These watercolor Valentine cards are a simple and fun Valentine’s Day craft for both kids and adults. Paint over white paper, then watch your Valentine words and images “magically” appear!
Hey there! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and this is one of my faaaavorite holidays for kids crafting. Last year I made these watercolor cards with my son, and we gave them to Grandma and Papa for Valentine’s Day.
Such a cute idea, right? By using a special white crayon, words and images “magically” appear when you paint over them. We also did this as a winter craft too. This is the kind of craft project that can easily be customized for any season, holiday, or theme. So, get painting.
Related: Use potato stamps to make a handmade Valentine’s Day gift for the grandparents this year.
Watercolor Valentine Cards
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- watercolor paper (cut into quarters) or small watercolor cards
- paper trimmer for larger sheets of watercolor paper
- masking tape
- white china marker (or white crayon works too)
- watercolor paints
- small cups or bowls
Tutorial: How to Make Watercolor Valentine Cards
- Decide what designs and/or words that you want to draw on the valentines. Hearts, arrows, XOXO, and LOVE are all good choices. Simple is better.
- Pressing firmly with the china marker, draw your images and text onto the watercolor paper. If you don’t have a china marker, you can also use a white crayon. I just prefer the china marker, because I feel that the image appears better.
- Lay out the watercolor sheets on a large, flat, paint-friendly surface (like the kitchen table). Using the masking tape, secure all four edges of the watercolor paper to your work surface. Be sure to create a “seal” all the way around the paper to keep things smooth as you paint.
- Mix your watercolor paint colors in small cups or bowls. Don’t water down the paint too much.
- Let your little ones paint on the paper and watch as images “magically” appear beneath their brushes! We’ve done this craft several times before, so my kiddos know what to expect – yet the excitement never wears off!
- Let the paint dry before carefully peeling away the masking tape at a 45-degree angle.
This post first appeared at Somewhat Simple where I’m a contributor.