DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

by - Thursday, February 01, 2018

There is no better way to say 'I love you' then with a gift you made by yourself. With one of these 3 elegant (and, yet, very easy to make) cards your love message will be crystal clear. They are great not just for Valentine's day, but for every occasion you need a bit of sparkle and hearts (birthdays and such things). Write a lovely note inside the card (for example, You make me happy, so I made this card to return the favor), put it under the bow on a box of chocolate or in a bouquet of flowers and you're loved one will be absolutely delighted.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
In this tutorial, I will show you how to make three different cards templates, how to make hearts in various sizes and shapes, and how to assemble all together in elegant Valentine's day cards. Please, do not be afraid of so many steps in this article. As always, I wrote an in-depth tutorial, and make sure to cover all the issues and possibilities. You'll see, these cards are really simple and easy to make.

Making the cards templates

With the templates, you will make cutting process easier and sides of the cards will be evenly straight and look more professional. The principle of making all of three templates are the same, the only difference is the size which I will give you in step-by-step instructions for each card.

Step 1.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
To make template place printing paper on work surface, and with the ruler measure and mark with dots desired length and width. Also, mark the middle of the card. Using a ruler to keep the lines straight connect all the marked points.

Step 2.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Cut out the pattern along the lines. Do not throw away templates you made because you can use them for making other cards (e.g. a birthday or Christmas cards).

Making the frame template

One of the cards has a frame on it, and here is how to make a template for it.

Step 1.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
To make the frame mark on another printing paper 15 cm (5.9 inches) long, and 15 cm (5.9 inches) wide square. Connect the marked points, and then measure 2 cm (0.7 inches) inside the lines. The frame is 2 cm (0.7 inches) wide, and inside of it is 13x13 cm (5.1x5.1 inches). After you finish the measuring connect the marked points. Cut out the outer part of the frame with the scissors.

Step 2.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
To cut the inside of the frame, place the template on the cutting mat, and place the ruler along the edge of the marked line. Cut the paper with an X-Acto knife from beginning to end of the marked line. The ruler will serve you as a guide to keep the lines straight.  

Step 3.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Cut all four sides of the frame, and remove the inner paper. Save that piece of paper because you will need it later.

Making the heart templates

Step 1.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Take a small piece of printing paper and fold it in half so the edges are side by side.

Step 2.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Press the crease with fingers to flatten it.

Step 3.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Draw a half heart shape by starting from just a bit up of the middle of the folded portion to the bottom corner.

Step 4.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Cut out the pattern along the lines and unfolded it. You will get a perfectly shaped heart. After you finish card making do not throw away hearts templates because you can use them for various other projects as well.

How to use the templates

Card template - Place the decorative paper on cutting mat and put a card template over it. Place the ruler on the edge of the template and using it as a guide cut the decorative paper with an X-Acto knife. Cut all four sides of the card in the same manner.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Frame template - To cut the outside of the frame, place the decorative paper on cutting mat and put the frame template over it. Place the ruler on the edge of the template and using it as a guide cut the decorative paper with an X-Acto knife. Cut all four sides of the frame in the same manner. Do not remove the template yet.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
To cut the inside of the frame,  place some heavy object on it. I used my favorite cup. In this way, the template will remain fixed in place, and it will prevent distortion of some parts of the template during the cutting.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Place the ruler along the edge of inner part of the template. Cut one side of the decorative paper with an X-Acto knife using the ruler as a guide. Move your weight (in my case that is a cup) on another part of the template, and cut another side of the inside of the frame. Repeat until you cut all four inside sides of the frame, and then remove the weight and the template.
Hearts template - Turn the decorative paper on the back, and place it on cutting mat. Turn the heart template so the inside of folded side of the template is facing the back of the decorative paper. Place the heart template on decorative paper, and trace a contour of the heart with a pen. Remove the template and cut the heart with scissors.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Folding the cards

Bend the card it in half so the edges are side by side. Hold the edges in place with your fingers, and with thumbs gently push paper toward the middle of the card.
Decorative paper is slightly thicker than regular paper, so if you immediately fold it will get wrinkled, unequal and irregular folding crease. Gently press the crease with fingers to flatten it.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Then take the ruler, and move it with gentle pressure over the crease to align and strengthen the fold.

Framed heart card
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Materials and tools

2 sheets (A4) of the white decorative paper
1 sheet (A4) of red decorative paper with white polka dots
Printing paper (A4)
Pencil
Ruler
X-Acto knife
Scissors
Cutting Mat
Paper glue

Step 1.

Make a card template 30 cm (11.8 inches) long and 15 cm (5.9 inches) wide. Also, mark the middle of the card (which is on 15 cm/5.9 inches). Cut out the pattern along the lines.

Step 2.

Make the frame template whose outsides will be 15x15 (5.9x5.9 inches), and inside 13x13 cm (5.1x5.1 inches). The frame is 2cm (0.7 inches) wide.

