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Whip up cute and creative cards for Valentine's Day. Browse our gallery to find the perfect idea for your special someone.

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    • Create a Traditional Valentine

      Design by Lisa Spangler

      A patterned-paper heart backed with scallops creates a sweet centerpiece for Lisa's Valentine's Day card. She embellished with a trio of gems, a sticker, and ribbon, and completed the look with a simple greeting.

      Editor's Tip: To make a conventional holiday design, take cues from Lisa's card. She used only red, pink, and white, placing her focal point onto a distressed brown card base. Stitching around the edges gives the card an old-fashioned feel.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock, gems, stamps: Hero Arts. Patterned paper: We R Memory Keepers. Die-cutting tool: Spellbinders. Ribbon: Offray. Ink: Memories (red), Tsukineko (black), Ranger Industries (distress). Pens: Copic.

    • Make a Sweet Layered Valentine's Day Card

      Design by Lisa Spangler

      Lisa tied a ribbon around the front of her card base to ground the design, then layered cardstock, patterned paper, and a decorative label over the ribbon to create a focal point.

      Editor's Tip: Look for embellishments that coordinate with your patterned paper and title, like the cherries on this card.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock, stamp: Hero Arts. Patterned paper: Cosmo Cricket. Ribbon: May Arts. Ink: Tsukineko. Pen: Copic (red, brown, green), Sakura of America (black). Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Embossing tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft.

    • Cover a Card Front with Valentine Phrases

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      Tracy used patterned paper printed with sweet sentiments to create a colorful background on this Valentine's Day card. She dotted the "i" of her greeting with a heart for a seasonal touch.

      Editor's Tip: Tracy added subtle interest to her card by placing a heart of rhinestones behind her card sentiment. For an opposite effect, punch small holes in a shape on your card front, letting the inside of the card show through.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: Li'l Davis Designs (letters), Making Memories (red heart). Gems: Heidi Swapp.

    • Craft a Simple but Clever Valentine

      Design by Lisa Storms

      To create this clever card, Lisa embossed a wood-grain pattern on brown cardstock, then inked the edges to help the texture stand out. She added a die cut, piece of patterned paper, and stickers to simply embellish the greeting.

      Editor's Tip: Missing a letter or punctuation mark? Use your creativity to cut one from another sticker. Lisa snipped a piece from a "P" to make her quirky question mark.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: BoBunny Press. Stickers: BasicGrey (bird), Die Cuts With A View ("you be mine?"), Heidi Grace Designs ("wood"). Die cuts: My Mind's Eye. Punch, texture plate: Fiskars.

    • Use Die Cuts to Fashion a Modern Valentine

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      A die-cut tree branch grounds a script-letter sentiment on Tracy's glittery valentine. Nontraditional colors create a modern look.

      Editor's Tip: Look for heart-shape embellishments, like the button Tracy added to her card, for subtle reminders of the season.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Making Memories. Die-cutting tool: Cricut by Provo Craft. Stickers, buttons: Doodlebug Design.

    • Add Simple Paper Accents to a Valentine

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      A simple owl piecing gives Tracy's card a cute, trendy look. She covered the character in hearts and placed it on heart-pattern paper to play up the holiday theme.

      Editor's Tip: Rather than spelling out your sentiment, choose a symbolic way to share your greeting. Tracy let her valentine know what's on her mind by filling a thought bubble with a chipboard heart.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Heidi Grace Designs. Glitter paper: Doodlebug Design. Chipboard accent: Scrapworks. Eyes: Westrim Crafts. Embossing plate: Sizzix. Die-cutting tool: Cricut. Punch: EK Success.

    • Create Texture on a Valentine's Day Card

      Design by Lisa Spangler

      Lisa layered strips of patterned paper and stitches to create dimension on her valentine. A ribbon bow tied around the card front coupled with a thread tie at the front of her button accent complete the design.

      Editor's Tip: Turn notebook paper on its side and use the rough edge to create a decorative border on your Valentine's Day card, as Lisa did here.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock, stamps: Hero Arts. Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Die-cutting tool: Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Ribbon: Jo-Ann Stores. Ink: Tsukineko. Punch: EK Success.

    • Creatively Combine Patterned Paper and Cardstock

      Design by Lisa Spangler

      Lisa created her card base from half cardstock, half patterned paper. She completed the design with a large die-cut frame. The decorative edges add whimsy to a simple rectangle card.

      Editor's Tip: Hide the seam of two papers coming together with a decorative ribbon, like Lisa did here.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock, gems, stamps: Hero Arts. Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Die-cutting tool: QuicKutz (large frame), Spellbinders (small frame). Ribbon: Making Memories. Ink: Memories (red), Ranger Industries (distress), Tsukineko (black). Pens: Copic. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries.

