The simplest way to decorate your card is to glue hearts to the front cover of your Valentine’s Day card. The hearts can be different sizes, shapes or colors. They can be placed in random, or a pattern. Here are examples of simple cards we made decorated with cut out hearts.
These are the 4 simple steps to decorate your card with cut out hearts.
1. Create a template for your hearts by folding a piece of card stock or paper in half and cutting out half the heart along the center crease. You can also cut the hearts out directly using this method if you don’t mind a crease down the center of your heart. This may take a little practice to get the shape of the heart just right. If you are good at freehand drawing or if you want to make asymmetrical hearts, then just draw the hearts by hand and skip to the third step.
2. Use the hearts you just cut out to trace heart shapes on the paper you want to make your hearts out of. This is assuming you don’t use your heart cut outs (with the crease down the center) directly on your card. The paper you trace the hearts on can be as simple as construction paper or colored card stock. You can also be creative by using custom patterned paper from an art store such as Michaels. Try using different textured papers to not only give your card contrasting colors, but also contrasting textures. My favorite papers are the rough unfinished papers where you can see the fibers, and sometimes embedded flower petals. If you don’t have an art store nearby, you can also use paper around the house such as wrapping paper (which sometimes have a nice shiny finish), card board, newspaper/magazines, sheet music, or even recycled junk mail.
3. Cut out the hearts that you traced. Another variation is to tear the heart shapes so the edges of the paper are rough. This works best with textured paper that has a lot of fibers. This will take some practice. You can also fold the paper in half and tear the outline of half the heart along the crease so that the heart is symmetrical.
4. Glue the hearts on the front cover in a creative pattern. You can glue one simple heart in the center or you can glue many hearts in a set or random pattern.
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