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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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stamps for card-making in photo by Dana McCranie

3 Essential Stamps for the Beginning Card-Maker

stamps for card-making in photo by Dana McCranie

The amount of available stamps can be overwhelming to beginning card-makers; start with essentials that will still be useful as you progress. (Photo by Dana McCranie)

Diving into the art of rubber stamping is one of my favorite craft memories. It was as if an entire new world of creativity had been opened up to me. However, I do also remember feeling overwhelmed by all the available options and believing that I needed a lot of items to make anything worth sharing with others.

This is a common misconception. I will not deny my love for glitter and all things sparkly, but once you have your ink and card stock you can really get by with just a few well chosen stamps. For a card-maker, I think there are three essential types of stamps to cover a majority of occasions.

  1. Greetings: While a blank card with just an image is nice and has its place, I think some sort of greeting collection is essential to set up a good base for your card-making. It is nice to invest in a set that might include the holidays and occasions you create for the most. My favorite set has been a collection of definition stamps that define words like “journey” and “happiness.” The definitions are versatile and can be used for a variety of sentiments. When choosing sentiments, I think variety is always something to consider.
  2. Background: If you want to really give your cards polish and kick them up a notch, try layering. Backgrounds can be extremely useful, and any stamp can be used as a background. Use a small image and repeat it, or use one large image. Either way, it is good to have a few stamps that will give a little texture to a dominant image.
  3. Inspiring Image: Your main event stamps are going to be the images or even the words that you love the most. You need a few stamps that are inspiring enough to you that they drive your design. My recommendation here is to choose a few stamps that you love and that appeal to you, rather than something you think someone else would enjoy. If you choose your stamps for anyone other than yourself, they will never be put to use. You have to be inspired by the image for it to be useful in your collection.

One of my favorite gifts is to take a large background stamp and create a basic background on a handful of cards. Then I just stamp different sentiments on each card and perhaps add a little glitter. No matter which stamps you choose, just remember you don’t have to have it all to create beautiful cards that any recipient will appreciate and enjoy.