure out what size they should be, I found small envelopes that I thought worked well (#3 coin envelopes did the trick). They’re definitely too small to send in the mail, but they’re perfect for hand-delivering to your favorite valentine(s?).

These designs are all available in my shop: www.etsy.com/listing/121079409/mini-valentines-day-valentines-4-pack. There are other Valentine’s Day cards available as well; they’re all available in the “greeting card” section: www.etsy.com/shop/absolutelyicebox?section_id=12594395.

By the way: Since I never throw anything out, I still have some my favorite valentines I got from my classmates when I was a kid. I keep these two up in my studio:


On the left: Hulk Hogan! I got this in 1st or 2nd grade from a boy named Mike. We had to give everyone in our class a valentine, and I’m so glad that I was the lucky recipient of this unintentional hilariousness. It makes me giggle every time I see it. (I’m giggling right now!) The one on the right is from my good friend Sarah from when we went to school together. This one makes me so happy!


Homestead: Vintage Valentines Wreath

14 Feb

I’ve been attempting to make my house a little more festive year-round. I was hard-pressed for a winter-ish decor idea, until I saw this cute Vintage Valentines Wreath. How perfect!

I wanted a really busy wreath with lots of cute valentines. I can’t remember exactly where I found each valentine image, but if you want to try this at home, you’d be pretty okay with doing a search for “vintage valentines” or “vintage valentines free downloads”, and you’ll find some decent copyright-friendly images that are large enough to print.

I have lots of art supplies already at my house, so I stuck to making this out of materials I already have. I printed out the valentines on white cardstock and cut them out with scissors and an X-Acto knife. I cut a big circle with a hole in the middle of it out of bookbinders board (what a pain in the butt!) and painted the back of it with black gouache. I arranged the valentines into the shape I wanted. And then I glued everything in place, and went over it with lots of layers of Outdoor Mod Podge. It was my first time using Mod Podge! It came out okay, I just wish I did thinner layers so the brushstrokes weren’t as noticeable.

And there ya go:

Vintage Valentine-y goodness!

Here's a close-up of some of the adorableness.

I "needle" lot of romance.

I'm fascinated by this weird egg kid.

"It's PLANE to see I want to be your Valentine." I gotta get in to this Valentines-making business, and put my love of terrible/amazing puns to good use!

My mailman rang my doorbell last weekend to tell me how much he loved this thing. He’d been looking at it all week and wanted to find out how I made it so he could make one with his kids. This wreath makes me so happy whenever I see it, so I’m glad it could bring a little bit of joy to someone else as well.

Won't you be my Valentine?