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Handmade Valentines

Nothing says love like a handmade Valentine. Flowers and chocolates have their place on this love-filled holiday, but there is just something so special and meaningful when you give something from the heart.

Card making can seem daunting, but honestly, it’s really very simple! You can choose blank card and envelope packs or even make your own. Layer different papers, use stamps, markers and embellishments to add details. The possibilities are endless! Here are a few handmade valentines to get you inspired:

Mason Jar Hearts CardMason Jar Hearts Card

Layers of cardstock and paper doilies make this card extra sweet. Not to mention the conversation heart stamps in pretty pastels.

Simply Said ValentineSimply Said Valentine

The paper used on this card was already colored with a soft pink gradient. All we did was add the sweet message. Think you have 2nd grade penmanship? No worries! There’s a pattern you can trace on the project page.

String Art HeartString Art Heart

Get tangled up in love with this String Art Heart! It’s really fairly self explanatory. Even I could make this one!

Watercolor Heart Cardwatercolor heart card

Watercolor is so on trend right now, so this one is really my favorite. The beauty of watercolor paints is the way the colors blend together and give you different results every time. So practice on a few hearts using multiple shades of paint until you get one that you love. Then just trim your heart out and adhere it to cute cardstock!

XOXO Love CardXOXO Card

This classic card is 3-dimensional fun. I love the way the heart pops out at you. The twine bow is also a special touch.

Punny Valentines for KidsKids Valentines

Let’s not forget the kiddos! I’ve always loved a good pun, so these valentine cards are just perfect!

From top left:

Handprint Valentine’s Day Puzzle Card

I “Sea” You Valentine

I Only Have Eyes For You Valentine

Rainbow Loom® Heart Charm Valentine

Do you make your own valentines? We’d love to see what you’re crafting! Share your photos with us on Instagram using the hashtag #MadeWithMichaels for a chance to be featured!

Handmade Cards – A Guest Post by Tim Holtz

A handmade card from Tim Holtz

Who doesn’t love to receive a handmade card in the mail. These quick and easy cards are sure to impress your friends and family. Gather your favorite supplies, Stamps, Distress Markers and Ink, Mirrored Stars, Word Keys, Linen Ribbon, Rub ons and sit down to create some beautiful but simple cards.

Stamping with Archival Ink and Coloring with Distress Markers

Stamp Blueprint images onto watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival Ink. Color the images with your favorite colors of Distress Markers.

Blending with a Detail Water Brush and Distressing the edges

Using a Detail Water Brush blend the colors out to create a watercolor effect. Trim the images to size. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. Use a circular motion with light pressure and create a darkened edge around the images.

Distress Technique using Hand Sander and Distress Ink

Cut a card base from Kraft-core cardstock. Score and fold in half. Cut a mat a little larger then the colored images. Cut a piece of Crowded Attic Paper Stash for the background of the card. Ink the edges with Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool to create a darkened edge.

Adding pieces to base card with foam tape

Adhere pieces to base card. Use foam tape to adhere images to card. Foam tape is a great way to add interest to your card.

Adding rub-on and key embellishment

Add Remnant Rubs “Life Quotes” as desired. Tie Linen Ribbon around card attaching the Word Key with a bow.

The perfect finished card!

Easy as 1..2..3… and just think how happy someone will be to receive a beautiful handmade card. I call that happy mail!

– Tim Holtz