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February 11, 2012

Make a Valentine’s Day Card Personal with Your Own Font

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You may not love your handwriting, but a little personal touch can go a long way when it comes to card making. Here’s one great idea for Valentine’s Day.

Fonts are just awesome. I love different fonts and typography, and my favorite stamps are quite often sentiment stamps. I suppose part of the reason I love these stamps is my inability to write beautifully. I do not love my handwriting, and I’m in awe of beautiful lettering. Sometimes in a coffee shop I forget to pick something out because I get distracted by the colorful, blocky letters.

Card Maker magazine offered a challenge to this long held opinion of my penmanship in the recent feature “Write it with Style–Stand Tall Alphabet.” The article features a beautiful card where the largest element is the word “Easter” handwritten by the artist in beautiful, tall letters. I stared at it for a while and decided I’d give it a whirl. I opted to make a card featuring the word “Love” in honor of Valentine’s Day. As I looked at my imperfect lettering, I thought of how imperfect my love can be and figured, “Why shouldn’t I allow my offering of love reflect that?”

Supplies:

Card stock
Paper cutter
Dimensional pop-ups
Marker
Glitter
Brads
Stamps
Red ink that coordinates with your card stock
Stamp-a-ma-jig*
hole punch
*All supplies I used were Stampin’ Up!
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Dimensions:
Base card: 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″
Gray Background for element: 3″ x 3 1/2″
Project Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Project Difficulty: Very easy
Step One: Start by folding your base card and stamping the background. Remember that using a coordinating color will create a subtle background that won’t compete with your featured element.
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Step Two: Take your gray background and rough up the edges. You can use the edge of scissors or anything that will create a nice texture. I’ve even used my fingernail.
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Step Three: Map out your words. It was important for me to try out my writing first on scrap paper to judge the sizing of the letters but also to see how it would look.
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Step Four: I used just a few words from a stamp to add the “all my” to the card. To do that, I used a marker to ink only the words I wanted to stamp.
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Step Five: Center your wording using a Stamp-a-ma-jig. This little product is a must-have for stampers. By first stamping your image on the plastic sheet and then lining the block in the corner of the handle, you can then place the words using the plastic sheet and then place the handle. Remove the plastic sheet and put the block in its place and you will have a perfect placement of your image.
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Step Six: Now write out your word using your marker. Remember to be forgiving of your imperfections. It’s all part of the charm of the card.
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Step Seven: Place the dimensionals on your main element and adhere it to the background. Then punch holes along the side and add your brads. Use a ruler or your grid paper to help you line them up.
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Step Eight: Finish your card by placing your finished element using the dimensionals to your base card.
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About the Author

Dana McCranie
Dana McCranie
Dana McCranie writes, prays, laughs, loves glitter and will hug you even if you try to shake her hand. You can often find her behind her camera, striving to build a photography business. You'll never find her as happy as she is dancing around her kitchen with her daughter, son and amazing husband.




  • Anonymous

    I loved this article. I’m not very ‘crafty’, but this has given me some good ideas. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I bet you are craftier than you think! ;)

  • Lauren

    Great idea! Such a pretty card and with a personal touch.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you so much, Lauren. I really enjoyed this one.