Believe it or not, friends, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy creating handmade cards so I can personalize them and write whatever I like. Plus, it’s way cheaper than purchasing store-bought greeting cards!
Today, I want to share a quick how-to for this shiny “xo” Valentine’s Day card, made with my new Heidi Swapp Minc. It’s perfect for a spouse, a significant other, a best friend, or even a special kiddo in your life, and it pairs wonderfully with a sweet treat. Take a look…
Creating Your Valentine’s Day Card
Step 1: Cut a piece of foil slightly larger than the 3×3″ design card.
Step 2: Place your design face up inside the carrier sheet, then place the foil on top.
The colored side of the foil should be facing up as well; the back of the foil is what will adhere to the printed image.
Step 3: Choose the proper heat setting and feed the carrier sheet through the machine, fold first.
There is a guide with the machine that will tell you which heat setting to use based on the type of paper.
Step 4: Remove the piece from the carrier sheet and peel off the excess foil.
Step 5: Adhere the design card to the front of a blank card.
You’ll want to position it closer to the top than the bottom so that you have room to draw your “xo” pattern.
Step 6: Use brush pens to write two rows of “x”s and “o”s across the bottom of the card.
I used black for all but one set in the bottom right, which I made pink to match the foiling.
Step 7: Write a message inside.
I used brush script and my Tombow Fudenosuke pen to write, “love is sweet.” For a quick and easy way to get this style of lettering, check out my Faux Calligraphy instructions. If you’d like to master the actual technique of brush lettering, you’ll want to start with my Brush Lettering Basics post and my free printable lowercase and uppercase alphabet practice sheets! Of course, you can always stamp a message or use any other style of writing you choose.
Now you’ve got a pretty, personal card to go along with a sweet treat for your lucky Valentine!
Many folks enjoy sending and receiving flowers for Valentine’s Day, which can be a beautiful, thoughtful gift. ProFlowers has a wide selection of beautiful bouquets you can order for the special people in your life. But, since I personally happen to be allergic, I always advise hubby to go with something non-pollinated…like CHOCOLATE!
They’re a great allergy-friendly treat for folks like me, plus they make an excellent gift for men, kids, and well, just about anyone who loves chocolate. I mean, come on, look at them! And trust me, they’re as tasty as they look. There are nut-free choices too, like the Gourmet Dipped Strawberries and Gourmet Dipped Swizzled Strawberries.
Whatever you choose to give and receive this Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy celebrating the people you love!
Thanks to ProFlowers for providing my strawberries! All opinions are honestly my own.