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Easy to Make Valentine's Day Card using Cricut Stamping Cartridge

Updated on January 24, 2012

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day has to be one of the most fun holidays to give and receive cards. A homemade card gives so much more meaning to the holiday because of the customizing that can be done using your own creativity. Whether you prefer, as I do, the traditional Valentine's Day colors of red, white, and pink or if you want to go way out of the box and use different colors, a homemade card is the way to go. You can even create a card using cardstock colors that you know the recipient of the card will like.

A homemade Valentine's Day card is easily made using a Cricut personal cutting machine; Cricut has designed a number of cartridges for the holidays including Valentine's Day. In addition, I have started to combine the cutout shapes from my Cricut Create machine and the stamps and punches I have received from Stampin'Up!. These stamps and punches make the homemade card beautiful because of the precise and clear stamps and very intricate punches.

For this card I went completely with the shapes and designs I was able to cut with my Cricut machine.

Specifics

Cricut Machine Cartridge: Cricut Stamping

Cricut Machine Blade Depth: #2

Cricut Machine Speed: Medium

Cricut Machine Pressure: Maximum

Cardstock: A mixture of light and heavy weight.

Hint: I noticed that my sticky mats for the Cricut machine were not holding onto the cardstock as well as they used to so I gave them a quick wash using dishwashing liquid and a scrubby brush. Once they dried, the stickiness came right back. It is a great way to revitalize a sticky mat; no need to buy new

cardstock background adhered to base card
cardstock background adhered to base card
Hearts border cutout Red cardstock
Hearts border cutout Red cardstock
Hearts border cutout Light Blue cardstock
Hearts border cutout Light Blue cardstock
Hearts border cutout Red Polkadot cardstock
Hearts border cutout Red Polkadot cardstock
Adhere blue to red
Adhere blue to red
3 layers adhered
3 layers adhered
Adhered to card
Adhered to card
From the Heart cutouts
From the Heart cutouts
From the Heart Red cardstock adhered to Polkadot
From the Heart Red cardstock adhered to Polkadot
Light blue adhered on top
Light blue adhered on top
Sentiment adhered to card
Sentiment adhered to card
Heart to Heart cutouts
Heart to Heart cutouts
3 layers adhered
3 layers adhered

Step by Step

I apologize for some blurry images; my camera didn't focus as well as I thought it did.

I used Red, White, Light Blue, and Red & White Polka Dot cardstock. The shaded cardstock in the photos is the light blue textured cardstock.

For a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" card cut a background piece of cardstock to be 5 1/2" x 4" using your Cricut Essentials paper cutter. I find this item to be one of the handiest when creating cards or scrapbook layouts.

Adhere the background to the base card. I chose a blue with red polkadot background piece of cardstock.

Red Heart Border

Cut one <HeartBdr>, size 1 1/2" using Red cardstock and the Shift, Shadow, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the Red heart border.

Cut one <HeartBdr>, size 1 1/2" using Light Blue cardstock and the Shift, Blackout, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the Light Blue border.

Cut one <HeartBdr>, size 1 1/2" using Polkadot cardstock and the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cutout the Polka Dot border (save the two hearts poked out of the border).

Adhere the Light Blue heart border to the bottom red heart border.

Adhere the Polka Dot heart border to the top.

Adhere the finished layers to the top center of your card. Adhere the two small hearts saved from the polka dot cutouts on either side of the heart border.

From the Heart sentiment

Cut one <Frmheart>, size 1 1/2" using white cardstock and the base keyboard key. This will cut out the top layer of the sentiment.

Cut one <Frmheart>, size 1 1/2" using the red cardstock and the Blackout and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the sentiment.

Cut one <Frmheart>, size 1 1/2" using the Polka dot cardstock and the Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the bottom layer of the sentiment.

Adhere the three layers together; the red cardstock layer will peek out thru the top layer.

Adhere to the middle of the card.

Larger Hearts bottom left and right

Cut two <Hrt2Hrt>, size 1 1/2" using Light Blue cardstock and the Shift, Shadow and base keyboard key. This will cut out the shadow layer of the larger hearts.

Cut two <Hrt2Hrt>, size 1 1/2" using White cardstock and the Shift, Blackout, and base keyboard key. This will cut out the middle layer of the larger hearts.

Cut two <Hrt2Hrt>, size 1 1/2" using the Polka dot cardstock and the Shift and base keyboard key. This will cutout the top layer of the larger hearts.

Adhere the white cardstock layer to the light blue cardstock layer.

Adhere the top polka dot layer on top.

Adhere the two hearts to the bottom left and bottom right of the card angling them a bit.

Done!

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      craftarrific 

      7 years ago from California

      Cute project! I have a cricut too. I get so frustrated with the sticky mats after just a few projects. I will try your suggestion. I've also read you can wash them and spray them with quilt basting spray to rejuvenate them.

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