Valentine Card DIY – Photo & Video Tutorial

valentine card diy, easy, handmade, for friends

Valentines’s Day is reported to be the second largest card giving holiday in the US.  For this reason, every week in January, we’ll feature a new valentine card diy project. Hopefully this will give you some inspiration to give special greetings to your loved ones.

First up, we’re going to make the “You Bloom My Heart” card.

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valentine card diy, easy, handmade, for friends

There are lots of fun embellishments, but this one is quite easy. I’m offering a photo tutorial below and at the end of the post I’ll link to my video tutorial as well, if you prefer video.

First, let’s cut all the pieces we’ll need to complete this card, then I’ll show you step-by-step how to make it.

Step 1 – Cut Your Paper

valentine-card-diy-cuts

These are the sizes you will need for each paper:

  • 8 6/8″ x 5.5″ basic black cardstock
  • 4 1/4 ” x 5 1/4″ of cherry cobler cardstock
  • A 3″x 3″ piece of cherry cobbler cardstock (for the heart)
  • Two pieces of 4″ x 5″ whisper white cardstock
  • 4″ x 5″ piece of Designer Series Paper ( I chose Petal Passion).
  • 2.5″ x 12″ piece of whisper white cardstock (for stamping your flowers).

If you happen to catch this post while the “Petal Passion” Designer Series Paper (DSP) is still available, I highly recommend it. It is a beautiful pack, and you will see it again in January’s Valentine card diy series. If not, pick any DSP that you like that would go well with this project. Links are included at the end of the post.

Step 2 – Stamp  and Punch Your Flowers

valentine card diy - stamp flowers

On your piece of 2.5″ x 12″ whisper white paper, you’ll stamp out six flowers. Here I’ve used the “Flower Shop” stamps, three each of two different designs. You could of course use any flower stamps you like.

valentine card diy - punch flowers

Then, you’ll use the pansy punch (or your coordinating flower punch) to make die cuts of the flowers.

Step 3- Score and Cut Your DSP

valentine card diy - score dsp

For this next step, I’m using the 4″ x 5″ DSP we cut earlier, and my envelope punch board. The diagonal score line on my punch board provides a convenient way to score the paper from the top right corner to the bottom left corner. Just line it up, and score with the bone folder provided. If you don’t have a punch board, you could use a ruler and a click pen with the ink clicked off to score this paper.

Now, you’ll cut across your score line. Put one half of your paper away to use for another time.

Step 4 – Score and Fold Your Cardstock

valentine card diy- score your cardstock

The next step is to score your 8 6/8″ x 5.5″ black cardstock at 4 3/8 inches. I use my scoring board. You can skip this step and  just fold your card in half if you like, but i like the crisp clean lines of a scored and folded card.

valentine card diy - burnish your fold

Use your bone folder to give your fold line a nice burnish, and then put aside.

Step 5 – Make Your Heart Die Cut

valentine card diy - heart die cut

I have to say there is no way to phrase that headline without sounding weird. I started to say, “cut your heart out”. The phrase “make your heart die” doesn’t sound much better. This is a valentine card. Funny!

The next step is to cut your heart embellishment. For this, you’ll use the 3 x 3″ piece of real red cardstock and a heart shaped die. I use the Big Shot and a heart framelit I have from the mini treat bag framelit set. You might have a punch or stencil you’d like to use, and that’s fine too.

Step 6 – Attach Your Inside Paper

valentine card diy - inside of card.

We’re ready to assemble our valentine card diy project! Finally, right? First, put one of the pieces of 4″ x 5″ whisper white cardstock inside the card where you will write your message. As you can see, we’re doing a landscape orientation for this card. I used Tombow multi-liquid glue for this step, and will continue to use the Tombow as the adhesive throughout this project.

I did put a dot right in the middle and forgot to smooth it out. It shows up in the photo but is not as visible to the naked eye.

Step 7 – Affix the Red Background To The Front

valentine card diy - red background

Next, we will take the 4 1/4 ” x 5 1/4″ of real red cardstock, and affix it to the front of the card.

Step 8 – Attach the DSP and Whisper White Layers

valentine card diy - dsp

For this step, first attach your DSP to the other 4 x 5″ whisper white paper as shown above.

valentine card diy - all layers on top

Then, attach that layer to the red background as seen in the photo.

We’re ready to add flowers to our valentine card diy project. Let’s bloom!

Step 8 – Add The Flowers

valentine card diy - first row flowers

For this step, first, you’re going to arrange four flowers on the diagonal line between the DSP and the whisper white as shown above.

valentine card diy flowers two

Then you will attach the last two flowers just above them, making them look bunched up, as shown in the photo.

Step 9 – Add Your Heart and Pearl

The next step is to glue your heart right in the middle of the flowers as shown in the photo above. I used a pearl jewel accent in the top right to give it a little pop.

Step 10 – Stamp Your Sentiment

valentine card diy sentiment

For this next step, I used real red ink and a stamp from the Cake Soiree stamp set that says “For You” on it. Make sure to practice with your stamp before stamping your ink. If you make a mess, you’ll have ruined all the work you just did.

Step 11- Final Touches To Your Valentine Card DIY Project

For the final step of my valentine card diy project, I took a cherry cobbler stampin blends marker and made three small dots on each side of the sentiment to make it pop.

Your card is done! You can sign the inside and send it on it’s way!

 

Youtube Video

Are you the type that would prefer to learn through video? Here’s a 4.5 minute video review of everything we just covered. I hope you like it!

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Laura enjoys a variety of crafts including paper crafting, crocheting, sewing, making vinyl tee shirts, and cross-stitching. She tries to balance her time and enjoy the simpler things in life.

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