For me, Valentine's day is often a bit too commercial. Sure, I enjoy getting a box of chocolates from time to time. (Who doesn't like chocolate.) But when it comes to Valentine gift giving, sometime handmade is the most heartfelt.
I like to make my own cards, and on Valentine's Day I think it is totally worth taking the time to craft an extra fancy card.
This year, my card is inspired by a project I found in The Weekend Crafter: Making Books And Journals. It looks rather complicated, but isn't your special someone worth a little extra time and effort. (Husbands, I promise that your wife would be thrilled to receive this little gem if it is handmade by you!!)
- 1 - 2 x 12 inch piece of light colored cardstock
- 2 - 2 1/4 inch thin cardboard squares
- 2 - 3 1/4 inch pieces of colored, patterned paper
- Fiskars Paper Trimmer
- bone folder
- Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
- 18 inches of ribbon
- stamps, ink, pens, paint (for embellishments)
- 1 - 1 1/2 inch white cardstock square for cover decoration (optional)
Use the bone folder to score every two inches along the length of the paper (the pink lines in the photo below), creating six squares. Turn your paper over and make four diagonal scores in the center four squares (as shown by the blue lines below).
Valley fold the pink lines and mountain fold the diagonal blue lines. Your measurements and folds need to be very precise for this to work.
You can fill the front and back inside covers with the appropriate "to and from" message.
Whose heart wouldn't totally melt when they opened this special Valentine?
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