Send your loved ones special greetings this Valentine's Day with cards that are as easy to make as they are beautiful.
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.
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 card stock, and accent with a punched heart. (upper left)
SOURCES: Font, Zurich, off the Internet. Punch, Marvy Uchida.
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. (upper right)
SOURCES: Font, High Tide by Two Peas in a Bucket. Brad, SEI. Punch, Marvy Uchida.
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 card stock. (bottom)
SOURCES: Embossed paper, Lasting Impressions for Paper. Stickers, Pebbles Inc. Punch, Marvy Uchida.
Designs by Nia Reddy
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 card stock with a decorative edge. A stamped "XO," a heart cut from card stock, and coordinating accents bring it all together. (upper left)
SOURCES: Card, Making Memories. Rubber stamps, Hero Arts.
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 card stock and nailheads. (upper right)
SOURCES: Card stock, Bazzill Basics Paper. Fonts, Marcelle (small script); Black Jack (large script); off the Internet. Nailheads, Scrapworks.
Use child'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. (lower left)
SOURCES: Card stock, Bazzill Basics Paper. Font, Andy, off the Internet.
Use your computer to create a custom accent 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 card stock meet. (lower right)
SOURCES: Card stock, Bazzill Basics Paper. Font, An Unfortunate Event, off the Internet. Digital brushes: 8Nero.
Designs by Cathy Blackstone (upper right) and Erica Hernandez
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. (top)
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, Lil' Davis Designs.
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 backed with a stamped transparency is a simple graphic. (lower left)
SOURCES: Patterned paper, Mustard Moon. Book pages, Rusty Pickle. Rubber stamp and paper flower, Savvy Stamps. Ink, Tsukineko. Chipboard letters, Heidi Swapp. Ribbon, May Arts (gingham); Doodlebug Design (rickrack).
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. (lower right)
SOURCES: Patterned paper, Mustard Moon. Leather-finish paper, K&Company. Rubber stamps, Fontwerks (circles); Savvy Stamps (paisley). Ink, Tsukineko. Chipboard letters, Heidi Swapp.
Designs by Patricia Anderson
Adapt our designs or create your own heartfelt greetings using these fun products. They're just the right size for any project that needs a loving touch.