Deer Valentine

Happy almost Valentine’s Day everyone!

Phew.  That’s over with.

I’m actually not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day.  In fact, I’ve never loved it as much as I did when I was a little kid.  Little enough that I can remember giving a Valentine to everyone in the class, not just my actual friends.  The best part of that of course was the fact that you also got a Valentine from everyone.  No one felt bad, no one ended up Valentineless, no one sat silently crying in the coat closet.

So like I said, Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

There are a few things I still love about Valentine’s Day.  Things that envelop me in a great big, nostalgic fog like red cinnamon hearts in a bowl, construction paper cupids and vintage looking Valentines.

So for old time’s sake … here’s a vintage Valentine for you to share with someone you love.  (I’ll have a link to click on that will bring you to the printable version at the end of the post)



And because not everyone you want to give a Valentine to is a child … here’s an alternative version of the same card.  I put my stamp on it.  Or more specifically, I put “our” stamp on it.  Thanks to all of you who, by leaving a comment on one of my posts, unknowingly contributed to this free, printable Valentine’s card.  My little way of saying thanks for reading The Art of Doing Stuff.


Front of Valentine
insdie of valentine card


To print either card (or just get a better look at the inside of the adult version) just click on the appropriate link below.  (child version or adult version)  Both cards will print out on a regular 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper so you don’t have to go running around willy nilly looking for cardstock or construction paper or whatever.

For the child’s version, just print and cut out around the Valentine.  You can use regular or construction paper if your printer can handle it.

For the adult version, just print out on a standard sheet of paper, then fold your paper in half and then in half again (making sure you’re folding in the centre of the card NOT the centre of the paper)  Then cut the excess paper off.

Deer Valentine (child’s version)

Deer Valentine (adult version)


And by the way, a little background information on the adult version of the card.  It originally said “I love you … because … of your BIG dink, weiner … etc. etc. When I told Betty, my mother, about it, she said she thought the word “big” was just going tooooo far.  I mean what if they didn’t have a big one?  So I changed the text to “friendly”.  Because let’s face it, even if they’re not all big, they are alllllllll friendly.


  1. Nicole2 says:

    Oh Karen, you’re tooooo funny. I was bitching to my husband that I don’t like V-Day because it is commercial and contrived, but you make me want to love it again and have fun with it! I’m all for turning it into something funny and pranky. Wait, that’s April Fool’s day. Well, there’s no law that say we can’t have two such days.

    Hope you and the Fella have a fun-filled Valentine’s Day.

    • Karen says:

      Nicole2 – Thanks. We’ll probably just eat ourselves sick on lasagna and fall asleep on the couch. Over the past few years I’ve implemented a “no roses” policy. Tulips I wouldn’t say no to though. ๐Ÿ™‚ ~ karen

  2. Marti says:

    Very “public service oriented” post, Karen. Hope you and your favorite friendly love rocket have a great Valentine’s Day together!

  3. meg says:

    I adore these! I hope you will still love me when I nudge you to re read the text above the adult picture close up…

  4. Angel says:

    You make me laugh out loud on a daily basis Karen. Thanks for that! And happy valentine’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Ange says:

    Meg is just talking about the fact that you labeled the image, insdie instead of inside. No biggie! Don’t lose sleep over it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Rebecca says:

    Think I’ll print these when I’m a bit less tired. I can only imagine the looks on the teachers faces if I messed up and my kids handed out the adult version!

  7. Diane says:

    Hahahaha! Nice to way to end my night! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Violet says:

    I read “junk” + “hammer” as “junk hammer,” and thought, Now THAT is awesome.

  9. Jean says:

    Love it! Someone is getting this for Valentine’s!

  10. Laura Bee says:

    Sweet, I guess he’s getting a card after all! Thanks Karen, it’s perfect.

  11. Moe says:

    OMG.. lol. I can’t wait to give this to my honey on Valentines Day. He will LOVE IT !!! and so do I . Thanks for the LMAO this morning Karen. You’re the BEST!!! Happy early Valentines Day to you and the fella. :o)

  12. Karena says:

    Too cute Karen and I love the adult version!!
    Happy Valentines!

    Art by Karena

  13. Rebecca says:

    You are too funny! I love it!

  14. Karen says:

    Thank you! I could not for the life of me, figure out what to get hubby for V-Day, and here you come with your fancy card, all pretty and nice….so I just penciled in BIG cuz, well…….Anyways, hope you two have a happy V-Day!

  15. Melissa says:

    Can you imagine if through the power of time travel your card wound up at Woolworths or the Five and Dime but it had your copy inside, instead of the original greeting? It’s almost movie-worthy. Heh.

  16. AmieM says:

    Hee hee, willy nilly. Is your willy nilly?

  17. Barbie says:

    You are such a crack up Karen!

    I am SO printing this card out.

