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Friday, February 4, 2011

{thumbprint valentines}

I love homemade valentines, especially when they're easy to do and allow for kids to help. Several years ago, Angela and her little boy Jack sent us a "thumbs up" valentine, and I loved it as soon as I saw it. This year, I adapted that same concept for our own valentines.

They will be perfect for friends, neighbors, teachers, and visiting teachers, especially attached to a fun treat--in a bag, box, or wrapped around a bar of chocolate or other candy.

You can always change the wording for school valentines...{thumb} body likes you, or {thumb} body wants to be your valentine--or anything you like!

I also made a few special ones for grandparents and family, using all my kids' thumbprints, and I LOVE them!


I used my Silhouette to cut out scalloped and regular circles in different sizes, then distressed all the edges. You certainly can do this without one--scallop and circle punches work great, and so does tracing a glass on card stock and cutting it out! You can even opt for a regular card style, or square pieces of paper just using your paper trimmer. Lots of options, depending on what you like! The kids' card is a 4 inch square piece of scrapbook paper, with a 3 inch square piece of card stock on top.

I printed out the {thumb} body image onto pink card stock--I sized them to 2 inches, and fit 8 on a page. My girls helped with the thumbprints, and I used two different colored inks--pink and brown. Once their prints were on, I drew a face, arms, and legs onto the print, and punched it out with my 2 inch circle punch.

Using double stick tape, I attached the layers to each other, then punched a hole at the top and tied ribbon through it!

P.S. If you would like the text image, click HERE to download! Or, just right click on the image below and save. Open a Word document (or similar program), insert picture, then re-size, and print!




Blogger Karen said...

Awww, those are adorable kierste! I wish I had little ones to make them with. Ya think my 17 yr old daughter would do it? Have a great weekend.

February 4, 2011 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger WobiSobi said...

These are so cute.. so so cute!!!!

February 4, 2011 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

OR how about {thumb} buddy!

February 4, 2011 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Malinda Q said...

This is so cute, I LOVE this idea!!! Can't wait to have my little boys make these for their grandparents!

February 4, 2011 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Steph said...

Those are so cute! I actually like the gray! =)

February 4, 2011 at 8:29 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Such a cute idea (:

February 4, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

Adorable! I'm sure my parents' and grandparents' would love to get these in the mail from my boys!

February 4, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Lumiya said...

The faded printer ink gives them the illusion of being stamped instead of printed. I love them!

February 4, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Cute idea!!! Will be making some with my granddaughter.

February 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

super cute!!!

February 4, 2011 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

These are adorable!

February 4, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

These are so cute I think I will have my kindergarten class make these for the elderly. :) Thanks for sharing.

February 4, 2011 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

The hearts...?! Were those printed too? Or were those stamped? Where do you get a heart in your processing/fonts? Thanks. Want to make these as a craft at my daughters party.

February 4, 2011 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...


Everything was printed! I actually did the text in Photoshop, so the heart came from there, but there is also a heart in Microsoft Word, under symbols. I also just attached a pdf file of the image for download, as well as the image file, so you can just use mine if it saves time!

February 4, 2011 at 11:08 PM  
Blogger Yvonne said...

So very cute.

February 5, 2011 at 6:59 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

OMG - this is super cute and fun! You are so creative!

February 5, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Mindie Hilton said...


February 5, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Deanna said...

Those are ADORABLE!!!!!! They will be on our list for next year for sure. Thanks for sharing!

February 5, 2011 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

Just blogging around this afternoon and found your blog. I used to have a sewing machine just like the one in your picture. But when my ex-husband and I got divorced, I let him have it back since it was his before we got divorced. Thanks for letting me visit.

February 5, 2011 at 3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How adorable! I've already got my 6 little ones sitting at the kitchen table with their thumbs at the ready! ;) It's such a simple idea that I'm even going to do it with my preschool classes for their parents...I think they'll all love it!
--K. Cosgrove

February 5, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Great idea! If i don't use this for Valentine's day, I'll use it for Mother's Day cards or something!

February 5, 2011 at 6:30 PM  
Blogger Jenny @ Embellishing Life said...

This is absolutely adorable! Love those cute little thumbprints!

February 5, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute, cute, cute! :)

February 5, 2011 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Trina rowe said...

This is such a darling idea...I will just have to try it! I love your blog!

February 6, 2011 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Rachelle said...

That is so great! I love these! I made some Valentine's that are great for teachers! Check them out here....


February 6, 2011 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Kayla said...

Perfect idea for visiting teaching! Thanks for mentioning that because it didn't even cross my mind!!

February 7, 2011 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger jpswirly said...

Thank you so much for the great project! I just completed a few, and put a pic on my new blog!! I put a link to this fabulous tutorial!! Thanks!

Here is a link to the pic of my try at it:

February 7, 2011 at 8:32 PM  
Blogger Our Suburban Circus said...

This is great! As a new blogger, I LOVE your blog...and am learning so much from you! Thank you! :)

February 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Serena said...

Thank you!! I just printed them and am eagerly awaiting the kiddos to wake up from naptime so I can finish these! I don't normally anticipate them waking from naps, but today I am!!

February 11, 2011 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger Vesuviusmama said...

I was looking for something to do with my kids today, typed THUMB PRINT VALENTINES into my search engine, and up you popped! These are great! I've been here before, and I'll definitely be back again!

February 13, 2011 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Done (at 9PM last night!)

February 14, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Everyone who received our "Thumb" Valentine's LOVED them. Thanks so much for the idea!! I look forward to reading your blog everyday!

February 15, 2011 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

These are adorable! What a great idea.

March 13, 2011 at 4:11 AM  
Blogger Britli said...

I posted about your cute idea! Thanks for sharing! I love following your blog.


September 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM  
Blogger Wendy Jean said...

I saw this on pinterest. Super cute! I will definitely do this for grandparents! Thank you for sharing.

January 13, 2012 at 8:37 PM  
Blogger Joyful Housewife said...

WOW!! These are so cute! We are totally going to make these. Thank you so much for sharing! =)

January 20, 2012 at 3:12 AM  
Blogger Mrs. McKown said...

These are so very adorable!! They make such great little keepsakes!
Thanks for sharing!

‚̧Mrs. McKown
Little Literacy Learners

January 27, 2012 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

I just wanted to let you know that this post was featured in my 2012 Valentine's Day Guide! Seen here:
~Kathryn @ Singing Through the Rain

January 31, 2012 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

Just wanted to let you know that I made these valentines this year!! You can check out my blog post here:

Thanks for the awesome idea, they are sooo cute!

February 3, 2012 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger wannabeaproverbs31 said...

What font did you use?

February 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Sierra @ H is for Homeschooling said...

Love these! I featured this post on my fave five friday this week. If you would rather I used just a link instead of a picture, please let me know.

February 10, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger MJ said...

I found you blog from Pinterest. I made these for the grandparents and they were a big hit! Thanks for sharing!

February 16, 2012 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Waseem said...

what fonts did you use for it?
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