I can’t stress enough how proud I am of these cards. This is restraint people. You have no idea how much I wanted to load them up with paint and sequins, but I held back. This is Crafty Chica gone minimalist. What do you think?
Anyway, I made these sweetly simple cards from The Valentine Kit by Chronicle Books. Fun stuff!
Sometimes I don’t want to start from scratch. That’s where crafty kits come into play.
I recently discovered The Valentine Kit, by Carey Jones (Chronicle Books, $12.95), and my life hasn’t been the same since. The little box is stuffed with 10 cards and envelopes, 10 sheets of patterned paper, a sticker sheet, stencil and three yards of ribbon.
An included color booklet has design recipes, instructions, ideas and my favorite – trivia! Did you know that, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion valentine cards are sent each year in the United States? I wonder how many are handmade.
You can think about that while cutting and pasting your way to love. I made these cards using everything in the kit (except the glitter; that was my added touch). The Valentine Kit is available at local bookstores or at amazon.com or bn.com.
Inspired from The Valentine Kit, by Carey Jones
1 blank card
2 sheets of patterned paper
Glue stick or double sided tape
White craft glue
Directions: Take one sheet of patterned paper, measure and cut to fit the inside area of the card (this will serve as the lining). Open the card so the inside is face up and adhere the paper using a glue stick or double-sided tape.
Flip the card over, trace the heart stencil on the front and cut out with craft knife. Run a thin bead of white craft glue around the outside edge of the heart and sprinkle glitter over it. Let dry.
To line the envelope, cut the other piece of patterned paper to fit inside the envelope from the top of the flap to about halfway down. Affix in place and fold flap on crease. Embellish the inside of the card as desired.
Tips and variations: It’s good to keep the card lining a light shade so you can write on it. By using an array of red and pink papers you can mix and match to make a collection of similar looking cards.