    • Add Shine to a Valentine's Day Card

      Design by Lisa Spangler

      Make your valentine sparkle by embellishing with gems, as Lisa did. Rhinestones placed in a line draw attention to her greeting and a trio of jewel hearts adds color and dimension.

      Editor's Tip: Get a special handmade feel by using notebook paper as a base and adding simple sayings in a typewriter font. (You can change the opacity of your text in image-editing software to get the faded look.)

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock, gems, stamps: Hero Arts. Patterned paper: Little Yellow Bicycle. Ribbon: American Crafts. Ink: Stewart Superior (pink) Tsukineko (brown). Pens: Copic. Punch: EK Success.

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      XOXO

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      Use a circle cutter or template to cut circles from patterned paper and adhere to the folded cardstock base. Cut coordinating border strips from cardstock; add ribbons and a printed tag.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: National Cardstock. Patterned paper: Daisy D's Paper Co. (floral), Anna Griffin (paisley), and The Paper Company (collage). Circle Coluzzle template: Provo Craft. Tag: Making Memories.

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      Valentine

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      Fold cardstock for the card base and add strips of black. Attach flower-shape tags with decorative brads and ribbon. Add a metal sentiment charm.

       

      SOURCES: Flower-shape tags: Autumn Leaves. Ribbon: May Arts. Brads and metal word: Making Memories.

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      Mommy's Valentine Spin Game

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Cut patterned paper and cardstock mat to fit the folded card front. Use a circle cutter or template to cut a circle from cardstock; stamp it. Attach a purchased spinner with a bard, mount it on a piece of cardstock, and adhere to the card front. Add a label below.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Fiddlerz3. Computer font: Cleanliness by Autumn Leaves. Rubber stamps: PSX. Stamp ink: Clearsnap. Spinner: Jest Charming. Flat-top eyelet: Making Memories. Brads: Lasting Impressions.

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      Be Mine

      Design by Jennifer McGuire

      Attach cardstock to the folded card front and add a swatch of coordinating fabric. Add a square of textured cardstock, more fabric, and a small silver charm adorned with ribbon.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Textured paper: The Jennifer Collection. Heart charm: Hap's Memories.

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      Checking You Out

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Cut patterned paper to fit the folded card front. Add a library card pocket. Attach a computer-printed message to the pocket and insert a handwritten library card adorned with stickers and a ribbon. Stamp hearts on the cardstock, cut them out, and mount.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper and letter stickers: Me and My Big Ideas. Computer font: Miss Priss downloaded off the Internet. Card pocket: Kopp Designs. Library card: Boxer Scrapbooks Productions. Rubber stamps: Stampin? Up! (large heart) and PSX (little heart). Stamp ink: Close To My Heart.

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      Love

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Attach patterned paper and vellum to the card front with mini brads. Wrap a length of ribbon around the front panel and secure matted letters with adhesive dots. Add paper flowers and cover the ribbon ends inside the card with pink cardstock.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: SEI. Printed vellum: American Crafts. Punch-out letters: Mustard Moon. Brads: Lasting Impressions for Paper.

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      Love You

      Design by Cathy Blackstone

      Cut a heart from fabric and adhere it to the cream cardstock. Ink the cardstock edges and zigzag-stitch the cardstock to the card front. Stamp a message and heart tags; attach as shown.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Stamp ink: Nick Bantock for Ranger Industries (brown) and Clearsnap (pink).

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      Luv Ya

      Design by Jennifer McGuire

      Mount a piece of dark pink cardstock on the front of a folded card and stamp the heart pattern with white ink. Cut light pink cardstock into a curving corner shape and attach. Cover the curve with threaded buttons and paper flowers and add rub-on sentiment.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rub-ons: Autumn Leaves. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Stamp ink: Tsukineko.

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      Hugs and Kisses

      Design by Candi Gershon

      Attach pink cardstock to the folded card front. Cut strips of cardstock and adhere to the card front to make the grid pattern. Apply rub-on letters in eight squares. Add a message tag with ribbon to a corner square.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Rub-ons: Me and My Big Ideas (monogram letters) and Kopp Designs ("hugs and kisses"). Metal tag: Kopp Designs. Ribbon: May Arts.

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      XOXO Flower

      Design by Jennifer McGuire

      Mount matted patterned paper on the card front. Add a matted square of pink cardstock and a silk flower accent. Stamp a message on white cardstock and cut into a circle shape. Mat and mount in the flower center.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Autumn Leaves. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts.

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      I Love U

      Design by Tracy Kyle

      Align strips of patterned paper on the card front, leaving a thin margin between them. Add ribbon, acrylic charms, and paper flowers. Use decorative scissors to cut a scalloped edge along the right side.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Doodlebug Design (stripe and floral) and The Scrapbook Wizard (dots). Paper flowers: Autumn Leaves. Acrylic accents: Doodlebug Design (heart) and KI Memories (words). Decorative scissors: Fiskars.