  18. Sheri Chan says:

    I too am not a fan of Valentines day, and espically roses, everyone in the family know not to get mom roses, yuck! Such an unimaginative flower. I fully believe this is a holiday made up by the greeting card industry. But I will buy the honey a card and make something for the kids. But NO ROSES! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. charissa says:

    Karen, without you I wouldn’t know how to keep the romance alive in my marriage. Thank you.

    Now, have a wonderful, cinnamon-heart-overdosey week. : )

  20. Nancy says:

    You are such a romantic Karen..I can see why your fella loves you so much..My fella just walked in the door with a 20 pound frozen turkey for me to cook for him tomorrow cause there is no room for it in the freezer..Now how sweet is that..Didn’t you tell us a little while back that it is OK to hit people over the head with frozen food??

  21. Lita says:

    Thanks to Aunt Peaches, grown-ups can also give valentines and expect just as many in return. Just like grade school <3

    Maybe you need to try this in 2013 Karen. Besides, Aunt peaches seems like your kind of gal anyway.

    Here's the post for the original (2011) swap:

    And for this year's:

  22. Shari says:

    OMG – this brings back memories of my childhood; I’m pretty sure I still have an original of this vintage card kicking around (’cause I didn’t participate in the 50 things to throw away challenge:)I remember the deer’s body was a flocked velvet texture.

  23. Shauna says:

    Okay, what the heck is a .psd file? I can’t open either of these on my computer because it doesn’t recognize the extension. Is this photoshop? I think we need a .pdf file or something;)

  24. Pinder says:

    This is my first time posting on your site; I have admired your work from afar.
    Your site is brilliant. Your wit and fantastic sense of humour unmatched- great Valentine’s Day card! Thanks for sharing all your clever ideas and personal insight!

  25. jenny says:

    ohmygod. that card made me spit my water out. too freaking hilarious. “baby tiger” PUAHAHAHAH. awesome.

  26. Pati says:

    Karen, just when I think you’ve gone as far as you can go, you show me different !!! ROTFLMBO !! This is A.W.E.S.O.M.E. ! The H.E. (aka Hubster Extraordiaire)will DEFINITELY get a little something extra for V-Day ! Thanks,girl…you are too funny !!!

  27. Carol M says:

    Those are great cards! Perfect timing.. I’ve been stuck with what to write for my Valentine (ironically, I’ve written about my dilemma in my post today), so this would be perfect!

    Thanks! Love your ideas!

  28. Lisa says:

    I love it! You are a kindred spirit. This is everything a girl could want- nostalgia and yahas all rolled into one whimsical card! I can’t wait to leave this on the big man’s pillow. I definitely think you should have stuck with BIG though, because they all know they’re big even if we all know they’re not.

  29. Zoe says:

    I gave it to my husband this morning (we aren’t doing Valentines Day) but he LOVED it ๐Ÿ™‚


  30. Lisa says:

    I have stopped lurking to tell you:

    You Are My Hero.

    You plotted this for weeks, didn’t you? Awesome.

  31. Laura says:

    I am DYING here!!!! You are hilarious! I just stumbled upon your blog thanks to Pinterest, and am SO glad I did! Not only are you super handy and creative in ALL aspects but you are hilarious! Thnx for sharind the AWESOME v-day card. It’s PERFECT for the message I was thinking in my head but just couldn’t quite put it into words with a pic of a vintage deer. So, thank you! (p.s. i’m going to make the burgers for the man with “that ole purple thang” TONIGHT)

  32. Linda says:

    Thank you soooo much for this card. My hubby and I are completely broke this year and so we thought our Valentines day was going to be a complete flop but thanks to you and your, um, ‘creative’ card skills, we had an absolutely wonderful morning with cinnamon sugar toast, a pilfered pink rose from a wild bush in the neighbourhood (we live in Texas. Yes, roses are in bloom), and a long cuddle before he went to sleep (he works overnights). I have to say, Karen, you saved our Valentines day! Thank you so much. My husband laughed so hard he nearlt fell over!

  33. dana says:

    I love the adjective change to “friendly” because doesn’t it look like the meat sword is winking at you?

    My favorite scene in “Juno” is when she goes to the clinic and is offered blueberry-scented condoms, and the receptionist says “my boyfriend’s junk smells like pie.”

    Happy Valentine’s Day, Karen! You are not only the most amusing and entertaining blogger, but also the most interesting. I learn a lot from you while laughing aloud and squeezing my legs together so I don’t pee myself. It does not always work. So I must ask:

    Karen, would you “pee-ase” be my Valentine?

  34. Jody says:

    I discovered your V Day card by trolling back through your posts. You are too funny. My husband “enjoyed” the Valendtine from you…..Oh, was I supposed to sign my name? My 12 year old son loved the card as well. Never too early to learn slang

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