Handmade Valentine Cards Ideas

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Need to whip up an easy Valentine greeting card, or clean and simple stamped note cards?  Good. What I want to show to day is how easy it is to make lovely cards with minimal tools.

 

Easy Valentine Craft

These rubber stamped cards with hearts, squares & rectangles will do the trick for you. They cost less than 1/2 a minute to stamp. Fold your card, sign it with a personal message of love, and put it in an envelop. Done within 1 minute flat for a great-looking Valentine friendship and love greeting card.

If you are a neat stamper, your Valentines will look more store-bought, modern and graphic. If you are a messy stamper (like me), take advantage of all your bloopers and transform your basic idea into something more artsy, incorporating all accidental ink spots.

The latter is more time consuming (i.e.. not 1 but 3-4 minutes to make), but it will be more unique and special to receive. And you don’t waste any of your craft resources.

 

 

Craft Materials

With just two of those little inexpensive ink pads, scissors for a heart cut-out from a cookie bag & a glitter pen, I’ve created a range of Valentine Cards.  You can use  card stock or as I’ve used here, copy paper.

I think that one day, I’m going to write a book ‘101 crafts you can do with simple copy paper’ as I so often use it to make models or develop ideas, and often don’t even feel the need to transfer it to other higher quality papers or materials, as the copy paper version is ‘just fine’ or even stamppads1 ‘great’.

To make Valentine’s cards you should probably not use recycled paper unless you glue two papers together so that only their clean backs are showing.

 

 

Valentine Cards,

Easy as pie:

Good for adults

Great for teenagers

and lovely for kids.

 

Valentine Card Making Instructions

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How-To Make this Valentine’s Card


Fold your copy paper twice,

into a 4.25” by 5.5” card

Cut a heart out of thin cardboard (cereal box, or cook bag tag, or similar, but make sure there’s no grease on it)

Rub your heart very lightly onto an ink pad
and place it onto your card

Press a larger ink pad over it to create a slightly more saturated imprint surrounding to the heart.

Take a thin marker or as I used an glitter pen and stipple the inside of the heart.

How-To Make this Valentine’s Card

Fold your copy paper twice,
into a 4.25” by 5.5” card

Press a small square ink pad onto your card to create slightly saturated imprints of little diamonds.  

With a marker or glitter pen, stipple diagonal lines through the hearts so as to create an argyle pattern.

Finish it off with a row of tiny heart prints.

How-To Make this Valentine’s Card

Fold your copy paper twice,
into a 4.25” by 5.5” card

Cut a heart out of thin cardboard (cereal box, or cook bag tag, or similar, but make sure there’s no grease on it)

Rub your heart very lightly onto an orange ink pad
and place it onto your card

Press a small square ink pad over your heart to create slightly more saturated imprints surrounding to the heart.

Take a thin marker or glitter pen and stipple the inside of the heart.

 

Hearts Valentines Card Making Techniques

Don’t just stop with copying my designs. Make your own!!

When planning designs, experiment with color and form. Try complementing pinks with neutrals or greens;  or use pale-colored ink on dark paper.

Combine shapes in either un-expected or symmetrical  ways to create either fun or elegant effects. A silhouetted heart surrounded by  color blocks, for example, suits the space as nicely as hearts in rows.

The examples I have here are very suitable as a fast classroom project. Using the techniques I’m showing you here, you CAN actually make a card for each kid in the class (or for all your friends at least) and still go to bed in time.

 

Valentine Card Making Tips & Ideas

Tip 1: Whiles you can stamp the valentines out ‘in bulk’, each greeting card will retains its uniqueness, each is printed individually just like mono-prints. Therefore, this does not have to be a last minute rush card. It can easily be THE card for your boyfriend or best friend.

Tip 2: The intensity and choice of colors set the mood: red and orange are good for friends and beloved colleagues with friendly notes inside’ the more pastel-toned and loving they are for engaged or newly married couples and other very romantic types.

Idea 1: Hand sign it on the inside with your finger print, which you can trace around with another heart shape. Options: leave as is, add glitter, or draw details with a thin pink/red/orange pen or marker.

Idea 2: if you want to get real creative, cut out a romantic scene using the paper shapes. Put the shapes directly onto the cards and stamp over and around it. I can think of grassy scenes with flowers, hearts, birds, blossoming trees and butterflies. Or whatever you fancy, really.

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Comments

  1. What fun ideas! thanks for sharing!

  2. Fine Craft Guild says:

    You’re welcome, Fawnda. You’ve got a pretty cute blog yourself.

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