Valentine's Day Card Making Ideas

Monarch Butterfly on a Pink Zinnia - Photo Card

From My Butterfly Garden - Butterfly on a  pink zinnia flower.  Using Your Own Photos is a Great Start to a Beautiful Card!
From My Butterfly Garden - Butterfly on a pink zinnia flower. Using Your Own Photos is a Great Start to a Beautiful Card! | Source

Using Your Own Photographs For Making Cards

I love to photograph all kinds of things. One of my favorite things to take pictures of is flowers. I even took a photo of a flower that was in the shape of a heart once time, and it was bright red! This would be perfect for the kind of card I am going to describe.

If you have such a photo, you can get a print made of it rather inexpensively at your local Walmart, or Walgreen's, etc. I love to use double stick tape for these kinds of projects to avoid the warping that sometimes comes with liquid glue, like Elmer's.

With some simple cardstock like they sell at Michael's and many other craft stores, you can very quickly make a lovely Valentine's Day card. If you have some ribbon it can dress up the card even more by tying a little ribbon round the spine of the card.

The recipient of your card will appreciate that you took the time to create your own special Valentine's Day card, but also love the photo that you captured!

Some other ideas for photos that would work for Valentine's Day would be photos including a lovely flower garden, butterflies, and any variety of flower. Or, if your loved one has a favorite animal, etc, then that would be a sure winner.

Using a Valentine Image or Cartoon

A Cute little Valentine, In the Public Domain
A Cute little Valentine, In the Public Domain | Source

Using Rubber Stamps and Ink for Cards

Using rubber stamps for making Valentine's Day cards is a great idea. You don't have to be very artistic or talented to come up with even a very nice card. Some basic needs for this kind of card would be card stock, ink pads and rubber stamps.

There are a number of ways to proceed. If you don't have a lot of different colors of stamp ink, you can use a good dye based black ink and some colored pencils, watercolors, pen ink or even chalk. It depends on what you have or the effect you are going for.

One very easy example is to use a large floral heart with filigree or flowers or other designs. You can stamp this in red, pink, or black. You can then cut this image out and attach to your card made with folded cardstock, or stamp it directly onto your card.

I have seen other stamps that have a little scene, like say a teddy bear with a heart Valentine. You can stamp that in black and color it in with colored pencils, and the effect is darling.

For more experienced stampers, the use of embossing powder, glitter, and other products can enhance your stamped creation.

Card Stock, Fabric, Lace and Buttons Card

This last idea uses other craft object to make a lovely card. You need card stock again of course, but this time you will also need some lace or ribbon, some fabric and some cute little buttons. Using these items I have seen some darling cards created!

Adding your own final touch with your own hand writing, makes it just perfect. People won't mind if you are not an artist, and will appreciate your attention to detail.

Cutting some nice or cute fabric into the shape of a heart or flower is one idea. Adding a little bow or buttons is just darling. Glitter glue goes far as well at times like this. Just experiment around until you find something you like.

One more idea with random craft supplies would be to use paper punches. These are like regular hole punches but often bigger in the end result and in different shapes. You can come up with some quick and cute patterns with paper punches. I have a few heart ones in different sizes that I had for scrap booking. Using papers and punches can make for a quick Valentine's Day Card.

Pick a Beautiful Scene of Any Kind

A beautiful sunset with hot air balloons makes a nice Valentine's Day statement.
A beautiful sunset with hot air balloons makes a nice Valentine's Day statement. | Source

Some General Points for Cards

Card stock and the other supplies can add up in price sometimes. To maximize your value, I have learned that taking a trial run with my idea on a piece of scratch paper can really help to make sure the idea will work before I launch out with the card itself. If you make a mistake or several, you will have then wasted some card stock just trying out ideas. So planning ahead for a place where you are free to design first can really help.

Keep an eye out for coupons like we often see with Michael's craft store. You can almost always get something that is full price for almost 40% off. I have used this for a pack of card stock with my favorite colors in it, or a new black dye based in pad, etc. It ends up saving you a lot of money.

Having your crafts all in one place for easy access can help pull a quick craft session together. Save some of your money for other things or just save it! If you don't spend a lot on cards, you can buy more chocolate, maybe a dinner or a movie, etc! Plus, they are loved so much by the recipient.

Consider picking up a little potted flower or some candy for your Valentine! You can be creative and very thoughtful without having to spend hardly any money. I once received a basket full of different kinds of Walgreen's candy with a big red ribbon on top. It was so fun to receive, and didn't break the bank of the giver.

Finally, have fun with this and don't be too hard on yourself or too much of a perfectionist! No one is a harder critic of our creations than we can be of ourselves. Go ahead, and give from the heart, and Happy Valentine's Day.

The Lover's Telegraph - A Cute Valentine Image with Cupid

I thought this was too cute, for Valentine's Day.  It's a black and white image, and not too serious, with the cutest cupid and two trying to communicate.
I thought this was too cute, for Valentine's Day. It's a black and white image, and not too serious, with the cutest cupid and two trying to communicate. | Source

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poetryman6969 2 years ago

The butterfly and the flower are quite lovely.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Thank you Poetyman, I appreciate your comment.


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WiccanSage 2 years ago

I love paper crafting. I don't make cards for everything, only those who are very special to me or for very special occasions. Nice ideas here, thanks for sharing!


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA Author

Hello WiccanSage, I think there is something almost therapeutic in crafting in such ways, as it can be so relaxing. I think that its wonderful that you make special things for those most special to you. Glad you stopped by and thanks for the comment.

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