Easy Valentine's Day Cards

These gorgeous Valentine's Day cards are oh, so easy to make, proving that even a beginning crafter can wow loved ones with a homemade valentine. Just a few paper punches, embellishments, and patterned scrapbooking paper can turn any easy Valentine's Day card into a beautiful way to say "I love you."

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  • Grease Pencil Valentine

    Homemade Valentine's Day cards are a cinch with this simple wax-resist technique. Write or draw on blank white watercolor cards using a white grease pencil or crayon -- wax-drawn areas will resist watercolor. Coat a paintbrush with a thin layer of watercolor paint, and lightly brush over the design. Brush the whole card in stripes of color, or paint specific shapes over wax designs. Let dry completely.

  • Striped Heart Card

    A simple pink card trimmed with decorative-edge scissors serves as the base for this project. Top a slightly smaller rectangle of white cardstock with strips of ribbon and colored paper. A cutout heart decorated with red glitter and adhered with hot glue adds a finishing touch.

    Editor's Tip: Use sparkly or shimmery ribbon in lieu of strips of glittered paper. Your project will be less of a mess to make, give, and clean up after. Rhinestones also add a bit of bling.

  • Pretty Paper Poppies

    Bright and cheery blooms last way past February 14. Download the free patterns and how-to. You'll need crepe paper, sheets of tissue, floral wire, and florists tape to create each blooming beauty.

  • Love Notes Cards

    Send a simple, heartfelt message with one of these sweet and oh-so-easy handmade Valentine's Day cards.

    Make the I Heart You Valentine's Day card:
    Print the template onto plain paper, then cut out along the solid lines. Trace the cutout onto 12x12-inch cardstock, cut out, then fold as indicated by the dotted lines.

    Make the Heart Accordian Valentine's Day card:
    Print the template onto plain paper and cut out. On a piece of cardstock, draw and cut out a 5-1/2x12-inch rectangle. Fold accordion-style along the short side (as indicated by the dotted lines). You should have six sections. Place the template on the folded paper with the open side of the heart over the top fold. Trace heart and cut out. On contrasting paper, trace a heart that's slightly larger all around. Glue to the back of the center heart on your accordion.

  • Scratch-Off Hearts Card

    This homemade card gets creative with scratch-off date ideas for Valentine's Day. Get the card template, and type in your date-night choices. Find out how to make your own scratch-off material in a few simple steps, too.

  • Simple Valentine's Day Card with Hearts

    Why send a store-bought card to your valentine when you can make this adorable one from paper hearts? Create a sweet sentiment with hearts punched from coordinating papers. Back one heart with a punched circle, and attach it to the card using adhesive foam. Print a banner strip and notch the ends to display a heartfelt message.

  • Punched-Heart Cards

    A tiny stamped phrase and cute-as-can-be punched hearts make quick work of Valentine's Day cards. Make a matching envelope with a simple stitched heart and some decorative trim.

  • Olive You Valentine's Day Card

    This sweet play-on-words Valentine's Day card is a simple and fast project. A less-than-perfect hand-cut oval gives the card handmade charm -- fold a piece of double-sided scrapbook paper in half and cut out your olive, leaving the fold intact on the left side. Add hearts and your message with stickers.

  • Owl Love Card

    Cut these plaid and houndstooth shapes from the downloadable pattern link below. Then add your own quote bubble and heart accents to complete the easy Valentine's Day card.

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    Kiss Valentine's Day Card

    Patterned paper printed with sweet sentiments creates a colorful background for this easy Valentine's Day card. Dot the "i" of your greeting with a heart for a special touch.

    Valentine's Day Card Tip: A rhinestone heart adds subtle interest to your card. For a different effect, punch small holes in a shape on your card front, letting the inside of the card show through.

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    Heart-Cutout Valentine

    Craft this easy-to-make valentine in just a few simple steps. Use sheet music (or a scrapbooking paper lookalike) to create a focus for the card. Mute the pattern with a thin coat of white paint and punched-paper hearts arranged randomly.

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    Bee Mine Valentine

    This adorable Valentine's Day card is great for kids and adults alike. Start by backing a piece of plain red paper with patterned paper. Add bee-theme embellishments on top alongside a fun message made from letter stickers.

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    Be My Valentine Card

    A patterned-paper heart backed with scallops creates a sweet centerpiece for this easy Valentine's Day card. A trio of heart-shape gems, a sweet saying, and other embellishments complete the look.

    Valentine's Day Card Tip: To make a conventional holiday design, take cues from this valentine. Use only red, pink, and white, placing your focal point onto a distressed brown-card base. Stitching around the edges gives the card an old-fashioned feel.

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    Valentine's Day Cards with Cookie Cutters

    Think outside the box with this year's Valentine's Day cards! Watch to learn how to turn paper, paint, and heart-shape cookie cutters into easy valentines.

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    Heart Cutout Card

    This sweet card is all about the heart. Layer shapes onto the front of your card, cutting a heart from one of them. Back the heart cutout with patterned paper. Add script paper and a bow to finish the design.

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    Valentine's Day Lollipops

    Give your loved ones a sweet card and a sweet treat with these easy lollipop valentines. Simply fold a piece of cardstock in half, insert lollipop inside, and embellish with store-bought scrapbooking stickers and messages.

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    Sweet Love Quote Card

    Use type to make a sweet Valentine's Day statement. With your computer, fill a text box with color and vary the size and color of your type. Print one -- or two, three, a dozen! -- on cardstock, and embellish with a punched heart.

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    Love-Centric Card

    Using a circle cutter, cut colorful mod shapes from patterned paper and adhere to a blank vertical card. Punch a circle shape from a separate color and add letter stickers to spell "be mine." Add letter stickers to spell "will you?" at the bottom corner of the card.

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    Simple Hearts Valentine Card

    Your love will stand out with this valentine. Simply punch hearts from patterned scrapbook paper and arrange the hearts on a folded piece of pink cardstock. Cut the letters from teal cardstock, and adhere them using adhesive foam.

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    Bicycle Valentine Card

    A stamped bike serves as the centerpiece of this card that gets pizzazz from fun punches and doodles. Print a fitting note to go along with the image, tie a bow with a white string, and send it to your valentine.

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    Faux Ribbons Valentine's Day Card

    You don't need real ribbons to make this sweet valentine! Cut patterned paper to look like ribbon banners and adhere to the front of a solid cardstock base. This vellum sentiment makes a clear statement.

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    Love Branch Valentine

    This easy Valentine's Day card is so simple to make, you won't believe it. Simply fold a piece of patterned scrapbooking paper in half with the fold at the top, and add a branch embellishment with "love" written in letter stickers on top.

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    Simply Floral Valentine Card

    Add strips of black paper to a folded cardstock base, then attach flower-shape tags with decorative brads and ribbon. Tack on a metal sentiment charm for an extra-special message.

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    Owl Heart Valentine Card

    A simple pieced-together owl gives this card a cute, trendy look. To make, cover the character in hearts and place it on heart-pattern paper to play up the holiday theme.

    Valentine's Day Card Tip: Rather than spelling out your sentiment, choose a symbolic way to share your greeting. Here, we simply filled a thought bubble with a chipboard heart.

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    Custom Accent Valentine

    Creating your own graphic on the computer is simple -- just layer text and images in your editing software. Print on photo paper for sleek shine. For the base of the card, use a strip of ribbon to cover the seam of two pieces of cardstock.

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    Photo-Theme Valentine

    Translate your love with pictograms. Crop two photos to the same size and mount on cardstock. Add simple stickers or cutouts to spell out the rest of the equation.

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