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How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card

Easy, step by step Valentine's Day Card drawing tutorial
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Would you like to learn how to draw a Valentine's Day card? With the help of this easy cartoon drawing tutorial, your valentine will be ready in no time.

What is Valentine's Day? Also called St. Valentine's Day, it is a social custom celebrated on February 14. On this day, "lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts."

The date and theme of romance date back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which "included fertility rites and the pairing off of women with men by lottery."

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This holiday was banned by the pope during the fifth century. By the fourteenth century, it had grown into a celebration of love honoring one or more Christian martyrs by the name of Valentine - one who wrote a letter to his jailer's daughter before his death, and another who "secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war."

There are also variations of Valentine's Day celebrated by those without a romantic partner. February 13 has been dubbed "Galentine's Day" in celebration of platonic friendships, especially friendships among women. Some schools promote the holiday as "Friendship Day."

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Heart Hands, I Love You Heart, and Valentine Bear.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Valentine's Day Card

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 1
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a ribbon or banner across the top of your page. First, draw a curved rectangle shape. Then, draw a small triangle under each of its bottom corners. On one side of the rectangle, use straight lines to enclose a partial square.

On the other side, draw a sideways "V" and connect it to the banner with slightly curved lines.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 2
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 02

2. Draw two more banner segments beneath the first, each a curved horizontal rectangle. The middle one should be wider than the top one, the bottom one narrower.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 3
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 03

3. Connect the middle and bottom banners with a pair of curved lines. Then, draw a curved line and a small triangle below the corners of the bottom banner. To one side, draw a sideways "V," and connect it to the banner using curved lines.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 4
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 04

4. Connect the top and middle banners with a pair of curved lines. Draw a curved line below the middle banner as if a continuation of one of the lines.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 5
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 05

5. Draw a large heart partially hidden by the top banner section. Then, draw smaller hearts overlapping portions of the ribbon on each side.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 6
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 06

6. Erase the lines from within the small hearts. Then draw large and small hearts overlapping the ends of the middle and bottom sections. Notice that two of the hearts are partially hidden behind the banner.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 7
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 07

7. Write the word "HAPPY" in large, curling letters across the top section of the banner.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 8
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 08

8. Write the word "VALENTINE'S" across the second section of the banner.

Valentine's Day Card drawing - step 9
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 09

9. Write the word "DAY" across the final section of the banner.

Complete Valentine's Day Card drawing
How to Draw a Valentine's Day Card Step 10

Color your cartoon Valentine's Day banner. We've used shades of red and pink in our example, the two colors most often associated with the holiday.

Drawing tip: Once you've mastered the steps in this drawing guide, you can make banners that say whatever you want! For example, you could replace the word "VALENTINE'S" with the name of any other special day - even make up your own! You can also adjust the lengths of the banners to accommodate shorter, longer, or more words. Get creative!

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