Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards – Of a Non-Traditional Sort

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Valentine’s Day is on it’s way, and for me, that brings back fond memories of receiving Valentine’s Day cards through elementary school exchanges – even from the boys you couldn’t stand or the jealous little girls who would knock you off the monkey bars on the playground. How long did we keep those silly little cards before our moms finally tossed them anyway? They were so prized because they were so much fun. Sentiment on Valentine’s Day is especially appropriate though, I think. But that doesn’t mean it has to be overly romantic or even mushy. They can still be fun just like when we were kids. I for one appreciate Valentine’s cards that are witty, raw and fun. They still possess a little romance, just in an unexpected way. Therefore I’ll be giving some of my favorite people handmade Valentine’s Day cards from Julie Ann Art!
The boyfriend, well, he’ll be getting a card assuring him that he’s my favorite thing to do. But if that’s a little too sultry for your sensibilities…
Then let your loved one know it’s just “you and me” with this cute card that features a heart engraved on wood proclaiming that your love is forever.
Or skip any hint of romance all together with a card that’s basically crap. Whatever you decide to say and however you decide to say it, Julie Ann Art has the perfect way to get your point across this Valentine’s Day. Whether witty or charming or just plain freaky, her fun and brilliantly designed 5 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cards all come blank inside for sharing your own private message and are printed on quality, 80lb. acid-free white card stock.
Be sure to have fun with some of Julie’s other cards for Valentine’s Day as well with messages like “You’re my favorite boyfriend,” “You’re my favorite bedhog,” and “You’re my favorite baby daddy.” To view Julie’s full line of Valentine’s Day and other greeting cards, visit her shop online. All of the cards from Julie Ann Art are high quality, professionally printed cards featuring original designs by Julie herself that you’ll be proud to share with that special someone who drives you crazy.
What’s your favorite way to say “I care”?

Printable Valentines Day Cards In Love Bird Designs for Your Valentine

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Tell your special someone just how much you love them with these printable Valentines Day cards! I have created two very special “love bird” note cards that are perfect for sending that romantic note or giving as free printable Valentines Day cards to your valentine.

Printable Valentines Day Cards. Tell your special someone just how much you love them with these free printable Valentine's Day cards! I have created two very special love bird note cards that are perfect for sending that romantic note or giving as free printable Valentine's Day cards to your valentine. Created from original art collages, these free printable Valentine's Day cards feature two love birds kissing on a branch and a single bird delivering his own special love letter to a mailbox.

Free Printable Valentines Day Cards

I created these free printable Valentines Day cards from my own original art collages. They printable cards feature love birds in all their cuteness doing things that love birds do. Like kissing on a branch and delivering a super romantic love letter to a mailbox for her sweetheart.

These printable love bird cards measure 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and fit inside standard invitation size envelopes available from most craft or office supply stores. Originally sold on Etsy, these valentine inspired notecards are now available as a free download for your own personal use.

Printable Valentines Day Cards of love birds kissing on a branch

Simply print these free printable Valentines Day cards onto a sheet of cardstock paper, cut the page in half, fold, and include your handwritten message inside.

Printable Valentines Day Cards of a love bird delivering a valentine to a treetop mailbox

You can download these cute little love bird cards to gift to your valentine this Valentine’s Day here. You can also download free love inspired wrapping paper and gift tags for Valentine’s Day here.

Don’t need these printable cards for Valentine’s Day? These cute cards also make great any occasion notecards as well as wedding thank you notes.

Printable Valentines Day Cards. Tell your special someone just how much you love them with these free printable Valentine's Day cards! I have created two very special love bird note cards that are perfect for sending that romantic note or giving as free printable Valentine's Day cards to your valentine. Created from original art collages, these free printable Valentine's Day cards feature two love birds kissing on a branch and a single bird delivering his own special love letter to a mailbox.

More Printable Valentines Day Cards

Want more of these sweet, round little birds? Then check out my Free Printable Owl Notecards for a set of four cards featuring birds having some seasonal fun!

Printable Valentines Cards Ideas for Your Galentines Both Big and Small! Create custom scented mini perfume sprays to go along with these You're Scent-sational! printable Valentines for your besties this Valentine's Day!

