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How to make a Homemade Valentine's Day Card- Hearts Galore Cricut Card
Love is in the air; whether it be romantic or friendship, Valentine's Day is a wonderful holiday for cards and gifts.
I had an idea for this card to features Hearts, Hearts, and more Hearts and my Cricut cartridges features many different versions. I also wanted to use the small spongy squares to give the heart layers a 3-D effect. Lastly, the pink, green, and red color combinations say Happy Valentine's Day in such a pretty, fresh way.
Cricut Valentine's Day
Cards especially are fun to give and even more fun to create at home with your Cricut machine. To use with your Cricut machine are great Valentine's themed cartridges such as Simply Charmed, Victorian Romance, and the Cricut Valentine's Day cartridge. Each one offers multiple images of hearts, flowers, entwining vines.
Embossing is another way to add special touches to your Valentine's Day cards. Valentine's themed folders are available from Cricut and other companies. Again with hearts, flowers, and phrases. Everything you need for a great Valentine's Day card created with your Cricut machine and the Cricut Cuttlebug Embossing machine.
Be Mine Valentine's Day card
What You'll Need
1. Cricut machine cartridge: Simply Charmed (for the "Be Mine" sentiment)
2. Cricut machine cartridge: Victorian Romance (for the Hearts and Heart Banners)
3. Cricut Cuttlebug folder: Simply Flowers (you could use the Hugs and Kisses folder)
4. Solid-Core cardstock in your choice of colors (I used Pink, Bright Green, and Red)
5. Light Weight floral or some sort of printed cardstock.
6. Foam Squares with adhesive on 2 sides (They come in various sizes-I cut them down to accommodate the shape size).
6. Paper Tools such as a paper folder, paper cutter, poking tool (My favorite is a set of tools from Cricut called Cricut Essentials.
7. Adhesive (I use a 2-way pen from Zig)
Ways to make your card a success
- Make sure your Cricut machine blade is sharp; that is, if you use your machine continuously you will want to replace the blade frequently. Your machine will continue to cute precise, sharp cutouts for you.
- Use the FLIP button for most of your cutouts. With even the sharpest blade there is always a tiny bit of shredding here and there. The FLIP feature allows that shredding to show up on the back of the cardstock.
- Make sure you flip your cardstock for the FLIP button. I know, it sounds silly, but I've done it wrong a few times.
- Invest in a pen-type adhesive such as the ZIG 2-way. It puts tiny dots of adhesive so you never have that bumpy result of too much glue.
- NAIL CLIPPERS..that's right, typical nail clippers work great to get rid of those tiny little pieces of cardstock in the way. The nail clipps CLIP the cardstock rather than pull which could create a tear or rip.
Cricut machine settings
No matter which model of Cricut you have, these are the settings I used for this Valentine's Day card.
Cricut machine Blade Depth: #4
Cricut machine Speed: Medium
Cricut machine Pressure: Max
You can play with these settings; perhaps a slight change will work better for you.
1. Take a piece of cardstock measuring 9" x 7". I used White.
Fold the cardstock on the 9" side for a finished card measuring 4 1/2" x 7". A folding tool will make the fold sharp and without those wrinkles you get from a manual fold.
2. Cut a light weight piece of patterned paper to measure 6 1/2" x 4". This will be your background piece.
3. Using the Simply Flowers Cuttlebug folder:
- Run the piece of patterned background cardstock through. This creates a pretty multiple flowered embossed pattern.
4. Using the Victorian Romance Cricut cartridge:
- Cut 3 sets of Hearts <Hearts> in graduated sizes and 3 different colors. Set the Cricut machine to 1 1/4" for the largest heart. Set the Cricut machine to 1" for the middle heart. Set the Cricut machine to 3/4" for the smallest heart. I used Pink, Green, and Red cardstock.
5. Place a tiny piece of 2-sided adhesive Foam Square in the center of the largest heart and adhere the middle heart to it, pressly gently. Place a Foam Square on the middle heart and adhere the smallest heart to that. This creates a 3-D layered Heart set. Do this for the 3 sets of Hearts.
6. Using the Victorian Romance cartridge:
- Cut 2 sets of Heart Banners. Cut 2 <HeartBnr> measuring 1 1/2" and 2 <HeartBnr> measuring 1 1/4". I used Green cardstock for the larger Heart Banner and Pink cardstock for the smaller Heart Banner.
7. Using the Victorian Romance cartridge:
- Cut 1 large Heart <Heart> measuring 3 1/4" . I used Pink cardstock.
8. Run the 3 1/4" through your Cuttlebug machine using the same Simply Flowers folder.
9. Using the Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge:
- Cut 1 <Hearts> measuring 1 3/4". Use the Word and 2 Hearts Base keyboard key on your Cricut. This will cut out the top layer of "Be Mine". I used Red cardstock.
- Cut 1 <HrtWrds> measuring 1 3/4". Use the Shift, Word, and 2 Hearts Base keyboard key on your Cricut. This will cut out the larger bottom layer of "Be Mine". I used White cardstock.
10. Adhere the two layers of the phrase together.
11. Adhere 2 sets of the Heart layers to the bottom of your base card. I turned the Heart layers a bit.
12. Adhere the other Heart layers to the top middle of your base card.
13. Adhere the Heart Banners as shown. The smaller Heart Banner adhered just a bit over the bottom of the larger Heart Banner.
14. Adhere the large Heart in between the Heart Banners
15. Adhere the "Be Mine" layers to the top of the large Pink Heart.
16. Finished - all Red, Pink, and Green cheerful and pretty!