Crafty adventures from a Dane in Massachusetts

Feb 9, 2011

DIY Valentine's Day Card

Last weekend I finished my Valentine's Cards for the:



Hopefully my Valentine's swap partners have received my cards by now.
One of the cards I made was this owl paper cut card:


I drew the owls myself and cut them out with a precision knife. If you want to add your own design to a card and can draw just a little bit, that's an easy way to do it.

All you need is:
A precision knife
A drawing measuring approximately 5"w x 4"h
A piece of carton measuring approximately 5"w x 4"h (this is for your paper cut)
A piece of carton measuring approximately 11"w x 9"h (this is for the card)
double adhesive tape (or just fold it into itself like me)

You can of course make your paper cut a lot more detailed than my owl drawing. All you have to remember is that every line has to be connected, so you don't accidentally cut something out that you wanted in your design.
I just drew my design with a pencil, cut the drawing out into a square and taped this to my piece of 5"x4" brown carton (the side facing down is usually going to look more clean than the other one, once you are done cutting it out). Then I started cutting my design out:



To make this process easier, you can color the pieces you want cut out a different color. I made the stencil below, which you can get here if you want to copy my card. You have to cut out all the white pieces. To cut through both your drawing and the paper underneath, you have to press fairly hard with the precision knife. It can be a little tricky, so be careful not to let the knife slip.


 After you cut it out, you remove the layer with your drawing and it should look like this:



Now, fold your piece of 11" x 9" carton in half and stick your paper cut to the front of your card. I intended to stick my paper cut to the card above, but I decided that it was a little too dark...
Look how it "pops out" against a bright window. You could also just hang the paper cut in your window as a valentine decoration.

DIY Valentine Card

Anyway, I got some lighter colored carton to use for the background.
I found that taping the paper cut on with normal double adhesive tape worked fine. Of course I can't be sure that it didn't fall off on its way to its destination, but gluing it on can make the paper kind of wavy and that just doesn't look good. Here is the end result. If I was to make another one, I think I would add some ribbon to the edge to make it look a bit more fancy.


I hope you liked my tutorial. Let me know if you try my stencil out, or have any problems downloading it.
Until next time!

P.s. My tutorial is also featured here:

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2 comments:

  1. Aloha Hannah!
    I received my Valentine card today! The owls are so cute ;) Thank you so much! I can see all the hard work that went into it. I really do appreciate it. I like your tutorial you did here on your blog. Wasn't this such a fun swap! So glad to have met you and your blog through Lyndsey. Have a happy Valentines Day!! xo

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  2. Merissa, thank you. I love your card too. Even the envelope was pretty:) And you can never have too many cupcakes;)
    I had a lot of fun with the swap, and will probably join again next year.
    I will continue to follow your blog, so you will probably hear from me now and again.

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