Valentine’s Day is coming soon….so I have a craft for you! 😉
Today I’ll show you two Valentine cards…one is a very simple design, the second one is a Pop-Up card. Both cards use the same dimensions: 11″ x 4 “. That way they will fit inside a business envelope.
Materials you’ll need for both cards:
1. scrapbook paper: solid color, or with a faint pattern~or~ construction paper. Both can be purchased at dollar stores, or discount stores.
3. glue….any glue is fine.
4. markers, pens, colored pencils or crayons
5. sentences/headline words from newspapers, comics, other colored paper, wrapping paper, old notecards
6. free downloads, print paper and cut to fit (I’ve given you the links below)
7. Optional: stickers, glitter, Happy Tape**, stamping supplies, doilies
**Happy Tape is a decorative tape used for scrapbooking, cards, invitations, etc. click here for the site. Or you may be able to find specialty tape in stores. It’s optional.
LINKS for Free downloads… these links are from creative commons’ sites. They are free for your own personal use, however you cannot sell them. (commercial use).
Magnets for the Eiffel Tower
Vintage photos, letters, newspaper, postcards
Modern Heart clip art
Card A…..the Simple card.
♥ Choose your paper and cut it to size (11″ x 4 “).
♥ Fold your paper in half.
♥ Use prints from the download links I gave you above. Cut them to fit, turn them at an angle, cut part of one out, put another color paper behind the print..you choose! If you print them in B&W, use them that way or use colored pencils or crayons to give them color. ~OR~
♥ Use scrap paper, sentences/headline words from newspapers, wrapping paper, solid colored paper, comics to decorate
♥ Think about the inside too….write the words you want, glue decorations inside the card.
♥ You can decorate the left side of the envelope too, as long as it doesn’t make it too thick, or sticky.
Card B…..The POP-UP Card.
*Cut your paper the same as Card A…11″ x 4″.
*This time you will also cut an 8″ x 4″ section for the Pop Up. Use the same or different color paper for the pop up part.
* Fold the 11″ x 4″ paper in half.
* Fold the 8″ x 4″ section in half, then in half again…it should be folded into 4 equal parts. See my photo below.
Now you are ready to decorate the outside and inside of your card (same as Card A).
There is just one important rule about Pop-Up cards!
When you glue your chosen item on the Pop-up section….remember to glue it on the part that faces the person when they open the card. Do not glue it across the fold of the pop up. Just glue it on the left side and let it “hang over” the fold. See my photo below.
HERE’S THE INSIDE JOB!! THE SIMPLE CARDS are in the foreground. THE POP-UP CARDS are in the back. Note the placement of items on the Pop -Up sections. Glue them on the left side of the Pop-Up, but do not glue them ON THE FOLD of the Pop-Up. They can overhang the folded edge.
Have fun! If you have children or grandchildren, get them to help you!
Do something good!
If you get really industrious and you want to share your Valentines (homemade or purchased), here are a couple of ideas:
❤Share Your Love, promoted by Etsy. Giving Valentines and hot meals through City-Meals-on-Wheels to the elderly of NYC. Click here for more information. Valentines are due by Tues. Feb. 7.
❤”Valentines for Vets”, go to the US Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs site. Find out the nearest VA hospital. Make or purchase cards, and send or take the cards to the clinic or medical center. This is an excellent project for children, and one my classes used to do every year. Make sure you (or your child) write a note on the card, the Vets love them. Click here.
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Wow, Judy! Very creative! 🙂 This is really great! I will experiment with this!! Thank you for sharing your creative talent! This looks so much fun!! 🙂
Thank you, Elyas…I’m so glad you think so! Hey…I was just at your house! 😉
Such lovely cards Judy! I love arts and crafts 🙂 I think I want to make some cards too!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it and may want to try them! Thank you! 😉
Thanks, this is great. I am bookmarking so I can make with the Girls on the weekend.
Very cool! That’s a great idea!
Judy, I LOVE this! I can’t wait to make some and the pop up card gave me excellent ideas for my 9-year-old son that love pop up books. I can make him little pop-up books the size of these cards with these instructions by sticking the cards together. Thank you for this wonderful share.
Hi Betty! You are welcome….I just love it when people want to do it and put their own spin on it! Creativity reigns!
I love such creative, handmade things. And you have made some really beautiful cards. Right now I too am making some cards and was looking for ideas – this post will surely help. Thank you, Judy!
Hello Bindu! Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful!
I love that people still do things with their hands! Great post and lesson. I love it. Thank You.
Hello Sartenada…. Thank you for your kind comment! I hope things are well in Finland!
It’s fun to make cards. Nice to see how you make yours!
Hi Fergimoto…Thank you! Actually an ad for a department store came to the house and it had a pop-up section! That’s where I got the idea! 😉
very creative. The cards look very professional and so adorable. 🙂
Thank you, Amira. I love vintage things…so when I found the vintage download links, I was really happy!
This looks like a lot of fun 🙂
Thanks! Anything with glue and paper has to be fun, right? 😉 Glad you enjoyed it!
Wow, aren’t you the Clever Crafter, Judy? Great cards. If I had time, I would make them, believe it or not. Very nice, my friend.
Hey mj! Yep…time is an issue for crafts, that’s for sure! Thank you so much!
I’ve been thinking of you and your blog about the sweet homemade Valentine’s Day cards, and a light bulb went off in my head (sometimes it takes longer than others!) I am a Meals on Wheels volunteer and deliver meals to the elderly. Your cards will be a ray of sunshine to the wonderful clients on my route. I am so looking forward to this Valentine’s project, thank you for the inspiration!
Hi Elise….that’s one of the things I love about blogging! Taking my post, putting your own spin on it and coming up with a new idea! Great! My husband and I sub for our Mobile Meal program here. It’s a very rewarding experience.
So creative and cute.
Thank you, Connie! I’m glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for visiting!
Great blog. I dont know how you manage the time to do all this.
I will let my “boss”, “my better half”, Doreen see this and perhaps she will give/make me one for the 14th. I think I will buy one for her.
haha…yes, do that! 😉 I’m sure that’s what my husband plans!! He’s not into artwork or crafts! Thanks for your fun comment, Jim!
Terrific idea. Your cards are fabulous!
Thank you, Eliz. I don’t feel that confident with crafts….I appreciate your support!!
Beautiful cards, I love to craft cards but tend to use my photos, maybe this time I’ll try something different!
Your photos would be wonderful! Thanks for visiting! 😉
Thank you nenskei! 😉