I realize I’m posting this the evening of Valentine’s Day and it would have been more helpful last week; however this is something you could probably whip up anytime no matter the occasion or use it for next year’s valentines. Sorry for the untimely post!
All in these valentine’s cost about $2 for 20 prints at Costco and then another $3 for the Hershey Kisses – with plenty left to keep mommy happy while making them. I didn’t price regular store bought valentines but I’m guessing this is pretty comparable and cute to boot.
Isn’t he adorable?! I just want to nibble on this kid every day!
Start with a cute, close up picture. I tried to get a picture of The Boy giving a smoochie however they didn’t come out as cute as this one of him trying to grab the camera from me so I went with this one. Unfortunately I didn’t save a copy of it without the editing so imagine it’s a clean slate please.
Open up your photo editing software, I used MS Paint which I believe comes standard on most PCs. You can find it under Start Programs (bottom left button on your screen), All Programs, Accessories folder, Paint. Most photo software programs have some sort of editing feature so play around with what you’ve got. We’re just adding writing with brush strokes or you can also use text boxes.
I’ve selected “brushes” and chose the top right option which is called airbrush because I liked how it looked like a crayon (below). Then select the color of the brush stroke or letters. If you choose the brush stroke feature you’re going to be using the mouse to write the letters. It’s harder than it looks! The shaky letters below were not due to me trying to write like a child – it was really that hard. I did it a million times to get to what you see. Next time I’ll probably just add a text box although this still turned out nicely.
So once you’re happy with whatever edits you make, save the file and either order prints online or go somewhere to get them printed. I went to Costco and ordered 3” x 5” prints with a white border. I didn’t see the options online but I knew if I went in they could do modify the size and border. I think black borders are options too.
Once I got the prints home, I got a glue stick and a big bowl of Hershey Kisses. One for the card, one for me. One for the card, one for me. You get the idea
Add a touch of glue to the bottom of the kiss, then press on the photo.
Let dry thoroughly before piling on top of one another for transport – you don’t want the kisses to pop off.
Voila!! A Kissy For You Valentines. Mwaahhhh!
In hindsight this would have been fun to do with The Boy – he could have put the glue on the kisses. Next time.
Have a great day!