If these bird themed printable cards aren’t quite what you’re looking for, then try one of my other printable Valentine cards. These quick and easy “You’re Scent-sational!” printable Valentines cards also come with a tutorial for making DIY perfume minis for Valentine’s Day gifts. They make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for friends whether they’re for tweens, teens or adults!

This natural rose body balm recipe is not only super luxurious, but it only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely homemade Valentine's Day gift!

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

Looking for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts you can make at home to gift with these free printable love bird cards? Try one of these easy gift ideas for your valentine this winter!

Unique DIY Valentine's Day gifts. Craft beautiful DIY agate slice soaps quickly and easily with this fun soap making tutorial for creative and fun homemade Valentine's Day gifts for friends.

You can discover even more DIY Valentine’s day gift ideas by visiting my DIY Valentine’s Day gifts board on Pinterest. Or shop my Valentine’s Day gift guides on Etsy here.

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Free Printable Owl Notecards

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Many years ago I sold handmade notecards I created from my own original, paper art collages. Many of these stationery sets featured little birds or owls at play. My first set of notecards was my Seasonal or Everyday Birds Notecard Set. Now that I am no longer selling these cards, I wanted to share them with my readers to print and share with family and friends for their own personal use.

This cute card set features a set of four adorable cards reflective of the four seasons. There are birds hanging out on the laundry line in the summer sun, little birds stealing kisses on the branches of bare autumn trees, tiny birds bundling up for that winter snow, and birds scenting out new spring blooms!

To create you own card collection, simply download the free printable PDF file featuring my notecards onto card stock. Then cut each sheet of cards in half between the images and fold the cards in half so the images face front. The finished cards will measure 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and fit inside standard invitation sized envelopes available from most craft stores.

I hope you enjoy writing your own notes in my little pieces of art!

Before there was soap. Handmade cards and other paper crafts.

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Around the time I started selling soap on etsy during beta in 2005 I was also selling handmade note cards. They were my first big “sell” before I finally switched over to selling only bath and body products. At that time I had a huge paper fetish and was always on the look out for interesting scrapbooking papers. It was also around the time I first discovered ACEO’s. So my first note cards were of designs I created from collages using various papers. My owls series was my favorite.
Everyday Birds Note Cards
These are my Everyday Bird Note Cards. I sold these in packs of four with one of each design. These actually came after my Seasonal Bird Note Card Set which you can still see on etsy from a sold transaction in 2008. The owl with the blue snowflake and mittens was always my favorite.
Valentine Note Card Set
My final collection in the owl series note cards was for Valentine’s Day and featured two different cards of owls in love. One card featured an owl delivering a love letter while the other was of two owls kissing in front of a giant heart on a branch. All of my card sets came in sets of four with envelopes and sold for $6 each. I also sold a Siberian Husky note card set in the same style.
Tree Art Collage Print
In addition to note cards I also created and sold art prints. My most popular was the one featured above titled “Tree Art Collage.” I also sold another similar art work called “Autumn Dreams.”
The closet I ever got back around to making prints after the collages was with a few ACEO’s in 2008 that I made from marker but never sold.
Husband ACEO
This ACEO was a portrait of my now ex-husband. I actually described this one as “An original art card created from pencil and ink. Check out the husband in his happy blue eyeglasses. Everyone hates him because he has curls to die for.” And then I also drew one I called “Shiny Red Boots.”
My favorite love however is photography. Unfortunately, because I loathe product photography so much – mostly because I suck at it – my photo skills have fallen by the way side and I’ve lost interest in artistically photographing interesting subject matter. My favorite photograph in recent years, though, has to be the following.
Orchid
I took this photograph of an orchid one afternoon downtown on my local farmer’s market – the Roanoke City Market – on an unusually warm day in February. The soft sky background which is almost turquoise in color is actually the backdrop of the awnings we had to protect ourselves from the sun and weather while selling. I love how the orchid looks so strong and yet so delicate at the same time. This shot was taken with a Digital Canon Rebel XT and was not altered in any way.
Recently I purchased some chalk pastels and did a few sketches with those, but other than that I haven’t done anything artistic lately other than to play with soap and spend time writing for my blog. You can see my pastel chalk drawings of a hamster and Cockatiel here and drawings of the now defunct Roanoke band Earndheart, a fox, and a barn owl here.  I’m really hoping to have the chance to play around with my new watercolors before the year is out.
What about you? Do you have any artistic endeavors? And if so, what’s your favorite medium?