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DIY Paint Chip Valentine's Day Cards

Updated on September 26, 2016
Creative Valentine Cards - Valentine Cards to Make at Home
Creative Valentine Cards - Valentine Cards to Make at Home | Source

Easy to Make Valentine Cards

I absolutely love handmade greeting cards-- both the act of card making and also receiving lovely handmade cards. I really began making cards when I was making my own wedding invitations. I had so much fun doing it that I never really stopped. While these two cards will give you some great Valentine ideas, many of the tips in this tutorial will work if you're just learning to make your own holiday cards. The two simple Valentine cards featured in this tutorial are simple to make and inexpensive.

I made both cards from one piece of cardstock cut in half and 7 paint chip cards from my local Lowe's. The alphabet stamps used in this tutorial are a full set of letters as well as a period and comma (. ,) that were purchased from the dollar section of Michael's for $2.00 (January 2014). I've also seen similar sets (one set has all capital letters and another is lowercase) in the Target dollar section for $3.00 (as of January 2014).

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How to Make a Valentines Card - Valentine Art Ideas | Source

You Will Need:

  • 1 piece of 8.5" x 11" card stock, folded or cut in half
  • Alphabet stamps and ink
  • Free paint chips (recycled or from your local paint counter)
  • Heart-shaped punch
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Paper cutter (optional)

Valentine Crafts - Paint Chip Card Ideas
Valentine Crafts - Paint Chip Card Ideas | Source

Instructions

  1. Stamp out your message.
  2. Punch out 12 paper hearts from multi-colored paint chips.
  3. Apply a glue dot to the center of each heart back and adhere to card stock.

Valentine Paper Crafts - How to Make Homemade Cards
Valentine Paper Crafts - How to Make Homemade Cards | Source

Tips

  • Card stock is the perfect paper weight for this project. Cutting an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock in half (width-wise) will yield 2 cards (postcard-style greeting cards). Folding the paper in half will yield a traditional greeting card that opens/closes.
  • For a perfect ombre effect, arrange your hearts into a mock design as you punch them, paying attention to gradient changes in color. Hearts in your first rows (and or columns) should start out very light and get darker towards the bottom of the card.
  • Try to punch out as many hearts as you can without getting any paint information or numbers on the front sides of your hearts.
  • For punching solid color hearts, trim your paint chip samples down the white lines with scissors. This makes each color section more accessible and easier to punch hearts from.
  • For multi-color hearts, punch heart directly on white separator line. This will yield a heart with two different colored halves.
  • To line up your hearts in rows and columns without math or measuring, arrange your display before gluing. Glue the first column, using the left edge of the card as a guide to "eyeball" the distance. Moving down, each point of the heart should line up in the middle with the arches of the next heart. Repeat this process to the third column of hearts, using the right edge of the card as a guide this time. Glue the middle column of hearts last, using the two outer columns as guides for distancing and positioning.
  • Glue dots aren't super flat and do give the hearts a tiny pop-out effect. For a more 3D effect, use 3D adhesive foam squares. You can find them in the scrapbooking supply aisle of most craft stores.

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Valentines Cards Ideas - Cheap Crafts to Make | Source
Ideas for Valentines Cards - Homemade Cards Ideas
Ideas for Valentines Cards - Homemade Cards Ideas | Source

You Will Need:

  • 1 piece of 8.5" x 11" card stock, folded or cut in half
  • Alphabet stamps and ink
  • Free paint chips (recycled or from your local paint counter)
  • Heart-shaped punch
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Paper cutter (optional)

Unique Valentine's Day Cards - Paint Chip Valentine Card
Unique Valentine's Day Cards - Paint Chip Valentine Card | Source

Instructions

  1. Stamp message onto card and punch out 24 paint chip hearts. Arrange design with three hearts per stack.
  2. Sew heart stacks onto card stock with sewing machine. Stitching should begin on heart balloon and can end near the bottom of the card or off of the card.
  3. Sew the highest balloons or balloons furthest in the background first. See photo for step 3, diagramming the order in which I sewed my hearts (numbered 1-8). Balloons closest to the bottom or foreground should be sewn last.
  4. Carefully bend up the top two hearts of each balloon, folding them upward and together at the seams. The very bottom heart will remain flat against the card stock for the full 3D effect.

Valentine's Day Ideas DIY
Valentine's Day Ideas DIY | Source

Tips

  • Card stock is the perfect paper weight for this project. Cutting an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock in half (width-wise) will yield 2 cards (postcard-style greeting cards). Folding the paper in half will yield a traditional greeting card that opens/closes.
  • The finished card will be a little more fragile once all of the sewing is done. (The stitches create perforations, weakening the card just a bit.) You can always mount this card onto a second piece of card stock if desired.
  • The balloon string stitches are also visible on the back of the card. Keep that in mind if you are designing this as a card that opens/closes as the stitches will be on the inside of the card. I think it looks neat, but you can always cover it with another piece of card stock or line the entire card with a lightweight paper, similar to some store-bought greeting cards.
  • You can arrange your balloons each with three solid hearts or a variety of colors and shades. I did the latter, also taking advantage of two tone hearts. In the above photo of step 3, hearts stacks numbered 1, 4, 7, and 8 have two tone hearts on the very top of the stack.
  • Punch two-tone hearts out by punching directly on the white separator line of a paint chip sample. Each heart half will be two different colors. This also gives you a nice solid white line as a guide for sewing your hearts down the middle and on to the card.

