Free Instructions for Making a Valentine Card Featuring a Hand-Stamped Flower Motif and a Pretty Paper Lace Border Design
Want to send your beloved a lacy, sweetly sentimental Valentine’s Day card that has lots of pretty details? If so, you’re invited to use our free card making instructions to make your own Valentine greeting just like this one.
This particular card was originally published in a back issue of The Stamper’s Sampler magazine. I have revised, expanded and updated the instructions since the original publication to give you more helpful details you might like to know in case you want to make your own version of this card design.
Supplies You’ll Need for Making a Similar Valentine’s Day Card
Sadly, some of the supplies needed for making this exact card are now out of stock. However, I will give you a list of supplies you’ll need, and I will also suggest substitutes for the ones that are no longer available.
- Flower Stamp: I originally used the “Bella Flora” stamp by Inque Boutique to make this card and many others. As a replacement, I highly recommend the larger flower stamp from the Fancy Florals mini stamp set by Gina K Designs; this flower is close to the same size and looks similar in shape and details.
- Patterned Papers: Carolees Creations / Adornit is the manufacturer of the patterned papers I used to make this card. They’re still making patterned papers, but these particular designs aren’t available any longer. As a substitute, you might want to consider using any similar patterned papers you happen to have in your craft supplies stash already.
I just looked around to see what similar papers are currently available, and this paper pack has some options that look similar to the papers I originally used. This 6″x6″ paper pad by Echo Park is another possible alternative. Another option could be to stamp the “be mine” sentiment; if you already have some alphabet stamps in your craft supply stash, you could use those to spell out “Be Mine”. Otherwise, check out these stamps by Honey Bee and these by Hero Arts.
- Decorative Scissors: I originally used Fiskars Paper Edgers to create the fancy decorative edges on this card. Fiskars is still making these scissors, and you can buy them at Dick Blick. Another alternative is to use these decorative scissors by EK Success.
- Hand Punches: I used Fiskars hand punches to punch the teardrop, heart, flower and dot designs that form the holes in the paper lace. Fiskars still makes a limited number of hand punches, but you might have to get a little bit creative using the available punches to compensate for the flower and teardrop, which are no longer available. If you have a die cutter, you’ll probably want to just die cut a pretty border design to use here and skip trying to make this particular paper lace band.
- Vellum: I’ve used translucent vellum as the top layer on my paper lace band. This is readily available at many art supply stores.
- Sewing Machine and White Thread: I used a sewing machine, white thread and a zigzag stitch to make the hand-sewn details on this card. I love the look of the stitched details, but if you don’t have a sewing machine, you could probably fake this look using the BoBunny Stitches stamp set. I ordered this set to see if this will work as well as I am hoping it will, but I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. Update 8-27-2022: I tried the stamps and I do think they will work well for this. I love them and recommend them as an alternative to dragging out your sewing machine (if you have one) or buying one if you don’t have one.
- Flower Center: I used a pretty decorative brad as the center for the stamped flower. This is totally optional, but I think it’s
a nice touch. You can skip this if your flower stamp has a pretty design in the center. Also, you don’t have to use a brad for this. You could use an epoxy sticker, a faux jewel, a round or flower-shaped bit of chipboard, any of the Nuvo drops, a button, or whatever other pretty bauble you might happen to have on hand.
Card Dimensions: 7” x 5”
How to Make the Paper Lace Band:
- Cut a 1 ¾” band out of vellum using “Victorian” Paper Edgers (Fiskars.)
- Punch the lace pattern using ¼” heart, ¼” flower, 1/16” circle, and 5/16” tear drop hand punches (Fiskars.)
Cut a 1 7/8” band out of red cardstock using “Victorian” Paper Edgers.
Sew the top layer onto the bottom layer using white thread and 2 rows of narrow zigzag stitch. Punch tiny flowers using a small flower punch. Attach the flower punches to the paper lace band.
How to Make the Card:
Cut your card base to size.
Score and fold it using a scoring tool for paper. Set it aside.
Layer the following on top of the card base:
- A 7” x 5” piece of red cardstock
- A 6.5” x 4.5” piece of patterned paper; and a 6” x 4” piece of patterned paper (both patterned papers by Carolees Creations.)
Attach the paper lace band to front of card. Stamp the Bella Flora Flower stamp (Inque Boutique) on patterned paper. Cut around the edges with “Mini Scallop” paper edgers. Punch a small flower punch. Glue punched flower to center of a silver button using Mod Podge (Plaid). Attach decorated button to center of stamped flower. Attach stamped flower to front of card.
By Amy Solovay
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