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Why send a store-bought card to your valentine when you can make this adorable one from punched heart shapes? 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.
Sweet plays on words make creative sentiments for Valentine's Day cards. Here, an owl crafted from punched shapes (we used an oval punch, oval scallop punch, and a corner rounder) delivers a simple message. Center a plain piece of cardstock with rounded corners on a patterned-paper card and attach. Add your paper owl and a message.
This homemade card gets creative with scratch-off date ideas for Valentine's Day. Get the card template, available below, and type in your date-night choices. Find out how to make your own scratch-off material in a few simple steps, too.
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 your olive out, leaving the fold intact on the left-hand side. Add hearts and your message with stickers.
Better Homes and Gardens Contributing Editor Suzonne Stirling shows you how to make a scratch-off solution for a creative Valentine's Day card with just a few simple materials.
Let your valentine know that he rocks with this creative card. Punch a circle in the bottom half of a card front and attach five lengths of string vertically across the center, tucking them into a strip of paper. Back the opening with black patterned paper and add letter stickers on top. A few punched hearts offer dimension.
This card is perfect for your sweetie with a sweet tooth -- attach custom-wrapped candy bars to a stamped cardstock card using adhesive dots, then add felt embellishments or tiny tags that say "I love you."
This aquatic-theme Valentine's Day card is a perfect holiday sentiment for your sweetie. Cut out our whale pattern from two different colors of cardstock, using a crafts knife to partially cut the flipper. Wood-grain patterned paper provides a pretty ocean feel, or you can draw white circles onto teal paper with a white marking pen. At the top of your card, add a piece of white paper cut to resemble waves. Embellish the card with punched hearts, fish, and a typed or printed message.
A premade tag attached to this card with a flower brad reveals a sweet Valentine's Day message for a friend. Embellish a piece of white cardstock with different cuts of patterned paper, then type or print a message to be kept secret by the swinging tag.
To create a round card, fold a piece of cardstock in half and partially cut a circle. Emboss a large heart to add texture, then layer two cute birds on top. For the banner, simply stamp letters onto a scrap of white cardstock. The grass is trimmed patterned paper.
Tell your valentine that you have the hots for him with this clever candy card. Attach a square of notebook paper to the middle of a square card. Cut the words "you're" and "hot" from a magazine or newspaper page and glue to a circle punched from white paper; attach to the notebook paper. Place eight or nine hot cinnamon candy pieces on the notebook paper square and lay a thin plastic sheet over the top, using red embroidery thread to attach it to the card and hold the candy in place.
A stamped bike serves as the centerpiece of this card -- fun punches and doodles add pizzazz. Print out a fitting note to go along with the image and send along to your valentine.
A clear pocket makes your love easy to display in this Valentine's Day card. To make, 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 (we used "It's clear to see how much I love you.") that plays off the transparent look.
A tiny stamped phrase and cute-as-can-be punched hearts make quick work of Valentine's cards. Make a matching envelope with a quick stitched heart and some decorative trim.
Attach a handwritten library card inside a library-card pocket (both supplies available at scrapbooking stores) atop patterned paper to get your flirty point across in an unexpected way. Adorn with stickers and ribbon. Stamp hearts on cardstock rectangles, then mount to the side.
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.
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.
Find a love quote that your valentine will appreciate and add it to your card for a quick do-it-yourself greeting. Using a word-processing program, fill a text box with color; type your quote, varying the size and color of the type. Print the quote on cardstock and accent the quote with a punched heart.
Create this grid pattern using strips of cardstock adhered to the front of pink cardstock. Apply rub-on letters in seven squares and a message tag to the corner square to finish.
Add strips of black 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.
Stamp a green and a red heart; trim. Use adhesive foam to attach the hearts to a layered card. Slip ribbon under the green heart, tie into a bow, and add a short message stamped onto a tag.
Use patterned paper to wrap a fun-size candy bar. Finish your robot by adding a head, arms, and legs with cardstock. Use buttons, punches, and googly eyes to make the robot yours.
Cut and score a white cardstock base as shown in the downloadable pattern. Then embellish the heart with your favorite decorative papers. A lovely ribbon ties it all together.
The inside of this card reveals a clothesline holding patterned-paper hearts, a perfect way to drop a line to someone you love. To make it simple, purchase a 1- or 2-inch heart-shape punch from a crafts store along with miniature clothespins, string, and patterned paper. Punch a small hole near the edges of the card and weave the string through. Secure the string at the back with a heart-shape sticker.
A few alternating layers of coordinating fabric and patterned paper adhered to the front of a folded cardstock valentine create depth and texture in a few quick steps. A ribbon-and-charm centerpiece makes the perfect focal point.
Print a sweet message on metal-rim tags. Connect the tags to the banner by stringing baker's twine through buttons and adhering the buttons to the tags. Attach to a layered 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.
Start crafting this intricate card by attaching patterned paper and vellum to the card's front using mini brads. Wrap ribbon around the front panel, then secure matted letters using adhesive dots. Paper flowers finish the look. Cover the ribbon ends on the inside of the card with pink cardstock.
Die-cut a heart base from polka-dot paper, then add a sparkly heart shape to the center. Attach a message cut from a sticker and a tag stamped with a love note hung from a button.
Hand-cut a heart-shape window in the front of your card, using a die cut or wingbat font template if you prefer. Back it with printed transparency (handmade or store-bought) and frame with cardstock strips and nail heads.
Layer different sizes and shapes of felt pieces and tack in the center to make stunningly simple and darling flowers. This card emphasizes a down-home feel by using a predistressed journaling card and twine-tied sentiment.
Craft a sophisticated card using chipboard letters and a leather-finish paper heart. Stamp coated chipboard letters with ink and add rub-on flourishes as borders.