I woke up early today and decided to get a little crafty to start off my Thursday. Greeting card prices have gotten a bit ridiculous in my opinion, and while I still bite the bullet and pay $5 for a card that likely gets tossed after the holiday (although I save ALL of my cards!), I like to make my cards when I have the time. I was lucky enough to get a Cricut for Christmas, so it makes crafting that much easier. If you don’t have a personalized cutter tool at your disposal, you can opt for a paper punch in the shape of a heart, or practice very intricate scissor cutting techniques. Anything works! I don’t know about you guys, but when I receive a handmade card, it’s so much more meaningful knowing they took the time to make it for me 🙂
Here is the card I decided to throw together this morning with my supplies.
What you’ll need:
- Construction Paper (Pink, Purple, Red, anything that looks Valentine-y!)
- Scissors or Paper Cutter
- Cricut (I used the Cindy Loo cartridge for the fun animals!) or other paper-cutting device, or paper punches
- Heart Paper Punch (these can be fairly inexpensive, found at most crafts stores)
- Curling Ribbon
- Hole Punch
- Adhesive, glue dots, or sticky tabs
Steps: (I’m not going to go too much into the use of the Cricut, since if you have one, you obviously know how to use it!)
- Cut out your desired shape(s) using whatever tool you have handy. Make it as detailed or simple as you like.
- Cut cardstock to fit precut shapes. Attach cut-out shapes to cardstock using adhesive.
- Using heart paper punch, punch design along top of card.
- Tie a knot in the middle of curling ribbon, giving you two strands of ribbon to work with. Cut middle of ribbon, making four pieces. Curl.
- Punch a hole in the middle-top of your card. Insert ribbon, with knot at the back of card. Cover knot with piece of scrap cardstock so that it stays in place.
- Add a “tweet” message and give to your Valentine 🙂
Do you prefer handmade or store-bought Valentine cards?