DIY Valentines in 3 Easy Steps

February 7, 2014

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

I can easily spend hours sorting through magazine clippings and collaging, but I don’t always have time for that. I love sending and receiving handmade cards, so I don’t want to let time constraints get in the way of a little DIY Valentine action.  The following steps go relatively quickly and can produce thoughtful cards with your unique touch.

You will need:

Scissors

Glue

Blank cards and envelopes (or card stock folded into cards)

Ruler (if you like straight lines)

A few pretty images (can be stickers, magazine clippings, repurposed “junk”)

A few pretty pieces of paper (can be magazine clippings, scrapbook paper, etc.)

Something to write with (a good black pen will do fine)

STEP ONE

Select and glue down your background paper(s).  For these cards, I used pieces of scrapbook paper.

 

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 1

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 2

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

For this card, I glued a slightly transparent piece of paper over the first layer. Don’t be afraid to mix textures and patterns!

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 3

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

A little more pattern mixing…

STEP TWO

Select a 1-3 focus images for the front of your card.  For these, I used magazine clippings, stickers, and old stamps (these I added later–see Step Three).

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 1: A torn page from an old dictionary, which, by the way, is great for finding whimsical illustrations like this cute little chow!

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 2: A cute pair of shoes for your favorite “Galentine.”

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 3: A photo of the Eiffel Tower from a magazine and a pretty pearl sticker.

STEP 3

Write a simple message on your card.  While you can print something out from the computer or use letters from magazines to spell your message, there’s nothing like your special handwriting!

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 1: As you can see, I went back and added two old stamps. I thought the card could a little something extra.

How to make DIY Valentines in just 3 steps

Example 2: Girlfriends are important!

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Example 3: Going with the French theme…

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Photos: Mary Hood

 

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Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.

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