Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a one-of-a-kind gift – especially if you’ve made it with your own two hands! So instead of trudging down to your local card shop this year, why not take the time to make your own Valentine’s Day card with the help of Hochanda?
A handmade Valentine’s card means so much more than a shop bought one – it shows the time and effort you have put in to create a perfectly crafted card and can be personalised to the recipient. Personalising your card by theming the decorations to something that reminds you of them, or even adding a photograph, will make the card even more special!
Here stamping expert Chloe Endean shares a step-by-step guide to creating your very own Valentine’s card…
Suggested tools & materials:
Always invest in the best tools you can, and use good quality paper, as this will help to ensure a professional result.
· Small flower and small heart shaped stamps
· Embossing glitter in red or pink
· Red glitter
· White vellum
· Pearl card in red and white
· Red pearl paper
· Red Die Cut Heart
· Self-adhesive Jewels
· Heat resistant acetate
· Clear embossing ink pad
· PVA glue
· Chisel tip glue pen
· Reverse action tweezers
· Anti-static bag
· Foam pads
First things first – you need to create the base for your Valentine’s Day card.
- Cut a piece of red pearl card to 7 ¼” square, edge using a chisel tip glue pen and cover with red glitter, affix to base card with foam pads.
- Cut a piece of white card to 6 ¾” square affix to base card.
- Cut a piece of red pearl card to 6 ¼” square, dust with an anti-static bag, using small heart stamp ink with clear embossing ink and randomly stamp all over piece of card, re inking each time before stamping, cover with red Embossing Glitter heat to set.
- Edge using a chisel tip glue pen, cover with red glitter and affix to base card.
- Now you can start getting creative by adding pretty patterns and designs.
- Take a die cut heart, cover with PVA glue and sprinkle with red glitter, affix to base card using foam pads.
- Dust a sheet of red pearl paper using an anti-static bag, using your small flower stamp, stamp15 times using a clear embossing ink pad, cover with red/pink embossing powders and heat to set.
- Cut out the flowers.
- Using a pair of reverse action tweezers twist the centre of each petal.
- Layer 3 flowers together, affixing with PVA glue in the centre, and complete by adding a self-adhesive jewel of your choice to the centre.
- Arrange the flowers around the top and bottom of the die cut heart.
- Take a sheet of white vellum, stamp your sentiment of choice using a clear embossing ink pad, cover with red/pink embossing glitter and heat to set.
- Using PVA glue with a fine tip applicator infill the letters, cover with red glitter, allow to dry.
- Once dry, using a ruler as an edge guide tear around the sentiment work to create a banner as shown.
- Affix across the centre of the heat with a slight curve as shown, only apply glue to two corners of the banner hiding the glue spots by covering with a self-adhesive jewel.
- Take a sheet of heat resistant acetate, dust with an anti-static bag. Using your heart stamp, stamp 4 times using a clear embossing ink pad, cover with red/pink Embossing Glitter and heat to set.
- Roughly cut the hearts out and position behind the flowers as show on the card.
- Complete your project by embellishing further with self-adhesive jewels.
Don’t stop there!
You don’t have to stop with a card - why not go the extra mile and make a matching gift bag, gift box, gift tag or wrapping paper?
All of these items can be achieved using the stamping techniques outlined above, to create a colourful and co-ordinated bundle of gifts for your loved one!
Loved Chloe's card making tips for Valentine's Day? Then you'll love her programmes on Hochanda. Chloe's One Day Special is on air on Thursday 11th February at 8pm, and Friday 12th February at 9am, 12pm, 4pm and 7pm! Tune in live via our website > Hochanda.com
You can also tune into Hochanda on Freeview channel 39, Sky channel 663 or Freesat 817.