You know what was my favourite part of Valentine’s Day? Celebrating at school. Getting cards for all my friends, sharing treats…just the general atmosphere. Valentine’s Day at school was a day when everyone dressed in pretty colours and was nice to each other just for the sake of being nice to each other. It sometimes didn’t last long, but in that moment it was glorious. (Plus as with any special day in school, you normally put aside your normal lessons and topics and did at least one or two fun things. Like art. I liked art.)
Valentine’s Day is still a great day, especially when you have someone to love. Yes, I am partially talking about Mr Anderson, but I also mean family. When I was younger, my ‘Valentine’ was always my mom, and I couldn’t have wished for anything else. Now that I’m older, not only do I have Mr Anderson around, but there’s all the younger members of the family to spoil as well!
Having my little cousins around helps me see Valentine’s Day through their eyes, go back to those days of sweeties and cards passed from desk to desk. To help get in the spirit and show my cousins my love, I wanted to make them a little card like back in the old days. One of the things we bond over most is our love for Pokémon, especially since Pokémon Go came out! (Yet another way for me to live in the old days.)
Pokémon Valentine’s Day Cards
This craft really couldn’t have been easier! It only took 15 minutes, plus drying time for the glue.
One of my cousins loves those little Pokéballs they sell that come with a toy inside and I got inspired to create a card that opens up like a Pokéball to reveal a Pokémon and Valentine’s Day message inside.
I gathered my supplies: some sparkly paper I found with the scrapbooking supplies in red, white and black, some plain red scrapbooking paper, a few brads, some glue, some markers and some scissors. I found images of some of my cousins’ favourite Pokémon online and printed out a bunch to have options. I also grabbed a bowl to use for tracing circles.
I used the bowl to trace a circle (in pencil!) onto the plain red (non-sparkly) paper. This will be the back of the card. After cutting out that circle VERY carefully, I then used it to trace circles onto the sparkly white and the sparkly red papers. (I figured using the cut out circle made it more likely that those two circles would match it, since any cutting imperfections would hopefully carry over.)
To create the two halves of the Pokéball, I took the sparkly white circle and the sparkly red circle, lined them up, and cut them roughly in half. By cutting both circles at the same time, the two halves will match, even if the cutting doesn’t precisely split them 50/50. A little bit more red than white or vice versa won’t hurt.
I used a fast-drying glue to adhere the sparkly white half-circle to one-half of the whole plain red circle. I let this sit and dry for a few minutes. While I waited, I cut a straight strip of the sparkly black paper. I determined the width of the strip by measuring the brad I was going to use, rounding up and multiplying by two, so mine was 2 cm wide. The length didn’t matter to me – I used the whole edge of the sparkly black paper – because it was easier to have it really long and then trim it down to fit the card after it’s glued on.
Then I lined up my sparkly red half-circle on top of my whole plain red circle. Due to the way everything was traced, the plain red circle was slightly smaller than the sparkly circles, so I determined where my brad should go from that side. I wanted my brad on the left side of the sparkly red half-circle (when looking at it from the front) so I used one blade of the scissors to begin pushing a small hole through on that side. The scissors couldn’t get all of the way through when both papers were together, but I was able to push the brad through each piece individually to finish the hole. I used the brad to secure the two together and create a hinge.
The sparkly black strip covers the brad as well as the place where the sparkly red and white papers meet. To do this, I took the strip and glued it to the sparkly red half-circle, but only the top half of the strip. (I also made sure to glue it while the sparkly red half-circle was swung out on its hinge to hopefully avoid getting glue on the rest of the circle.) The bottom half remains unglued, forming a lip over the sparkly white half-circle. I made sure the strip was straight and then let it dry.
While waiting for the strip to dry, I cut out a few of the Pokémon images from the page I had printed out. I grabbed a variety that I thought my cousins would like. I also tested a couple markers on some of the scrap plain red paper to see which would look best.
Then I traced a heart onto the backside of the leftover sparkly white. First I measured a 2 cm by 2 cm square and drew the heart in there, then I cut it out. This replaced the traditional circle button on the Pokéball.
Once the strip was dry, I trimmed it down so it fit the curve of the Pokéball’s edge. I also cut off a little of the corner where the sparkly red paper swings into the sparkly white paper, since it was catching a little. I then glued the heart onto the middle of the black strip, and voila! The outside of the Pokéball was done!
All that was left was to decorate the inside of the Pokéball. There are lots of fun messages you could use – and even Nintendo came up with fun Pokémon Valentine puns on their cards for sale – plus the traditional Valentine’s Day greetings. I also chose to write on the back of the card to address the cards.
Done! See, wasn’t that easy? At only 15 minutes a piece, it’s a snap to make these for the special Pokéfans in your life. And you can customise them to suit the recipient. (Don’t know their favourite Pokémon? I’d suggest using Pikachu – everyone loves Pikachu! Just Google, you’ll be fine.)
I hope you liked this tutorial! If you’ve created any fun Valentine’s Day (or Pokémon) crafts, please share in the comments. We’d love to see them!
This post is also part of a series called Craft Lightning, where amazing bloggers have come together to share Valentine’s Day crafts that only take 15 minutes or less (not including drying time). I definitely think you should check them out, they’re pretty amazing!