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Valentine’s Day is assigned the day of love. When we were younger we’d pass out cards to the whole class. Do you remember that? Sometimes finding the right general Valentine for that person who didn’t really like you that much, was tough.
Making a general card is sometimes best
And just like my last card, by leaving the card blank inside, it doesn’t have to be centered strictly around romance.
These cards if done with the right salutation can be used for any occasion. They can even be used for a little bit of support for when someone is going through a difficult time.
So even if you don’t have the kind of relationship that calls for that mushy card, these homemade cards are a way to show how much you care in a comfortable way.
Handmade Valentine Card Idea
This is one beautiful blank card that can be decorated in a way to make it general for either sex or general for either occasion. All it might take is a bit of tweaking.
I used the same shade of red cardstock that I used for my previous card. Again this is from the Recollection line.
As always, I cut the sheet of cardstock in half and folded it in half again.
This is the way I always measure my cards. Or not measure them I guess. It’s quick and simple.
3D Pop Out Card
Have you’ve seen on Pinterest all the cute pop up cards? The 3D pop out look makes the card stand out. They inspired me to try one. And they are easier than they look.
To make the 3D pop out from the inside of the card, I first folded the card closed. On the fold line I made a horizontal slit. Depending upon how much of a pop out you want, will determined how deep you want the slit. I used my scissors to cut the slit 1 ½ long and ½ inch wide.
I cut out six to make the three slits for the pop out. My cuts are a bit off centered but that is okay. It doesn’t have to be prefect to be a pretty card.
When the card is opened, the slits need to be carefully pulled out into the opened card. This will allow the 3D pop out. The slits will bend into the card when it is closed.
To Fix the Pop Out Gaps
When you cut these slits into the card and pull them into the card, it will leave gaping holes. But that is easy to fix.
The double sided patterned paper I used for my previous card, is the perfect solution. The paper is from Lawn Fawn and is called Cozy Tea.
I cut two strips 1 ½ inches wide to cover the gaps. I glued one to the front and one to the back. The cool part is that when you open the card the other pattern of the cardstock shows through as a background.
Inside Of The Card
Using the heart banner like stamp from Penny Black’s Loves & Hugs stamp set, I stamped the banner onto the bottom of the inside of the card. The ink I used was from StampinUp! called Bermuda Bay.
I put a large scallop heart in the middle and two smaller hearts on each side. I used a different side of the patterned paper for the hearts giving it variety.
I glued the hearts to the pop out cardstock strips careful to place them right so it wouldn’t hinder of the opening of the card.
This completes the inside of the card.
Then on each side of the heart I put a glittered foam heart.
I had to use two different stamp sets for the salutation. The Love came from Penny Blacks stamp set and the u forever was used from an old stamp set I had. Now if you want it less mushy, just change the salutation up a bit. Or leave off the u forever.
This was stamped in the middle of the card below the patterned banner.
To top it off I put two small foam glittered hearts in the corners and a few gem hearts randomly on the card.
Although this was a bit hard to explain this DIY card, I hope the pictures will help you to understand it.
Pop up cards are so fun to make and experiment with.
Be sure to drop a comment below to let me know what kind of pop up card you have tried.