DIY Valentine Cards for Card Exchange

I have been looking for a reason to buy myself the Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine. {I know, I know, who really needs a reason for something new and amazing}

You might remember that I said I was going to participate in a Valentine Card Exchange. This was the perfect reason. I used my 40% off coupon at Michaels and bam. I now owned it. I plan on buying more embossing folders through amazon because they are a little cheaper. Or I might make some of my own using this awesome tutorial I found {here} from Mel Stampz. She uses a cereal box to make it! being green and thrifty. You have to check it out!

Anywhoo, back to how I made my cards for the exchange.

My materials:

♥ Sizzix Machine ♥ Paper Cutter ♥Paper of your choice ♥ Edge punch ♥ Skinny paint brush (I used it to crease the center of the cards for easy folding) ♥ The following stamps: LOVE; Happy Valentines Day; Handmade by: ♥ Stamp ink ♥ Adhesive foam squares  ♥ Cricut (you could use a punch cut or hand-cut instead)

[caption id="attachment_478" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Sizzix Texture Emobssing some of my materials[/caption]

♥♥♥My Paper started at a standard 8.5X11 so I cut it straight in half. This allows it to fit in an A2 envelope.

Cut paper in half

After I cut it in half I scored it in half again using my paint brush. I then punched the corners while it was folded in half so the corners would match.

Then I put the card into my Sizzix and turned the handle and presto change peanut butter and jelly sandwich....

embossing Card

And I had this!

You might have noticed my embossing folder {the plastic thing with cools swirls} is actually a Cuttlebug folder. You can use either brand as long as it is A2 size.

Then I went over to my Cricut and used the George Cricut Cartridge to cut hearts.

Cricut cut hearts

Then I used a stamp to say LOVE

Love Stamps

It is much easier to stamp and edit all the hearts when they are still on the mat. I also decided last-minute to add some silver marker details. I added a line above and below the heart and dots around the edge.

I attached these hearts to the front of the cards with 3-d Dots Adhesive Foam . This gave the card some dimension.

I also stamped the inside with Happy Valentines Day. You could buy a stamp for just that but I have the Martha Stewart Crafts Your Own Stamp Set. So i just put together the letters and save myself a few dollars.

I also Stamped the back of every card with a cute stamp I found that says Handmade by: and it has a little hand!

Handmade by bitofbyrd

I tried to get a good picture but my silver marker didn't want to photograph well.

Three Card Types

So there they are. Three different colors. Cornered punched. All stamped, signed and ready to be enveloped.

I am super excited to be putting these in the mail today. And I already got my first card of the exchange! a super cute post card.

Do you ever make your own Valentine Cards? What methods do you use? Any tips you want to share?