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      All Yours

      Design by Cathy Blackstone

      Stitch together two pieces of black cardstock to form the card base. Cut pink paper to fit the front and ink the edges. Lightly tack down the ribbon and machine-stitch in place. Add a rub-on message and adhere to the card front.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Basic Grey. Rub-on words: Making Memories.

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      It's Clear to See How Much I Love You

      Design by Nia Reddy

      Don't hide your feelings -- make a clear statement with a see-through pocket for embellishments. Cut a plastic slide holder into pieces, and attach a strip of pockets to the front of a card. Fill the pockets with punched hearts and stickers, and add a clever title that plays off the transparent look.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Chatterbox. Font: Lane Narrow off the Internet. Stickers: Die Cuts with a View. Brads: SEI. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

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      True Love Begins

      Design by Nia Reddy

      Use type to create a card that makes a graphic statement and can be reproduced in mere minutes. Fill a text box with color in your word-processing program, and vary the size and color of your type. Print on cardstock, and accent with a punched heart.

       

      SOURCES: Font: Zurich off the Internet. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

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      Wild Thing

      Design by Nia Reddy

      Give a simple card a sensual feel with elements cut from fabric. Snip a swatch of bold-print fabric and stitch it to the card front. Add a heart cut from velvet, and attach a printed tag with a color brad.

       

      SOURCES: Font: High Tide by Two Peas in a Bucket. Brad: SEI. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

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      Me + You = Love

      Design by Nia Reddy

      Revisit the practice of creating pictograms by spelling out your feelings for your true love with photos and simple shapes. Crop two photos to the same size and mount them on the card front. Add sticker symbols and hearts punched from cardstock.

       

      SOURCES: Embossed paper: Lasting Impressions for Paper. Stickers: Pebbles Inc. Punch: Marvy Uchida.

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      XO

      Design by Cathy Blackstone

      Start with a purchased card base and some fun pink fabric to craft a simple and sweet card. Mount a swatch of fabric on the front panel, and add a square of cardstock with a decorative edge. A stamped "XO," a heart cut from cardstock, and coordinating accents bring it all together.

       

      SOURCES: Card: Making Memories. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts.

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      Be Mine?

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Hand-cut a heart-shape window in the card front using a die cut or dingbat font as a template. Back the window with a printed transparency -- make your own or buy one -- and frame with strips of cardstock and nailheads.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts: Marcelle (small script), Black Jack (large script) off the Internet. Nailheads: Scrapworks.

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      Happy Valentine's Day

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Use children's art as the focal point of a handmade card. Adhere the art -- resize using a color copier or a scanner and image-editing software if needed -- and add computer-printed text for a design that's easy to mass-produce. A fun patterned bow finishes the look.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: Andy off the Internet.

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      Computer Love

      Design by Erica Hernandez

      Create a custom accent with your computer that can be used time and again. Layer text and images in your editing software and print the finished piece on photo paper for a slick finish. Add a length of printed ribbon to cover the seam where the two colors of cardstock meet.

       

      SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Font: An Unfortunate Event off the Internet. Digital brushes: 8Nero.

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      B Mine

      Design by Patricia Anderson

      Chipboard letters and a large heart cut from leather-finish paper work together to form a card with a sophisticated look. Stamp coated chipboard letters with Staz-On ink (it won't smear on coated surfaces). Rub-on flourishes add an elegant finishing touch.

       

      SOURCES: Leather-finish paper: K&Company. Rubber stamps: Fontwerks (circles), Savvy Stamps (paisley). Ink: Tsukineko. Rub-ons: FoofaLa. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: Michaels. Paper flower: Making Memories. Epoxy Letter: Li'l Davis Designs.

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      I Will Love You Forever

      Design by Patricia Anderson

      Use pages intended as mini-book inserts to create an original card. Join the pages with ribbon, and accent the blank sheets with soft curves of patterned paper. Purchased chipboard phrases spell out the sentiment, and a shaped chipboard piece packed with a stamped transparency is a simple graphic.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Mustard Moon. Book pages: Rusty Pickle. Rubber stamp, paper flower: Savvy Stamps. Ink: Tsukineko. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Ribbon: May Arts (gingham), Doodlebug Design (rickrack).

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      Red Love

      Design by Patricia Anderson

      Create a card with visual depth by punching a window in the center and backing it with a piece of transparency. Stamp on the clear film, or use a preprinted version for more interest. A soft curve cut into the patterned paper and simple machine stitching around the edges add oomph.

       

      SOURCES: Patterned paper: Mustard Moon. Leather-finish paper: K&Company. Rubber stamps: Fontwerks (circles), Savvy Stamps (paislet). Ink: Tsukineko. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp.

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