Step 3.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Take the paper you had cut from the inner part of the frame and fold it in half so the edges are side by side. Make heart template of it as explained in the introductory part of the tutorial. By using the inner part of the frame you will get the heart of perfect proportions for this card.

Step 4.

Place the sheet of white decorative paper on cutting mat and using the template cut the card base. Cut the frame from another sheet of white decorative paper.

Step 5.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Fold the card base. Then apply glue on the frame, and carefully place it at front of the card. Put the card on the side for few minutes to let the glue to dry.

Step 6.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Transfer the heart template to the red dotted decorative paper.

Step 7.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Cut heart shape with the scissors.

Step 8.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
With the scrapbooking punchers cut several hearts of the remains of the red dotted decorative paper.

Step 9.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Apply glue to the bigger heart and place it in the middle of the frame. Apply glue to the smaller hearts and place them on the frame. Allow the adhesive to dry for few minutes. Your card is finished and ready to write a lovely message.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Gold hearts card

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Materials and tools

1 sheets (A4) of the white decorative paper
1 sheet (A4) of golden decorative paper with texture
Heart shaped scrapbooking punchers
Double sided tape
Gold embroidery thread or satin ribbon
Printing paper (A4)
Pencil
Ruler
X-Acto knife
Cutting Mat
Paper glue

Step 1.

Make a card template 26 cm (10.2 inches) long and 13 cm (5.1 inches) wide. Also, mark the middle of the card (which is on 13 cm/5.1 inches). Cut out the pattern along the lines. Transfer the shape of the template on the white decorative paper. Fold the card base in half. Set aside.

Step 2.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
For this card, you will need three hearts - one big and two medium. For the bigger heart, I used the same template as for the first card. For medium hearts, I made a template and retrace it shape twice on the back of the golden decorative paper. Cut out the heart shapes with the scissors.

Step 3.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
This card is decorated on both sides, and the bigger heart is folded in the middle of it. To fold big heart place it with the golden side on the cutting mat, put the ruler in the middle of it, and trace the line with X-Acto knife. Be careful not to cut the heart in half, you just want to make a dent in the middle of it.

Step 4.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Carefully bend the hard in half. The dent you make will do this step very easy.  
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Step 5.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
With the scrapbooking punchers cut several hearts of the remains of the golden decorative paper.

Step 6.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Cut several long strands of golden thread. My thread was very thin so I cut 10 strands. I used embroidery thread, but you can use satin ribbon. The strands should be long enough to stretch over the entire card and to have remained for tying. Approximately the length of strands should be about 55 cm (21.6 inches).

Step 7.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Tie both ends of the thread strands to prevent their separation and cut the excess with scissors.

Step 8.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Glue one side of the double tape in the middle of the big heart. Remove protection on another side of the tape.

Step 9.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Glue the thread on the tape.

Step 10.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Apply paper glue on heart, and place card base on one part of it. Make sure that the fold of the card is level with the crease on the heart, as well that the heart is placed in the middle of the card base.

Step 11.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Fold the heart so it attaches to the front of the card.

Step 12.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Glue other hearts on both sides of the card base.  Allow the adhesive to dry for few minutes, and then write your message. Tie the thread in the bow, and your card is finished.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Tied gold and red card

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Materials and tools

1 sheets (A4) of the gold decorative paper
1 sheet (A4) of red decorative paper with texture
Golden crochet yarn
Printing paper (A4)
Gold ink stamp pad or marker pen (optional)
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Cutting Mat
Paper glue

Step 1.

Make a card template 20 cm (7.8 inches) long and 10 cm (3.9 inches) wide. Also, mark the middle of the card (which is on 10 cm/3.9 inches). Cut out the pattern along the lines. Transfer the shape of the template on the gold decorative paper. Fold the card base in half. Set aside.

Step 2.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Make heart template and transfer it to the red decorative paper.

Step 3.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Cut heart shape with the scissors.

Step 4.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
My decorative paper was red just on one side, so when I cut it out white was so obvious. I use a gold ink pad to cover the white edges of the heart. For this, you can use gold marker pen as well. If your paper is colored on both sides (as is the one with polka dots I used for the first card) you can skip this step.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

Step 5.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Apply glue to the heart and place it on the card base. Let to dry.

Step 6.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Since I made the heart slightly bigger than the card, I glue a piece of gold paper on the back of it. After the glue is dried, I cut the excess of the gold paper with the X-Acto knife. I just traced the contour of the heart above the card base. That way when you open the card you will not see the white background of red paper, and the entire interior of the card it will be uniform.

Step 7.

DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards
Write your message inside the card, and then wrap it several times with gold crochet yarn. Tie the bow on the back of the card. Your card is finished.
DIY Elegant Valentine's day cards

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