When it comes to sending cards or thoughtful messages to friends and family (whether for an actual holiday/event or just because), I am the ultimate slacker. It’s really too bad – I come from a family of truly awesome card-senders, but it seems I didn’t get the gene. My mom, cousin, and aunt are especially good at it, sending sweet notes to let me know I’m on their minds or putting together little packages of things that they thought I would love. Every year I tell myself I’m going to be a little more thoughtful, and every year I fail. With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, I decided to remedy my shortcomings and get ahead of the game.
Inspired by this pin, I wanted to make a few homemade Valentine cards that were more than just a quick scribble of “I love you” on printer paper. My artistic skills are about as lacking as my card-sending abilities, so if I could pull off something this cute, anyone can.
Here’s what you need:
Cardstock (I used an off-white, textured version), toilet paper tubes, paint, and scissors if your cardstock is like mine and has a printed-on label. I also used a piece of plain white paper to practice stamping my hearts before moving on to my real cardstock.
First up, you need to make your heart stamp by bending two creases into the toilet paper tube. You can definitely make yours a little more perfect than mine, but I loved the lopsided look this gave to my stamped hearts.
You may need to give the corners a little bit of help in staying creased or forming the arcs at the top of the heart. Play around with them until you get a shape you’re happy with. I made two, one for each color.
Once you’ve got your stamp, use a plain piece of paper to practice making hearts. I planned to make an overlapping design, so I wanted to make sure I knew how much paint I needed on the stamp to achieve the look I was going for.
When you’re confident with your heart-stamping skills, it’s time to move on to the real thing! My cardstock was 8.5”x11” and textured, so the hearts would stand out a little more, but feel free to use whatever paper you like! I also liked the look of some hearts hanging off the edges of the cards, so I put another piece of paper underneath my card to avoid getting paint all over the table.
You can even leave room to add letters or other stickers. At the last minute, I decided to add some scrapbooking stickers to give one of the cards an extra layer, but feel free to paint in letters or other shapes if you have a steady hand!
I adore the way they turned out! The cards were super quick to make, and I love the great pop of color they have. Make the idea your own! Add glitter, other scrapbooking stickers, or a different color scheme to design a super fun, homemade card that will be appreciated far more than anything you could buy in a store.
Jessica Lampe is a foodie, photographer, writer and DIY’er extraordinare from Indianapolis, Indiana, where she lives with her boyfriend and their incessantly adorable German Shepherd. When she isn’t serving up cupcakes to friends and strangers (baked goods don’t discriminate) she loves getting caught up in a good book and playing/coaching volleyball. Jessica has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and English from Bradley University, is obsessed with all things Harry Potter and lives and dies by the St. Louis Cardinals. Find her on Twitter @lampeshade12.