DIY Valentine's Day Card Ideas and Inspiration

Valentine's Day Inspiration
Valentine's Day Inspiration | Source

Heather Says

I finished both of these cards in one sitting and just under thirty minutes. I'm really happy with how they came out. This craft is also perfect for finishing up leftover scraps of pretty scrapbooking papers. Depending on the thickness of the paper, you can usually add another heart (for a total of 4 per stack). I like to use many different papers to make cards very colorful and unique. That's also why I love working on a plain brown recycled card stock-- it really allows your colors and designs to pop! I hope these ideas inspire you to make your own cards. You can also check out the greeting card sections of your local stores and Pinterest boards to get lots of great DIY Valentine card ideas. Coming home to make your own inspired ideas is twice as fun and usually half the price (or less)! Happy Valentine's Day!

© 2014 Heather Rode

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      Paula 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Heather, I truly love the Valentine Cards you made! They are super cute, and don't look that difficult to make, which is a great combination when making cards. Thanks for sharing!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      @Purpose Embraced-- Thanks so much. I'm glad you stopped by and enjoyed this hub. I love making handmade cards and your kind words definitely made my day. Thanks again :)

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 3 years ago from Jamaica

      This a great hub! Those handmade Valentine cards are lovely. Thanks the wonderful tips.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      @geetbhim-- Thanks so much! I'm glad you stoped by :)

      @sparkleyfinger-- Thanks so much for visiting. I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks for the great comment :)

      @TotalHealth-- Thanks for reading and commenting! I know exactly what you mean. I probably only see one or two store-bought cards every holiday that really and truly blow me away. I love store bought cards that look handmade and I wish there were more. I wouldn't mind spending a few extra dollars on a really great one if I was pressed for time or couldn't replicate it myself. Thanks for the great comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial :)

      @Azure11-- Well thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you did. I'm happy you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks for commenting :)

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      @Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thanks so much. That card seems to be everyone's favorite so far (on- and off-line). Haha... I understand your guilt. Here's my secret: if I'm taking ones for a project (instead of using ones I already had at home from a painting project), I'll look for ones that might look a little homely. Like the ones that maybe a kid messed with but still are totally usable for a craft. I used to work at a paint counter in college, and to keep the paint chip displays organized and nice, we'd always toss the strips and cards that didn't look up to par. So I'm just taking what is going to get thrown away or passed over anyway. It's all good! Anyway! I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub. Thanks again :)

      @tillsontitan-- Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Working with paintchips is a lot of fun, and a quick search on Pinterest is really mind-blowing. People do some amazing things with these little guys. Thanks again :)

      @Sheri Faye-- I'm glad you stopped by. Thanks so much for the great comment. I take such pride in my work and photography and love when people take notice (and take the time to let me know:). Thanks again :)

      @Susan Recipes-- Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial :)

      @randomcreative-- Thanks! I had a lot of fun making these cards and the balloon card is my favorite too. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      sangeeta verma 3 years ago from Ludhiana India

      Great Idea!

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      Lynsey Harte 3 years ago from Glasgow

      Awesome hub! Great idea, and great way of making use of free samples? I love thrifty crafting, and you show how easy it can be. Voted up, usefulness and awesome! :-)

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      TotalHealth 3 years ago from Hermosa Beach, CA

      Fun and very thoughtful! It amazes me that creative, quality cards like these aren't found in stores such as Target, Walmart, or grocery stores.

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      Marian L 3 years ago from UK

      Great idea! I had to come take a look as I had no idea what paint chips were!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I love the dimensional heart balloons! Now if I could just get up the nerve to take a bunch of paint swatches from the store I'd be set. For some reason I always feel bad taking them. My daughter, on the other hand, has a collection of them and gets more every time we go to one of those big hardware stores. These are so clever Heather.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      What an absolutely great idea Heather! Who would've thought of using those paint chips in such an adorable way!

      Your instructions are easy to follow and I have a feeling there'll be a lot of handmade Valentines with paint chips this year.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Sheri Dusseault 3 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Your photography and graphics are great!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      Wow... Great idea. It looks so beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Both of your paint chip Valentine's Day cards are so adorable! I especially like what you did with the balloons. They're so whimsical.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Thanks, lcbenefield. I'm glad you enjoyed this Hub :)

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Thanks, purl3agony! The 3D balloon card is my favorite too. Thanks for stopping by and commenting today :)

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      lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia

      very cool. passing this on.

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      Donna Herron 3 years ago from USA

      Great ideas, Heather! I particularly like the 3-d heart balloons card - so creative!! I hope your "valentine" gives you a card that's just as lovely and beautiful :) Thanks for sharing!!

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      Thanks, VVanNess. I also love those commercials. I'm glad you enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and commenting :)

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      This is such a creative, beautiful idea. You know, I've always loved those Sherwin-Williams commercials where they use the paint chips to make full landscapes. This kind of reminds me of that idea! I love it!

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