St.Valentine’s Day is almost here and I have been having fun making little valentines for my husband and leaving them around the house to surprise him. This is the first time I have done this and it has been fun. Some are just simple little valentines from the Avery website
that I customized and printed on 2″x 2″ Avery labels or on postcards. Others have been a little more involved.
One of his early valentines started with this little snowman that I painted on sketch paper a few years ago. I came across it while cleaning my office before Christmas and cut it out and glued it to a piece of mat board and added some snow and a few other details and stuck it in a little frame.
Anyway, I wanted to leave it out for winter because I usually leave all of my snowman decorations out for winter since they are not really Christmas decorations. But, I noticed that I put “Merry Christmas” on the little sign this little snowman was holding. I didn’t really care. I left him out anyway. But, I wondered how easy it would be to alter the little sign and I photographed him, uploaded him to Photoshop to change his sign to “Let it Snow” and realized he was really pretty messy up close, Don’t get me wrong. I love him, as is, in the frame, but I was thinking about turning him into a valentine snowman and he wouldn’t quite do for that.
So I started changing him up a bit. “Merry Christmas” was the first thing to go. Then I improved the color and refined his overall shape a bit, made the sign into a “chalkboard”, took out some of the black where I had outlined the original snowman when I glued him to the mat board and smoothed out the snow a bit. Much better. But…
not quite there, I continued to change things up. I added the “Let it Snow” and started experimenting with color. He was still looking very much like Christmas, so I was trying different things. I liked the plaid but there was really no way to change the colors and keep the plaid because there were so many shades of red and green and no definitive lines, The color replacement feature in Photoshop would have taken a few years to match and change each color. The plaid had to go.
I decided to use a dark pink because I liked the pink and brownish gray background together. I had to extend the canvas because I didn’t like that his hat was being cut off at the top. So, I did that and blended it all together nicely and I thought I was through but…
I wanted some little something else. So, I added a little snow covered shrub and decided it was finished. So this is Snowman #1 and you can download or print him here
Then, since it was fun and I had some time, I took an earlier version and added a tree instead of a shrub and some falling snow and some piled up snow and an icicle or two to his hat and other parts. It is a little bit busier than the other one but still fun. So, if you like this one, Snowman #2 can be downloaded and/or printed here
The next thing was to make a valentine out of it. I used the a snowy version without the tree for that and simply added a valentine greeting to it. I printed it on a little scalloped edge card (apparently no longer available from Staples) and propped it up against the ice maker in the freezer. When my husband went to fill his glass with ice, he was surprised to find another little note of love. I think he is getting a kick out of all these little surprises I am leaving him. I am too. The valentine version, Snowman #3 can be downloaded and/or printed here
Hope you have enjoyed seeing all of the iterations this little snowman went through. Let me know if you decide to try my little pre-Valentine’s Day surprises on your spouse or kids.
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