Frank likes Pokémon. Frank likes Pokémon A LOT. In order to keep Frank from starting to purchase and collect cards, I spent several months last year diverting his attention by having him MAKE his own cards.
This year, while designing other Pokémons, we thought it would be fun to make a Valentine Pokémon... there are plenty of ideas here:
- Heart Attack
- Cardiac Arrest
- Love Bug
- Straight to the Heart
- Luv Needle (Frank's Creation)
I realize it's a little late to make these for a class party, but there's still time to make a few for friends / family ON Valentine's Day...
If you'd like to do this, here's what you need:
- two sheets plain printer paper
- one sheet card stock
- 1/2 sheet white construction paper
- 3" x 5" scrap red construction paper
- drawing supplies
- black marker
- printer (if you don't have color, draw in black and white, then color after printing)
Here's how we make the cards and envelopes:
- Print out the lined page, as well as several "blank" pages. Then, stack them together with the lined page underneath a blank page.
- Draw picture of imagined Pokémon.
- Fill in the name, "hit points" and other information.
- Scan into the computer.
- Pull it into Adobe Photoshop, where you can clean up any stray eraser marks or "mistakes". You can also intensify / adjust the colors.
- Reduce the cards to proper size (2 1/2" wide x 3 1/4" tall).
- Print nine per page on cardstock.
- You may either design a card back, or find an image online to use, then print the second side before cutting.
- Fold a sheet of white construciton paper so the edges meet in the middle. The finished size should be about 5" from fold to fold. Trim almost a 5" circle, being sure to leave about 1.5" of the folds intact. (If this step sounds confusing, take a look at the second photograph, with the open envelope and the card tucked inside.)
- Set the white circle over the red paper, lining up the edge of the red with the center of the circle. Trim the red to match the circle shape.
- Cut about a 1" circle out of a white scrap.
- Draw a black line around the small circle.
- Glue the side edges on the bottom half of the circle together. This makes the inside pocket. I only glued the top of the sides (not the bottom of the curve); just incase my card was a little big for the envelope.
- Glue the red flap to the outside front.
- Glue the white dot with the black outline to the center front (only glue the half that touches the red).
- Let the glue dry, the put the card in the envelope.
- If desired, write a name on the back of the envelope.
- Deliver. :D
I'd love to see your efforts if you make use of this fun little project.