Handmade Valentine Cards and fabric crafting

Ideas for making your own heart cards, KGT

Ideas for making your own heart cards, KGT

Handmade Valentine’s Day cards are a tradition so many of us created as kids and just kept it going. I am revisiting an earlier post and adding a new craft idea too. Here’s how you can make an easy card design.

Make a color copy of any art work or photograph you like onto letter size heavy weight paper. Cut out a heart-shaped template like the one I show you below. (You can copy this template below to your desktop and print it out to use. It’s FREE from me!)

Card template in white is place on folded page with your copied art or photo

Card template (in white) is place on folded page of your copied art or photo

Trace around the template and cut out the folded card. You are DONE! You can even do this with wrapping paper glued to card stock. I score the fold line lightly before folding to get a nice clean fold. (Tip: if template prints large, check your printer settings and type 100 to 125 percent in the dialogue box before you print.)

Heart card template

Heart card template

Look for small envelopes (note card or invitation size) at the stationery store, or make your own. Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Karen

P.S. Sew your own fabric valentine, see below. Cut out a heart-shaped template. Then a larger one. Cut the templates in half and trade the larger half for a smaller half. Trace the halves on fusible web, then apply to fabric. Cut and fuse to your own fabric background of choice, following directions for Fusible Web or interfacing. Embellish with decorative machine stitching. I made a party table runner, but you could also make quilt blocks and create a baby quilt. Have fun!

"Mending Hearts" quilt for class on designing with shapes and fabric, in progress

“Mending Hearts” design, KGT

 

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