Enjoy This DIY Valentine’s Day Card Making Idea — You’re Invited to Use It to Make Your Sweetheart or Friend a Beautiful Handmade Card This Valentine’s Day
Folks, I think this might be the easiest card I ever made. Because of the eye-catching patterned paper, it looks fancy, but it is really, amazingly simple to put together. I love it!
Supplies You Will Need to Make This Valentine Card:
- Patterned Papers: I used papers from the “Time to Flourish” 8×8 pad by Graphic 45, which is now hard to find. This pad features 2 papers for every month of the year; I used elements from the papers for February. You might still be able to find the 12″x12″ version of the Time to Flourish collection. Graphic 45 also has a newer collection called “Flower Market” with a similar aesthetic that you might like to check out. There are lots of other patterned paper designs that would work just as well for making your own handcrafted Valentine’s Day card similar to this one.
- Heavy cardstock paper: I used Tim Holtz Heavystock to make the sample card pictured here. This paper is weighty and substantial, and it is the ideal color to complement many of the papers in the “Time to Flourish” pad. That said, you have many choices for cardstock papers that would work perfectly for constructing this card.
- Sage green ribbon
- Scor-Pal tool, bone folder or other scoring tool
- Envelope: I’ll be sending this card to a friend of mine in a plain white envelope. I like these Cardmaker’s Choice envelopes by Paper Accents, but there are many possibilities for envelopes that will complement this card design well.
- Adhesive: I used Cherry Tape and Glue Dots as the adhesives to make this Valentine’s Day card, but you could use just about any paper-friendly adhesive for putting this design together.
- Skinny Green Washi Tape by Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) from the Happy Planner washi tape collection
- Paper Trimmer
How to Make This Valentine’s Day Card
The first step in making this card: Transform one sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ Heavystock or cardstock into 2 card bases. You can use them both to make these cards, or you can use one and put one aside to use for making some other card later. To accomplish this, you’ll cut the sheet of cardstock into 2 identical pieces measuring 8.5″ x 5.5″ each. Then use a scoring tool to score and fold the cardstock to create a card measuring 5.5″ wide by 4.25″ tall.
Cut out a 3.5″ x 5.5″ piece from a page in the “Time to Flourish” patterned paper pad by Graphic 45. I used the pretty Valentine’s Day themed paper for February; it includes various lovey-dovey sentiments such as “Will you be mine?”, “Roses are red” and others. Tape this piece of patterned paper to the front of your card base.
Cut a piece of skinny green washi tape measuring 5.5″ across. Stick it to the card base right above the patterned paper. Repeat these instructions, but attach your second piece of skinny washi tape underneath the patterned paper.
Cut a bit of ribbon and tie it in a bow. Use Glue Dots or your preferred adhesive to attach the bow to your card. I placed mine on the patterned paper, right above the “Roses Are Red” sentiment.
Add the card to your card stash, or personalize a greeting on the inside and send it off to its recipient.
That’s it! As far as handmade cards go, it doesn’t get much easier than this one. I hope you’ll enjoy making your own version(s) of this Valentine’s Day card; it’s an extremely versatile design offering you many possibilities for reinterpretation.
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Posted By: Amy Solovay
This page was last updated on 11-7-2023.