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 your 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:
- Recollection Assorted Starter Pack – Basic assorted colors, great starter pack, perfect weight for most papercraft projects
- Metallic Shimmer Assorted Set from Amazon – This set is a little lighter in weight but the colors are beautiful in 3D
- 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
- 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.
- Assorted Pink Set from Paper Paper – This is a must-have for paper flower makers. The variety is perfect to create a bouquet.
- Assorted Purple Set from Paper Paper – This is another must-have for paper flower makers. I love the variety of finishes in this pack.
- Metallic Variety Set from Paper Paper – I don’t know any avid paper crafter that doesn’t use Stardream metallics line of shimmer paper. It is the only metallic cardstock line that I know of that has such variety and has colored cores.
Glue – I also like to use glue that doesn’t warp the paper. Here are a couple of my favorite brands: