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How to Make a 3 Dimensional Valentine Card or Picture

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How to Make a 3 Dimensional Valentine Card or Picture

In Victorian times, cards, especially valentines, were very ornate. It was not uncommon to receive a valentine that had movable parts or was 3 dimensional. All you need are 3 identical cards or pictures, a good amount of  patience and a very good pair of scissors. I have a pair of "bird" scissors that are really meant to be used when one embroiders but their sharp tips are really good for getting into the small spaces.  .

To make a 3 Dimensional Valentine Card or picture you will need:

3 identical pictures, postcards or valentines Small, pointed scissors A small piece foam rubber or sponge (I have found the foam craft sheets to work very well for this project and they can be purchased in packages of 12 at your local dollar store. White school glue and a small brush

I like to choose greeting card covers (without any words on them) for my 3 Dimensional Valentines because they have a lot of detail that can be used to create the effect.

You will need the first card as your base or third of the 3 dimensions. This card does not get cut.

Your second card will create the second dimension. Look at your picture. If it were a real scene, what part of the picture would stand out? In the sample picture, there is a little girl sitting on a step with some flowers all around here. If we could reach into the picture, what would we touch first? The thing closest thing might be the grass and flowers that are on the ground. The next would be the girl herself and the watering can and flowers on the step. The farthest thing away from us is the wall behind the girl and the flowers. So the second dimension would be the girl and the watering can and flowers.You would then cut her and them away from the second card.

The third dimension was the flowers in the baskets. I cut small individual flowers out of the baskets and glued them back in place so that the flowers would stand out from the rest of the picture. When you make your 3 Dimensional card, look carefully for small items that can be lifted to make the picture more interesting.

Now you are ready to assemble the 3 Dimensional Valentine.

If we were assembling the sample card, we would need to cut several very small pieces of foam. The size of the foam piece is determined by the size of the cutout. You don't want the foam rubber sheet to show in the picture. To assemble: glue a small piece foam to the back of the cutout. When dry, glue tin place on the first, uncut card. Repeat the same process until all of the pieces are placed.. When completely dry, you will have a very special valentine for someone.

Tips from Granny:

You can use the same techniques described above to make very eleborate valentines and pictures. Look at the card or picture that you are doing. What else "sticks out" when you look at it? If there are other items, cut them out the same way. The more details, the better. You can create a special valentine gift by framing your 3 Dimensional valentine. Visit your local dollar store where they sell boxed greeting cards and picture frames. Make sure that your picture will fit in the frame. When your picture is complete, remove the glass from the frame or ask an adult to help you. Discard the glass carefully. You do not want to crush your 3 Dimensional valentine behind glass. You can also embellish your picture by "painting" with some glitter glue. If you have a snow scene, you can use white glitter glue to enhance the effect. Colored glitter glue is also available at your local dollar tree store. Some people have used this technique to make many different year round gifts. These can make beautiful gifts for new brides or to welcome new babies. And don't forget teachers on their birthdays!

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