These DIY love cards for him or her are the perfect personalized touch to say I love you.
I love handmade cards but some of the designs I see are way too intricate. They take a gazillion different types of materials and use embossers, watercolor and you name it. Some of the more elaborate ones take hours to make and end up looking like a hot mess or worse, a crafts project my kids did in art class.
While a card should be thoughtful, I like to be a little more efficient with my thoughtfulness. It sounds a little heartless to be efficient with my love, I like to think of it as just making time to do more with my love. 🙂
I like just single material cards with not too many layers and some actual space to write a thoughtful note. Is that asking for too much?
For those of you on the same page…
Here are a few of my homemade love cards designs
I like to use my Cricut cutting machine to do most of my cardmaking. While it is possible to make these by hand, I would highly recommend investing in a cutting machine in the long term. I’ve actually done the calculation and I’ve long made up for the cost of the machine in savings from paying $10 for an elaborate handmade card. It’s also a lot more fun to make your own cards.
You can also print some of these designs as well in case you have less time to spend on your cards. I tried to leave these templates in a printer friend format and color scheme.
All of these designs for love card templates are free and available in both SVG and printable PDF formats in my resource library.
I also have a separate tutorial on how to design and make your own pop up cards. This I love You pop up card template is also free in my resource library.
Handmade love cards for boyfriends, husbands, and every other important person in your life.
As mentioned above, I use my Cricut to make most of my cards. For cardmaking, I like using a light grip mat for easier clean up. Try to use a more fresh light grip mat for the more intricate designs.
For the more intricate designs with tons of scraps, I like to use a lint roller to pick things up.
In terms of final assembly, most of them are pretty simple. It’s just a matter of gluing a few layers together.
I find the easiest way to glue layers together is to use a rolling glue dot dispenser.
I like to place the layer with the front side facing down on top of a scrap sheet and then roll it all over. Then I flip it over and place it on the base of the card.
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Materials for beautiful love card designs
Cardstock – As I mentioned earlier, I like using medium weight cardstock with colored cores. Here are some of my favorite brands:
- Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Cricut Joy Insert Card Packs – You don’t have to use these with the Cricut Joy, they are nice material kids for cardmaking.
- Cardstock Warehouse Brand on Amazon – I love the quality of all the matte-colored cardstock with Cardstock Warehouse. It is my go-to brand for individual matte colors that I might need
- Poptone Assorted Variety Pack – This is the perfect peppy assortment of colors of heavy cardstock. It’s a heavy cardstock assortment with colors I actually use frequently for cardmaking.
- Seasonal Assorted Variety Pack – This is a slight variation on the Poptone assortment and has a quite few neutrals that complement almost any accent color.
- Stardream Metallics Line – For paper crafts, the Stardream line is the go-to for a metallic shimmer finish. It is the perfect sheen to make any project pop. The core is also colored is which hard to find for metallic paper.
Glue – I also like to use glue that doesn’t warp the paper. Here are a couple of my favorite brands:
I believe simple design cards are straightforward and sweet. These cards are also less distracting. I want my receiver to read my thoughts and my words of love. Although there is nothing wrong with intricate design love cards, a simple love card is what I preferred the most. At the same time, I spent lesser time and waste making one. I know this could be harsh, but in reality, not everyone has the time in the world. The important thing is that you can convey your love for the receiver.
However, it does not mean that when you are making a simple love card, it should be boring. Of course not! You can still make a beautiful card. If you are familiar with the concept of minimalism, then you get my point. You do not need much to look good. This applies to love cards.
Simple love cards are also amazing gifts for people who dislike elaborated gifts. Some of us just do not like bows or colors in our cards. It could either look tacky or oblivious. We wanted to give our loved ones a gift considered on the “safe side.” At the same time, it could be inconvenient to keep a card with too much detail. Imagine a love card with glitter on every page. Oof! The glitter would spread everywhere. It would also make the person read the letter once and hid it immediately. If you have a simple love card, they can easily whip it out.