Thursday, February 10, 2011

The One With the Valentine's Day Preparedness (2): Easy-Peasy Valentine's Cards

Love is in the air, don't you think?
Valentine's Day is always a great excuse to make hand-made cards. You know, it's the grown up version of those Disney Princess ones you used to hand out at school.
If you're anything like me, you may have seen hundreds of beautiful handmade cards that require a million tools and gadgets and embellishments that you don't have. Well, here you'll find cards that require literally four things you could probably scrounge around for:
  1. Paper
  2. Scissors or a cutting board
  3. Double-sided tape
  4. Ribbon (which is even optional)
Think you could find those?

I cut my own cards out of cardstock and used some envelopes left over from previous projects. I used the Brenda Walton Sweet Talk Postage Stamps paper by K&Company. I found it at Michael's a while back. But you could write your own lovey sayings, use stickers or any kind of embellishment from the glorious papercrafting aisle.

And of course you'll need some random paper to spice things up. All of these were made with paper I had lying around or in my scrap box. That's right - a whole box devoted to tiny shreds of paper left over from other projects. Don't have one? You should. I toss just about anything in there - even cards that I receive. You never know when it might come in handy.

And ribbon adds some extra fun. It's not necessary, but if you have some, use it! If you are afraid of the ribbon fraying, you can melt the ends of it with a candle flame. Don't get it too close to avoid burning or melting too much.
If you want, you can also use a marker or a stamp pad to ink the edges of the paper and add a little contrast and dimension.

And voila! You have some easy, yet personal, cards to send to all your friends to wish them a Happy Valentine's Day.

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