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Prepping for your Valentine’s Day with DIY (Part 2 of 5)

Aeryn Lynne

Making Valentine’s Day Special with Help from HP (Day 2)

I have to admit, there were a number of comments in the past couple of days that completely line up with upcoming HP Valentine’s Series posts, including how to utilize both HP ENVY x2 and the eAIO Photosmart 7520 printer to create some DIY gifts, such as cards.  So YAY for all of us being on the same page! 😀

And?  The Hubs adored the invite.  He actually called it “cute”, so mission accomplished my friends.

So, I’ve recently had the pleasure of using Fresh Paint in HP ENVY X2’s tablet mode, and if you haven’t had a chance yet to try it out for yourself yet, you’re missing out on some child-like FUN.  Remember how awesome it was to finger-paint in school?  To really get your hands dirty and just create to your hearts content?  Well, Fresh Paint keeps the activity mess-free (it being digital and all,) but the enjoyment of adding paint to canvas, simply with the tip of your fingers, is still there.

And thus, with Fresh Paint running on the tablet sitting in my lap, I’ve easily created three Valentine’s Day cards for your viewing pleasure.  The art took not much more than five minutes each, as did the assembly, so you can create and print these works on the fly whenever the need arises.

Fresh Paint Valentine's Day Cards

This slideshow below illustrates how to easily create your next masterpiece in Fresh Paint:

The slideshow above mentions Activity packs, which is what I used to get the awesome monster and robot picks into my designs.  Fresh Paint currently has seven cute packs to choose from, and we can only hope and watch to see if their selection will continue to increase.  These packs include:

  • Friends Pack ($1.99)

    Fresh Paint Friends Pack

  • Adventure Pack ($1.99)

    Fresh Paint Adventure Pack

  • Variety Pack ($1.49)

    Fresh Paint Variety Pack

  • Craft Pack ($1.99)

    Fresh Paint Craft Pack

  • Creative Pack ($1.49)

    Fresh Paint Creative Pack

  • FUN Pack (free)

    Fresh Paint Fun Pack

  • Finding Nemo Pack ($1.99)

    Fresh Paint Finding Nemo Pack

Once your art piece is created, you can simply print your image on the fly with a HP eAIO 7520 Photosmart printer. Even if you worked on this piece while sitting at Starbucks, as long as you have photo-paper sitting in the photo tray of your printer, you could print your work right away thanks to ePrinting. To create the card base (the actual card that your work is glued on top of,) you’ll probably want to pick up some card stock, as this is a thicker paper than the type you normally print with. Card stock can even be found an a multitude of colours and textures; check out your local crafting store for selections. If you have an Indigo/Chapters bookstore close by, you can find Paper Crafting magazines that have great suggestions on where to pick up some fabulous card stock paper.

I happen to have a ton of colourful card stock from back in the day when I sold paper crafting supplies, so I didn’t have to look hard for red and pink stocks. If you’re having a hard time find card stock though, construction paper can work too, but the card will have a hard time standing up on it’s own.

One 8 1/2 x 11″ piece can be cut in half to make your fabulous cards. Once cut in half, fold those pieces in half to create the card base.  (These card bases fit “invitation” size envelopes perfectly if that’s your thing.)

If You’re Ready to Make Your Own Cards with Fresh Paint…

Here are some sources to get you started:

  • Fresh Paint Valentine Text Images (.zip)  All of the text images available in this zip package are show below.  Once you download and unpack this set of .png images, you can import them into Fresh Paint whenever you need them, as shown in the slideshow above.  Enjoy!

Fresh Paint Text Brushes

If you have any questions on how to make these cards, please let me know! It’s been a long while since I last made a paper-crafting tutorial and I think I’m a bit rusty, lol.

If this is the first post you’ve seen for this series, you have a chance to win the HP ENVY X2 laptop (that doubles as a tablet) AND eAIO 7520 Photosmart Printer!  Complete the rafflecopter ballot box to enter below:
Every day there will be a new question to go with each blog post (total of five questions), so be sure to come back regularly to answer each one! Best way to keep up to date for a new blog post is to join the Geek with Style newsletter, as it will send you a note each morning when a new post to enter is available. Good luck!

