Why I Make My Own DIY Valentine’s Day Cards
Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I think it’s over-commercialized and over-rated in today’s society. My husband and I don’t even celebrate Valentine’s Day. But we still do with the girls. For kids, it’s a fun holiday, especially at school. I remember loving collecting my Valentine’s at school. It’s one of those fun kid things. So we make sure to send a little something with our girls to school that day. I used to go to the store and just buy a generic box of Valentine’s Day cards. Then one year I looked at my over-flowing craft bin and decided to tackle making DIY Valentine’s day cards with my girls. I wanted to keep to only what we already had in our craft bin, and I wanted it to be candy-free Valentine’s Day Cards. We ended up cutting hearts out of cardstock and writing ‘ Valentine, I Think You’re Just Write’ and attaching a pencil to it. And while it was very cute and very free, it was also very time-consuming.
The next couple of years I turned to Pinterest for some free printable DIY Valentine’s Day cards. Again, using only supplies I had. And while technically they weren’t free because of the ink I was using to print, it did make it a faster process. But still, so much cutting. I was also limited on design choices. This year, I’m using my Cricut to make Valentine’s Day cards. You all know how much I love my Cricut Maker. More design choices, completely personalized, and (the best part in my opinion) no cutting on my part.
Tips To Make These DIY Valentine’s Day Cards
If you are a Cricut Access member, they have some super cute Valentine’s Day cards available already. I was feeling creative when I made these and decided to design my own. The card shape, the font used, and the crayon holder are both apart of Cricut Access in Design Space. So, while you can use mine for free for personal use, you will need Cricut Access. You can start with a free trial if you haven’t signed up for one already (new accounts only) to access these designs as well. But, it’s well worth the $10/month if you ask me! I made the Tic-Tac-Toe game and the word search. The maze was bought from istock. If you’d like to use this image to sell these cards, you will have to pay the $36 to istock yourself. You will not be legally covered under my licence.
You are also more than welcome to customize these Valentines. Just select the card you with do customize and select ‘Ungroup’. I’ve done this to adjust the crayon holder to hold a pencil and to add my girls names to the bottom (because I’m lazy like that).
I cut these from 8 X 11 light cardstock on the StandardGrip Mat with the pressure set to ‘more’. I tried using the LightGrip Mat and standard pressure, but the paper was taring. You can cut these on any Cricut, but I did find these settings to be the best for my Cricut Maker.
When removing the project from the mat, remove the mat from the project instead of the project from the mat. I do the by removing the extra paper. Then I carefully lift one corner of my project, flip my mat over onto a hard surface, and peel the mat while holding down my project.
How To Upload The Heart Maze Image To Design Space:
Since I purchased the license to the heart maze and it’s not actually part of Design Space, you will have to download the image to your computer and upload it to Design Space manually. I know that can sound overwhelming, but it’s really simple. Here are the simple step-by-step instructions for uploading this image to the project.
- Open the image HERE
- Click to open the image in a new tab
- Right click on the image
- Select ‘Save Image As’, and save it to your computer
- Open the DIY Valentines Day project in Design Space by clicking the link (HERE)
- Select ‘Customize’
- Click ‘Upload’ and upload the heart maze image
- Select ‘Simple’ from the next screen, and then ‘Continue’.
- Click ‘Continue’ from the next screen as well
- Select ‘Save as Print and Cut file’ from the next screen
- On the next screen, select the image you just uploaded and then insert.
- Select the uploaded image, and change the image from ‘print’ to ‘write’ in the Layers panel (click the little printer icon, and click ‘write’). Choose the ‘Black 0.4 Tip’ writing tool.
- Size the image to 3.736 X 3.375, and move it to the card missing the picture.
- Select the whole card, and select ‘Attach’
Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Cards
For this project, you will need:
How To Make These DIY Valentines:
Put your paper on the mat. Push down to make sure the paper is secure.
- Open the project in Design Space
- Download the heart maze image, upload it into Design Space, and insert it into the blank card. (see instructions above if you’re not sure how)
- Customize cards with names if needed
- Select ‘Make It’
- Make sure the correct paper size is selected (I used the 11X11 size for my 8X11 cardstock I loaded lengthwise)
- Load your blade and pen
- Load the mat and make the project
- Carefully remove your project from the mat by removing the mat from the project as described above
Let me know if you have any questions or if you will be giving this project a go in the comments below! Happy crating <3