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This is a fun, very easy Valentine's Day card. It can even be done with children, especially if you leave off the words. This tutorial pictures a card that is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", but I advise figuring out what kind of envelopes you have and cutting cardstock to fit. I have included some examples for other common envelope sizes, to show how you might want to adapt the spacing.

Step 1: Materials

--1 envelope that you have around.
--1 piece of cardstock, which when folded in half will fit in the envelope; this tutorial uses an 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock
--coloring instruments; I used sharpies, but just about anything will do, including crayons, colored pencils, and regular markers. Be careful to check if your chosen colors will bleed through the cardstock; if so, simply add in a scrap layer while you are coloring, in between the front and inside of the card.
--optional: a thin piece of copy paper or tracing paper

Step 2: Fold Your Cardstock, and Draw a Heart on the Front

Fold your cardstock in half. On the front, draw a simple heart. This does not have to be perfect.

Step 3: Pick a Point to Start, and Draw a Continuous Looping Scribble

Pick a point to start, and do not lift your pen from the paper again until you have drawn several random loops around the front of the card, crossing each other and the heart several times. After you are satisfied with your scribble, join the end of the line together with the start of the line.

Step 4: Color the Heart

Color the portions of the heart, by coloring one color in each section created by a line dividing the space. The 'rule' in the coloring is that no color can border itself. In this tutorial I used shades of pink and red in the heart. I do not use these colors in the rest of the card, outside the heart. Other ideas for coloring the heart include:
* shades of the recipient's favorite color
* shades of two colors representing the giver and recipient

Step 5: Color the Rest of the Scribble

Color in the rest of the sections. Again the rule is that no single color can border itself. Otherwise, anything goes. I do not use the shades of red and pink again in the rest of the card, outside the heart.

Step 6: Optional: Trace Scribble for Word Placement

If you want, you can trace the border of your scribble onto a thin sheet of copy or tracing paper. This will allow you to practice different starting points for your text. But you can succeed without this, as well.

Step 7: Add the Words, and You're Done

Along one portion of the scribble, carefully print the words, "Love brings order out of chaos." I did mine in all capital letters, so I did not have to worry about the positioning of the lowercase G. Especially for children, you could omit the words, or have them just write, "Love" or "I love you."

And that is it! Personalize the inside, and make use of your envelope!
<p>Nice!</p>
I like this!!!! I think I'm gonna do a st patricks day one! Like a clover
That's awesome! It's very clever and pretty.
Thanks! Glad you like it :-)

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