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Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards

Hello my friends, Happy Valentine’s Day! I remember “back in the day” when we used to hand out Valentines to all of our classmates in school. One of my favorite activities in first grade was making and decorating a Valentine’s Day “mailbox” out of a shoe box for classmates to deliver their Valentines. Today’s craft is only slightly more grown up.

Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards

I have been wanting to make hand embroidered cards for a while now and decided that Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion. I created two simple designs that you can easily replicate or get creative and come up with your own! I also made my own envelopes using another envelope as a template.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Thick, heavy stock paper (I used cardstock and scrapbook paper)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil (and a good eraser, if you’re like me)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Glue (for making the envelopes)

After making my envelopes, I determined what measurements I needed for my cards and then cut the paper to size. Next, it was time to get to work!

 

Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards – Idea for Valentines 1

Handmade Valentine's Day Cards

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards – Idea for Valentines 2

I hope you like my crafty Valentine’s Day cards! Will you be giving out any Valentine’s this year??

As always, thanks for reading! 🙂

10 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Your Loved Ones

10 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Your Loved Ones

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In the past we have had some gear-like jewelry, a pixel pop-up card and even a mechanical greeting card. Who says you can’t be creative! As the infamous Valentine’s Day draws near and proves to be a special occasion, for some, I have decided to feature some various works that you can either DIY (do it yourself), purchase online or just sit back and admire. Also featured below is a video of the image above. ENJOY!
I Love You – Quilled Illustration by Adolfo Correa via I Heart Love
Beautifully quilled paper illustration by the talented Adolfo Correa

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3D Valentine Pop-Up Card by What Leather
Pop-up card is 100% handmade and using high quality water-lined paper. More like a gift than a card. Also comes with an envelope.

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Easy DIY Honeycomb Heart Decoration via Minted
Lovely wall decoration made with 8 triangle honeycomb tissued diamonds, which are then affixed to the wall.

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Papercut couple on bike by Joe Bagley
A detailed paper cut silhouette of a couple kissing while on a bike. This is the first ever pin on Pinterest and would be nicely framed.

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DIY Origami Heart Love Note via Eat Drink Chic
A sweet origami heart idea for an engagement invite or even just to surprise your sweetheart.

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Amour en fleur a paper cut heart by Marine Coutroutsios
Hand cut unique three dimensional paper heart that can be mounted and comes signed and framed.

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DIY Piñata Love-Gram via Studio DIY
This is a no-box-required craft, you just ship the piñata as is, filled up with treats for the sweet recipient on the other end!

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Romantic Rowing Boat Papercut Or Print by Mimi and Mae
Beautiful folk art inspired ‘Life is but a dream’ rowing boat paper cut (or paper cut style print) in a classic archival mount.

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DIY 3D Origami Hearts via How About Orange
Creative origami hearts that can be left as is or strung together to form a garland.

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3D Pink Ombre Butterfly Heart by Ron and Noy
Hundreds of 1” butterflies in shades of pink come together in flight to form a heart. Butterflies are made from quality cardstock, and have been attached one by one with professional, strong double sided tape to an artist’s canvas painted white.

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Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

This is probably my most popular pop-up cards. It just takes time to do all the sewing and gluing. I’ve sped most of the video up so you may need to pause it a few times or watch some parts over to get what I’m doing. It’s not as hard as it looks. You just need a little patience to put everything together. It will all be worth it in the end when you give this card to someone you really care about.

How to make 3D Heart Valentine Day Pop up Card

Here’s the video of Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial.

If you don’t want to watch the video, here are the summarized instructions:

Step 1:

  • Download free pattern for this design here:

 Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Card: 3D Heart

  • Print out the template and use it to cut the parts out of card stock.

Step 2:

  • Cut out all the pieces making sure that you cut all the slots very precisely. If the slots aren’t deep enough, you heart will be warped and wont fold flat.
  • Start assembling the heart with pieces A and C. Put the C ring into the A heart
  • Assemble the rest of the rings (D, E) into the A heart
  • Assemble the B heart pieces by starting at the top of the heart and pulling the rings through the center. Then slide the bottom of the rings into the bottom of the B heart
  • Finish by sliding the F heart over the rings, starting from the top again.

Step 3:

  • Cut out the card backing from white card stock. Poke holes at the center of the “X” using a needle or sharp object. You will attach the heart to this card.
  • Cut out another card backing, without the holes, and cut it down the center so you have 2 pieces. This will be the outer cover.
Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Step 4:

  • Cut 5 pieces of thread 2-3 feet long. Use thread that is the same color as your card backing.
  • Tie the thread at the 5 locations shown below. The thread should sit inside the slot in the heart pieces:
    Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

    Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Step 5:

  • Put the 5 threads through the 5 holes in the white card backing, starting with the center thread. Use tape to hold the thread in place so that it doesn’t slip out accidentally.
  • To pass the thread through the holes, you can use a needle, needle threader, tweezers, thin wire or floss threader (not shown). I’m using black thread in these next few pictures so that you can see it easier.
    Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

    Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Step 6:

  • If you don’t have these items, you can just make the holes larger and pass the thread directly through. I prefer to use a needle threader.
  • Adjust the lengths and tension of the threads so that the heart stands up straight when the card is opened. Use tape to hold the thread in place.
  • Glue the threads in place by gluing small pieces of paper on the threads.
  • Fold the string over the paper and glue a second piece of paper over the folded string. This will anchor the string in place.

Step 7:

  • Cut off the excess string.
  • Glue the outer cover pieces onto the backside of the card. Be sure to align the pieces to the center crease very accurately and make sure the card opens flat.
  • Put the card under several books or flat objects so that the card will dry flat.

If the lengths are not adjusted correctly, the heart will not stand straight. If the string is not anchored properly, the string will slip over time and the heart will begin to droop down or it will not open fully. I recommend using 65lb paper or thicker for the backing. You may want to use dense cardboard. A variation of this card is to put initials in the center of the card. Attach the initials to the A heart piece.

Valentine's Day Pop-up Card: 3D Heart Detailed Tutorial

Once you attach the heart to the inside card with the thread, you can slip it into the outside card at the corners.  This is a much simpler way to finish the card.

I hope you all enjoyed making 3D Heart Valentine’s Day Pop-up Card. Good luck!

 

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DIY Instruction: Valentine Day Pop-up Card

With valentines next month, we thought we would share AOC Craft instruction Valentine Day Pop-up Card and free pattern download with you. It is easy to do and has a stunning result.  A nice craft project for your kids to do for their secret crush!

Material:

  • A5 paper (x2) 
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife

Method:

Step 1:

Print the free PDF onto the white card – DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN

Step 2:

Cut along the solid lines ONLY, do not cut on the dashed lines (these are fold lines)

You can use your craft knife to softly score the dashed line, so it makes it easier to fold

Instruction valentine day pop-up card

Step 3:

Once you have completed the cuting out part… download a digital paper set and print out your favourite paper then take your other printed digital paper and stick it to the back of this card. You will get this effect…

DIY valentine day pop-up card

A stunning hand crafted valentine day pop-up card!

I’m sure any secret crush will be happy! Enjoy…x