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.
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 ‘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.
Easy as pie:
Good for adults
Great for teenagers
and lovely for kids.
Valentine Card Making Instructions
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.