I've been pretty busy this past week working on a number of drawings to incorporate as Valentine Day cards. I've managed to create 5 separate designs that I feel pretty pleased with.
Surrounding myself with all this pink and red has brought back some very old memories of my own childhood and I wondered just how many of you remember being sent home with the dreaded "CLASS LIST" of names and pressure to create your own unique Valentine Box that had to serve both as a card receptacle and a juried art piece on the day of the highly anticipated "Valentine Day Party." Using only materials around the house, which mainly consisted of magazine clippings, construction paper and of course an old shoe box. Oh the stress that was put on kids in those days. I mean do they still do "Valentine Boxes" in school? I doubt not. It has been phased out right along with cursive writing and math that makes sense.
There were always a couple of kids on the list that you just didn't want to give a card to but your mother insisted that you must. I know I was guilty of sorting out the cards into piles; the cute cards in one pile for kids I liked or wanted to be friends with and then the not so pretty cards in a pile for those kids I didn't so much care for. My friends might get two candied hearts and the rest would only get one in their envelope. I know you know what I'm talking about.
Then on the day of the party, there would be awards given to the best decorated box. I guess because I already had the artist gene in my DNA, for me this was a serious competition. Even at a young age I wasn't playing around with my Valentine Box. I don't really recall off hand if I ever won any awards but I always gave it my best.
If only there had been Pinterest back in the stone ages of the 60's & 70's. That would have been a game changer I'm sure. So much creativity and awesome ideas just a few clicks of a keyboard away. I just typed in Valentine Card Shoe Box ideas and all I can say is "WOW". I don't remember any of our boxes looking like those.
I ran a really fun contest this past week on my own personal Facebook page just to see which of the 5 designs would get the most votes. I announced that I was planning on making a free Valentine gift of the most popular design as a printable download on my blog. I was very happy with the number of friends that actually participated. The design that I thought would win was that of the pig but to my pleasant surprise, the "Puppy Love" design got the most votes. This is actually a drawing I did of my granddaughter and her giant doberman Odin. So I was equally pleased that was the design that won.
So here is my Valentine Gift to You- My original artwork in a Downloadable format. I just ask that you drop me a thank you comment if you decided to print it out. I would love to hear from you.
A Free Printable Valentine Postcard