During the 18th century, Valentine's Day cards were handmade with detailed scroll work and romantic poetry. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Esther Howland sold the first mass-produced Valentine cards in the 1840s. By the end of the 19th century, luxurious handmade works became less frequent, and today most Valentine cards are pre-printed. This year, you can make a personalized Valentine keepsake for your spouse or sweetheart.
Fold one 8x12-inch piece of cream-colored card stock in half. Turn the card sideways so that it opens from the right side. Set the folded card stock to the side.
Cut a 4-inch square of red fabric from the swatch. Use a red fabric like velvet or taffeta for a vintage Valentine look.
Dot a few drops of glue on top of the card stock. Position the fabric swatch 1 inch from the top edge. Press the fabric down firmly. Allow it to dry for a few minutes before continuing to work on your Valentine card.
Use pinking shears to cut a 3-inch square from white card stock. Position it on top of the fabric, centering it on the fabric. Lift up the card stock square and dot the fabric with glue. Press the square back in place. This gives your Valentine
card some contrast.
Fold a piece of pink tissue paper in half. Cut a half heart shape from the tissue paper; the heart should be 3 inches wide. Dot glue on the white card stock and press the tissue Valentine heart on top of it. Allow the layers to dry for two to three minutes.
Draw a horizontal line across the bottom of the card, 1-2 inches from the bottom edge. Use a ruler as a guide to make a clean line and a pink marker. Write "LOVE" on the lower right hand side of the card, below the line.
Snip a 4-inch piece of 1/16-inch ribbon from the spool. Knot the ribbon and position it at the upper left hand side of the Valentine card.
Secure the knot in place with a decorative hatpin. Write your love poem or Valentine message inside the card.
Cream-colored card stock
White card stock
Pink tissue paper
Swap out the pink pen for a gold or silver pen for a vintage look.
Hand deliver your Valentine card with a beautiful bouquet of Valentine.
Do not over-saturate the card with glue. It will distort the shape.