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This blog post has been compensated, but please rest assured that it in no way affects the information that I’m imparting to you. I want you to have the best that’s available out there, so you won’t ever find “lemons” from me.

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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93 Comments on “Prepping for your Valentine’s Day with DIY (Part 2 of 5)

Dylan
February 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Holy COW!!! I love making cards!!

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Julia (nugglemama)
February 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

The Craft pack looks fun! I’d love to try it.

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Francine F.
February 9, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I like the craft pack!

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Theresa M
February 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

I like the Craft Pack, I love to make home made card

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kels
February 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

I would love to make cards

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Tina Lee
February 9, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I like the Friends Pack.

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Anne Taylor
February 9, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I like the Creative Pack! Thanks

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Hasan R.
February 9, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Finding Nemo Pack! One of my fav movies!

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Wendy
February 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Friends Pack is realy cute

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Fran Schwitek
February 9, 2013 at 5:33 pm

This looks like so much fun!

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Fran Schwitek
February 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I like the Creative Pack.

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Jenny
February 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm

They looks great but I prefer the Photoshop brushes.
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Ginette
February 9, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I like the creative pack, would definately bring out the creative juices – ginette4

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Alison Braidwood
February 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

The Variety Pack looks like it would be really useful in making art and cards.

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debbie p
February 9, 2013 at 7:20 pm

I like the Creative Pack

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Dayna Wilson
February 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I like the Finding Nemo pack, and the Creative pack. I use Photoshop brushes more often, however.

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Rebby Roberts
February 9, 2013 at 10:01 pm

I really like the Creative Pack!

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Belinda McNabb
February 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

I like the friends pack. I like to use the photoshop brushes not sure I would prefer them though.

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Lori Bazan
February 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I like the creative pack…very inspiring!

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Jennifer
February 10, 2013 at 12:03 am

I like the fun pack.

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Victoria Ess
February 10, 2013 at 12:20 am

I like the Creative Pack most!!

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Erin
February 10, 2013 at 12:38 am

I Like the Finding Nemo activity pack

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tammy
February 10, 2013 at 1:51 am

i like the fun pack!

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jarebones
February 10, 2013 at 3:07 am

CREATIVE PACK!!

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Jeannie
February 10, 2013 at 5:00 am

I like the craft pack

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ContenionIngression
February 10, 2013 at 8:48 am

Adventure Pack seems nifty

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Nancy
February 10, 2013 at 8:52 am

I would definitely use the creative pack

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docashhosale
February 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

FUN Pack

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John G
February 10, 2013 at 9:52 am

creative pack looks cool

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Sandra
February 10, 2013 at 10:00 am

I like the fun pack but would want to use Photoshop brushes too. Good for you for showing us lots of options for creating Vday+ messages!

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J_numbers
February 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

I would like to use the Finding Nemo pack but if I had a graphics tablet, I would use a graphics program like Photoshop.

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Sandra
February 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

Actually, I also really like the creative pack.

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Carla
February 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

i love the Creative pack!

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p3h2o
February 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Craft Pack

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Erin
February 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I;d love the friends pack!

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Alexa Nernberg
February 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

I would be interested in using the Craft pack. Thanks very much.

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Andrew
February 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I like the Variety Pack

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Brenda Penton
February 10, 2013 at 1:40 pm

I like the craft pack the most. I love making printable crafts.

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Mayda
February 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I would be interested in the variety pack

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irish
February 10, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I like the creative pack. It would certainly be a nice compliment to photoshop brushes

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Mahnoor
February 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I would be interested in the craft pack.

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pamela mckenzie
February 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm

I would love to try the Fun Pack or the variety pack

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Crystal Porter
February 10, 2013 at 7:16 pm

I would like to try the adventure pack!

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ryan
February 10, 2013 at 9:26 pm

This was very informative, great post.

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David Osborne
February 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I like the Creative Pack

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Heather Holmberg
February 10, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I would like the variety pack.

