Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

So you still don’t know what you want to give your Valentine, or you haven’t put some thought into it. Well Nicolita has some ideas for you! Here is a how-to ‘Scratch-Off Card’ and ’52-Reasons Why I love You’ book. They are the cutest and most personal gifts out there!


Proided by Better Homes & Gardens

1. Print the card onto a cardstock and cut (in order to print you need to sign up). Print the heart template and cut out, then cut a strip of clear Con-Tact paper long enough to make four hearts. Trace around the heart template on the paper side of the Con-Tact paper.

2. To make the scratch-off solution, mix 2 parts metallic acrylic paint with 1 part dishwashing liquid. Using a small, flat paintbrush, apply a thin coat of the scratch-off solution onto the front side of the Con-Tact paper and let dry for an hour. Repeat with a second coat, and add a third coat if your paint looks streaky.

3. Cut out the hearts (following the traced outline), peel off the backing, and place over the heart spaces on the card. Package the card with a new penny.

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“It’s made from a deck of cards, and this blog here (Peppermint Creative) even has some downloadable templates you can use for the insert. I used the Bicycle Series 1800 cards. I chose to make my own labels (I just used PowerPoint) using the Cosmo Cricket Snorkel Paper Digital Collection for the background and Trinigan FG font which I downloaded free from fontspace.com.” – Papervinenz.blogspot.com

I printed my inserts onto photo paper, cut them out and stuck them on using a little double sided tape and some tombow glue – which I never use generally as I find it wets and warps the paper – but this time I wanted that to happen to add to the aging effect.
The cards have an antiqued/aged look so I scuffed them up randomly with some sandpaper to make them look less new.

The book is bound together with some Kaisercraft book rings. I simply punched holes twice in each card using one of the spare cards in the pack as a template to ensure all the cards had holes in the same spots!

Credit to papervinenz.blogspot.com

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