Fabulous 7 inch square Valentine Cards

I was shopping at Target and saw these beautiful 7 or 8 inch square Valentine cards with red flowers and hearts. Wow. Did they ever make an impact! So, of course, I had to try to make some. Here is what I came up with…
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I had this wonderfully thick watercolor paper.
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The problem is that when I folded this paper in half, it wasn’t 7 inches square. I could make a nice card but it would be a rectangle not a square. I SO wanted a square so this is what I did.
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I cut 7 inches off the long way of the paper. Okay, that sounds not right. Now the paper is 7 inches by 12 inches. Now if you fold it in half the card will be 7 inches by 6 inches. But I wanted a 7 inch square card!!! Then I had an idea. I could still have the front of the card 7 inches and the back of the card could be 5 inches. Five inches is still enough to put greetings on and to hold the card upright when standing. So I tried it and I LOVE the way it came out.
Here are the results:
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See how the back of the card is not as wide? But it doesn’t really matter, at least not to me.
So, I started cutting  flowers, hearts and butterflies out of paper and felt and sewed them down on my sewing machine. ThenI used Printshop to print out some words, cut them out and sewed those on also.
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Mr. Succulent’s card, kinda plain. I could’ve done more with it but I was down to the wire.
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See? The card still stands up quite well.
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I glued on some buttons to complete the look. I’m sure I could have embellished a lot more but I think this is enough. It’s a clean look, I think.
I bought Mom a pretty serving plate from Home Goods  for her dining table.
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bought some pretty towels from Home Goods also.
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Love to all on Valentine’s Day!


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  1. yours look so much better.

  2. These cards are gorgeous!! Target has nothing on you, girl! Thanks for linking up @ the Delectable Home.

  3. These look great and I bet those that received them felt very lucky!
    The serving platter is really pretty and do I love those towels? YES!


  4. Hey Linda - thanks for commenting on my blog (and my mural). Yes - absolutely this was way easier than learning the correct way. But as a decorative painter - sometimes you just have to do things quickly because clients don't always want to pay for long, laborious time spent in front of a canvas.

    Last year I took private lessons in water color. Oh boy - my teacher was tough. No copying from any water color paintings - create your still life from apples, bananas, grapes in a bowl - and just paint it! Very hard for me. Easier to look at someone's artwork - then paint!

    Thanks so much for writing. Follow me and I will do the same. I want to explore more of your blogs.

    Beautiful cards!


  5. Those are adorable!! I love it. How fun!! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  6. I love the embroidered look on the cards, so cute. Thanks for stopping by today.

  7. Love the cards. Thanks for sharing. Your blog background is adorable.

  8. What sweet cards! I hope to do more paper crafts when I get my craft area more organized!


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