A couple quick housekeeping notes before I jump in to this post… the first being that I have now added categories within the Crafts tab in the main menu to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Also, if you look at the menu on the right-hand side (if you’re on a computer, if you’re on a mobile device or tablet I think it’s on the bottom) you’ll notice I have added an Instagram Page! You can click the badge to follow it or follow this link… I’m really excited about sharing what I’m working on and giving you sneak peeks before projects get posted on here! I’m also going to be doing a new post at the end of each week which will be a roundup of “My InstaLife” including all the pictures from that week in case you don’t have Instagram. The last little announcement is that there are just two days left for the Valentine’s Day sale in my Etsy Shop (use coupon code HEADPIECE25 to get 25% off anything in the Headpieces/Headbands section). Okay, now on to today’s post – super cute Valentine’s Day inspired cards. You know by now that I love making my own cards whenever I can and I’m always trying to come up with more masculine ones for the men in my life. I think this tuxedo style one is so cheeky and it’s so easy to make that you can easily whip one up in time for tomorrow. I also wanted to include a card for all the women in your life too and this 2D heart one is SO easy. I’ll also link to another craft, a dinner recipe and a dessert at the end of the post in case you need even more inspiration before tomorrow!
Let’s start with the tuxedo card, you’ll need: 1 piece standard printer paper, a ruler, a pencil, scissors, a bone folder (optional, but really helpful in creating perfect creases!), either a pre folded 5″ x 7″ black card or a black piece of paper folded to that size, three small buttons, a piece of black cross grain ribbon and a glue gun. Lay your paper the long way and mark at 4.5″ and 6.5″, draw light vertical lines here (1). You’re going to mark out a half inch then a whole inch from each side of these lines, or to make it really easy for you just draw vertical lines at these measurements starting of the left side of your paper: 1.5, 2.5, 3, 4, 4.5, 6.5, 7, 8, 8.5 and 9.5 (2). The side of your paper with the pencil marks will be the back of your “tuxedo shirt” so fold on the lines, starting with the center two, in an accordion style so that it looks like picture 3. Trim this to fit your black card and make the marks for your buttons (4), I did mine at 1.5″, 3.25″ and 5″. Use your hot glue gun to secure the buttons over these marks (5). Use the ribbon to make a small bow tie and glue it to the top of the “shirt” using the glue gun (6). Attach the shirt to the black card using the glue gun.
For the heart card, you’ll need: a 5″ x 7″ pre folded white card or a piece of card stock folded to those measurements, 4 pieces of card stock in different patterns, a bone folder (optional, but again super helpful in creasing the card stock), a pencil, scissors and hot glue. I used card stock from two different Matstacks, The Garden Party and All About Girls. Use a template or freehand draw a heart on to the back of one of the pieces of card stock and cut it out. Trace this heart onto the backs of the next three pieces and cut them out (1). Use your bone folder or your hands to fold each heart in half the long ways (2). Glue the first heart down completely flat in the middle of your card using your glue gun (3). One at a time, glue the other hearts down by using just a strip of glue along the fold lines (4).
If you want to try another quick craft using the same Matstacks paper, try my Paper Heart Garland:
If you need a fantastic dinner for tomorrow night or this weekend, try my Restaurant Steaks with Compound Butter:
If you want to make an incredible dessert, try my Strawberry Champagne Cupcakes: