Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Easy custom Valentine's cards


When I was a little girl, Valentine's Day was the highlight of winter for me. Mid-February can be such a cold, gloomy time . . . but right in the midst of the winter gloom comes a holiday dedicated to love. And fun. And candy!

I still like to send and give Valentine's cards, but adult-sized Valentine's cards are a lot more expensive than the little greetings exchanged by schoolchildren. I wanted several cards to send to family and friends, but at $1 to $5 each, store-bought cards were out of the question.

Then I remembered that I had several photo cards left over from Christmas:


and in my stationery box I had some blank cards.


So I cut off the Christmas part of the photo cards


and printed a Valentine's greeting on my blank cards. (I have zero graphic design skills. I simply played around with fonts and spacing using my word processing software. My cards are the size of one-half of an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet, so I fiddled with the spacing until the sentiment appeared to be centered in the upper right quadrant of an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. I did all my trial printing on regular printer paper so as not to waste any of my cards.)

When the cards were printed with the sentiment, I simply used double-sided tape to attach my photos, and

Voila!


Custom Valentine's Day cards!

Hopefully the intended recipients of these cards aren't reading this post; otherwise, their Valentine's cards won't be much of a surprise. There are a couple of our neighbors who weren't around at Christmastime, so I think I'll bake some treats and deliver one of these cards with a plate of goodies. Don't you think that'll be fun?

What do you do to celebrate Valentine's Day?

13 comments:

Denise said...

What a great idea Richella, I love it. I could do something similar with my Christmas cards too :) I better get busy it takes at least 5 days to mail them to England!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Great idea!! I still have a bunch of those Christmas cards left too. Your neighbors will be so pleasantly surprised. Vday is on Monday, which means T will be at work from 9 to 9...which means we won't do anything.

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

What a great idea! I never think to send cards at Valentine's Day to people other than my immediate family. How thoughtful of you!
~Crystal

FrouFrouBritches said...

You are so smart!!!! What a great idea! They turned out beautiful. Your neighbors will LOVE you for sure!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

Great idea, Richella! Those turned out so cute.
Luv u!

At The Picket Fence said...

Great idea Richella! I'm going to be showing some cards tomorrow that my friend made and are unique like yours! :-)
Vanessa

Em and Lib said...

I have pics left - This is SUCH a great way to use them, bless somebody and DECLUTTER a bit!
Blessings sweet friend!
LIB

Patti said...

What a fantastic idea! Love it!! I always have extra Christmas cards left over with our pictures on them! Thank you so much for sharing your brilliance!

Paula said...

Great idea! You are killing two birds with one stone: new cards for V-Day and using up leftover ones. I'm sure that the recipients will love them.

We are going to grill steaks for V-Day. I have no desire to fight the crowds to eat dinner out!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a lovely idea...they turned out great, Richella! Everyone will love them!

XO,
Jane

Lynn said...

I've thought of making some type of card with leftover Christmas cards because it's such a shame to waste them. I've just never got around to doing anything.

Now I know what I'll use those extras for next year ;) That's a GREAT idea for Valentine's Day!

Shelly @ Life on the Wild Side said...

I think I just found one area of our lives in which we are different. I do NOT have the crafty gene. I'm pathetic. But I sure do love your ideas!

I hope you'll still love me.

Holly said...

That's such a smart idea! I have a bunch of Christmas cards left too, but the photo is a little too Christmas-y.
Yours look great!

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