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Little Miss Kate
February 10, 2013 at 10:48 pm

I love the FUN pack – that whale is too cute

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Phil Barrington
February 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I like the variety pack

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Tember Heft
February 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Friends pack, Fun Pack and Variety Pack

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Laura
February 11, 2013 at 12:19 am

Finding Nemo <3 Love the Disney theme.

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Dawn K
February 11, 2013 at 7:22 am

I would try the Creative Pack.

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Amy Brown
February 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

I would be interested in the craft pack!

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mike gismondi
February 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

I would try the Creative Pack

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Betty B.
February 11, 2013 at 11:09 am

Love! the finding nemo pack

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Betty B.
February 11, 2013 at 11:12 am

you’re using the device to make creative valentines with fresh paint in a matter of minutes 🙂

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Sandra
February 11, 2013 at 12:13 pm

gotta say – I sooo love this contest! Amazing prize. If you didn’t educate me about the features in your blog, I’d probably stumble around and only use a few of them. Thank you!!

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MapleLeafMommy
February 11, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I like the finding Nemo pack. I love the idea of reuseable colouring sheets for the kids. Might never even print ’em out. 😀

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Louise
February 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm

ooh – the robots and Nemo templates are perfect to get the kids using Fresh Paint

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sahali
February 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm

creative pack

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Mary
February 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm

craft pack or creative pack

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OlderMommyStill
February 11, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I like the Creative pack, paint by numbers for adults, you can’t beat that! Photoshop seems a bit advanced for me 🙁

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Susan Wilson
February 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I would choose the friends pack or the finding memo pack!! This looks like awesome software!

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Nilos
February 11, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Against all odds by Phil Collins

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Nilos
February 11, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I really like the creative pack!

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Angie
February 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

I like the friends pack best

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Olivia L
February 12, 2013 at 12:28 am

The fun pack is super cute!

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Elaine Sanders
February 12, 2013 at 12:44 am

I would enjoy the creative pack

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Rachel
February 12, 2013 at 1:49 am

The creative pack looks fine and more personal than an e-card or “hallmark” card

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Rachel
February 12, 2013 at 1:51 am

wow the fresh paint cards are such good quality!

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Soph Yee
February 12, 2013 at 2:49 am

I like the Creative Pack!

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Colleen Cole
February 12, 2013 at 9:20 am

The Variety Pack looks interesting.

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Christine Lee-McNaughton
February 12, 2013 at 10:22 am

I’m really curious about Fresh Paint! The Fun Pack looks like it would
be fun for my little girl! I want to try all of them! Wish I had this to
make Valentine’s cards for Little One’s Junior Kindergarten class! LOL!

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Chi
February 12, 2013 at 11:17 am

I like the Variety Pack – I’m always about having the most options.

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Haylie L
February 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm

The adventure pack looks fun!

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stacey h
February 12, 2013 at 8:04 pm

adventure pack

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William Plum
February 12, 2013 at 7:11 pm

NOT sure between the adventure and variety pack – both look good.

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Areta
February 12, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Creative pack!

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sammy gumer
February 13, 2013 at 12:27 am

i like the fun pack

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David
February 13, 2013 at 2:02 am

Adventure pack.

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Kevin
February 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

The creative pack would be my number 1 pick

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D. Ramnarine
February 13, 2013 at 9:54 am

Adventure pack

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Julie Height
February 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

The adventure pack

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Darla H
February 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

I like the Friends pack

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kate
February 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

I”m trying to improve my photoshop skills so I’m always going to take that opportunity!

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aimee
February 13, 2013 at 2:38 pm

craft pack

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Hollie Pollard
February 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

craft pack please

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Hollie Pollard
February 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

in prep you used this to create that very cute invite for your hubby

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Sonya
February 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Oops! Just noticed it was not for US.

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Dave
February 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

The Adventure Pack looks cute.

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Glogirl
February 13, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I’m interested in the Craft Pack.

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Doris C
February 13, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I like the Adventure Pack!

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Caroline M
February 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I would prefer to use Photoshop brushes instead. I feel that they allow for more creativity and uniqueness.

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uana
February 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I’m in love with the Craft Pack!!

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