DIY Tutorial: Valentine’s Day Cards

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

by Kelly Valeri of Kelly V Photography

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While scrolling on Pinterest a few weeks ago (find me here if you want to follow), I came across this awesome list of Valentine’s sayings that really got my creative wheels turning. I absolutely LOVED the idea of giving out hot chocolate for a Valentine’s treat, plus it’s my daughter’s favorite thing in the entire world. She requests a mug every time a single snowflake appears in the air — whether she’s been outside or not.

Not only that, but I thought it would make for an incredibly fun photo session and a really unique and personal Valentine card that Allie could hand out to her friends. I just wish I had waited to tell her my idea until AFTER I had all of the necessary items gathered. She begged me incessantly to “do that hot chocolate thing” … “you know, in the studio?” … “please?” for DAYYYYYS.

I did want to keep it really simple, though, so I didn’t need much. All I purchased was a red mug from Target for less than $2 and the heart shirt from Old Navy, which was on sale at the time for about $12. That’s it! We had everything else. I rounded out her outfit with all browns — to keep the hot chocolate theme. And I thought the warm tones looked perfect with a pop of red! I opted not to use any other props so the focus stayed on her.

After that I just prepared a mug, gave her a few marshmallows, and pretty much let her go to town! It was SO much fun to photograph and I’m betting she would tell you it was one of her favorite photo sessions with me, too!


After we were done shooting, I picked my favorites and got designing. I had loved the idea of hot chocolate, but I didn’t like the suggested saying “You make my heart melt” that went along with it on the Pinterest link. It just seemed too generic. After brainstorming words that went with hot chocolate, I kept coming up with “mix” and “stir.” Then it just sort of hit me in the middle of the night and I texted it to myself so I wouldn’t forget it in the morning:

We’re a good mix, Valentine.

Let’s stir up some fun!

Perfect, right?! I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really proud of that one. For the card design, I knew I wanted to do an image compilation of some sort, but it was much harder narrowing down my favorites than I thought it would be! I customized a free Valentine’s template from Florabella Collection (get them here). I ended up with three different versions, but eventually settled on this one:



And to really play up the “mix” and “stir” concept, I decided to make chocolate-filled spoons to pair with the hot chocolate packets. I bought one bag of red chocolate candies at a craft store, a bag of 24 plain white plastic spoons, a small container of heart sprinkles and two sets of 12 treat favor bags complete with white ribbons. Score!

Even better? They were incredibly easy to make, and Allie was able to help with most of it. She helped me arrange the spoons, sprinkle the candies and assemble the treat bags once the chocolate had cooled.



I was so excited to see the final product! I opted to go with a specialty 5 x 7 dye-cut card for a little extra detail. (I ordered these from WHCC.) The morning after her cards arrived, we practiced writing all of her friends’ names on the front.



Then we stuffed the envelopes with the goodie bags inside, packed them into the Valentine’s box we made for her to take to school, and she was off! Definitely very excited to share them with her friends, that’s for sure!


Thank You for sharing with us Kelly! These are adorable!

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Becky - February 14, 2012 - 1:04 pm

oh goodness, that little girl is beyond cute!! Those photos are so adorable!

Trinity - February 19, 2012 - 9:04 am

Love the blog

Jeni - January 29, 2013 - 11:34 am

So adorable! I love your photography and the chocolate spoon Valentine for hot chocolate. Way cute!

Angela Bernard - February 12, 2013 - 3:36 pm

So So cute and original!

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