Every year the girls and I make homemade Valentine's for the kids in their class. Buying a box of some random paper tween-lebrity cards or 18 pounds of sugar hearts just isn't our style. We have done Melted Crayon Valentines, Swedish Fish Valentine's, and even Valentine's Wind Chimes.
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This year we wanted to make something totally different and something a little more… unique. Last year when I bought the Silhouette Cameo I wore through three blades in the first month… but since then… well… it's been collecting dust. So I decided to fire it back up to do something fun for my very favorite holiday. What we came up with – 3D Valentines.
How to make 3d Valentine's Day Cards
Stuff you will need:
- cardstock in pretty Valentine colors
- craft twine
- double sided tape
- single sided tape
- heart paper punch (check out this one)
Cut two pieces of cardstock to the desired size. For the white one we did 6×6, the red is 8×8. You do not have to have a perfect square – both pieces just need to be the same size. Then, using your Silhouette Cameo, cut out the “window” on one piece of cardstock, leaving about 1.5 inches around on all four sides. I used a stock image and stretched it to the desired size.
Fold the two sides in about 3/4 inch and crease. The double back fold – like an accordion. Do the same to the other piece.
Using your double sided tape, put a few pieces along the small folded side – where it will connect with the other piece. Make sure it does not stick out on the outside. It is ok to have some sticking out of the inside – it will never be seen.
Gently but firmly press other piece of cardstock to the double sided tape and press secure.
Cut out hearts in several different shapes and colors. I used this triple heart punch. With this punch you can cut and then layer the different colors if you want to. The different sized hearts look really nice together on the finished product. You can also use your Silhouette Cameo to cut different size and shape hearts.
Using the single sided tape, affix different length pieces of craft twine to the punched hearts, and then to the inside of the shadow box card. I will admit – I had to really work to table my OCD on this step – it looks better when the hearts are more sporadic than symmetrical. Add as many or as few hearts as you want to – until it looks just the way you want it.
Add a sentiment or love note and give to your favorite sweetie. You can also flatten the card back out to fit into an envelope for mailing. How fun are these 3d Paper Crafts?
The girls and I had so much fun making these, and the cost is minimal enough that they can make them for everyone in their class for not much more than your typical store bought cards. Also great for teachers and bus drivers 🙂