simple hand painted Valentine’s day cards and envelope liners

Simple hand painted Valentine's Day notes and envelope liners by Lauren McKinsey

have you seen the amazing blog Sugar & Cloth? i stumbled across it recently and spent HOURS captivated by her creativity and inspired by her talent.

i fell in love with her DIY xo gift wrap and that gave me an idea. i have lots of white butcher paper sitting around which would make the perfect hand painted wrapping paper.

then, just like that i got creatively distracted {squirrel} and decided to try my hand at painting little notes. i pulled out scrap card stock and cut to size.

Simple hand painted Valentine's Day notes and envelope liners by Lauren McKinsey

i found some pink acrylic paint along with a few paint brushes and went to work.

what i should show you are the PILES of discarded painted notes. i am such a perfectionist so this little task of creating simple hand painted notes was a tad bit stressful to me – ms. perfectionist.

i finally realized {hours later} that they didn’t have to be perfect. that is the beauty of these hand painted notes. hand painted from the heart!

{if you like a more watercolor look just add a little bit of water to your paint or paintbrush.}

Simple hand painted Valentine's Day notes and envelope liners by Lauren McKinsey

i painted lots of notes. little notes. card size notes. notes to laminate. notes to leave for my sweet hubby.

Simple hand painted Valentine's Day notes and envelope liners by Lauren McKinsey

then i decided to paint envelope liners!

i adore envelope liners!

remember these {free} black and white note cards with matching envelope liners?

i used my butcher paper for my envelope liners. you could also use regular computer paper as well.

Simple hand painted Valentine's Day notes and envelope liners by Lauren McKinsey

i just started painting the words love on the paper over and over again and then cut the paper to size and then placed them inside the envelope. i used a simple glue stick to adhere the paper to the envelope.

these would be great words to paint on your hand painted notes and envelope liners:

  • love
  • love you
  • love is all you need
  • xoxo
  • hugs
  • i love you
  • or a bunch of hand painted hearts
Simple hand painted Valentine's Day notes and envelope liners by Lauren McKinsey

i thought that is would be fun to turn several of my notes into laminated gift tags.

add a ribbon and you have created a cute luggage tag.

you can even add a magnet to the back of a laminated note and give as a gift or hang on your own refrigerator.

i love the idea of having your little ones create their own LOVE notes. what a special way for them to hands on show their love to that special teacher, friend, coach, baby sitter or grandparent.

so grab your paint and a paint brush and start creating!

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