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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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.