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Be My Pun-ny Valentine!

Oh, Valentine’s Day. You know, when I was a kid, it was all about the card. What kind you bought, did it have an awesome character or a joke? Who got it, because we all know you hand picked the ones you wanted to give special friends, then everyone else got “the rest”. And, of course, how many you got back!

Anyone can stop by the big box store and pickup a pack of Valentine’s Day cards with their favorite superhero or brightly colored character. But, not everyone will have a handmade card, especially one that your child can say they made up themselves! So, put your pun writing hats on, come up with a creative phrase and make Valentine’s Day awesome this year. Check out a few of the Pun-ny Valentines we came up with for inspiration!


Give your Valentine a wink with a googly eye covered card!


Sea creatures can say “Be Mine” just as well as cuddly puppies! Check out this card using some ocean inspiration.


Need a card for a puzzle lover? Give a card they’ll love to solve!


We could come up with owl puns for days! Use a few of these fun ones to inspire a Valentine’s Card for your favorite bird lover.


With a Valentine Card this cute, why would you “knot” want to be their Valentine? We used a Loopdedoo™ to create an easy bracelet for an extra gift on Valentine’s Day.


And last, but not least, use your favorite colorful tool, The Original Rainbow Loom®, to create a fun Valentine’s Day charm to share with friends!

Show us some of your favorite Pun-ny Valentine Creations on Instagram & Twitter! #MadewithMichaels!

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